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.
Are you one of those people who just can't get enough of snow and ice, and would like to continue skiing even after the snow has disappeared for the season? Don't despair, in Svalbard the ice cap awaits all year round with its endless white expanses and snow-covered nunataks.
- Svalbard's highest mountain
- Spring ski trip
- See Isfjorden from the sea side
- Glacier experience
Join us in the realm of the glaciers using skis and sleds. You will visit Svalbard's highest mountain Newtontoppen amidst the midnight sun. Explore Spitsbergen's untouched icy wilderness with us and create memories you will never forget.
The day before the expedition, everyone will receive an introduction to the various elements of expedition life. We will go through the trip, practice setting up the tent, firing up the primus, and we will pack the sleds together - making sure everything is ready for departure. Despite our team preparations on site, we expect that you have prepared in advance, are in good shape, and are accustomed to outdoor winter activities.
Long days of skiing awaits us, and we experience Svalbard's nature slowly passing by. The "goal" for the trip will be Newtontoppen, Svalbard's highest mountain, and the way there will depend on weather and conditions. There will be many nice days skiing in different terrain. The goal of the trip is the total of all the days we spend in untouched nature, either skiing or camping.
- 24 hour emergency contact available
- Guides with training in wilderness first aid
- First aid equipment 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.
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 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 (not included).
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.
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.
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.