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4 days - Boutique stay in Svalbard | Rib boats | Glacier exploring
We embark for Longyearbyen by boat, on our way we will have time to enjoy the fantastic fjord, the bird cliffs and the animal wildlife. Far away from the civilization in Longyearbyen you'll discover a history, biological diversity and geological conditions which make Basecamp Isfjord Radio a fascinating place to visit. The former radio station is situated at the outermost part of the Isfjord with majestic mountains overlooking the Arctic Ocean. In combination with our unique accommodation, you will enjoy a level of quality and comfort that is unexpected so far into the wilderness.
- Day 1
- Arrive Longyearbyen
- Day 2
- Boat to Isfjord Radio
- Day 3
- Arctic exploration with rib boat safari and expedition lunch on a beach before a visit to the Esmark Glacier
- Day 4
- Grønfjorden and the Russian settlement Barentsburg before heading back to Longyearbyen
- Start/End Place
- Longyearbyen, Svalbard
- Country Visited
- 4 Days
- Active independent tour suitable for singles, couples & groups
Travel by boat out to Isfjord Radio
Necessary safety equipment, activities, accommodation and meals according to program.
Flights, airport shuttle, drinks with meals, single room at Isfjord Radio, accommodation in Longyearbyen, CO2 investment of NOK 250.
Day 1 - Arrive Longyearbyen
On arrival at Longyearbyen airport the airport shuttle bus will take you to Basecamp Trapper's Hotel. In the afternoon you are free to explore Longyearbyen on your own. We recommend dinner at one of the excellent restaurants in town (not included/should be booked in advance). Accommodation in double room at Basecamp Trapper's Hotel (or hotel with similar standard).
AccommodationAccommodation in double room at Basecamp Trapper's Hotel (or hotel with similar standard).
Day 2 - Boat to Isfjord Radio
This morning is free or join an additional activity such as mountain hiking or summer dogsledding.
Your guide taking you to Isfjord Radio will meet you in the reception of your hotel at 17:00 pm. You will get information about the trip, equipment and outfit details. Transport to the quay, where our polarcircel boat is ready to start the safari tour towards Isfjord Radio. On the way, we have time to enjoy the fantastic fjord scenery, animal wildlife and Arctic seabirds. We spend the afternoon exploring the great area of Kapp Linné, and learn more about the wildlife at the station. We’ll be served a 3-course dinner in the evening. Accommodation in comfortable double rooms at Isfjord Radio.
AccommodationAccommodation in comfortable double rooms at Basecamp Isfjord Radio.
Day 3 - Arctic exploration with rib boat safari and expedition lunch on a beach before a visit to the Esmark Glacier
Breakfast is served from 8.00 am. After the breakfast we’ll board the boat for an exciting safari to the west side of the fjord. The route will go towards east along the coastline before crossing Isfjorden at Kapp Starostin and go straight to the mighty bird cliffs of Alkehornet with thousands of nesting birds. In Trygghamna we go ashore and enjoy expedition lunch at the beach. After lunch, we’ll have a closer look at the area before heading to the fantastic Esmark Glacier in Ymerbukta. If we are lucky, we might observe whales, seals or even get a glimpse of “king of the Artic”, the polar bear. In the evening a 3-course dinner is served at the restaurant at the Isfjord Radio. Accommodation in double rooms.
Day 4 - Grønfjorden and the Russian settlement Barentsburg before heading back to Longyearbyen
Breakfast is followed by a new day of adventure. After breakfast we say goodbye to and pack our bags and head to the boat. We go to Grønfjorden and the Russian settlement Barentsburg. Barentsburg is a mining city with approx. 350 residents and a fascinating place to visit. We go ashore and take a tour around town before light lunch is served in the brewery.
After lunch we head back to the boat and set course towards Longyearbyen. We make several interesting stop along the way. We are back in Longyearbyen during the afternoon.
All prices listed are per person.
30 Sep 2019
Note: This trip is not suitable for persons suffering from back pains. Pregnant women cannot participate on any snowmobile, dog sledding or boat safaris. Basecamp takes no responsibility to any health issues, due to neglecting this advice.
In general there is no phone or internet coverage outside Longyearbyen. On some places, like on top of glaciers or mountains, you might catch a signal, but in regular bases there is no use for phones on longer trips. All our guides have satellite telephones with them for emergency purposes.
Summer season starts from the beginning of June, and continues until the end of August. From late May until mid June there can still be quite a lot of snow in the valleys and mountains around Longyearbyen. Further north, on the other side of Isfjorden, the winter season for skiing and dog sledding can extend to June.
Meltwater from the mountains and glaciers keeps the terrain quite wet thoughout the summer. Towards the autumn both the tundra and the rivers are starting to dry, and this is normally the best season for longer hiking trips. September is usually a very good autumn month in which you can still do all the summer activities. Normally the first snowfall comes sometime in October. Midnight sun shines thoughout the whole summer season until 23rd of August, and especially for photographers the first sunsets in August are something marvelous to shoot.
July is the warmest month of the year, with average temperature of a balmy +6° Celsius. During the summer months, temperatures stay above zero around the fjords and near the coastline. Days above +10 degrees are somewhat rare, as are days below +2 degrees. Days suitable for wearing T-shirts and shorts in Spitsbergen are about as rare as snowfall in Dubai. Therefore, you should bring with you a variety of warm clothes and leave the lightest summer layers back home. Indoor temperatures in Longyearbyen, on the other hand, are pretty high in all buildings, so you might find good use for a T-shirt or light long-sleeved top while in town.
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On Arrival for Svalbard Basecamp Trapper's Hotel
On arrival at Longyear airport the public air port coach will drop off at Basecamp Trapper's Hotel where the tour starts.
Other Information - Svalbard tours
We recommend warm and windproof clothing. One small back pack per person (waterproof if possible), one bigger back pack or field bag for camping gear. Solid hiking boots, hats, gloves and wool socks and underwear. Remaining luggage can be stored at Basecamp Trappers Hotel. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars!