We gather in Oslo and fly together to Longyearbyen in the evening.
A little after midnight we arrive at the airport in the largest settlement of the island of Spitsbergen and we take a transfer to the hotel. There they are waiting for us and we can enjoy a good night’s sleep.
After a cozy breakfast we start the preparations.
Together with Dixie we take the route, the course of the mini-expedition and the safety guidelines. Everyone’s personal clothing and collective equipment will also be checked. We store supplies, distribute our daily rations and learn how to store everything in the trays as economically as possible. If possible we will make a first test trip on the frozen Adventalen fjord. We set up the tents, learn how to organize the tent inside and make the final practical arrangements.
Dinner in Longyearbyen and overnight in the guesthouse.
After getting the rifle and the fuel for the cooking fires, we prepare for the mini-expedition.
The route has been drawn on map. In the coming days we will be pulling snowshoes, pulling a pulka, through the vast snow and mountain landscapes. We live on the ice. The physical effort is not too high, we walk around 6 hours every day, converted about 15 km. We do not go ‘in the red’ and take every member of the team into account. Gradually we learn to deal with the freezing temperatures and how best to act to make it comfortable. The daily rhythm also allows to fully enjoy the Arctic environment.
On day 7 we return to Longyearbyen. The pulkas are discharged and we enjoy a well-deserved shower.
In the evening we relax and look back on the unforgettable adventure of the past days.
Overnight in the guesthouse.
Early in the morning we say goodbye to all the warm and hospitable people we met in Spitsbergen and take the bus to the airport in Longyearbyen.
Flight to Oslo.
|01/03/2020 to 08/03/2020|
|01/03/2020 to 08/03/2020|
|08/03/2020 to 16/03/2020|
-3 nights at a guesthouse including breakfast, in a two-person room with shared bathroom.
-4 nights of tent camping and expedition meals on the ice.
Group size: if you are 8 or more participants, a second guide will join. The maximum group size is 12 people.
This items are included in the price:
-International flight to and from Longyearbyen, based on economy booking class Q and dependent on availability. In the event that the planned booking class is not available, there will be a supplement, depending on the tariffs of what is available.
-During the expedition, Julie will provide solid follow-up from the back office.
-The communal expedition material (tents, camping stoves, communication, navigation and safety equipment).
-The use of the expedition material (ski equipment, shoes, bindings, pulks, harnesses, sleeping mats and polar sleeping bags).
-Airport taxes, VAT and warranty contributions.
-1 piece of checked luggage (maximum weight: 23kg and maximum measurements: 158cm).
-1 piece of carry-on luggage (maximum weight: 8kg and maximum measurements: 55x40x23cm).
I'm a Belgian polar explorer with thirty years of experience in polar travel and expeditions. I have been to the poles on 34 occasions, for personal or guided expeditions, photo and film productions and lectures aboard polar cruises. I received the title of ‘Master Guide’ in the newly established IPGA platform (International Polar Guides Association). I'm one of only four people to have crossed the complete Arctic Ocean and the Antarctic continent.
In 2012, together with Sam Deltour, I broke the world record for the longest non-motorised expedition on the South Pole. On skis, and assisted by a kite, we travelled at least 5013km. Today, I happily share my knowledge by giving lectures and guiding aspiring polar explorers in the Arctic regions. I'm the only polar guide who can provide expedition material for twelve expedition members, in the Arctic (Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen) the Antarctic (Wolfs Fang, Queen Maud Land) and also in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.
Please get in touch with me if you are interested in the different tours I'm guiding. We are happy to listen to your specific requests and will be happy to introduce you into the wonderful world of Polar Travel.
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