At 15:00 we meet at Mary-Ann's Polarrigg for an information meeting. We then head to our nearby warehouse to pack up equipment and go over the final details before the evening ends. Bring all your equipment to the meeting place. You can leave personal belongings behind, but try and limit how much extra gear you bring with you on tour. There will be an opportunity to take a trip to the city's sports shops for last minute purchases. If you want to take a map with you on the trip, we recommend buying one at the Svalbard Museum next to the University, or in the town's grocery store. Packing may take a few hours, so bring some food and drink with you. NOTE: Dinner and accommodation are not included, and are arranged on an individual basis. The arrival dates in 2024 will be April 5th (departure 1) and April 16th (departure 2).
With ice-covered fjords, snow-covered mountains and exciting wildlife, Svalbard is something that simply must be experienced. Here we test expedition life in the Arctic and explore Nordenskioldland with skis and sleds. An experience of a lifetime!
- Experience arctic wilderness
- Scooter-free area
- Polar bear watch in the midnight sun
- A simpler alternative than crossing all of Svalbard
The ski trip starts a mile outside Longyearbyen, and after a short bus ride, we can strap on our skis and sleds and start the journey towards the scooter-free glacier massif between Adventdalen and Reindalen, two of the largest valleys in Svalbard. Here we find the highest peaks in Nordenskioldland with nunataks encircling the glacier. We set up day stages of between 8 and 21 kilometers, and establish a new camp every evening. We choose a campsite so that we can take afternoon trips in the areas if time and weather permits. When there is a need, we will take turns with the polar bear watch at night. This is typically one or two hours every other night and does not significantly affect the night's sleep. After a week on tour, we end up in Adventdalen again, where we are transported back to Longyearbyen.NB: If you want a longer trip, check out our tours across Svalbard!
- 24 hour emergency standby team based in Oslo
- Guides with training in wilderness first aid
- First aid equipment available
- Cooperation with Turlegen.no for medical advice while in the field.
On this trip, we are in remote areas away from civilization, and a possible rescue operation will take longer than on other trips we arrange. Participants should have some previous experience of winter outdoor activities. We have the safety equipment such a trip requires.
On these trips, some of the stages are demanding. On level 3 mountain hikes, there are often some long stages, and / or a demanding summit push where it can get cold. You must stand up to reach the goal, and have a good training basis and good health before departure. We sleep in tents and / or in cabins and hotels, but you do not have to have experience with tent life to participate. If the trip includes activities such as kayaking, cycling, climbing, glacier, skiing / mountaineering, it is an advantage to have experience with this activity.
Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help.
Training and preperation
You should be used to outdoor activities and must be in normal good physical shape to participate. The trip also requires the participant to have experience of skiing off groomed slopes.
Prior knowledge of Arctic expeditions is not necessary, but you should have some experience sleeping and camping in a tent in the winter. Previous sledding experience is not necessary, but some specific training is recommended. It is necessary that you have tested your personal equipment/clothing before the trip, footwear being particularly important.
Shared equipment will be distributed between the participants. Setting up the tent, cooking and melting snow is done by the individual tent team (2-3 people). The sled will weigh 25-35 kg. The daily stages are approx. 8-21 km.
Participants who are unsure whether their personal skills are sufficient are recommended to take part in our Winter course in Jotunheimen prior to the trip.
Accommodation and food
We will sleep everynight in a tent on the ski trip. The day before the actual ski trip starts and the last day in Longyearbyen are not included. We recommend staying overnight at Mary-Ann's Polarrigg before the trip, as it is in the immediate vicinity of the warehouse we use to pack and prepare everything for the trip.
Food is included on the ski trip, and you can pick what you want to take with you from our warehouse - porridge for breakfast, vacuum-packed freeze-dried tour food for lunch and dinner, drinks (coffee/tea/juice), chocolate, nuts, and biscuits. If you would like more snacks, you can bring specific treats with you, but be considerate of the weight.
We will have dinner together the last night in Longyearbyen (not included).
The days you will need to arrange accommodation in Longyearbyen will be from day 1-2 and day 6-7.
Departure 1: April 5-6, and April 10-11.
Departure 2: April 16-17, and April 21-22.
The periods of polar night and midnight sun vary depending on the latitude you are at. Longyearbyen has midnight sun from the 19th April to the 23rd of August, while in the period from the end of October to mid-February the sun is never above the horizon. The true dark period lasts from mid-November to the end of January.
Despite Svalbard's northern location, the archipelago has a relatively mild climate compared to other areas at the same latitude. In winter, the average temperature in Longyearbyen is -14°C. However, in winter there are longer periods with temperatures between -20 and -35 degrees. If there is additional wind, the apparant temperature is very low. However, in our experience every winter we get low pressure from the south-west which can bring days of hot temperatures and rain. The weather on Svalbard can change very quickly, and the local variations can be large. You need to be prepared for all weather on this tour.
We reserve the right to change prices. The day by day program is a guideline and changes may occur. You can refer to our general travel conditions for more information.
On all our trips, we require you to have full health and accident insurance which will also cover any transport home. Read more about travel insurance.
We have the following common and safety equipment
It is important that you pack your clothes and sleeping bag 100% waterproof. Even if you already have a cover on your sleeping bag, it is important that you pack it in a waterproof drybag bag as well.
TIP: Travel in your outdoor clothes. We recommend that you have the most important outdoor equipment in your hand luggage, for example ski boots and gore-tex jacket/trousers.
NOTE: If you are going on a trip in March, it is extra important that you bring plenty of warm clothes, as it can often be a little colder at this time. It may be a good idea to bring extra warm woolen socks and woolen underwear.
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– Dafina A. 2022