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Encounter Spitsbergen

Hosted Tour-Land Only

7 Days/6 Nights

Daily June 1-August 31

High Mountain peaks pointing to the sky, azure blue glacier fronts, unspoiled scenery and a magnificent wildlife. In combination with the high level of comfort at Basecamp Isfjord Radio and exciting days in the field, you will, during a week explore the wild and beautiful Isfjorden. The trip is suitable for anyone who likes to walk in the mountains, and would like to explore Svalbard’s unique nature. Make landings to go hiking in the varied terrain, observe arctic birds, study the glacier fronts and take a closer look at the areas for flora, fauna and cultural heritage.
Price per Person:

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Package Includes:

6 nights accommodation described in itinerary.
Breakfast each morning
4 lunches-drinks not included
3 dinners-drinks not included
English speaking guide
Transportation between areas
Excursions as per itinerary
Hotel taxes and service charges


Day 1 Spitsbergen
On arrival at Longyear airport the airport coach will take you to Basecamp Trapper‟s Hotel, Svalbard‟s roughest and most special hotel! In the afternoon transfer to Basecamp Trapper Station in Bolterdalen. Here meet your 80 Alaskan Husky‟s. The guide teaches how to harness the dogs and after assembling your own team go summer-sledding on wheels! There are several restaurants and places to dine in Longyearbyen.Overnight in double rooms at the Basecamp Trapper‟s Hotel or similar.

Day 2 Cruise to Isfjord
Breakfast in the Traveler‟s Club. After a solid breakfast the guide will meet you in the hotel lounge. Get warm and waterproof clothing and then transfer to the quay and your open boats. Professional guides will go through safety routines before embarking. The vast Isfjord stretches more than 100km and these waters are filled with animals in the summer time. On the way, you will have time to enjoy the fantastic fjord and animal wildlife. After arrival at Isfjord Radio you are served a 2-course warm lunch and then it‟s time to stretch your legs. Spend the afternoon in the vicinity of the bird sanctuary to have a closer look at wildlife. Basecamp is running research study on how to discover and avoid negative impact on wild life and everyone is welcome to help gather field data. In the evening, you will be served a 3 course dinner at the station. Accommodation in double rooms at Basecamp Isfjord radio. All rooms have a wonderful view.

Day 3 Isfjord
Breakfast at Basecamp Isfjord Radio. Your first morning walk along the fantastic coastline. The guide will tell stories about hunters and their tough life up here on Svalbard. The guide lectures on the geology, flowers and animal life in the area. Return to Isfjord Radio and a 2-course lunch. After lunch you can choose either to join the guide on a 4 hour trip to Linn�vatnet, or just relax at the station. Perhaps browse the polar library and settle down with a good book. 3-course dinner in the station. Accommodation in double rooms at Basecamp Isfjord radio.

Day 4 Wilderness Day
In the morning pack for the expedition nights ahead. Around noon load up the boat and cross the vast Isfjord to the west coast of the fjord where you will land and put up a base camp. Expedition lunch in camp. In the afternoon go on a trekking trip. In the evening get familiarized with the tents and sleeping bags, polar bear precautions, and camp routines in general. Enjoy a 3-course dinner in the wild and then settle in for a cozy night. Accommodation in expedition tents, 2 persons per tent.

Day 5 Hiking day-Longyearbyen
Camp breakfast. After breakfast pack down the camp and go for a walk. Enjoy expedition lunch on the sea shore. It‟s then time to return to Longyearbyen and back to civilization again where a warm shower and drinks are awaiting you. The boat will pick you up in the afternoon. Transfer from the harbor to Basecamp Trapper‟s Hotel. Check-in at the hotel. Enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants in Longyearbyen. Accommodation in double rooms at Basecamp Trapper‟s Hotel or similar.

Day 6 Longyearbyen-End of Tour
Breakfast is served from 7 am. The morning is free to explore the city center of Longyearbyen, visit the museum or do some souvenir shopping. Departure for the airport shuttle bus at 1 pm.End of services.

Additional nights available.

BASECAMP TRAPPER’S HOTEL is situated in the city center of Longyearbyen, close to pubs, restaurants, the bank and shopping. The hotel has a rustic interior design. Furnished with drift wood, slate stones and seal skins. Although the interiors look a lot like the authentic cabins, all rooms contain separate and well equipped bathrooms and excellent beds. Luxury in a rough wrapping! An afternoon rest in the Travellers Club or the cozy lounge will give you a calm and serene sensation. The authentic atmosphere gives you an opportunity to relieve stress, forget the modern society and concentrate on your emotions within. You are surrounded by books, pictures and artifacts illustrating the history and life in Svalbard and the Arctic. Through the glass ceiling at the “Cognac loft” you can enjoy the arctic light and view the mountains surrounding us.

BASECAMP ISFJORD RADIO Situated on the outermost part of the Isfjord on the beautiful Nordenskiold coast framed by majestic mountains and overlooking the open sea, you will discover Isfjord radio at Kapp Linne. The newly renovated radio station has charming and cozy rooms with fantastic views, a lounge with a fireplace and a unique and interesting history. Until a few years ago, the radio station was an important connection for telecommunication between Svalbard and the rest of the world. The area surrounding the radio station has an exceptional animal life and a bird sanctuary where we find nesting birds right up to the station‟s walls. Along the shoreline petrels and gulls glide on the air currents and in the sea puffins and auks dive for food together with thousands of birds of many different species.

BASECAMP TENT CAMP Surrounded by steep mountains and calving glaciers, pitch your base camp. Out here you are alone with wilderness. The west coast of Isfjord is stunningly beautiful and home to a rich animal wildlife. In the waters here, the chance of spotting seals, whales, walruses and even polar bears are good. On land reindeer’s and foxes are busy finding food to build up a fat reserve for the winter. Overhead thousands of birds are flying by, while you are enjoying a three course gourmet dinner by the camp fire. Spend the night in warm sleeping bags inside your solid expedition tents. During the night hours, the sun is still high over head and you can experience the tranquility of the arctic when everyone else is sleeping; a truly wonderful experience!

Participants should be in good health and fitness. Meaning, you should be able to walk up to 5-6 miles per day in terrain with a small backpack. The expedition is not recommended if you are suffering from back problems. Travel in open boats and all participants are equipped with survival suits, warm hats and goggles.

We recommend warm and windproof clothing. One small backpack per person (waterproof if possible), one bigger backpack or field bag for camping gear. Solid hiking boots, hats, gloves and wool socks and underwear. Remaining luggage can be stored at Basecamp Spitsbergen. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars!


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