We offer a full spectrum of Arctic adventures in Svalbard, from hiking glaciers and ice-caves, skiing expeditions to remote areas, snowmobiling across a frozen tundra, r, relaxation at luxurious outposts, cosy comfort at Nordenskiold Lodge, or gathering around the campfire in a tent camp.
Dog sledding has been and still is the core of what we do in Svalbard. When ports and fjord become icebound, this was the way to travel and get supplies delivered. Discover Svalbard’s unique wilderness with a pack of powerful huskies. You will harness, feed and look after your own dogs, so don’t be surprised if you make new friends!
In the winter and spring when the ground is frozen and still covered by snow there are no limits to where you can go, it all depends on what you want to get out of it. Shorter trips take place in the close vicinity of Longyearbyen. On multi-day expeditions you find yourself turn into an explorer, and tent camps or over nights in cabins provide welcoming rest. Some trips start and end in Longyearbyen, on other trips we drop you and the dogs off by boats or snow cats. You race over barren landscape through blizzards and whiteout conditions, enjoying sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds or clear sunny days. On these expeditions you might cover up to 50 kilometers a day.
Vast fields of snow await those who wish to ski Svalbard. This is a top world wilderness, some sixty thousand square kilometers of pure nature. Besides downhill skiing trips to peaks nearby Longyearbyen, several days ski expeditions into undisturbed snowy wilderness is the magic option. On backcountry touring skis and a sledge trailing behind you, traverse the mountains, glaciers, tundra and the sea ice. The Svalbard spring is the best time for such adventures. It is possible to enjoy this experience based in our expedition lodge by the Nordenskiöld glacier where you rest in soft beds after a hot sauna, or go rough and sleep in tents. To top it off, why not include a stay of luxury at Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel?
May is perfect for the more extreme version of backcountry skiing. A string of mountains along the coast of Svalbard is our playground. Start skiing straight from the beach, touring peaks rising out of the sea. From one of our basecamps ashore or liveaboard sailing ship SV Linden you are guaranteed ultimate access to unspoiled skiing opportunities. Off-piste skiing is an incredible way to enjoy the outdoors of Svalbard.
Snowmobiling in winter wonderland
Snowmobiling in Svalbard gives you a great ability to cover huge distances in a magic winter wonderland. In only one hour on a snowmobile you are more than a day’s march ahead, making even the east and west coast as well as the Van Mijenfjord accessible. Visitors to Svalbard are allowed to snowmobile in the western and central Spitsbergen area. This is the realm of the polar bear in its unique icy wilderness – the drift and fast ice. Look out for seals resting and polar bears hunting. With snowmobiles you can travel from one outpost to another. There are good options to combine one or more of our basecamps with stays in remote and rustic mining towns.
Hiking in the Arctic
Svalbard is a great hiking destination. Here we walk off the trails. In fact there are no paths. Svalbard is a nature wilderness where the tracks you come across are more likely to be from the Arctic wildlife. You can walk through fjord landscape, dessert, lush tundra, across glaciers and mountains raising steep. The terrain is varied. If you just want a short walk, there are many good options in the mountains surrounding Longyearbyen or around Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel. Or choose a longer trekking expedition to reach amazing destinations off the beaten track. On these backpacking overnight trips you can check in at small lodges, tent camps or even luxurious hotels. If you opt for sleeping in tents, be prepared for taking your turn on polar bear watch duties.
The Svalbard icefields are glacier eldorados
Considering more than half of Svalbard is covered by alpine glaciers this is the perfect place for glacier hiking. Svalbard offers glacier explorations of various length and difficulty. There are opportunities to tackle crevasses, moraines and ice caves, or stroll across blue ice in an ever changing glacier landscape. On many ice walks no previous experience or special skills are needed. For the more experienced, you have chances to test ice climbing skills on ice walls. Nordenskiöld Glacier is among the best ice to explore in the Isfjord area. It is easy to access and has fascinating crevasses and a beautiful blue glacier front dropping right into the ocean. Nordenskiöld Lodge located right at the glacier front, is the perfect basecamp for glacier experiences.
Boat Safaris & Cruise Expeditions
There are daily boat departures out of Longyearbyen. Small open boats run guests to wildlife destinations in the Isfjord area. These trips can be combined with a stay at one of the quirky lodges or luxurious hotels. Your skipper jumps off the boat with you and become your guide and polar bear watch onshore.
Svalbard is becoming a popular cruise expedition destination. Every year more ships turn to this archipelago halfway between Norway and the North Pole. You step aboard, unpack and for the next days you don’t have to pack any more, but simply enjoy Svalbard.