Spitsbergen Kayak Expedition
Spitsbergen Kayak Expedition 8 days LIMITED SPACE!
This six day long journey on the island’s largest fjord, Isfjorden, travels along the remote north-western coast with its many inlets and seven mighty glacier fronts and away from most of the boat traffic. The silence is overpowering, only broken by your paddle strokes and nature’s own sounds, a curious seal maybe or the amazing sound of glaciers cracking and calving. During six days we visit a wide range of exciting destinations - we decide the length of our paddle ourselves, and each day will be like a new expedition. Each night we will set up camp in a new location, camping under the stars in the Arctic wilderness!
We use both single kayaks and steady double kayaks on this expedition. There are a set number of kayaks, so participants must be prepared to alternate between paddling single and double. Our guides are experienced kayak paddlers and will at all times ensure the groups safety. If the weather is difficult we will go trekking in the beautiful area surrounding the camps.
Participants will be asked to assist with the polar bear watch during the night.
Note: 1. subject to a minimum of 4 participants in shared tents only
2. Itinerary is in reverse on alternate dates
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Kayak in pristine waters
- Camping in remote Arctic wilderness
- Spectacular scenery
- Guided by Experts
- Chances of seeing wildlife & bird life close up.
- Kayaks plus all equipment and specialist clothing, such as dry suits, mittens and water shoes.
- Tent and sleeping mats
- All meals on kayaking & camping expedition
- Transport from and to Longyearbyen
- Search and rescue insurance
- One night pre & post accommodation in Longyearbyen on B&B basis (2 nights in total)
ITINERARY7 Nights 8 Days
- Day 1 | Longyearbyen
- Day 2 | Longyearbyen
- Day 3 | Svea Glacier
- Days 4-5 | Ekmanfjord
- Day 6 | Kapp Smith
- Day 7 | Kapp Smith & Longyearbyen
- Day 8 | Longyearbyen
Arrive at any time.
Overnight accommodation at Coal Miners Cabin or similar.
You will be picked up at your hotel at 9 am. Briefing, preparations and packing of equipment, before the tour starts. Transport to Yoldiabukta with Polarcirkel boats.
Yoldiabukta is sheltered from weather and wind, and is the perfect location for going through safety procedures and doing basic training. Our first night will be spent here, where we can enjoy the fantastic view towards the Wahlenberg Glacier.
Today we start the expedition in earnest. We plan to pass Wahlenberg and Svea glaciers. We will meet the biggest icebergs on the trip, and pass the highest glacier front. We cross the fjord in secure distance to the mighty glacier front, before we set up our next camp on the north side of Svea glacier. When we are lucky we can listen to the glacier calving in the midnight sun.
From magnificent glacier landscapes to the green and lush Ekmanfjord. Here, in the inner part of Isfjorden, we find an interesting area for paddling as well as a wide range of beautiful places to stretch our legs on land.
From the inner part of Ekmanfjorden we round Kapp Wærn and head on towards Kapp Smith. Across the fjord we can see one of the few remaining active trapper stations left on Spitsbergen today.
Kapp Smith & Longyearbyen
The day is spent in the Kapp Smith area, investigating the beautiful surroundings. Here we will be collected for our return to Longyearbyen, where will arrive after lunch.
Overnight at Coal Miners Cabin or similar.
After breakfast, you are free to continue your adventures or transfer to the airport
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Coal Miners Cabins, Spitsbergen
Coal Miners' Cabins offers reasonably priced accommodation. It is located in Nybyen, in the upper part of the Longyear valley and within easy reach of mountains and glaciers about 10 minutes walking distance from the town. The place is an excellent starting point for hiking, skiing and snowmobile trips during summer and winter.
There are 73 single and double rooms with a total of 146 beds, plus two suites with capacity for four people, and one suite with capacity for two people. Rooms are at various prices and with different designs and every guest house has a kitchen, lounge area, laundry room and shared bathrooms. Breakfast is served in the bar & grill where you'll also find reception, a gift shop, TV and free WIFI.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
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