Spitsbergen Hiking Adventure 5 Days
Experience summer in Spitsbergen on this 5 day hiking trip through the beautiful Nordenskiöld Land. Starting in Longyearbyen you will hike over the mountains and through the valleys to Coles Bay, enjoying 2 nights of expedition camping under the stars. A further hike will take you to the old Russian mining town of Barentsburg where you will spend 1 night in a hotel before hiking further east to Isfjord Radio for a night of luxury at the top of the world.
Follow the footsteps of reindeers as you climb to the tops of mountain peaks, keeping an eye out for polar bears and soaking up your spectacular surroundings on this authentic Arctic wilderness adventure.
A relatively good fitness level will be required for this trip as we will be hiking every day. Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, cooking equipment and safety equipment will be provided for the camping elements of your tour.
- Hiking through the spectacular Nordenskiöld Land
- Spend 2 nights camping in the Arctic wilderness under the stars
- Stay in a luxury expedition lodge at the top of the world
- Fascinating Arctic wildlife including birds, walrus, belugas and the chance of seeing polar bears
- Explore old Russian mining settlements and learn about the history and geology of the area
- All meals included throughout
- All activities according to the itinerary
- Transport to and from accommodation
- 1 night in Isfjord Radio
- 1 night in Barentsburg hotel
- 2 nights camping with tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, cooking equipment and safety equipment provided
- Loan of rescue suit, hat, gloves & goggles
- Search and rescue insurance
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Hiking from Longyearbyen to Grumant
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. At 8 am you will be picked up at your hotel in and taken to Bjørndalen, Bear Valley, right outside Longyearbyen. This is where our adventure starts! We follow the footsteps of the reindeers into Bjørndahlen and climb up our first mountain, Fuglefjellet, for some 500 meters. From the top of the mountain you can enjoy the beautiful view over Isfjorden. We stop for expedition lunch on a perfect spot with a five star view.
After lunch we continue our hike westward. After a long first day the first camp site will be a welcome sight. Everyone will help with setting up the tents and preparing dinner together. Later in the evening, if we still have some energy left, we go down to the old Russian settlement Grumant. Once an active mining settlement, since the mine closed down the town has turned into a ghost town inhabited only by birds. There is plenty of time to explore the surroundings since the sun does not set at all during the summer months! Once back at camp it’s time to crawl into our sleeping bags for a well-deserved sleep. During the night, we rotate as polar bear guards. One person at a time is awake as a safety precaution to keep eye on any polar bears in the area.
Hiking to Coles Bay
There is nothing better than starting the day with breakfast and coffee surrounded by the perfect views over arctic fjord. After breakfast, we pack our bags and lace our hiking boots for another adventurous day on foot. We descent to the coastline and reach Coles Bay, another interesting part of the Russian mining history. We stop for lunch in Coles Bay. Enjoy warm lunch and coffee with storytelling from the past mining times. We cross the river in Coles Valley and walk a bit further before making camp for the night. After a long day, it is nice to relax by the camp, enjoy dinner and the Arctic silence in good company. We may even be able to spot some whales in the fjord. Before heading to the tents, we agree on turns for the polar bear watch.
After breakfast and packing up our camp, we continue westwards towards the Russian mining town Barentsburg. The distance for today’s hike is bit longer than what we have done on the previous days, but the terrain is flatter and easier to hike on. We hike past mountains and valleys and stop for a warm expedition lunch on the way. Rest your feet and take in the nature around you, before it’s time to continue again. During the afternoon we will arrive in Barentsburg, an active Russian mining town. We have walked past several old Russian settlements during the last days, but this is the only still active town with about 300 locals. Then newly renovated hotel is ready to welcome us in. We check into our rooms and head for a traditional Russian dinner.
We enjoy Russian breakfast at the hotel, before we are ready to welcome yet another new adventurous day. Today we start the day with a short boat transport across the fjord to the Russian water station. Here we lace up our hiking boots once more and set off on foot to walk the last kilometres towards Isfjord Radio. Depending on the weather we can pick either the inland route or the coastal route. Upon arrival at Isfjord Radio we are welcomed by our hosts with warm drinks. For the toughest explorers, we recommend a swim in the Arctic ocean followed by a warm sauna! Then it’s time for an Isfjord Radio dinner – a voyage of tastes you will not easily forget. Following few drinks, you might be ready to crawl to the warm and soft beds of this luxury hotel at the top of the world.
Safari Boat Return to Longyearbyen
After a great night's sleep enjoy a relaxed morning with late breakfast at Isfjord Radio. Sip coffee with a croissant and look out into the vast landscape of Spitsbergen. It’s so easy to just sink into the Arctic atmosphere. Then it’s time to pack you gear for the final time and head back to Longyearbyen. We travel by open boat over Isfjord. You can see a different angle to the landscape we have walked for the past few days. We will arrive back in Longyearbyen before lunch time.
A view from Above
Isfjord Radio, Spitsbergen
The beautiful eco-lodge of Isfjord Radio offers an unprecedented luxury one might not expect from such a remote location. The only full-scale boutique hotel outside of Longyearbyen, this converted radio station offers high standard accommodation that focuses on quality and comfort with a unique cozy atmosphere. Located 90km west of Longyearbyen this hotel was originally a remote radio station and has now been recently renovated and tastefully decorated to serve as the perfect base for your Arctic adventure.
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