Spitsbergen

Have you heard the Arctic silence?

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BASECAMP EXPLORER SPITSBERGEN

Set high in the Arctic Ocean, the remote Svalbard archipelago extends between 74 and 81° north. It is the northernmost place in Europe, and is the farthest north you can travel by scheduled flight.

Spitsbergen offers Arctic experiences on the edge of the inhabitable world, but it’s not as inaccessible as people might think. Start in the morning from the central Europe and you will be in Longyearbyen by mid-day. And in one of our remote stations by the evening. There are no roads beyond Longyearbyen. Here, you really are on the border of civilization. Outside the city only, the vast wilderness is waiting for you. Despite its history of coal mining and trapping, Spitsbergen is still mainly pristine wilderness. One of the most fragile ecosystems anywhere on Earth.

It is important for us as a tourism company to take care of the Arctic nature. We welcome you warmly to join us on our ecological expeditions. Not only do you get to experience some of the rarest nature in the world, but you can do it with a clear conscience. Furthermore, knowing that together we have taken one step closer to change the course of global warming.

As the light returns after long and dark polar night, the activity and energy levels on the islands increase – for both people and wildlife. Everyone wants to get out, to see and explore the island. As the daylight grows longer, so do the lengths of the trips. By end of April, midnight sun has returned to warm the landscape. Seals are laying on the fjord ice while people are enjoying their lunch break, both basking in the sun’s warm rays. This is a fantastic time of year for exploring Spitsbergen by snowmobile, dog sled or skis.

After mid-May the snow quickly disappears. Small flowers start to appear along the mountainsides. The rush of bird life replaces the quiet of winter. You can hear glaciers calving, and see vast blue fjords filled with floating ice. This is summer time on Spitsbergen. The midnight sun makes it possible to explore Spitsbergen day or night – whichever suits you best! There is plenty to choose from. Pick a boat safari, go hiking, or try kayaking, joining a dog sled on wheels or hike on a glacier – or simply relax and enjoy yourself.

By the end of October the last rays of the sun disappear below the horizon, and Svalbard heads towards a period of darkness. For more than two months, between mid-November and the end of January, darkness prevails around the clock. During the darkest times there is no telling if it is noon or midnight. When the sky is clear, stars light up the sky. The Northern Lights and a full moon bounce their light from the snowcovered mountains, and suddenly the darkness doesn’t seem so overwhelming. By February, the light returns slowly. Light blue, pink, and purple colours light up the scenery. Finally, the sun hits the first mountain peaks.

Basecamp Hotel

At the heart of Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world, lies the home of the modern arctic trappers. See the walls covered with driftwood, sealskins and objects that illustrate the past and present of life in the Arctic.

Hotel Isfjord Radio

This 1933 built solitude outpost for radio operators doesn’t look like much from the outside, but as you enter you’ll discover a different world. The contrast between the rough landscape and the modern hotel is a sight to behold.

Nordenskiöld Lodge

On the moraine shore of the icy fjord, at the edge of the blue glacier, stands our hidden expedition lodge. Switch off your phone. There’s no use for it here, out in the total solitude of Spitsbergen.

North Pole Camp

North Pole camp is a mobile tented camp offering modern camping in the arctic wilderness. After a long day travelling like a Polar Explorer, arriving to the camp for a good dinner, few drinks and storytelling takes you to another world.

Trapper’s station

Home of the Arctic trappers and 90 Alaskan huskies, raring to take you for a ride through the Arctic scenery. The Trapper’s Station is a precise replica of the original hunting communities on Svalbard.

Afternoon tea in Barentsburg

The hotel, and only restaurant in town, has a story of its own. Red colours and dark wood with old furniture. Wait...

A voyage of flavours

If you are visiting Isfjord Radio at dinner time, you are in for a wonderful surprise. There are no words to describe it - you...

The City Abandoned at the world’s end

It is the very definition of creepy: abandoned homes, buildings, and schools, still with furniture, clothing, and schoolbooks ...

St Olavs Rose

The Rose is awarded to celebrate especially distinguished places that have succeeded in combining development and protection i...

An entire life as a trapper on the island of Svalbard

The primary goal for the Norwegian trappers was to catch as many arctic foxes and polar bears as possible, and to sell the fur in ...

MODERNITY MEETS WILDERNESS

Longyearbyen is a combination of modern houses and old mining structures. You can see children walking to and from the school alon...

Be a musher your-self!

Dog sledding consists of teams of six dogs harnessed to wooden sledges, whilst the driver, or ‘musher’, stands behind the dogs on ...

What is Gruve 3 Forest?

In summer 2015, Basecamp Spitsbergen got a wonderful opportunity to open a new location in Longyearbyen. Spitsbergen based and Nor...

Coal rush to Spitsbergen

Coal had always been gathered by whalers and hunters on Spitsbergen for local use, but industrial mining did not start until 1899....

Chasing Dreams

It was a long travel from home to Longyearbyen, located almost at the North Pole. Straight after landing my feet on Spitsbergen, I...

Dugnad – volunteer work

During this year’s dygnad, a group of 7 enthusiastic volunteers traveled high up north to Spitsbergen and over the arctic fjord to...

Work and holiday at Nordenskiöld

To renovate and upgrade a lodge in such isolation is not an easy task. All items must be delivered in boats over the freezing fjor...

“We can do it”

His aim was to preserve and emphasize the historical aspects of the radio station, and at the same time create a cozy and relaxed ...

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