Across Nordenskiöld land

Min. age 18
per person 19,990 nok
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Across Nordenskiöld Land

Experience summery Spitsbergen by hiking through the beautiful Nordenskiöld Land. We start from Longyearbyen and hike over the mountains and through the valleys to Coles Bay and Barentsburg. After a night in the old Russian mining town we continue further west, to the remote radio station, the last stop before Greenland.

Day Before

Meet the guide in the reception at Basecamp Hotel at 3PM. You will get to know your fellow travelers and prepare yourself for the program and learn more about equipment. If you need to do some last minute shopping than the sports shops are open until 6PM.

Day 1

At 8 am you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to Bjørndalen, Bear Valley, right outside Longyearbyen. We follow the footsteps of the reindeers into Bjørndalen and climb up our first mountain, Fuglefjellet, for some 500 meters. From the top of the mountain you can enjoy beautiful views over Isfjorden while we stop for expedition lunch. After the lunch, we continue our hike westward until we reach the first camp site. Everyone will help setting up the tents and preparing dinner together. Later in the evening, we will visit the abandoned Russian mining settlement, Grumant. Once back at camp it’s time to crawl into our sleeping bags for well-deserved sleep. During the night, we rotate as polar bear guards.

All meals included

Day 2

After breakfast with a perfect view over arctic fjords, we pack our bags and lace our hiking boots for another adventurous day on foot. We descend to the coastline and reach Coles Bay, another interesting part of the Russian mining history, where we stop for lunch. We cross the river in Coles Valley and walk a bit further before making camp for the night. After a long day, it is nice to relax by the camp, enjoy dinner and arctic silence in good company. Before heading to the tents, we agree on turns for the polar bear watch.

All meals included

Day 3

After breakfast and packing up our camp, we continue westwards towards the Russian mining town Barentsburg. The distance for today’s hike is bit longer than what we have done on the past days, but the terrain is more flat and easier to hike on. We will stop for a warm expedition lunch on the way, an in the afternoon, we arrive in Barentsburg. We have walked past several old Russian settlements during the last days, but this is the only still active town with about 400 locals and 1 cat. We check into the newly renovated hotel and head for a traditional Russian dinner.

All meals included
Barentsburg Hotel

Day 4

After a Russian breakfast at the hotel, we start the day with a short boat transport across the fjord to the Russian water station. Here we lace up our hiking boots once more and set on foot the last kilometres towards Isfjord Radio. Depending on the weather we can pick either the inland route or the coastal route. Upon arrival Isfjord Radio we are welcomed by our hosts with warm drinks. Then it’s time for an Isfjord Radio dinner – a voyage of tastes you will not easily forget.

All meals included
Isfjord Radio

Day 5

Enjoy a relaxed morning with late breakfast at Isfjord Radio. Sip coffee and look out into the vast landscape of Spitsbergen. It’s so easy just sink into the arctic atmosphere. Then it’s time to pack you gear for the last time and head back to Longyearbyen. We travel with open boat over Isfjord. You can see the same landscape we have walked through the past few days from a whole new angle. We arrive back in Longyearbyen before lunch time.

Breakfast included
5 days
Min. 4 participants
Meals included
Tent and Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel

Price information


5-day hiking advenutre with Arctic natureguide
Accommodation in shared room and tent
Meals according to the program
All camping equipment, thermos, cup and cutlery, sleeping bag and sleeping mat can be borrowed if needed without extra cost
Pick up and return transport to your hotel or guesthouse in Longyearbyen
Search- and rescue insurance


Personal spendings, drinks with meals, private equipment and travel insurance
Single room supplement at Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel
Accommodation in Longyearbyen before and after the expedition


As part of Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen’s efforts to be climate neutral, we add an additional CO2 and enviromental investment of NOK 250 per guest.  This is donated in its entirety to do good projects contributing to a sustainable future in our destinations.

Clothing and equipment


Woolen underwear as the base layer
Warm wool or flees trousers & sweater on the top
Two sets of layers of socks (thin & thick woolen socks)
Wind- and waterproof pants and jacket. We recommend spacious clothing because air is the best insulation.
Woolen glowes with wind and waterproof outer gloves
A pair of working gloves or mittens to have when setting up and packing down the tent camp
Warm and windproof hat
Two warm buffs of natural material
Toilet articles
Sunglasses min. category 3
Sunscreen factor 50 (not based on water)
Camera and extra battery/power bank for charging
Waterproof pack for personal and shared equipment (around 65 litres)

Pack all your personal equipment in a couple of small waterproof bags, rather than one big one due to limited space and we can get wet if it rains. Do note that you need to carry some of the common equipment’s as well as your personal equipment. In total this will sum up to around 20 kg. Storage for other luggage during the trip: Basecamp Hotel


During this adventure we sleep in shared tents and each tent team is expected to participate on boiling own drinking water, setting up and packing down your own tent each day. The guide will supervise and with some practice you will soon get a hold of it. Each night participants have rotating schedules of being polar guard.

We will walk around 12-15 km per day. The terrain where we walk doesn’t have any roads or tracks and to reach our destination, we will have to cross rivers. This trip is not suitable for persons suffering from back pains or pregnant women, and this is due to your health and safety. Basecamp will unfortunately not allow participation in such case, as we cannot that responsibility for any health issues due to neglecting this advice.

In Spitsbergen, weather conditions can change quickly. We can meet heavy winds, snowstorms or thick fog. This means we might need to make changes to the planned route, and this might lead up us not arriving to the planned destination. It can also mean that we need to use a different transportation style or accommodation than what was described in the program. We will always do our outmost to give our guests a great experience in the Arctic, but we must be aware that characteristics of the destination.


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