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.
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!
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have the following common and safety equipment
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 outdoor clothes. We recommend that you have the most important outdoor 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.
"Feel like crossing Spitsbergen, do it!"
– Hege K. 2022
– Jon S. 2022
"An enjoyable experience with skilled guides and pleasant participants."
– Johannes S.