Spitsbergen Off The Beaten Track Adventure 5 Days
Step into the Arctic wilderness on this unique adventure to Nordenskiöld glacier! Your journey starts with a boat safari, casting far away from Longyearbyen right into the heart of the arctic land to Nordenskiöld Lodge. The Lodge lies in front of the magnificent Nordenskiöld glacier and is a place where you truly can enjoy the arctic silence. Nordenskiöld Lodge is a true expedition cabin, but with modern comforts. During your 5 days of adventure you can enjoy exploring the Arctic shoreline in kayaks, glacier walking, hiking and fascinating settlement visits to learn about the history of this remarkable area.
Please note that activities may vary and weather conditions will dictate the exact itinerary.
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 >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Boat safari into the Arctic wilderness
- Stay in an authentic expedition lodge overlooking the Nordenskiöld glacier
- Fascinating Arctic wildlife including birds, walrus, belugas and the chance of seeing polar bears
- Exciting activities including kayaking, glacier walking, hiking and settlement visits
- Full board accommodation
- All activities according to the itinerary
- Transport to and from accommodation
- Loan of rescue suit, hat, gloves & goggles
- Search and rescue insurance
ITINERARY4 Nights 5 Days
- Day 1 | Boat Safari from Longyearbyen to Nordenskiöld
- Day 2 | Kayaking to Brucebyen
- Day 3 | Nordenskiöld Glacier
- Day 4 | Hiking in the Mountain Peaks
- Day 5 | Return to Longyearbyen via Pyramiden
Boat Safari from Longyearbyen to Nordenskiöld
The day starts early at 08:00 am, when you will meet your guide at your hotel in Longyearbyen. You will be required to arrive in Longyearbyen a day before your tour commences to meet your guides and go through the program and equipment.
After changing into our snow suits we will head to the harbour to board our open safari boat to Nordenskiöld Lodge. We will travel all the way to the Billefjorden and Adolfbukta. There is plenty of wildlife around the fjords at this time of the year, so we have good changes to see some arctic birds, walruses, belugas or even the polar bear. Once at Nordenskiöld Lodge we will enjoy outdoor lunch and get familiar with the cabin and the surroundings. After lunch it is time to head out into the arctic nature and explore the beauty around us. Before the evening we will return to the cabin, prepare a delicious dinner and warm up a sauna. Accommodation for the next 4 nights in double rooms on a full board basis.
Kayaking to Brucebyen
We start the day with hearty breakfast and if the weather is good we can spend the morning learning how to paddle a kayak. Steady and reliable double kayaks are available so we all can paddle in pairs. Kayaking is a perfect way to get around in the arctic and a very traditional way to explore the arctic shorelines. After the learning period we will set out for daytrip to Brucebyen. We will paddle across the magnificent glacier front surrounded by icebergs and arctic wildlife. On the other side of the fjord lies Brucebyen. The small settlement consists of huts that where build 100 years ago by a Scottish geologist. The guide will tell you about the fascinating story surrounding this area. After a long day in the cold arctic sea, we will return to the lodge for a wonderful spot of relaxation in the sauna and a delicious dinner.
Today we will head out to the majestic Nordenskiöld Glacier. After breakfast we go through the basic guidelines for glacier walking and climbing including all safety issues. We will then explore the glacier that lies just 300 meters away from the lodge. We spend the day on the glacier walking up and down in the glacier cracks and enjoying the wonderment surrounding us. Expedition lunch will be provided during the day. In the evening we will make a bonfire and enjoy the view over the fjord.
Hiking in the Mountain Peaks
Today we put on our hiking boots and head to the near-by mountains peaks. We will explore the beautiful arctic land, glacier moraines and small flowers surviving in the rash environment. The day will be spent hiking through this beautiful area and expedition lunch will be provided. In the late afternoon we will return back to the cabin to warm up in the sauna and prepare for dinner.
Return to Longyearbyen via Pyramiden
After breakfast we have the chance to take a final hike to the glacier to capture that last wildlife picture or to simply soak up the memories of the thrilling past few days. We will enjoy lunch at the lodge before starting our journey back to the civilization of Longyearbyen. We will make a stop in Pyramiden on the way to get to see this fascinating Russian settlement up close. The settlement was closed down in 1998, but has recently re-opened for visitors. We return to Longyearbyen by safari boat and arrive during the afternoon or early evening.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Nordenskiold Lodge, Spitsbergen
Newly opened in 2012 the Nordenskiöld Lodge eco-cabin is the northernmost cabin hotel in Spitsbergen. Located far away from civilisation the Nordenskiöld Lodge offers a true Arctic experience and is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of Arctic adventures. Surrounded by the magnificent Nordenskiöld Glacier, Nordenskiöld Lodge is a true expedition lodge right in the middle of the arctic.
With no running water or electricity, visitors to the Lodge experience the ultimate in Arctic adventure accommodation. Visitors will, with the help of the hosts, use wood to heat up the cabin and get their drinking water from the melting glacier nearby. Despite the lack of modern luxuries the Nordenskiöld Lodge offers extremely comfortable accommodation and the decor is modern, welcoming and relaxing. All 5 bedrooms offer fantastic Arctic views and breakfast can be enjoyed on the terrace as you enjoy the Arctic silence and the watch polar bears, or warm up in the Finnish sauna that is a must for every visitor.
What Our Customers
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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.
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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.
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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!
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