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Crossing Svalbard West to East

Longyearbyen to Agardhbukta

Crossing Svalbard West to East

Longyearbyen to Agardhbukta

From USD 2210

This is a trip for you who want to experience the real wilderness on the east coast of Svalbard. Ice-covered fjords, snow-covered mountains and exciting wildlife are some of the things you will experience on this trip.

Highlights

  • Be a polar bear guard in the midnight sun
  • Walk across Svalbard from west to east
  • Gain experience with ski expeditions in Artic regions
  • Ski all the way from Longyearbyen

We will meet in Longyearbyen for an informative meeting and plan the final details together. Here we pack our sleds and recieve a nice overview to how ski expeditions are prepped and planned.

What is unique about this crossing of Svalbard is that you start in Longyearbyen, and thus go all the way from civilization out to the remote Agardhbukta on skis. Through Adventdalen, the trip moves into scooter-free Nordenskiold Land. We wind our way day after day through deep valleys, massive snow-covered mountains, over glaciers and under the polar sky, all the way to the east coast.

When there is a need, we will take turns sitting on polar bear watch at night. This is usually one or two hours every other night, and does not significantly affect your night's sleep.

We also have a trip across Svalbard from Agardhbukta to Bartensburg. 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

Tue 18. April - Wed 26. April 2023

USD 2210Available

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This trip is also offered as a private tailormade trip. Travel alone, with your friends or family whenever you want.
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Opening hours
Mon - Fri: 09 - 16

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Safety

  • 24 hour emergency contact available
  • Guides with training in wilderness first aid
  • First aid available
  • Cooperation with Turlegen.no for medical advice in the field

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 must have some experience sleeping  and camping in a tent in the winter. Previous sledding experience is not mandatory, but some specific training is recommended. It is necessary that you have tested your personal equipment/clothing before the trip, footwear being particularly important. Shared equipment will be distributed between the 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. The daily stages are approx. 15-25 km.

Participants who are unsure whether their personal skills are sufficient are recommended to take part in our Winter course in Jotunheimen prior to the trip.

Accommodation and food

We will sleep everynight 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. You will 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 particular snacks while on expedition, you can bring these along, but please be considerate of the weight.

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 very darkest period lasts from mid-November to the end of January.

Despite Svalbard's northern location, the archipelago has a relatively mild climate compared to other areas at the same latitude. In winter, the average temperature in Longyearbyen is -14°C. It is typical, however, that in winter there are longer periods with temperatures between -20 and -35 degrees. If there is wind in addition, the apparent temperature can be very low. However, in our experience, every winter we get low pressure from the south-west which can bring days of hot temperatures and rain. The weather on Svalbard can change very quickly, and the local variations can be large. You need to prepare for the coldest weather and be ready for any type of weather while we are on expedition.

 

 

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Longyearbyen@EliseKoren (23)

Day 1:Depart Longyearbyen

At 15:00 you will meet your guide at Mary-Ann's Polarrigg in order to pack food and equipment and review the last details. Bring all your equipment to the meeting place. You can leave personal belongings behind, and 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 at 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 you will meet your guide at Mary-Ann's Polarrigg in order to pack food and equipment and review the last details. Bring all your equipment to the meeting place. You can leave personal belongings behind, and 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 at 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

-,-,-

Svalbard@EliseKoren (6)

Day 2:The trip begins

After breakfast we will meet at the agreed place in Longyearbyen - then the trip starts! It is a special experience to go from civilization into the wilderness. The day is also used to get into the routines of skiing and setting up camp that we will follow in the coming week. Tonight you cook and eat the first dinner of the ski trip in your tent.

After breakfast we will meet at the agreed place in Longyearbyen - then the trip starts! It is a special experience to go from civilization into the wilderness. The day is also used to get into the routines of skiing and setting up camp that we will follow in the coming week. Tonight you cook and eat the first dinner of the ski trip in your tent.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

-,L,D

DISTANCE

15-25 km

Svalbard på tvers@SigmundAndersen (8)

Day 3:Waking up in wilderness

We start the day with a good cup of coffee after our first night out, and maybe you've already had the opportunity to be a polar bear guard? We will continue into the wilderness, eat our regular expedition lunch, and adjust the length and pace according to the group, the weather and the guide. We will walk daily stages of between 15 and 25 kilometers, taking breaks along the way. In the afternoon we will set up camp for the evening. Upon arrival at the campsite, everyone helps with common tasks, such as setting up tents, digging cold pits, and building living walls if necessary.

We start the day with a good cup of coffee after our first night out, and maybe you've already had the opportunity to be a polar bear guard? We will continue into the wilderness, eat our regular expedition lunch, and adjust the length and pace according to the group, the weather and the guide. We will walk daily stages of between 15 and 25 kilometers, taking breaks along the way. In the afternoon we will set up camp for the evening. Upon arrival at the campsite, everyone helps with common tasks, such as setting up tents, digging cold pits, and building living walls if necessary.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

15-25 km

Svalbard på tvers@SigmundAndersen (14)

Day 4-7:Life on a ski expedition

Over the next few days the trip continues across Svalbard. On our mountain skis, we slide through long valleys, over impressive glaciers and past one magnificent mountain after another. We are small as we move through the endless arctic wilderness. In the afternoon we set up camp for the evening and eat our freeze-dried expedition dinner before wrapping ourselves tightly in our sleeping bags.

Over the next few days the trip continues across Svalbard. On our mountain skis, we slide through long valleys, over impressive glaciers and past one magnificent mountain after another. We are small as we move through the endless arctic wilderness. In the afternoon we set up camp for the evening and eat our freeze-dried expedition dinner before wrapping ourselves tightly in our sleeping bags.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

15-25 km

Svalbard på tvers@SigmundAndersen (3)

Day 8:Last day on tour

After a week out we arrive at Agardhbukta where our ski trip ends. Snowmobiles will meet us and take us back to Longyearbyen. Once there, it's time for a shower before we meet at 21.00 for a well-deserved closing dinner. Then a good night's sleep awaits in a warm bed. NOTE: Accommodation is not included, and is arranged on an individual basis.

After a week out we arrive at Agardhbukta where our ski trip ends. Snowmobiles will meet us and take us back to Longyearbyen. Once there, it's time for a shower before we meet at 21.00 for a well-deserved closing dinner. Then a good night's sleep awaits in a warm bed. NOTE: Accommodation is not included, and is arranged on an individual basis.

ACCOMMODATION

Not included

MEALS

B,L,D

TRANSPORTATION

3 hours

DISTANCE

10-20 km

Svalbard på tvers@SigmundAndersen (4)

Day 9:Home

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!

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!

MEALS

-,-,-

At 15:00 you will meet your guide at Mary-Ann's Polarrigg in order to pack food and equipment and review the last details. Bring all your equipment to the meeting place. You can leave personal belongings behind, and 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 at 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

-,-,-

After breakfast we will meet at the agreed place in Longyearbyen - then the trip starts! It is a special experience to go from civilization into the wilderness. The day is also used to get into the routines of skiing and setting up camp that we will follow in the coming week. Tonight you cook and eat the first dinner of the ski trip in your tent.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

-,L,D

DISTANCE

15-25 km

We start the day with a good cup of coffee after our first night out, and maybe you've already had the opportunity to be a polar bear guard? We will continue into the wilderness, eat our regular expedition lunch, and adjust the length and pace according to the group, the weather and the guide. We will walk daily stages of between 15 and 25 kilometers, taking breaks along the way. In the afternoon we will set up camp for the evening. Upon arrival at the campsite, everyone helps with common tasks, such as setting up tents, digging cold pits, and building living walls if necessary.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

15-25 km

Over the next few days the trip continues across Svalbard. On our mountain skis, we slide through long valleys, over impressive glaciers and past one magnificent mountain after another. We are small as we move through the endless arctic wilderness. In the afternoon we set up camp for the evening and eat our freeze-dried expedition dinner before wrapping ourselves tightly in our sleeping bags.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

15-25 km

After a week out we arrive at Agardhbukta where our ski trip ends. Snowmobiles will meet us and take us back to Longyearbyen. Once there, it's time for a shower before we meet at 21.00 for a well-deserved closing dinner. Then a good night's sleep awaits in a warm bed. NOTE: Accommodation is not included, and is arranged on an individual basis.

ACCOMMODATION

Not included

MEALS

B,L,D

TRANSPORTATION

3 hours

DISTANCE

10-20 km

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!

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 by snow mobile from Agardhbukta 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 back 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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