Svalbard: Crossing Arctic Landscapes
This trekking trip through the Arctic tundra is for those who would like to explore Spitsbergen without coming in contact with civilization. We will wander with backpacks stocked with provisions and camping equipment and sleep in our own tents or “hyttas". The only time we will come in contact with the man-made world will be when we visit the Soviet town of Barentsburg, cut off from the modern world, where the ways of life have not changed since the 1980s. Apart from being like a journey in time, the visit to Barentsburg is also a great opportunity to get a glimpse of what it is like to live in a polar town.
White nights and polar days await us when the sun will never hide behind the horizon. A speedboat ride past cliffs full of birds or a glass of vodka with local miners will make up for the effort of trekking, although the ultimate reward of it all is to get to know the Arctic really closely.
Join us on a trip only 1 300 km away from the North Pole!
Flight to Longyearbyen, accommodation at the campsite. An evening walk to the capital of Longyearbyen.
Continue to explore the center of Spitsbergen: the Arctic Museum, a walk around the city of miners. Supplementing food stocks, starting the trekking in the afternoon.
Trekking southwest of Longyearbyen, through picturesque valleys, passes and several smaller glaciers. On the route of the old mining railroad, we meet the abandoned transhipment station Colesbukta and other monuments of the Soviet times. The opportunity to climb the nearby hill, which has a great observation point (if we have enough time).
A visit to Barentsburg, a Russian mining settlement, where time stopped in the 80s of the last century. It is a geopolitically strategic place in the Arctic. We will continue along the road near Greenfjord, then to the Cape Linné, where we will reach the Greenland Sea.
Ride a motor boat along the coast back to Longyearbyen. During the cruise, we will admire the cliff coast of the island, which is inhabited by bird colonies. For real “walruses” an optional swimming in the Arctic Ocean! Those who prefer to stay on land can taste coffee in a church open 24 hours a day. Time to buy souvenirs.
• plane ticket with all airport charges
• care of an English-speaking guide
• cruise on a speedboat PolarCirkel
• 1x hotel and 2x accommodation on the campground with facilities
• rental of compulsory weapons to ensure the safety of the group
• information materials and maps
• Iridium satellite telephone for the group
• obligatory insurance guarantee for the travel agency
• NNW and KL + insurance of luggage up to 200 Euro
• a mandatory fee for the State Tourist Guarantee Fund (TFG) for each person
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Meals: we are planning to cook 2x a day.
The place of departure is WARSAW or OSLO. In case you wish to travel from another destination or book flights on your own, please contact us for price quotation for this trip.
OVERNIGHTS AND FOOD:
In own tents, 2x at the campground, 1x in the hotel, other accommodation in the area. Meals are supposed to be bought individually, depending on the purchased provisions. There is a well-stocked store in the city. You can bring your lunches with you.
The ongoing polar day will enable us to adjust the march to the current weather, regardless of the time of day or night. Most of the route will run through an area without paths or roads, an old railway, stony ground, permafrost, several times you will have to wade in icy water up to your knees, there may be sections with a high slope. The average daily distance traveled is 15-20 km. We will advise all interested parties to choose the proper option of a trip to Spitsbergen to make the most of their stay in the Arctic.
Prices of air tickets for Spitsbergen in the spring change very quickly. It is worth signing up for trips well in advance, so that the price of the ticket, and therefore also the price of the entire trip, does not increase.
Raw northern, temperature 5-10° C throughout the day, often the wind blows cold and is mostly cloudy. Snow and rain are minimal here (the Spitsbergen island is called the Arctic desert).
Protection against white bears: during the night spent in the field, participants will alternate holding guard (a few hours). After establishing with the group and in justified cases it is possible to refuse to participate in the guard. Brave participants will keep helping the guide with weapons and defense measures in case of close encounters with polar bears. Such equipment is obligatory at Spitsbergen, but a meeting with a polar bear is rather impossible in the summer. During this time, bears stay on ice-bound areas far from Isfjorden. Dispelling doubts: we do not intend to organize hunting.
• The itinerary may change depending on the date of departure, weather and other factors.
• Learn more about general conditions of participation and find out how to sign up for a trip.
• The organizer of the trip is Active Travel Agency Barents.pl.