Crossing Svalbard Ski Expedition - West to East from Longyearbyen to Agardhbukta

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Physical 4/6   Risk 3/6 9 days 4 - 14 participants From NOK 21 900

Overview

This is a trip for you who want to experience the real wilderness on the east coast of Svalbard. With ice-covered fjords, snow-covered mountains and exciting wildlife, this is a fantastic trip that just has to be experienced!

NB: We also have a Svalbard crossing trip from Agardhbukta to Bartensburg. If you want a slightly easier and shorter trip, check out our second trip Svalbard - Nordenskioldland.

We will meet in Longyearbyen in the afternoon for an information meeting and planning the last details. We pack our own pulks together and thus get a nice introduction to how such expeditions are planned and implemented. Have we remembered enough dryfood? And chocolate? After the packing we go to bed excited - ready for the next day's challenges and experiences.

Early the next day we start the trip from Longyearbyen. We plan for daily stages of between 15 and 25 kilometers and set up camps every night. Most of the day is spent skiing, but we have a leisurely pace and take breaks along the way. We set up the route in relation to the weather, and the path of least resistance is no bad way - we want to get the best out of the trip, and the route can be adjusted several times along the way. Upon arrival the campsite everyone helps to set up camp, dig walls and cold pits. Being together, reflecting and exchanging experiences is our main focus for the trip. 

If there is a need, we sit polar bear guard at night. This is typically one or two hours every other night and does not significantly affect the night's sleep. After a week of skiing, it is fantastic to arrive in Agardhbukta where we will meet our snowmobiles that will take us back to Longyearbyen. Where a shower and a farewell dinner awaites.

Are you wondering about the differance between this and trip and the Crossing Svalbard from East to West trip? This trip is one day shorter and has much less transportation, that is why it is significatly cheeper. Other than that and that the route is different, everything else is the same. Please conctact us if you have any questions regarding which trip you should choose.  

Physical level and risk

So that you can have a good experience, it is important that you choose a trip that suits your ability level. The scales for physical requirements and risk are general. Therefore, it is important that you read more about the difficulty of the specific trip under “Details”. This will help you to gain an understanding of the level required and the risks involved for each specific trip.

Read more about physical requirements and risk here.

Physical: 4

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. Read more about the grading on our trips here

Risk: 3

Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help. Read more about the grading on our trips here

What's included

  • We sleep in tents
  • All meals as described in the program
  • Guide
  • All local transport as described in the day to day program

See more of what's included under the "details" tab

Contact

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

Marit Vidnes

marit@hvitserk.com +47 23213080

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Details

Difficulty

Level 4 out of 6. Please read more about our difficulty levels here. You need to have experience skiing off of groomed trails on mountain skis. You don't need expedition experience but you need to have experience with sleeping outside in the winter, and be prepared to camp. On this trip, you will use a pulk (sled) and we recommend specific training for this skill set. The pulk will weigh about 30-40 kilos.

If you are uncertain you have the proper experience for this trip, please contact us. We also have a Winter Course that you can join to get the necessary experience. 

Accommodation

We stay in tents during the trip. The first and last night in Longyearbyen are not included. 

What to bring?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above.

We require that you pack a duffel bag to have on the pulk. Pack everything inside your bag in waterproof bags. 

Insurance

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip. Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure is not responsible for any trip delays, injury, illness, loss of belongings, family emergencies, natural events or other unforeseen issues that may hinder your ability to complete a trip with us. Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure is an adventure holiday company, and with an active holiday, there is always a risk of something as simple as a twisted ankle to keep you from your vacation. With trip insurance, your flights, hotels and travel costs can be covered if an unforeseen emergency hinders you from joining our tour, as well as coverage to fly home if necessary. By purchasing travel insurance ahead of time, you can protect your trip and yourself from issues that prevent you from traveling, and rest easy to enjoy your vacation.

Safety

Safety is always the number one consideration on a trip with Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure. If there is an emergency on tour with us, help will be able to reach you relatively quickly. We have a 24-hour emergency hotline within our office and the guide will always have the ability to contact help. Norway has excellent search and rescue operations throughout the country with evacuations available via helicopter or red cross emergency teams. 

Our guides have first aid training and have a selection of medicines and first aid equipment for the necessary treatment in the mountains. Hvitserk also has a partnership with Turlegen.no (Trip Doctor) who can be contacted if needed for medical advice.

If you are on prescribed medication, have known allergies or similar, you must always bring your personal medication.

Hvitserk plans the trip days based on the weather, conditions and the group. Our focus is to take care of each other and work together in one team. The guide will have the ability to make safety decisions for the group, although the decision-making process will be transparent and involve guests in the process. 

We plan our trips so that we do not expose ourselves to unwanted risk. On this tour, we will always be close to each other, and if an unforeseen situation occurs - the guide will be present quickly to handle it.

Languages

This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English, so you are welcome to join as an English speaker.

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

Number of participants

Minimum: 6 people; Maximum: 12 people.

Price includes

  • Experienced guides
  • Transport during the trip
  • Shared equipment
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Search and rescue insurance

Not included in the price

  • Transport to/from Longyearbyen
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Accommodation in Longyearbyen, first and last night

Other information

If it is close to departure, please contact us. Maybe you will be able to join anyway.

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Arrival Longyearbyen

At 3 pm you will meet your guide at our warehouse in Longyearbyen center for packing equipment and reviewing the last details before our trip starts the next day. Bring all the equipment to the venue. You can leave personal belongings, but limit how much you bring. There will be opportunities to take a tour of the city's sports shops to get the necessary tour equipment. If you want to bring a map with you on the trip, we recommend buying this at the museum at university, or in the city's grocery store. The packing may take a few hours, so bring some food and drink for this session.

Dinner and accommodation are arranged on an individual basis, but we recommended Stationen as an informal place with good food.

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2

Our trip begins

Accommodation Tent
Meals LD

After breakfast, we meet at the agreed place in Longyearbyen and then we start the tour. It is a special experience to go from civilization into the wilderness. We manage to get off to a good start on our trip already on this first day. And we spend the day getting into hiking routines and camp life in the afternoon and evening.

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3

Waking up in the wilderness

Accommodation Tent
Meals BLD

We start the day with coffee and breakfast after an exciting night, where you may have been a polar bear watch for the first time.  Along the way, we eat the daily expedition lunch, adjust the pace according to the group, and use the time to get into routines and camp-life in the afternoons. 

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Along the way

Accommodation Tent
Meals BLD

Not all days are the same when you are on a long ski trip. Maybe we have skied 25 kilometers yesterday, sometimes the snow is heavier and we settle for 20. We continue on.

When we arrive, we do the camp routines that we have gradually become so used to.

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Last tour day

Accommodation Tent
Meals BLD

After a week on the trip, we move on in the direction of Agardhbukta, where the ski trip ends for this time. Snowmobiles meet us here and take us back to Longyearbyen. Once back in Longyearbyen, it's time for a shower before we meet at 9 pm for the final dinner. Afterward, a good night's sleep awaits in a soft bed.

Accommodation is arranged on an individual basis.

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9

Return home or stay longer in Svalbard

Today it is time to travel home unless you want to stay longer in Svalbard. There are many exciting things to do in Longyearbyen and we are happy to help you find activities to do if you wish.

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Equipment List

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. 

Go through the equipment list carefully. It is intended as a guideline so that we have what we need for the trip, and at the same time, we must think about the weight. It is also not intended that you should buy a lot of new equipment, you can probably use a lot of what you have before. Despite Svalbard's northern location, the archipelago has a relatively mild climate compared to areas of the same latitude. In winter, the average temperature in Longyearbyen is -14 ° C. However, it is not uncommon for winter periods to have longer periods of temperatures between -20 and -35 degrees. If the wind is, in addition, the effective temperature is very low. But we also experience every winter that we get low pressure from the southwest that can give days of heat degrees and rain. The weather in Svalbard can change very quickly and the local variations can be great.

The periods of polar night and midnight sun vary depending on the latitude one is on. Longyearbyen has the midnight sun from April 19 to August 23, while in the period from late October to mid-February the sun is never over the horizon. The darkness lasts from mid-November to the end of January.

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.

Please contact us at hvitserk@norrona.com if you have any questions and check out our gear page to learn more.

Required:

SKIS, BOOTS, POLES
Durable skis, leather clip in boots, and backcountry ski poles with big baskets. Boots should be a little bit big, so that there is space for two pair of wool socks.
SKINS
Preferably short, possibly long.
SKI WAX
Kick wax, blue and green rating. Not needed if you use short skins or have waxless base on your skis.
WOOL SOCKS
At least 5 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle or higher: 2 pairs thin liner socks. 2 pairs thick socks. 1 pair extra thick socks for evenings/in sleeping bag.
WOOL UNDERWEAR
We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra. No cotton.
BASE LAYER - 2 SETS
2 sets of wool long sleeved top and bottom. Warm, extra warm or expedition thickness is recommended.
MID LAYER
A medium thickness wool or fleece top to go over your base layer. 
EXTRA TOP LAYER
Bring an extra medium-thick layer to add underneath your medium insulated jacket in case you get cold easily. 
INSULATED JACKET
A thick, warm, insulated jacket to put on during breaks. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. 
INSULATED PANTS
Down pants, you won't regret it! 
SHELL / RAIN JACKET
Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extremely important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 
SHELL PANTS
Waterproof shell pants. Goretex is best. We recommend heavier duty pants to keep you warm with zips for ventilation. 
GAITERS
Full-length gaiters. Keeps moist and snow out, and helps isolating.
CAMP BOOTIES
Bring lightweight boots for when we are not skiing. Down insulated booties with durable exterior soles is comfortable both inside the tent and if you need to go out for a quick errand.
GLOVES & MITTENS
1 thin pair of wool gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth with windproofing. 1 extra pair of thick mittens in case yours get wet. 3 in total. 
HATS
2 warm hats. 1 thick, 1 thin. We recommend wool. Practical if one of them is windproof.
BALACLAVA & BUFF/NECK GAITER
We recommend wool. Protects your head and neck. One balaclava and one buff/neck gaiter.
FACE MASK
Neoprene gives good protection. To protect your face in cold wind and snow. It is possible to buy this at Svalbard.
SUNGLASSES 1 & 2
UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost. Bring dark lenses with plastic frames, not metal. Bring a second pair of Alpine Glasses, these cover more of your face in case of strong winds.
SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK
Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 
SLEEPING BAG
Must have a comfort level at least -30º celcius. Down or synthetic. A liner inside may increase the comfort temperature.
SLEEPING MAT
2 sleeping mats, one inflatable with down and the other a simple foam mattress. 
SLEEPING MASK
If you're a light sleeper, the nights are light this time of year. 
EAR PLUGS
If you're a light sleeper.
ARCTIC BEDDING
Transport haul for sleeping bag and mat. Makes it possible to transport this gear on top of the pulk, without packing it/inflating the mat. Practical, but not mandatory.
WATERPROOF PACK SACKS
For storing clothing and gear in the pulk, keeping it dry. Compression pack sack for your insulated jacket to create more space is practical.
WATER BOTTLES
Insulated wide mouth water bottles, 2-liter capacity. We recommend Nalgene. Do not bring a camelback bladder, this will freeze in cold temperatures. 
THERMOS
We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day. We suggest a large, 1-liter thermos.
FOOD EQUIPMENT
For your personal use; food bowl, cutlery (spoon most important), cup for hot drinks.
SNACKS
Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.
HEADLAMP
Make sure you bring extra batteries as they die faster in the cold. 
REPAIR KIT
Multi-tool, extra shoelaces, needle and thread for small repairs etc
FIRST AID KIT
If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...
ANTIBAC
After toilet visits and before meals.
TOILETRIES
Personal basics: toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes etc. We follow "the rule of LNT" and burn toilet paper after use. Other sanitary things, like wet wipes, you will need to carry out of the wilderness and throw them away later due to the "pack it in pack it out" ethics.
PERSONAL MEDICATIONS
Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 
CAMERA
Be prepared for the cold. Insulating your camera will keep it working for the entire trip. We suggest bringing an extra battery pack. 
HEADSET
If you would like to listen to music or an audiobook while skiing.
JOURNAL AND PEN
 In order to take notes and write about the trip.
PASSPORT AND ID
To get into Svalbard.

Special notes on equipment and clothing on the trip


- It is important that clothes and sleeping bags be packed in waterproof covers. 
- The pulks will weigh 30 - 40 kg.
- Joint equipment will be distributed among the participants.
- Participants are divided into tent teams of two and two or three and three.
- Cooking and snow melting is done by the individual tent team.

We provide with equipment:
- Tents
- Pulk (Paris Expedition), rope drag and harness for each participant
- Pulk bag for use in the pulk
- Signal gun
- Rifle
- Satellite phone
- First aid
- Shovels
- Primus
- Fuel
- GPS
- Map and compass
- Pots and cutlery
- Food and drink
- Glacier equipment
- Toilet paper

Food and drink:
Food is included and you pick what you want from the storage in Svalbard - porridge for breakfast, vacuum-packed freeze dried food for lunch and dinner, drinks (coffee/tea/juice), chocolate (100 grams per day), nuts, biscuits. If you would like more chocolate/snacks, please bring this yourself.

NB: If you are going to be on the first trip that starts in March, it is extra important that you bring warm clothes, as it can often be a bit colder at this time. You may want to bring extra warm wool socks and wool underwear.

Dates & booking

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This trip is also offered as a private tailormade trip. Travel alone, with your friends or family whenever you want. Send a request
Tue 18. Apr 2023 Wed 26. Apr 2023
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NOK 21 900

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