Adventures in Spitsbergen

Explore Spitsbergen

Explore Spitsbergen

Experience the Outdoor Thrills of Spitsbergen

Dog Sledding On Wheels In The Arctic Wilderness

Dog Sledding On Wheels In The Arctic Wilderness

Photo Credits: Dinozzaver

Sail Past the Calving Glacier Esmark

Sail Past the Calving Glacier Esmark

Join a Boat Trip to Barentsburg & Esmark Glacier

Walrus

Walrus

Walrus

Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen

Colourful Houses in the Wilderness

Adventures in Spitsbergen

Experience the outdoor thrills of Spitsbergen, home of the Polar Bear. Take a Zodiac cruise to Bird Mountain, hike up a glacier, visit an abandoned Russian mining town, kayak alongside the uninhabited shores of the Arctic Ocean or trek over to Kap Linne, the jumping off point for some of the 19th century Arctic explorers. The fact that the streets have no names and it is customary to check-in your gun at the door (and your shoes), just adds to the frontier feel of the world’s northernmost city.

DAY 1 Oslo
Fly to Oslo and overnight at the Comfort Hotel Runway, just 7 minutes from the airport. Central Oslo is just 20 minutes by airport train, should you wish to explore the capital.
DAY 2 Svalbard
Within 3 hours, the early morning flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen transports you to the world’s northernmost airport. Self-transfer to your chosen hotel for 4 nights. The remainder of your day is at leisure and for you to familiarise yourself with the surroundings. We do recommend a visit to the Svalbard Museum in order to learn more about the fascinating history of this Arctic outpost.
DAY 3-5 Longyearbyen 
These 3 days are free for you to choose your Spitsbergen Adventure. From mid-April to mid-August the sun does not set and you will experience 24-hour daylight –a remarkable phenomenon in itself. With no roads outside of the town, the main mode of transport is by boat and this is reflected in the wide range of water based excursions. Visit Pyramiden, an abandoned Russian mining town or Barentsburg, Svalbard’s second largest settlement. Get close (as safely permitted) to vast glaciers and huge icebergs, slowly melting as they drift into the open sea. Many travel to Spitsbergen to experience the Arctic flora and fauna. Taking a guided hike is an excellent way to view the flourishing plants and animals of the Arctic first hand. The other popular mode of transport is the Husky dog, and it is still possible to learn the art of husky mushing with your own pack of huskies. Excursions and timings of trips do vary throughout the season, so we would be more than happy to discuss the best options according to your agenda and season.
DAY 6 UK
After an action packed few days, self-transfer to Longyearbyen airport for your return flight to the UK.
Basecamp Hotel
Basecamp Hotel
Built with reclaimed driftwood in a traditional, rustic trapper’s style and furnished with arctic bric-a-brac, the Trappers Lodge is a warm and welcoming retreat. All rooms have private WC/shower and are adorned with driftwood, sealskins and slate. In keeping with the trapper’s style there are no TV’s in the rooms. There is a well-stocked library of books to borrow and the Cognac lounge offers the opportunity to view the Northern Lights through the panoramic windows. Complimentary tea/coffee and small snacks are available in the lobby all day. Breakfast is served in the adjoining restaurant.
16 rooms • rustic and cosy • Snug Cognac Lounge for Northern Lights viewing
Radisson Blu Polar Hotel
Radisson Blu Polar Hotel
This hotel was originally built for the Lillehammer Olympics and then transported to Svalbard, where it has become the world’s northernmost full service hotel. Recently refurbished, there is a wide range of warm contemporary rooms to choose from – all with free Wi-Fi. Restaurant Nansen features a la carte Arctic specialities and has panoramic windows looking out to Isfjord and Hiorthfjellet. Barentz Pub & Spiseri is a relaxed and informal meeting place for locals and visitors and offers a light menu. If that is not enough then there are also outdoor hot tubs and jacuzzi’s available for warming up after a day of activities.
95 rooms • Arctic dining with panoramic windows • Informal atmosphere
Boat Trip To Barentsburg and Esmark Glacier

Sail past the calving glacier Esmark, guided tour of the Russian mining town Barentsburg, photo safari by teeming bird cliffs. Lunch on board.

Duration: 9/10 hours

Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays

Departure Time: 08.30 hrs.

£210 pp
Boat Trip To Pyramiden and the Nordenskiold Glacier

A close-up view of the cathedral looking Tempelfjellet and the Nordenskiold glacier. Visit the abandoned Russian mining town of Pyramiden.  Lunch on board.

Duration: 9/10 hours

Departures: Tuesdays, Thursdays  & Sundays

Departure Time: 08.30 hrs.  

£210 pp
Trekking to Trollsteinen Via Larsbreen

A combined hiking and glacier walk. Lunch below Trollsteinen at 849m above sea level. Return via Longyear glacier. Uneven and steep in walking on rugged surface is required. Mountain boots essential

Duration:  6 hours

Departs: Tuesdays,Thursdays & Saturdays

Departure Time: 14.00 hrs.

£90 pp
Isfjord Safari To Fuglefjella and Hjorthamn

In an open Zodiac the tour heads for Fuglefjellet (the Bird Mountain) where thousands of nesting sea birds can be seen in June and July.

Duration: 3 hours

Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

Departure Time: 09:00 & 16:00 on Saturdays & Sundays 

£100 pp