Although at WILDFOOT our main focus has traditionally been towards luxury cruising through some of the world’s most enthralling destinations, you may not realise that we also have a large portfolio of thrilling land based adventures that offer just as much excitement as you would find on a cruise voyage.
For many people a luxury Arctic cruise is the perfect way to see this incredible part of the world in total relaxation but for others a cruise does not quite fit the bill, be it the fear of sea sickness or the desire to be more “out in the open” with the Arctic wilderness. That’s why we have put together some genuinely awe-inspiring land based Arctic trips for those looking for an even more authentic Arctic experience.
Our most popular location for Arctic land based trips is Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago, a pure white Arctic wilderness which is easily accessible from Europe and the rest of the world. Located approximately midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, Spitsbergen is teeming with an abundance of Arctic wildlife including Polar Bears, flora and fauna and stunning glaciers and fjords. Being the only permanently populated island in the Archipelago also means that it is a thriving area for Arctic adventures catered to a wide range of people – from those who simply want to “see it” to those who really want to immerse themselves into the wilderness.
From Huskies to Wilderness Hotel Luxury
From 3 hour trips to 5 day all-encompassing adventures there is something to suit every desire and budget.
For example if you are already in Spitsbergen or Svalbard and you fancy setting off into the wilderness for a few hours we would recommend this thrilling Spitsbergen dog sledding trip where you get to man your own team of Alaskan huskies who will take you on the journey of a lifetime.
Alternatively, if you want an adventure that will last a bit longer why not try this thrilling 4 day Spitsbergen Ice Blue Paddling Kayaking Trip where you will kayak through the icy Arctic waters in search of adventure, encountering a plethora of Arctic wildlife and stunning landscapes along the way. Visit intriguing towns such the ghost town of Pyramiden and finish off each day with beautiful meals in the fantastic Nordenskiöld Lodge, Spitsbergen’s northernmost hotel which offers a true Arctic experience.
If you’re looking for a touch of luxury after a long day of exploring the Arctic wilderness then we thoroughly recommend a trip which includes Isfjord Radio, a stunning eco-lodge which offers an unprecedented luxury one might not expect from such a remote location and which is the only full-scale boutique hotel outside of the capital of Longyearbyen.
Of course Spitsbergen isn’t the only area which is great for Arctic land based adventures but in our humble opinion we think it might just be the best. So if you fancy keeping your feet on dry land get in touch and our polar experts will be delighted to help find the perfect tour for you. But hurry – the summer Arctic adventure season will be ending soon!