A weekend crossing West-Svartisen

Cross a Glacier with Vincent Colliard

A weekend crossing West-Svartisen

Cross a Glacier with Vincent Colliard

From USD 278

A uniqe opporunity for Norrøna loyaltymembers, where you can join Vincent Colliard on an epic adventure, crossing West-Svartisen! Vincent has spent the summer guiding clients on Svartisen and has crossed the glacier over 30 times the past two months. We will enjoy the nights in epic surrondings at Tåkeheimen hut.


  • Glacier hiking
  • Spectacular surroundings
  • Transport by fishing boat
  • Possibilities to see northern lights
  • Crevasse rescue training

Svartisen consists of two glaciers, Vestisen and Østisen, located in the Northern part of Norway. It’s Norway's second largest glacier - 370 km. The name describes the characteristic blue color of the ice. 

With a penchant for exploration, French adventurer Vincent Colliard is one of the most accomplished polar explorers of our generation whose numbered expeditions include the current crossing of the 20 largest ice caps on earth.

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Dates and booking

Fri 22. September - Sun 24. September 2023

USD 278Limited availability

Guaranteed departure

Opening hours Phone
Mon-Fri : 08-20
Sat-Sun : 14-17
Opening hours Chat
Mon-Fri : 07-23
Sat : 10-18
Sun : 13-21


  • 24 hour standy
  • Guides with first aid training
  • Basic medicines and first aid equipment available
  • Cooperation with for medical advice

Safety and grading of trips

Physical level

4/6 Physical

To participate on a level 4 trip with us, you must prepare well and be ready for a real challenge! The trips are often longer than at lower levels, and the accommodation is often of a simple standard. Along the way, it will be both physically and mentally demanding, and it presupposes that you are prepared for this. You should do targeted training well in advance of departure. If the trip includes technical elements such as kayaking, cycling, climbing, glacier, skiing / summit hiking, you should have good skills in the relevant activity.

Safety and grading of trips

Risk level

4/6 Risk

Activities / trips with significant risk. Events can happen, and they can be of such a nature that they require professional help. If guidelines from guides and / or the company are not followed, you can be exposed to incidents that in the worst case result in serious injuries.

Safety and grading of trips

Activities and level

We have a maximum of 8 participants and 1 guide on this trip. The main activity is crossing West-Svartisen (roundtrip). 

The level of this activity is demanding - that is, you must have some previous experience of hiking in the mountains and can walk in demanding terrain for 8-10 hours.

If the weather conditions are not on our side, we will have a plan for other activities such as ice climbing, rescue training and hiking on parts of the glacier.

Accommodation and food

We will be staying in Tåkeheimen hut, surronded by spectacular surroundings. Beds are available, but you will need to bring a sleeping bag. 

Dinner is included, but you need to bring breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks. 

Practical information

We meet in Holandsvika 17:00 on Friday 22nd of September. It takes 2 hours and 20 minutes to drive from Bodø to Holandsvika. You need to take care of your own transport to Holandsvika. We are back in Holandsvika at 18:00 on Sunday. 

We will take a boat from Holandsvika to Engen Brygge, this is included in the price. From Engen Brykke it is a 4 hour hike up to Tåkeheimen hut, 100 m, where we will be spending the night. 

On Saturday we will be crossing West-Svartisen. This will take about 8-10 hours. We end the day with dinner at Tåkeheimen hut. 

On Sunday we will eat breakfast and have rescue training before we head back to Holandsvika. We will stop for lunch at Brestua cafe before we take the boat from Engen Brygge. We will be back in Bodø at 18:00.



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What's included in the price


Not included

Transport roundtrip Holandsvika. If you arrive in Bodø its a 2 hour and 20 minutes drive.

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to change prices. The day by day program is a guideline and changes may occur. You can refer to our general travel conditions for more information.

Travel insurance

On all our trips, we require you to have full health and accident insurance which will also cover any emergency transport home. Read more about travel insurance.

Equipment list

This list is intended as a guideline, so that we have what we need regardless of the weather we get on the trip. Remember that you can also get used hiking equipment that works perfectly. Get in touch if you have any questions: 004723213080 / TIP : We recommend that you have the most important hiking equipment in your hand luggage, for example hiking boots and gore-tex jacket/trousers.




Band-aid, compeed, sportstape, Paracet/Ibux, medicine for soar throat, running nose, irritable stomach, etc, and personal medication. 
We need to know about all medicines you are taking, in case something happens. 

Tooth brush, tooth paste, small towel, ear plugs, wet wipes, biodegradable soap, etc.

Nuts, chocolate, energy bars, etc.



For evenings and leasure days.


Slippers, crocs, sandals or similar.


Remember new/extra batteries.

Nuts, chocolate, energy bars, etc.

If you are missing any equipment, it may be possible to rent some of this. Then let us know well in advance.