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6 days - Independent adventure tour | True Arctic Wilderness.

Basecamp Nordenskiöld is the northernmost cabin for commercial trips on Svalbard. The cabin is located far away from any civilization and offers excellent possibilities for longer expeditions. It is situated in Billefjorden, right beside the mighty glacier Nordenskiöld. During summer you can reach the cabin by boat from Longyearbyen and during winter you can drive there with dog sledges or snowmobiles. No matter which season you pick it is certain to be an adventurous trip!

With no running water or electricity Basecamp Nordenskiöld is a true hunting cabin like those used by the trappers, but with modern comforts. We use wood for heating and get our drinking water from the melting glacier. There are 5 big bedrooms with fantastic arctic views, 11 comfortable beds, indoor toilet and a traditional sauna. The cabin is modern and comfortable with big windows giving away to the mighty glacier. Lying in the glacier moraine, the cabin is well hidden from any by passer-by.

This is a place where you are guaranteed privacy. You can enjoy your breakfast while looking right over to the magnificent Nordenskiöld glacier or relax in the sunny terrace with warm coffee while you watch polar bears hunt for seals on the sea ice.

If you are looking for a true arctic story with big glaciers, mighty mountains and rough moraine, this is the place to come!

Highlights include

  • Have you heard the sounds of a calving glacier? Listen to them for four nights
  • Explore beautiful Arctic land, glacier moraines and climb to mountain peaks
  • Stay the farthest you can reach by motorized vehicle in Spitsbergen, and the base for expeditions to the blue glacier
  • Warm yourself up in the sauna after a long day’s exploring
  • With no running water or electricity, Nordenskiöld is a true expedition lodge in the middle of the Arctic.
Day 1
Arrive Longyearbyen - explore this 'wild west town'
Day 2
Transfer to Basecamp Nordenskiöld by rib boat
Day 3
Kayaking on the majestic Nordenskiöld Glacier
Day 4
Glacier Hiking on the majestic Nordenskiöld Glacier
Day 5
Hiking to the mountains and then return to Longyearbyen
Day 6
Departure Day
Start/End Place
Longyearbyen, Svalbard tours
Country Visited
Svalbard tours
Duration
6 Days
Group Size
2
Type
Active
Suitability
Active independent tour suitable for singles, couples & groups
Code
50DN0110

Details

Transportation

Rib Boat transfer

Included
  • 1 nights in lodge/hotel in Longyearbyen including breakfast
  • Private guided tour of Longyearbyen
  • 4 nights at Basecamp Nordenskiöld on full board
  • Return transfers to Basecamp Nordenskiöld
  • Activities and necessary equipment at Basecamp Nordenskiöld including rescue suite, hat, gloves & goggles
  • Search and rescue insurance
  • Service of experienced English speaking guides & service staff during Basecamp Nordenskiöld
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
Not Included

Flight tickets to/from start and end points, any airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.

There is no alcohol included in this package price.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Longyearbyen - explore this 'wild west town'

Arrive Longyearbyen and private transfer to your hotel. This small hotel, 5 kilometres from the airport, is centrally located, offering 24-hour reception, free WiFi, a terrace and modern rooms with a flat-screen TV. Once you have settled in, you will have a private tour of Longyearbyen. Enjoy the small township of Longyearbyen with its polar museum and church.

Accommodation
Svalbard Hotell
Restaurants
Karlsberger Pub, Longyearbyen

Day 2 - Transfer to Basecamp Nordenskiöld by rib boat

With no running water or electricity Nordenskiöld is a true hunting cabin like those used by the trappers, but with modern comforts. We use wood for heating and get our drinking water from the melting glacier. There are 5 big bedrooms with fantastic arctic views, 11 comfortable beds, indoor toilet and a traditional sauna. The cabin is modern and comfortable with big windows giving away to the mighty glacier. Lying in the glacier moraine, the cabin is well hidden from any by passer-by.

The guide will pick you up in the reception area of your hotel at 8am. You will have a quick look at the itinerary for the upcoming weekend. There will be time to make sure you have packed all of your travel essentials into a smaller bag (waterproof bags are recommended). Your excess baggage can be stored in the storage room at the hotel. You will be provided with all necessary equipment, such as survival suits, goggles, hats, boots and gloves.

Then head down to the harbour and get settled in open RIB-boats. Get ready for some fresh air, sea spray and close encounters with the Arctic wildlife of Svalbard. The fjords are teeming with Arctic birds, walruses, seals, and belugas this time of year. Enjoy a hot lunch once at Nordenskiöld Lodge, with a spectacular view of the Nordenskiöld glacier. You will explore the moraine landscape on foot and get to know the surrounding area. Your guide will be happy to share their knowledge of the area and of the glacier itself! Return to the cabin before nightfall, and you will have time to relax in the sauna before dinner is served.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Basecamp Nordenskiöld. Accommodation in double rooms.

Day 3 - Kayaking on the majestic Nordenskiöld Glacier

The day begins with a solid breakfast, before leaving the comforts of the Nordenskiold Lodge. We zip up our dry suits and slide into the calm water in steady and reliable double kayaks. We paddle in pairs. Kayaking is the perfect way to get around in the Arctic and is probably the ultimate way to explore a calving glacier front and the arctic shorelines. Today’s destination will be determined by the weather and sea conditions, as well as your paddling skill level. We will paddle next to the magnificent glacier front among floating pieces of glacier ice, while being observed by the curious wildlife.

After a long day of paddling in a cold, arctic sea, the comforts of a warm sauna and a proper meal will seem very tempting.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Basecamp Nordenskiöld

Day 4 - Glacier Hiking on the majestic Nordenskiöld Glacier

Today we will head out to the majestic Nordenskiöld Glacier. After breakfast we will go through the basic guidelines and safety precautions associated with glacier hiking. We will set out to explore the heavily crevassed glacier that is situated only 300 meters from the cabin. We spend the day hiking up and down the glacier, staring down cracks and enjoying the shiny glacier surface. We will eat expedition lunch on the glacier. If the weather is nice, we will make a bonfire once back at the cabin, and simply cherish the view of the fjord.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Svalbard Hotell

Day 5 - Hiking to the mountains and then return to Longyearbyen

After breakfast you have a chance for your last hike. You can have one last photo walk to the glacier front or hike to the moraine to take the last pictures of the wildlife and the shiny glacier. Enjoy lunch at the cabin before returning to the civilization. Make a stop in Pyramiden on the way back to Longyearbyen and get to see the Russian settlement up close. The settlement was closesd down in 1998, but has opened again for visitors. It is a fascinating place to visit.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 6 - Departure Day

Enjoy the last breakfast at Nordenskiöld Lodge this time. We suggest you take an extra cup of coffee and rest your eyes on the ice blue glacier. The boat back to town will pick you up at 10 o’clock.

We travel to Longyearbyen with Isfjord Ekspressen, and get some good experiences at sea on the way home.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

All prices listed are per person, based on two people sharing a room. Prices are indicative due to the current uncertainty across Europe with increasing energy and volatile fuel costs.

Dates
Valid From
Valid To
From Price
Status
Accommodation
1 Jul 2023
30 Sep 2023
1 Jul 2023
30 Sep 2023
USD 4,602
On request
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Important Information

Please note this tour starts on a Wednesday from the beginning of July until the end of September.

It is recommended that you have to be in fairly good physical condition to be able to participate on the adventure week. The trip is not recommended for persons suffering from back pains. Over 15 years of age only.

We can help with your flights up to Longyearbyen. During summer, these flights can get busy.

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