True Arctic Story

Passenger 11,590
Min. age 18
per driver 16,990 nok
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True Arctic Story

Hidden in the glacier moraine, we are going have the base for our adventure, just like the hunters and explorers from the past. With no running water or electricity, Nordenskiöld Lodge is a true expedition cabin, but with modern comforts. We use wood to heat up the cabin and get our drinking water from the melting glacier. There are 5 big bedrooms with a fantastic view, 10 comfortable beds, an indoor toilet and a traditional sauna. The cabin is modern and comfortable with big windows giving away to the mighty glacier.

Day 1

Meeting in the reception at your hotel at 10 am. Here you will meet our guide and get short briefing about winter clothing, snowmobiling and the program for next few days. Based on current weather and snow conditions, the guide will pick the best route for us. We will drive through unspoiled nature and do many exciting stops along the way. We will enjoy expedition lunch on the way. We will cross the frozen Tempelfjorden and pass the mighty Temple Mountain. We drive further north towards the glaciers in Olav V land. Arriving to the Nordenskiöld Lodge, we will get settled into our rooms, start the preparations for today’s dinner and just enjoy the beautiful scenery around us.

Pick up 10AM
twin room
Lunch & Dinner included
Nordenskiöld Lodge

Day 2

After a tasty breakfast it’s time to sit back on our snowmobiles and head out into the beautiful scenery of Spitsbergen. We drive over glaciers, mountains and frozen fjords, miles from civilization in a landscape of white and blue colours. If the weather and ice conditions are favourable, we head out to the abandoned Russian mining town, Pyramiden. We will get a tour around the town. In the old days before the evacuation, they had kindergartens, schools and even the world’s northernmost swimming pool. The Russians took nothing with them when they abandon the city in 1998 and almost everything lies as it was back then. We will enjoy expedition lunch on the way. During the afternoon, we return back to the cabin. And after a long day on the scooter we fire up the sauna and enjoy tasty dinner.

Day excursion
twin room
All meals included
Nordenskiöld Lodge

Day 3

Breakfast is served at. 08:00. After the breakfast it is time once more to start our snowmobiles and head back to the civilization. Based on current weather forecast and resent snow conditions, we will pick the best route back. We will enjoy expedition lunch on the way in the middle of the white landscape surrounded by arctic silence. If we are really lucky, we might catch a glimpse of the King of the Arctic, polar bears before arriving to Longyearbyen in the afternoon.

Return in the afternoon
Breakfast & Lunch included
Tuesday
3 days
March-May
Min. 4 participants
All meals included
Nordenskiöld Lodge

Price information

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

3-day snowmobiling adventure with arctic nature guide
Accommodation in double/twin room.
5-course dinner, breakfast and expedition lunches.
Transport to and from your hotel or guesthouse in Longyearbyen.
Warm clothing: Snowmobile suit, boots, gloves, helmet, goggles and balaclava.
Snowmobile and fuel.
Search- and rescue insurance for Svalbard.

ADDITIONAL CHARGES

Snowmobile insurance NOK 175 per snowmobile per day
Personal spendings, drinks with meals, private equipment and travel insurance
Accommodation in Longyearbyen before and after the trip

MORE THAN TRAVEL

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.

GROUPS

Would you like to have your board meeting, conference event, incentive group, private guiding or even a kick-off event in the middle of the true Arctic? Let us know and we will tailor your trip!

Clothing and equipment

Pack as little as possible for this trip. We recommend a waterproof backpack of around 35-42 liter. Your bigger luggage can be stored at your hotel while you are out exploring.

Necessary clothing in the Arctic is woolen thermals 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 because air is the best insulation. Windproof mittens with a warm liner or thick gloves, a warm hat, scarf or flees- tube is also a must have in Svalbard.

We recommend bringing indoor shoes or extra woolen socks to Nordenskiöld Lodge. Leisure wear/ casual clothing for dinner, toilet articles, sunglasses, sunscreen (not based on water because of low temperatures, binoculars to spot and study the wildlife, photo camera, contact lenses if you normally use glasses).

Note

Driver’s license for car or motorcycle is required for driving snowmobile. Your driver’s license must be presented before the tour starts. This trip requires minimum two snowmobile drivers without passengers. We may also need to change the number of drivers and passengers in the group. This is in terms of safety reasons.

This trip is not suitable for persons suffering from back pains or pregnant women. This is due to safety for your safety and wellbeing, and Basecamp Explorer can unfortunately not to take responsibility for health problems if this advice is neglected.

In Spitsbergen, weather conditions can change quickly. We can meet heavy winds, snowstorms, thick fog, crevasses and lack of snow or ice. This means we might need to make changes to the planed 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.

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