Arctic Adventure – Spitsbergen on Tracks

This is a trip of a lifetime. An expedition of wonder, that will be etched in your memory and in your stories for years to come. Spitsbergen is a true arctic wilderness 600 miles from the North Pole. A land of ice, snow, mountains and Polar Bears. We’ll use snowmobiles to access the interior and cover distances unthinkable by the explorers of old. We will take you across frozen fjords, through steep sided gorges, glaciers, and vast mountain ranges. If we’re lucky, we’ll see the mighty Polar Bear, stalking a seal out on the sea ice or wandering between it’s hunting grounds.

Accommodation will be a mixture of adventure lodges and Polar luxury. If we’re lucky, we’ll see the mighty Polar Bear, stalking a seal out on the sea ice or wandering between its hunting grounds. Suitable for all ages with a basic level of fitness and a sense of adventure. Come and join us on this truly unique and wild adventure. The leaders are all relaxed friendly people and experienced in cold weather adventure. They can teach you the skills necessary to move comfortably and easily in this epic terrain.

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Day 1: 

Fly to Oslo, where an interconnecting flight will take you north way up into the Arctic Circle and onto Spitsbergen. You will be met at the airport in Spitsbergen by one of the expedition leaders and taken to the hotel.
The hotel gives the feeling of a Spits bergen trappers’ hut furnished with local driftwood. It’s atmospheric, well equipped and very comfortable.

Day 2:

After breakfast it’s a good opportunity to have a wander around the town and soak up the frontier-like atmosphere. You’ll be kitted out with snowsuits and snow boots and then you’ll be shown how to use the snowmobiles. In the afternoon we’ll do some practice driving and head out to a glacier to see into some crevasse. The evening will be back at the hotel in Longyearbyen for a final briefing.

Day 3:

We will ride around the icy coastline to the still used fascinating Russian mining town of Barentsburg. The population is down to a few hundred that make their living primarily through coal mining. We’ll take a look around at some of the vast buildings now little used and enjoy the delights of a Russian hospitality.

Day 4:

We’ll ride up over high mountain passes, past the vast glaciated valley of Pluto and around a huge semi frozen fjord where the ice forms a loose shifting crust and the vastness of the landscape is breathtaking.
We’ll head out to a frozen-in converted schooner. We’ll stay on the boat for the night as close to nature as we can get. Early explorers froze boats into the drift ice to try to reach the North Pole, we won’t be drifting but it’s a magical experience to feel what it must have been like.

Day 5:

We’ll ride over to the east coast through some remarkable scenery to the sea ice where Polar Bears are frequently spotted hunting for seals. They’re wild animals and wander where they wish but we hope to be lucky and experience the magic of see one. Then it’s on to another Russian mining town for an overnight stay and some Vodka-based hospitality.

Day 6:

After breakfast we’ll cross two huge frozen fjords, Billefjorden and Templefjorden. We’ll stop to wonder at the immense size of the glacial face of the Von Postbreen Glacier and look in at the trappers’ station at Fredheim where the famous hunter Hilmar NØis lived. Then along the frozen expanse of Adventdalen and back to Longyearbyen.

Day 7:

Today will be harnessing up a team of dogs and, after learning the basics, we’ll be off on this magical trip where all you can hear is the swish of the sled through the snow. The dogs love to work and know exactly what they’re doing. It’s a unique and wonderful experience to be pulled by a team of willing huskies through such a pristine wilderness.

Day 8:

Transport to the airport and flights back to see friends and loved ones with stories and wonderment that will last for many years.

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by R Taylor on Pioneer Expeditions
Spitsbergen on Tracks

I had a great time on the Spitsbergen trip. The weather conditions were not favourable, but we made the best of the situation. David is a really good guy and a really good guide & I would use him as a guide again. Thanks for putting the trip together

  • Duration8 days / 7 nights
  • Price£8500
    Excluding international flights
  • Tailormade DeparturesMarch - April (supplement may apply)

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