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Crossing Svalbard East to West

Agardhbukta to Barentsburg

Crossing Svalbard East to West

Agardhbukta to Barentsburg

From USD 2776

For many, crossing Spitsbergen will be the ultimate way to experience the magnificent nature of Svalbard and a great introduction to expedition life in the Arctic. With ice-covered fjords, snow-covered mountains and exciting wildlife, this is a fantastic trip that simply has to be experienced!

Highlights

  • Cross Svalbard on skis from east to west
  • A whole week out on tour
  • Skiing expedition in the arctic
  • Polar bear watch in the midnight sun

Together we will cross Svalbard with skis and sleds. We will sleep two and two together in spacious tents, and cook food for ourselves. If necessary, we will each sit on a polar bear watch at night. This is typically one or two hours every second night per person, and does not significantly affect the individual's night's sleep. After a week on tour, we will arrive in Barentsburg where a boat will to take us back to Longyearbyen for a shower and a nice final dinner together.

We also have a Svalbard crossing trip from Longyearbyen to Agardhbukta. If you want a slightly easier and shorter trip, check out Ski Expedition Experience at Svalbard - Nordenskiold with skis and sleds. The price difference between the Crossing Svalbard trips is due to the fact that the trip from west to east - Longyearbyen to Agardhbukta - is one day shorter and there is less transport involved. Please contact us for more information.

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Dates and booking

Mon 24. April - Wed 03. May 2023

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Opening hours
Mon - Fri: 09 - 16

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Safety

  • 24 hour emergency communication
  • All guides have wilderness first aid experience
  • First aid equipment available
  • Cooperation with Turlegen.no for medical advice while on expedition

On this trip, we are moving through remote areas far from civilization. A rescue operation  might take longer than on other trips we arrange. It is therefore important that all participants are well prepared and ready to deal with unforeseen situations. We have the safety equipment an expedition like this requires with us.

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

3/6 Risk

Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help.

Safety and grading of trips

Training and preperation

You should be used to outdoor activities and must be in normal good physical shape to participate. The trip also requires the participant to have experience of skiing off groomed slopes.

Prior knowledge of Arctic expeditions is not necessary, but you need to have some experience sleeping in a tent in the winter. Previous experience pulling a sled is not necessary, but some specific training is recommended. Shared equipment will be distributed between participants. Setting up the tent, cooking and melting snow is done by the individual tent team (2-3 people). The sled will weigh 30-40 kg.

Participants who are unsure whether their personal skills are sufficient are recommended to take part in our Winter course in Jotunheimen prior to signing up for this tour. 

Accommodation and Food

We sleep all nights in tents on the ski trip. The day before the actual ski trip starts and the last day in Longyearbyen are not included. We recommend staying overnight at Mary-Ann's Polarrigg before the trip, as it is in close proximity to the warehouse we use to pack everything for the trip.

Food is included on the ski trip, and you can pick what you want to take with you from our warehouse - porridge for breakfast, vacuum-packed freeze-dried tour food for lunch and dinner, drinks (coffee/tea/juice), chocolate, nuts, and biscuits. If you would like more chocolate/snacks, you must bring this yourself. If you have a special treat you enjoy, bring it, but be considerate of adding too much weight to your sled. 

We will have dinner together the last night in Longyearbyen, this is included in the price.

Other information

The periods of polar night and midnight sun vary depending on the latitude you are at. Longyearbyen has midnight sun from the 19th April to the 23rd of August, while in the period from the end of October to mid-February the sun is never above the horizon. The dark period lasts from mid-November to the end of January, when total darkness enbodies Svalbard.

Despite Svalbard's northern location, the archipelago has a relatively mild climate compared to areas at the same latitude. In winter, the average temperature in Longyearbyen is -14°C. Nevertheless, there are longer periods with temperatures between -20 and -35 degrees. You need to be prepared for cold weather. If there is additional wind, the apparent temperature is very low and it can feel much colder. However, in our experience we get a low pressure system from the south-west which can bring multiple days of warm temperatures and even rain. The weather on Svalbard can change very quickly and the local variations can be significant.

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Svalbard på tvers@EirinNordhus (4)

Day 1:Arrive Longyearbyen

At 15:00 we meet at Mary-Ann's Polarrigg for an information meeting. We then head to our nearby warehouse to pack up equipment and go over the final details before the evening ends. Bring all your equipment to the meeting place. You can leave personal belongings behind, but try and limit how much extra gear you bring with you on tour. There will be an opportunity to take a trip to the city's sports shops for last minute purchases. If you want to take a map with you on the trip, we recommend buying one at the Svalbard Museum next to the University, or in the town's grocery store. Packing may take a few hours, so bring some food and drink with you. NOTE: Dinner and accommodation are not included, and are arranged on an individual basis.

At 15:00 we meet at Mary-Ann's Polarrigg for an information meeting. We then head to our nearby warehouse to pack up equipment and go over the final details before the evening ends. Bring all your equipment to the meeting place. You can leave personal belongings behind, but try and limit how much extra gear you bring with you on tour. There will be an opportunity to take a trip to the city's sports shops for last minute purchases. If you want to take a map with you on the trip, we recommend buying one at the Svalbard Museum next to the University, or in the town's grocery store. Packing may take a few hours, so bring some food and drink with you. NOTE: Dinner and accommodation are not included, and are arranged on an individual basis.

ACCOMMODATION

Not included

MEALS

-,-,-

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Day 2:Departure from Longyearbyen

We will meet at the agreed place in Longyearbyen for a final briefing. After that, we will drive towards the East Coast by a tracked vehicle or snowmobile. The trip takes a few hours but it will be the last hours of sitting still for the week, so enjoy it! Out at Agardhbukta, we will prepare the equipment. If the weather allows we will start skiing on the same day or we will set up camp for the day. In that case, it will be an evening where we establish camp routines and look out for polar bears. We set up daily stages of between 15 and 25 kilometers and set up camp every evening. Most of the day is spent skiing, but we have a leisurely pace and take timed breaks along the way. We will plan the route with the weather in mind and take the path of least resistance - we want to get the best out of the trip and the route can be adjusted along the way. Upon arrival at the campsite, everyone helps to set up tents, dig cold pits, and build living walls if necessary.

We will meet at the agreed place in Longyearbyen for a final briefing. After that, we will drive towards the East Coast by a tracked vehicle or snowmobile. The trip takes a few hours but it will be the last hours of sitting still for the week, so enjoy it! Out at Agardhbukta, we will prepare the equipment. If the weather allows we will start skiing on the same day or we will set up camp for the day. In that case, it will be an evening where we establish camp routines and look out for polar bears. We set up daily stages of between 15 and 25 kilometers and set up camp every evening. Most of the day is spent skiing, but we have a leisurely pace and take timed breaks along the way. We will plan the route with the weather in mind and take the path of least resistance - we want to get the best out of the trip and the route can be adjusted along the way. Upon arrival at the campsite, everyone helps to set up tents, dig cold pits, and build living walls if necessary.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

-,L,D

TRANSPORTATION

3 hours

DISTANCE

1-10 km

Svalbard på tvers@EirinNordhus (1)

Day 3:Up the first glacier

We start the day with coffee after an exciting first night out, where you may have been a polar bear guard for the first time. This is the day we aim to climb the first glacier of the trip. The glacier has a "gentle" climb, so it's a soft start to the expedition, but we still have to watch out for dangerous cracks. Along the way, we eat the daily expedition lunch, we adjust the pace according to the group, and we use the time we need for reconnaissance and surveys of the terrain. The goal for the day is to set up camp in Lundstrømdalen.

We start the day with coffee after an exciting first night out, where you may have been a polar bear guard for the first time. This is the day we aim to climb the first glacier of the trip. The glacier has a "gentle" climb, so it's a soft start to the expedition, but we still have to watch out for dangerous cracks. Along the way, we eat the daily expedition lunch, we adjust the pace according to the group, and we use the time we need for reconnaissance and surveys of the terrain. The goal for the day is to set up camp in Lundstrømdalen.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

15-25 km

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Day 4:Navigating Reindeer Valley- Reindalen

The days vary on a long ski trip, covering long distances at a slow pace, allowing you to take in all the scenery. Maybe we go 25 kilometers one day, or maybe the snow is heavier and we settle for 20. As we go we continue further into Reindalen (the reindeer valley), we really get to experience one of the classic, long and wide valleys on Svalbard. Like yesterday, we will be walking all day in an area that is prohibited for scooter traffic, so here we can walk in peace.

The days vary on a long ski trip, covering long distances at a slow pace, allowing you to take in all the scenery. Maybe we go 25 kilometers one day, or maybe the snow is heavier and we settle for 20. As we go we continue further into Reindalen (the reindeer valley), we really get to experience one of the classic, long and wide valleys on Svalbard. Like yesterday, we will be walking all day in an area that is prohibited for scooter traffic, so here we can walk in peace.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

15-25 km

Svalbard på tvers@Petter Westgaard (11).JPG

Day 5-7:Side valleys and mountains

It will be oatmeal again for breakfast, and now that your body is getting used to being out, you certainly won't say no to an extra spoonful of porridge. We continue towards the west in Reindalen and gradually take in one of the smaller side valleys. Now the terrain will begin to change, and the mountains are coming closer. After the majestic Reindalen, we head north up Semmeldalen towards Grøndalen, which we follow westwards towards Barentsburg. When we arrive, we follow our normal camp routines that we have gradually become so familiar with.

It will be oatmeal again for breakfast, and now that your body is getting used to being out, you certainly won't say no to an extra spoonful of porridge. We continue towards the west in Reindalen and gradually take in one of the smaller side valleys. Now the terrain will begin to change, and the mountains are coming closer. After the majestic Reindalen, we head north up Semmeldalen towards Grøndalen, which we follow westwards towards Barentsburg. When we arrive, we follow our normal camp routines that we have gradually become so familiar with.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

15-25 km

Svalbard på tvers@Petter Westgaard (16).JPG

Day 8:Arctic mountains

At the top of Grøndalen (the green valley), we can sense Grønfjorden (the green fjord) in the distance. Today's stage continues down Grøndalen towards Grønfjorden and the west coast. Its incredibly beautiful. As we approach the coast, the destination of the trip, Barentsburg, is only a small mountain ridge away. But we will still have the last camp to ourselves in the arctic wilderness tonight. We´ll camp with a view of the sea and the mountains around us. Being our last night with a bear guard, we´ll let the group members argue about who gets the last watch.

At the top of Grøndalen (the green valley), we can sense Grønfjorden (the green fjord) in the distance. Today's stage continues down Grøndalen towards Grønfjorden and the west coast. Its incredibly beautiful. As we approach the coast, the destination of the trip, Barentsburg, is only a small mountain ridge away. But we will still have the last camp to ourselves in the arctic wilderness tonight. We´ll camp with a view of the sea and the mountains around us. Being our last night with a bear guard, we´ll let the group members argue about who gets the last watch.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

15-25 km

Svalbard på tvers@PetterWestgaard (10)

Day 9:Time for a shower?

After more than a week on tour, we move on in the direction of Barentsburg. In Barentsburg we will board the boat that will take us back to Longyearbyen. This trip takes approx. 4 hours with beautiful views. Once back in Longyearbyen, it's time for a shower before we meet at 21:00 for the final dinner. Afterwards, a good night's sleep awaits in a well-deserved soft bed. NOTE: Accommodation is not included, and must be arranged on an individual basis.

After more than a week on tour, we move on in the direction of Barentsburg. In Barentsburg we will board the boat that will take us back to Longyearbyen. This trip takes approx. 4 hours with beautiful views. Once back in Longyearbyen, it's time for a shower before we meet at 21:00 for the final dinner. Afterwards, a good night's sleep awaits in a well-deserved soft bed. NOTE: Accommodation is not included, and must be arranged on an individual basis.

ACCOMMODATION

Not included

MEALS

B,L,D

TRANSPORTATION

4 hours

DISTANCE

10-20 km

Svalbard på tvers@EirinNordhus (3)

Day 10:Home

Today its 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!

Today its 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!

MEALS

-,-,-

At 15:00 we meet at Mary-Ann's Polarrigg for an information meeting. We then head to our nearby warehouse to pack up equipment and go over the final details before the evening ends. Bring all your equipment to the meeting place. You can leave personal belongings behind, but try and limit how much extra gear you bring with you on tour. There will be an opportunity to take a trip to the city's sports shops for last minute purchases. If you want to take a map with you on the trip, we recommend buying one at the Svalbard Museum next to the University, or in the town's grocery store. Packing may take a few hours, so bring some food and drink with you. NOTE: Dinner and accommodation are not included, and are arranged on an individual basis.

ACCOMMODATION

Not included

MEALS

-,-,-

We will meet at the agreed place in Longyearbyen for a final briefing. After that, we will drive towards the East Coast by a tracked vehicle or snowmobile. The trip takes a few hours but it will be the last hours of sitting still for the week, so enjoy it! Out at Agardhbukta, we will prepare the equipment. If the weather allows we will start skiing on the same day or we will set up camp for the day. In that case, it will be an evening where we establish camp routines and look out for polar bears. We set up daily stages of between 15 and 25 kilometers and set up camp every evening. Most of the day is spent skiing, but we have a leisurely pace and take timed breaks along the way. We will plan the route with the weather in mind and take the path of least resistance - we want to get the best out of the trip and the route can be adjusted along the way. Upon arrival at the campsite, everyone helps to set up tents, dig cold pits, and build living walls if necessary.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

-,L,D

TRANSPORTATION

3 hours

DISTANCE

1-10 km

We start the day with coffee after an exciting first night out, where you may have been a polar bear guard for the first time. This is the day we aim to climb the first glacier of the trip. The glacier has a "gentle" climb, so it's a soft start to the expedition, but we still have to watch out for dangerous cracks. Along the way, we eat the daily expedition lunch, we adjust the pace according to the group, and we use the time we need for reconnaissance and surveys of the terrain. The goal for the day is to set up camp in Lundstrømdalen.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

15-25 km

The days vary on a long ski trip, covering long distances at a slow pace, allowing you to take in all the scenery. Maybe we go 25 kilometers one day, or maybe the snow is heavier and we settle for 20. As we go we continue further into Reindalen (the reindeer valley), we really get to experience one of the classic, long and wide valleys on Svalbard. Like yesterday, we will be walking all day in an area that is prohibited for scooter traffic, so here we can walk in peace.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

15-25 km

It will be oatmeal again for breakfast, and now that your body is getting used to being out, you certainly won't say no to an extra spoonful of porridge. We continue towards the west in Reindalen and gradually take in one of the smaller side valleys. Now the terrain will begin to change, and the mountains are coming closer. After the majestic Reindalen, we head north up Semmeldalen towards Grøndalen, which we follow westwards towards Barentsburg. When we arrive, we follow our normal camp routines that we have gradually become so familiar with.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

15-25 km

At the top of Grøndalen (the green valley), we can sense Grønfjorden (the green fjord) in the distance. Today's stage continues down Grøndalen towards Grønfjorden and the west coast. Its incredibly beautiful. As we approach the coast, the destination of the trip, Barentsburg, is only a small mountain ridge away. But we will still have the last camp to ourselves in the arctic wilderness tonight. We´ll camp with a view of the sea and the mountains around us. Being our last night with a bear guard, we´ll let the group members argue about who gets the last watch.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

15-25 km

After more than a week on tour, we move on in the direction of Barentsburg. In Barentsburg we will board the boat that will take us back to Longyearbyen. This trip takes approx. 4 hours with beautiful views. Once back in Longyearbyen, it's time for a shower before we meet at 21:00 for the final dinner. Afterwards, a good night's sleep awaits in a well-deserved soft bed. NOTE: Accommodation is not included, and must be arranged on an individual basis.

ACCOMMODATION

Not included

MEALS

B,L,D

TRANSPORTATION

4 hours

DISTANCE

10-20 km

Today its 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!

MEALS

-,-,-

What's included in the price

Included

Mainly freeze dried food, and includes a selection of snacks and drinks (coffee, tea, etc) during the ski tour.

Transportation from Longyearbyen to Agardhbukta, and from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen.

Such as tent, stove, cookware, fuel, snow shovels, toilet paper.

Such as signal gun, rifle, satellite phone, flares, first aid and medication, navigation equipment, repair equipment, and glacier equipment.

Paris Expedition transport sled, hauling rope, harness, and sled bag for use in the sledge - for each participant.

Search and rescue insurance for Svalbard is included in the trip, required by the authorities.

Not included

SAS and Norwegian fly direct from Oslo Gardermoen.

Reservation

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 / adventure@norrona.com TIP : We recommend that you have the most important hiking equipment in your hand luggage, for example hiking boots and gore-tex jacket/trousers.

Obligatory

Clothing

We recommend wool underwear for both men and women. Wool sportstop is recommended for women. A boxershorts with windstopper is recommended for cold days. 

Not too thick, bring more layers if necessary.

2-3 paris. Wool is recommended.

2-3 pairs. Wool or synthetic material.

Fleece or wool. 

With hood, and long enough to cover the butt.

Gore-Tex or equivalent. Must withstand wind, rain and snow, and have a decent hood with room for the climbing helmet.

Gore-Tex or similar. Must be waterproof and windproof,  zips for ventilation are recommended.

Warm hat for cold days.

Wind proof mittens with warm inner mittens. Has to cover the underarm, and must be spacious. Must give a good grip, even with inner mittens. 

Or a face mask.

To protect the face from freezing wind and blowing snow. We recommend neoprene, which provides extra good protection in the wind. Breathing hole in front of nose/mouth for ventilation. Can also be bought in Longyearbyen.

Footwear

Warm BC or 75mm ski boots. Slightly large, so that there is room for thick socks. The shoes must be well used to avoid blisters. May have integrated gaiters.

Equipment

Good, warm sleeping bag that can withstand -30°C in comfort temperature. Down is the best. They are lighter, and become smaller in package volume. If you already have a good sleeping bag, but are not sure if it is warm enough, this overbag from Halite could be a good alternative.

For winter use. For example Exped down mat or Thermarest NeoAir. Uses together with the "flat" sleeping mat.

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. 

Compact and light.

Preferably a spoon with a long handle if you are going to eat freeze dried food.

High SPF, 30-50. Remember chapstick for lips and nose. 

A solid pair, with dark glass. With a cord to hang around the neck.

Alpine snow glasses. To protect your face and eyes in snow, wind and cold conditions.

Svalbard is outside Schengen and the Nordic passport agreement. Everyone must show a passport or national ID card when traveling to and from Svalbard.

"Flat" type made of closed-cell foam, for example Thermarest Z-lite. To use in combination with the inflatable sleeping mat.

Nordic back country skis, preferably with steel sledges. BC bindings with manual closure, or 75mm bindings. The poles must have large baskets. 

For hot drinks in breaks and in camp.

2 x 1 litre bottles, with insulation cover, so they dont freeze. For example Nalgene bottles with wide mouth. They can handle hot water, so you can use them to keep warm in the sleeping bag. If you do not have 2 bottles you can bring an extra thermos instead (must be 3 litres of water capacity all together).

1-2 litre (3 litres all together in thermos and waterbottles).

Waterproof packbags, important to keep your clothes, electronics and sleepingbag dry. Different sizes and colours is practical.

We mostly use short skins, but should we be unlucky with the route (hard and icy or lots of powder snow), long traps are a must.

Recommended

Clothing

A warm hat that also should be windproof.

For warmer days, and as a hat when sleeping.

Can also be used inside the down mittens.

To protect your boots against mud, dust and water.

Nice to take it outside the shell trousers. Preferably with a zipper all the way.

Footwear

Lightweight  and back up very small. Keep your feet warm inside the tent, sleeping bag or while walking around camp. Down or synthetic filling. In addition, warm and good footwear in case of emergency, if your feet are very cold.

Equipment

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

A small bag with antibac, and dog poop bags for used wet wipes etc. Here you can also keep toilet paper, and matches to burn used toilet paper.

Remember new/extra batteries. Lithium batteries are good in the cold. NOTE: A headlamp is only necessary until around mid-April.

Useful

Clothing

Thin, ultra lihgt.

Equipment

To increase the comfort temperature in your sleeping bag.

As light at possible. 

Nuts, chocolate, energy bars, etc.

If youre a light sleeper.

For example Piteraq HD. Be sure to have the right size, that fits your sleeping mats.

Might be a good idea if you're going on a trip when it's bright at night (you can possibly use a buff/neck gaiter).

20-30 litres. If you perfer having easy access to snacks, thermos etc. while skiing.

We provide

We have the following common and safety equipment

2 full + 1-2 half bags (nice for organising) - Piteraq HD version.

Harness to pull the sledge + rope pull. The rope pull consists of a rope attached in a loop on the harness/pack + one rope between the loop and the sled. This should be about 3 meters long.

Paris Expedition transportation sled.

GPS, kart og kompass.

Food is included on the ski trip, and you pick what you want to take with you from our warehouse - porridge for breakfast, vacuum-packed freeze-dried tour food for lunch and dinner, drinks (coffee/tea), chocolate, nuts, biscuits. If you would like more chocolate/snacks, you must bring this yourself.

Harnesses, ropes, carabiners etc.

It is important that you pack your clothes and sleeping bag 100% waterproof. Even if you already have a cover on your sleeping bag, it is important that you pack it in a waterproof drybag bag as well.

Sometimes some of us have to drive snowmobiles ourselves on the transport to/from the ski trip, so take your driver's license with you.

TIP: Travel in your hiking clothes. We recommend that you have the most important hiking equipment in your hand luggage, for example ski boots and gore-tex jacket/trousers.

NOTE: If you are going on a trip in March, it is extra important that you bring plenty of warm clothes, as it can often be a little colder at this time. It may be a good idea to bring extra warm woolen socks and woolen underwear.

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