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8-day Snowshoeing polar expedition in Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen

Dixie takes you on a polar expedition, snowshoeing around frozen fjords and vast icefields in Spitsbergen, the largest island on Svalbard archipelago

Group

8 Days

Mar


Description

Join me for an incredible polar expedition, spending five days on the ice of the Arctic tundra of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. 

This short expedition is an ideal first step for those who are planning to travel to the geographical pole, practice winter hiking in the High Arctic Alpine mountains or crossing the Greenland icecaps.

You will get invaluable experience in the ice as well as the priceless opportunity of exploring a destination far from the beaten tracks.

Svalbard is an archipelago in northern Norway, in the Arctic Ocean. Frozen fjords and high peaks are part of the stunning landscapes that you can see in this remote ice fields.

On the first days of our expedition, you’ll need to acclimatize to the new environment. You will also learn how to improve your snowshoeing technique, in order to travel safely in the Arctic conditions.

Besides, I will share some of my experiences too, like rituals for setting up a camp or how to get dressed in a freezing weather.

During the day, you will pull pulks to transport your personal stuff. By night, we’ll sleep in tents under the stars.

This is a complete polar experience that will allow you to enjoy all the wonderful things that polar travel has to offer.

Furthermore, you don’t need to have previous experience in winter camping to be a part of it, as this is a beginner’s program. You just need to have motivation and a good physical condition.

You can find the complete itinerary for this program, below this description.

Please, contact me if you want to be a part of this polar traverse in Spitsbergen! I have a large experience traveling in polar regions, so I will make sure you have an amazing trip.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

This is the price to join a group from 6 to 12 people.


Itinerary

Day 1: Oslo - Longyearbyen

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.

Day 2: Preparation day

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.

Day 3 to 7: 5-day expedition

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.

Day 8: Longyearbyen - Oslo

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.

 

Details

Accommodation

-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.

More info

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).


About the guide

Polar Experience is a Polar guiding agency designed and created by Dixie Dansercoer and managed by Julie Brown.

Dixie Dansercoer (12 July 1962 – 7 June 2021) was a Belgian polar explorer with thirty years of experience in polar travel and expeditions. He went to the poles on 34 occasions, for personal or guided expeditions, photo and film productions, and lectures aboard polar cruises. 

He received the title of ‘Master Guide’ in the newly established IPGA platform (International Polar Guides Association) and he's one of only four people to have crossed the complete Arctic Ocean and the Antarctic continent.

In 2012, together with Sam Deltour, Dixie broke the world record for the longest non-motorized expedition to the South Pole. On skis, and assisted by a kite, they traveled at least 5013km.

He was the only polar guide who could provide expedition material for twelve expedition members, in the Arctic (Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen) the Antarctic (Wolfs Fang, Queen Maud Land), and also in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

Today, the Dixie Dansercoer Team is led by Eric and Julie and his amazing and well-prepared team of guides, whom he trained himself. Please get in touch with them if you are interested in the different tours they are guiding. They will be happy to introduce you to the wonderful world of Polar Travel.

Languages

German | French | English | Dutch

Certificates

IPGA


What people are saying about Polar Experience

Thomas L.

5.00

April, 2020

The short expedition in Greenland which I undertook with Dixie and a few others remains one of the most memorable voyages that I ever undertook. The delight of experiencing the polar nights and the sheer beauty of the frozen landscape, but also the constant fight against the cold and the fellowship built up in dealing with hostile elements remain lasting impressions on me.

Bernard DG

5.00

April, 2020

To be a companion of Dixie is a true privilege which I did enjoy beyond the polar circles. Even when surpassing himself, he knows perfectly well the human limits in extreme hostile conditions and never will overstep the bounds when Nature & Ice take over command ... His charming wife Julie and daughter Robin are the two helpful secrets of his happiness and charisma.

Boudewijn A.

5.00

April, 2020

Dixie is a great expedition leader with an impressive track record. What attracted me is that despite his world class level and experience, he can really grow people like you and me towards achieving a dream of enjoying a polar expedition. Dixie takes into account your personal fitness level and expedition experience and guides you upfront and during the expedition to your full potential. Moreover, he really succeeds in bringing a group together and instilling the values of the wild nature. Beyond the expedition, you learn about yourself, extreme nature and team spirit. In short, I can highly recommend an expedition with Dixie, who is a down to earth class act.

Perry T.

5.00

April, 2020

Dixie, You have orchestrated a once in a lifetime trip and experience for us and produced an enduring memory. What else can I say?

Jukka Tapanainen

5.00

November, 2019

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