We will meet at 15:00 at Mary-Ann's Polarrigg to go over the plan for tomorrow's packing. We do a round of looking over the individual's equipment and see if anything needs to be purchased for the next day. The planned route is ready, but we take a look to prepare ourselves for the adventure that awaits in the next few days. In the evening we have a joint dinner to mark the start of the adventure (not included). NOTE: Accommodation in Longyearbyen before and after the tour is not included, and must be arranged on an individual basis, but we can of course help with this.
Svalbard from South to North is a skiing expedition that deserves respect. This is, without a doubt, one of the hardest skiing expeditions you can do- making it a true achievement to complete this trip. It will be hard, but the reward is great. The nature on Svalbard is unique and magnificent, and for 30 days we will live close together in the wilderness, with tents as housing and skis as our means of transportation. This is a trip you will never forget.
- Unique, long skiing expedition in the Arctic
- Cross the entire length of Spitsbergen
- Desolate, polar wilderness
The areas we move through are full of Norwegian and international expedition history. Since its discovery in the 16th century, this Arctic archipelago has been the favored location for a number of frontier-breaking expeditions. The lengthwise trip was first carried out well into the 20th century, at that time by a Polish expedition.
The expedition has a total of approx. 30 nights in a tent, and if necessary we have room for days to rest if the weather turns bad. If necessary, we will each sit on polar bear watch at night. It is typically in areas where we are close to the sea that this is necessary.
- 24 hour standby
- Guides with training in wilderness first aid
- Basic medication and first aid available
- Cooperation with Turlegen.no for medical advice in the field
On this trip, it is important to understand that we are moving in remote wilderness away from civilization. We will of course do everything we can in the event of an emergency, but a possible rescue operation will take longer than on other trips we arrange. It is therefore extremely important that all participants are well prepared and ready to deal with unforeseen situations. We have navigation equipment, gps, satellite phone and rope/safety equipment, which a trip like this requirements.
These are our most demanding trips. Here you have to count on working hard over a longer period of time to reach the goal. The trips are physically and mentally demanding, and thorough preparations are needed to participate. Trips on this level are often long, with many nights in tents. The trips often go to colder areas and / or at high altitudes, and you have to carry or pull heavily. The equipment plays an important role, and the trip places great demands on you as a participant. The guide is responsible for the tour, but you as a participant are responsible for being well enough prepared so that you can take responsibility for yourself along the way. On these trips, the participants take part in camp routines such as setting up camp and cooking.
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.
Training and preparation
Don´t underestimate the physical challenge of this trip. This expedition requires you to train systematically over time on the two things that apply: Skiing and pulling something heavy behind you.
As a participant, there are a few important items to be aware of:
You will need to set up a tent in strong winds and handle a petrol burner in all conditions. It is absolutely necessary that everyone has spent a lot of time testing equipment, especially footwear. Spend time out in the field and put in several trips with overnight stays to get good winter camping routines dialed.
This is a trip that requires good condition and training from the participants, you MUST train a lot to manage the trip and you must start training at least 1 year in advance. The body needs time to get used to the strain of pulling a 65-75 kg sled every day for 30 days, 8-10 effective hours every day. The sled you will be pulling will contain your own items + a portion of the shared equipment. It's heavy - and impossible if you're not prepared! We must all build up strength and endurance before the trip. You should create a training program that you follow up to your departure. The trip requires motivation and a good attitude. Everyone has bad days, and it helps with a little push and support from the others.
Ideally, the participants have completed a longer expedition before. We do require that the participants have completed ski trips with a minimum duration of one week in order to participate on the trip. If you have a strong desire to join, and don't have the experience 1.5 years in advance of the trip, we at Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure can help set up a program that will make you well equipped for this trip.
NB: On this tour we require that everyone has the same boot and binding system.
We will organize a training session with participants for the trip as it comes closer. The gathering will take place in the winter mountains, typically in areas such as Hardangervidda (Finse).
Here we will run a similar scheme as we do on the actual trip in Svalbard in order to prepare the team. We will have long days on skis and sleds, sleep in tents and set camp routines. Each participant will be assessed and we reserve the right to reject those who wish to join accordingly. If you are not physically or mentally trained for this trip, we will reject guests from joining. During such a weekend, we give you everything we can manage to convey in terms of knowledge, tips, advice and experiences. This weekend gathering will take place in January/February.
Health and visa
You must have a thorough medical check-up before the trip. Make sure the doctor is aware that this is an expedition with physical exertion, and distant from medical assisstance.
We require that everyone completes a health form and that this is certified by the doctor. It is important that you fill out all parts of the registration form (especially where we ask for information about health and allergies), and let us know if there is anything we need to be aware of before and during the trip. Relevant health information that may have an impact on the tour must also be communicated to the guide at the start of the tour. NB - if you are on regular medication, have known allergies or the like, you must always have your personal medication with you.
If you are concerned you wont be allowed in the trip if you disclose health information, talk with your doctor directly. Its imperative we understand your health conditions, so if anything were to happen in the remote wilderness, we know how to take care of you and pass your health information along to higher care.
Contact your medical center for further information on vaccinations required for entry to your destination.
Svalbard is outside Schengen and the Nordic passport agreement. A check is therefore carried out on everyone traveling between Svalbard and the Norwegian mainland. Citizens of Schengen countries and Nordic citizens must show a passport or national ID card when traveling to and from Svalbard.
Exceptions have been made for Norwegian citizens until national ID cards are introduced in Norway. Until further notice, Norwegian citizens can identify themselves with a driver's license issued after 1998, a bank card or the Ministry of Defence's identity card.
NOTE: 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.
We reserve the right to change prices. The day by day program is indicative 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 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 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.