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the true arctic story week

Svalbard is mighty and vast, and for the real expedition experience we have to go far off the beaten track. On this tour you get the feeling of following in the footsteps of pioneers and explorers. With snowmobiles we travel over glaciers and frozen fjords, through valley sides and past former trapping huts. And our pleasant base is Nordenskiöld Lodge – a gem of a lodge situated in front of the Nordenskiöld glacier. Without running water and electricity, but with plenty of pleasant and warm comfort. Join us on a wildly beautiful adventure.

 

Day 1

Are you ready for an amazing adventure? The guide picks you up at the hotel at 9.30 AM, and drive directly to our expedition centre in Longyearbyen. Here we go through today’s route to Nordenskiöld Lodge, which is determined based on weather and snow conditions. Everyone receives good instruction in snowmobile driving and safe behavior in the Arctic, before we dress up in warm suits, boots, mittens and helmets.

Now the journey begins! We leave Longyearbyen behind and drive into the arctic wilderness. We will cross glaciers and frozen fjords, drive through valleys and moraines. Along the way, the guide will find a suitable stop for lunch.

After hours on the scooter in the beautiful landscape, the majestic Nordenskiöld glacier appears. We drive along the edge of the ravine to the cabin, which is well hidden between small crags. And here our hospitable hosts welcome you with cozy cabin charm.

After everyone has settled in, it’s time for the first, tasty dinner, joined by an indescribable view of the landscape.

Pick up 9.30 AM
twin room
Lunch & dinner included
Nordenskiöld Lodge

Day 2

Did you wake up to the rumble of the mighty glacier? Glaciers are in constant motion, and the huge masses of ice crack quite easily.

After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to discuss the day’s excursion. The weather is always a factor we take into account, and we adapt today’s trip to snow and wind conditions. It is a very special feeling to venture out into this untouched landscape, far, far beyond civilization. We can leave long distances behind us with snowmobiles, and this gives great opportunities to experience various rock formations, fjords and glaciers. We eat lunch outside.

Back after today’s excursion, you are greeted by the warmth in the wood-fired sauna, a welcome offer after a long day out. It is also lovely to relax in our spacious day-bed, perhaps with a book or with your gaze resting on the glacier front.

In the evening we enjoy a hearty meal, prepared and served by the host.

Day excursion
twin room
All meals included
Nordenskiöld Lodge

Day 3

Another day for arctic experiences! After breakfast, we plan for day’s trip. Either we take the snowmobile, or we walk from the cabin into the winter landscape. Approaching the Nordenskiöld glacier is fascinating. It’s like it’s growing bigger and bigger the closer we get! We also have lunch with us today, which we enjoy outdoors. Our guides have a huge amount of knowledge about Svalbard, and they are happy to share it when we are exploring the Arctic.

Back at the cabin, it’s time to relax, maybe a trip to the sauna is tempting? If the weather allows, the hosts will light up a fire outdoors and you can relax with a drink summarizing todays excursion. We also have a lot of interesting polar literature and entertaining games, so the afternoon can be used exactly as you wish.

We gather around the table again for a good meal, before it’s time to crawl into bed in the company of the rumbling of the glacier.

day excursion
twin room
All meals included
Nordenskiöld Lodge

Day 4

Nordenskiöld Lodge is one of the few places without wifi or phone coverage, so your stay offer a real digital detox. Which is noticeable. After the days in the wilderness, the shoulders are low and the calm has subsided. Bring that good feeling back to civilization.

After breakfast and a last cup of coffee, it’s time to pack and prepare for the trip back to Longyearbyen. We say goodbye to the host, and fortunately have a long trip ahead of us through mighty Svalbard.

The guide will find a suitable place for lunch, and point out landmarks and exciting geology along the way.

Back in Longyearbyen, it is time to return equipment and snowmobiles, before you are driven ‘home’ to your hotel. Hopefully full of great experiences that provide memories for a lifetime.

Return in the afternoon
Breakfast & Lunch included
Monday
4 days
March - April
Min. 4 participants
All meals included
Nordenskiöld Lodge

Price information

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

4-day snowmobile adventure with arctic nature guide
Accommodation in double/twin room at Nordenskiöld Lodge
Dinner, breakfast and expedition lunches.
Transport to and from your hotel or guesthouse in Longyearbyen.
Warm clothing: Snowmobile suit, boots, gloves, helmet, goggles and balaclava.
Snowmobile and fuel.
Search- and rescue insurance for Svalbard.

ADDITIONAL CHARGES

Snowmobile insurance NOK 250 per snowmobile per day
Personal spendings, drinks with meals, private clothing and equipment and travel insurance
Accommodation in Longyearbyen before and after the trip

MORE THAN TRAVEL

As part of Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen’s efforts to be climate neutral, we add an additional CO2 and enviromental investment of NOK 250 per guest.  This is donated in its entirety to do good projects contributing to a sustainable future in our destinations.

GROUPS

Would you like to have your board meeting, conference event, incentive group, private guiding or even a kick-off event in the middle of the true Arctic? Contact us to tailor your adventure.

Clothing and equipment

Pack as little as possible for this trip. We recommend a waterproof backpack of around 35-42 liter. Your bigger luggage can be stored at your hotel while you are out exploring.

Necessary clothing in the Arctic is woolen thermals as the base layer, warm wool or fleece trousers & sweater on the top. Two layers of socks (thin & thick woolen socks), windproof layer on the top. Spacious clothing is recommended because air is the best insulation. Windproof mittens with a warm liner or thick gloves, a warm hat, scarf or flees- tube is also a must have in Svalbard.

We recommend bringing indoor shoes or extra woolen socks to Nordenskiöld Lodge. Leisure wear/ casual clothing for dinner, toilet articles, sunglasses, sunscreen (not based on water because of low temperatures, binoculars to spot and study the wildlife, photo camera, contact lenses if you normally use glasses).

Note

Physical requirements

This trip is not suitable for persons suffering from back pains or pregnant women. This is due to safety for your safety and wellbeing, and Basecamp Explorer can unfortunately not to take responsibility for health problems if this advice is neglected.

Driver’s license

All drivers of snowmobiles on Svalbard must be able to present driving licenses for passenger cars/class B, and the driving licenses must be issued in a country that is a party to the Geneva Convention of 1949 or the Vienna Convention of 1968 on road traffic. The driver’s license must be valid in the issuing country. Your driver’s license must be presented before the tour starts. This trip requires minimum two snowmobile drivers without passengers. We may also need to change the number of drivers and passengers in the group. This is in terms of safety reasons.

Language

Safety is our top priority during our trips. It is necessary for you to be able to communicate in English or a Scandinavian language if you want to join our excursions. The tour language (English or a Scandinavian language) will be chosen based on the group’s language skills.

Weather conditions in the arctic

In Svalbard, weather conditions can change quickly. We can meet heavy winds, snowstorms or thick fog, crevasses and lack of snow or ice. This means we might need to make changes to the planned route, and this might result in not arriving to the planned destination. It can also mean that we need to use a different transportation style or accommodation than what was described in the program. We will always do our outmost to give our guests a great experience in the Arctic, but we must be aware that characteristics of the destination.

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