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Svalbard East to West

8 days skiing trip from the East Cost of Spitsbergen, home of Polar bear, to Isfjord Radio, the last frontier in Spitsbergen before Greenland.

To cross Spitsbergen is for many of us the ultimate way to experience the epic nature of Svalbard and learn to live like an arctic explorer. With icy fjords, snow-capped mountains and exciting wildlife, this is an amazing journey. One more to the skiers bucket list!

Day before

Meet the guide in the reception at Basecamp Hotel at 4 pm to go through program and equipment.

Day 1

We will meet at Basecamp Hotel at 8:30 for the final check-up. When everything is in order, we start our journey towards the east coast with snowmobiles or belt wagon. We will be dropped at Agardh bay, which is our starting point for the skiing. Depending on weather conditions, we will either start the first leg of our skiing journey or set up camp for the first night

Lunch & Dinner included
Tent

Day 2

After an exciting night with perhaps your first experience as polar bear guard, we set on skis. Today we aim to start climbing the first glacier of the trip. This is a gentle climb, a soft start for the trip, where the danger of glacier cracks is very small. We eat expedition lunch along the way and hope to set our second camp in Kjellstrøm valley.

All meals included
tent

Day 3

Today we aim to ski through Kjellstrøm valley and pass the Norwegian mining town Svea. We set up our camp at Kapp Amsterdam, where we have magnificent view over the fjords and toward the Svalbard mountains. Over the next days, everyone will be attending in the practical tasks as melting water, making food, putting up the tents and digging lavatories. Each day our guides determines the choice of route depending on weather, wind and snow conditions.

all meals included
tent

Day 4

Morning starts with a big bowl of porridge, that gives you enough energy to pull your pulka for yet another full day. Today we continue along the coast line of Van Mijenfjorden. The day passes with beautiful views over the fjord, until we come to Stormyre and Kalbukta. If there is enough thick ice, we can cross over and set camp at the other side of the bay.

all meals included
tent

Day 5

Today we have set on skies for a slightly shorter distance. We set our camp at the moraines of Fridtjof Glacier. After dinner, we can stretch our legs and take a small tour to the glacier front. Lie down on the ice and be absolutely still; can you hear the arctic silence, only broken by the calving glacier?

all meals included
tent

Day 6-7

After a well-served rest, we are facing the longest leg of the skiing trip. We cross our fingers for good weather as we slowly but surely make our way up the glacier to the highest point of the route. From the top of the glacier we have wonderful view over the sea and mountains towards the Russian mining town Barentsburg. Then it’s time for some downhill to our next camp site. The next morning we continue along the cost line towards Isfjrod Radio and set our tents for the last time. We are almost at the finnish line.

all meals included
tent

Day 8

After a week on skis, today we get the first glimpse Isfjord Radio in the distance, and thus the end of the trip in the horizon. We ski along the shore line, and if we are lucky, we might see walrus on our way. Upon our arrival Isfjord Radio, we are greeted warmly. The arctic explorers have made it to the finish line! The wilderness hotel feels exceptionally luxurious after one week in tent accommodation. After a warm shower, it is time for a tasty 3-course dinner. Few drinks and we are ready for a sleep in the soft beds.

all meals included
Isfjord Radio

Day 9

We wake up at Isfjord Radio, and after breakfast, we will be picked up by our logistics department for return to Longyearbyen and civilization in the afternoon. Dinner on own initiative in the evening, with impressions and sled full of memories.

Breakfast & Lunch

Summary

Price: Nok 32.500,- per person
Departures: 27.3.-4.4. &  25.4-3.5.2018
Minimum: 4 persons
Age limit: 18 years

What’s included?

Activities, accommodation and meals according to the program
Transport to and from accommodation
Equipment: tent, Primus & fuel, kitchen wear, needed emergency equipment, Fjellpulken or Paris expedition sled
Search- and rescue insurance

What’s not included?

Flights, airport shuttle, drinks with meals, single room at Isfjord Radio, accommodation in Longyearbyen, CO2 investment of NOK 250, private equipment

Recommended equipment

Recommended clothing in the Arctic: Woolen underwear as the base layer, warm wool or flees trousers & sweater on the top, two layers of socks (thin & thick woolen socks), Windproof layer on the top (spacious clothing is recommended since air is the best insulation),  gloves  (wool is recommended), warm hat (wind proof), scarf or flees- tube. Ask for detailed packing list from our sales office.

Note

It is important that sleeping bag and clothes are packed in water proof bags. Each participant has to pull their own sled that can weigh 40-50 kg. All the common equipment will be shared between the participants. All participants will be divided into tent groups of 2 or 3 persons. Cooking dinners and melting water will be handled by each group.

As part of Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen’s efforts to be climate neutral, there will be an additional climate investment charge of NOK 250 per guest.  This is donated in its entirety to Basecamp Foundation’s forestry project in Masai Mara, Kenya. The trees bind CO2 and contribute to reducing the effects of emissions associated with our activities – and your travel. For more information, please visit: www.basecampfoundation.org

Combine your stay with accommodation at the most unique hotel at Longyearbyen – Basecamp Hotel.

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