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.
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 >
- 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
ITINERARY4 Nights 5 Days
- Day 1 | Hiking from Longyearbyen to Grumant
- Day 2 | Hiking to Coles Bay
- Day 3 | Barentsburg
- Day 4 | Isfjord Radio
- Day 5 | Safari Boat Return to Longyearbyen
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.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
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.
With 23 rooms and accommodation for 49 guests, what makes this boutique hotel even more special is the fantastic hospitality on offer, including the fully licensed bar and high quality food to warm your insides after a day in the Arctic wilderness. This stylish hotel at the top of the world offers a calm and relaxing atmosphere and even has its own sauna where you can warm up after a day of adventure. With views over the Arctic Ocean towards Greenland you can enjoy a hot chocolate on the terrace as you embrace the Arctic silence or wrap up beside the luxurious fireplace and indulge yourself in the real Arctic experience.
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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