True Arctic Story

Passenger 16,990
Min. age 16
per driver 22,990 nok
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True Arctic Story weekend

Your basecamp Nordenskiöld Lodge is hard to spot even for the initiated few who know its sheltered location. With no running water or electricity, though a modern standard, you will get a glimpse of the traditional lifestyle of the explorers from the past. Enjoy a digital detox combined with spectacular adventures far away from civilization. Listen to the glacier as it speaks with cracking sounds. Find peace by the big windows giving away to the mighty blue glacier. Explore the landscape reigning far off the beaten path. Visit places you will never reach on a day’s travel.


Day 1

Meeting in the reception at your hotel at 10 am. Here you will meet our guide and get short briefing about winter clothing, snowmobiling and the program for next few days. Based on current weather and snow conditions, the guide will pick the best route for us. We will drive through unspoiled nature and do many exciting stops along the way. We will enjoy expedition lunch on the way. We will cross the frozen Tempelfjorden and pass the mighty Temple Mountain. We drive further north towards the glaciers in Olav V land. Arriving to the Nordenskiöld Lodge, we will get settled into our rooms, start the preparations for today’s dinner and just enjoy the beautiful scenery around us.

Pick up 09.30 AM
twin room
Lunch & Dinner included
Nordenskiöld Lodge

Day 2

After a tasty breakfast it’s time to plan for today’s adventure. with your guide and head out into the beautiful scenery of Spitsbergen. We explore glaciers, mountains and frozen fjords, miles from civilization in a landscape of white and blue colours. Our guides have plenty of stories from the adventurous trapper history at Spitsbergen, and will also share their knowledge of geology, wildlife and habitat along the route. You will for sure increase your understanding of the amazing landscape we are exploring. We will enjoy expedition lunch on the way. During the afternoon, we return back to the cabin. After a long day outdorrs we heat up the sauna and enjoy a tasty dinner.

Day excursion
twin room
All meals included
Nordenskiöld Lodge

Day 3

Breakfast is served at. 08:00. After the breakfast it is time once more to start our snowmobiles and head back to the civilization. Based on current weather forecast and resent snow conditions, we will pick the best route back. We will enjoy expedition lunch on the way in the middle of the white landscape surrounded by arctic silence. If we are really lucky, we might catch a glimpse of the King of the Arctic, polar bears before arriving to Longyearbyen in the afternoon.

Return in the afternoon
Breakfast & Lunch included
3 days
Min. 4 participants
All meals included
Nordenskiöld Lodge

Price information


3-day snowmobiling adventure with arctic nature guide
Accommodation in double/twin room.
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.


Snowmobile insurance NOK 250 per snowmobile per day.
Personal spendings, drinks with meals, private clothing and equipment, travel insurance.
Vegan menu is offered at a surcharge.
Accommodation in Longyearbyen before and after the trip.


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.


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).


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.

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.


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 svalbard

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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