SVALBARD WINTER EXPEDITION #1 2022
Exploring Svalbard by snowmobile
In March you literally feel the Arctic environment on your body. The cold, the wind, the silence and the light... It is amazing. You might think this is a bit extreme and already think about how freezing cold it will be? It will, but you will be so occupied about the experiences that you will forget and overcome that. During the days it can be minus 30 celsius sometimes if it is a really cold winter. On days with higher temperatures the wind usually increases and creates the chill. Everyone with normal good health can do an expedition like this. At the campground we will find heated tents to dine and sleep in.
We will have focus on searching for wildlife, finding landscapes and following the light for photographic opportunities. We will be accommodated in Longyearbyen and do day trips out from there. We will search for Arctic Foxes, Ptarmigans and Svalbard Reindeers during these days. We even look for Polar Bears and usually we will find them. It is very restricted about environment and approaching wildlife in Svalbard so we need to keep safe distances to Polar Bears, but with a big lense it is possible to have som good pictures. You will experience the Svalbard winter like an adventure you never thought would be possible. This is the ultimate experience from the Arctic environment.
Arctic Wildlife Tours has done several winter expeditions like this throughout the last years and our travel leaders and guides has experience from this kind of tours.
Please as us if you have any further questions about this tour on [email protected]
Dates: April 02 - 05 2022
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Max participants: 5
Snowmobiles: All participants drive their own snowmobile. We drive out in the morning April 02 and will reach our destination at the east coast during midday. Our accommodation will be in heated lavvo. We might use a cabin as an alternative in another fjord if that is advisable due to ice conditions and where we find wildlife.
SAFETY AND CLOTHING
At this time of the year Svalbard and the High Arctic conditions offer some really cold days. In days with good weather we will have cold conditions around - 20-30 degrees celsius. In days with bad weather we will have cold wind and snowfall. Safety is priority number one when sailing in the Svalbard environment, in winter we have even more focus on this. Clothing is important and all participants need 3 layers clothing under the snowmobile driving overall that we provide. We drive in a group and follow the advices from the tour leader. We stay together when we stop because of the Polar Bear danger. No-one can walk away from the group without being followed by one of the guides.
Your own clothing
1. Long- thermal underwear
2. Socks: cotton socks worn under woolen socks
3. Trousers: loose-fitting, fleece, cotton or similar
4. Shirt: Loose-fitting, high collar, cotton or similar
5. Sweater: wool, fleece or similar
Clothing provided by us
1. Woollen socks
2. Shoes: at least one size larger than your usual size. Loose-fitting shoes keep your feet warmer!
3. Snowmobile overall
Svalbard is situated at about 80 degrees North, so we schedule the expedition in accordance with prevailing weather and ice conditions.
Day 0 We always recommend to arrive Longyearbyen at least one day in advance. We offer you a dinner in the evening. We pick up the swnowmobiles this evening. Snowmobile pick up and briefing in the evening before the day we depart.
Day 1 We meet after an early breakfast and get ready for the 3 hour long drive to reach the east coast of Spitsbergen. This first day you will learn more about handling your equipment on the snowmobiles and how to drive safe along the drive. You will be guided in everything from handling the cold and protect yourself agains it too, take care of your photo gear and how to drive safe. We will reach the camp ground where our tents will be ready for you. One for sleeping and one for dining and relaxing. Every participant need to share two hour watches during night and look for potential polar bears nearby the camp. The camp site will be away from common areas for polar bears, but we never sleep in a tent on Svalbard without watching for polar bears. The camp site will also be surrounded by a safety flare system consisting of trip wires in case a polar bear come close without being seen.
A polar bear watch is an experience by itself when you can watch the Arctic night and experience the natural silence such a night!
Day 2-3 We will drive around in the nearby areas and look for wildlife and great landscapes. We might see arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeers, Svalbard rock ptarmigans and polar bears. We can also get close to the glaziers in the area and look straight into a wall of ice maybe 8000 years old. We will also do landscapes. The days will be long and cold. We bring food and hot water with us, melted from glazier ice and stored in thermoses.
Day 4 After a morning drive looking for wildlife and a lunch in our camp, we start the drive back to Longyearbyen around midday. During the drive we might stop for wildlife or landscapes and visit some interesting places on the way back. We will arrive in Longyearbyen in late afternoon or early evening. We park the snowmobiles and the tour end after that.
Ice frozen in a fjord
Blue ice from a glazier frozen in a fjord
Winter light Svalbard
Early morning. Van Mijen fjord, Svalbard
Arctic Fox sleeping
Arctic Fox in strong wind
Arctic Fox and sunset in early April
Feeding on the tundra
From Adventdalen nearby Longyearbyen in early morning
Coming from the sea ice in the evening
The light is constantly changing in the Arctic environment
Early morning nearby Longyearbyen
Backlit situation in Adventdalen
Booking Inquiry for Svalbard Tour
Registration: You register by submitting deposit payment of NOK 10.000 to the bank account.
Bank account: 1503.71.05543
(IBAN: NO15 1503 7105 543 BIC/SWIFT: DNBANOKKXXX)
Bank address: DNB NOR Bank Stjørdal, Kjøpmannsgata 13, 7500 Stjørdal, Norway
Please send your tour reservation from the Booking page and we will send you the booking form on email. Send in the completed reservation/booking form together with the payment and your booking will be confirmed. A non refundable expedition fee of NOK 450 will be added to your deposit payment.
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