KAYAKING ACROSS SVALBARD

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Svalbard is a territory of untouched pristine nature and endless Arctic. In addition to polar bears, here you can see reindeers, arctic foxes, seals, walruses, whales and admire the bird cliffs. Despite its high-latitude Arctic location, the island of Svalbard has a very moderate and comfortable climate due to one of the branches of the warm Gulf Stream, which passes through the fjords of the archipelago.

The island has always attracted travelers and adventurers from all over the world. Just imagine, no engine noise and nothing interfering into the pure satisfaction. Just you, the paddle, the partner and the Sea! And the incredible views around, birds circling overhead, mountains, glaciers and the rhythmic splash of sea water.

This program is designed for those who are already confident in kayaking skills, have travelled more than a dozen nautical miles, ready for long crossings and harsh conditions, without giving up reasonable comfort. You will not have to set up a tent camp in the pouring rain, carry food, kitchen utensils and participate in night shifts. Safety on the route and comfort will be provided by experienced guides and high-quality equipment. All overnight stays will be warm - either in comfortable hotels or in cozy fishing houses. On the routes, we use modern Norwegian sublimates, and for breakfast and dinner, you will always be provided with home-cooked food, cooked or prepared by the chefs of our restaurants. To ensure safety on water among with the equipment from leading world manufacturers we use special dry suits for sea kayaking of the Canadian brand Level Six, they have positive buoyancy and are completely sealed.

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Every two weeks on Mondays

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Kayaking

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5 glaciers

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No children allowed

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4 nights at hotels

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4 nights at cabins

TRAVEL DATES IN 2021:

21.06 – 29.06

05.07 – 13.07

19.07 – 27.07

02.08 – 10.08

16.08 – 24.08

30.08 - 07.09

TOUR PRICE PER PERSON:

 

29 990 NOK/person

Extra charge for SINGLE accommodation:

2 800 NOK/person

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

Transfers:

  • Transfer from/to Airport

  • Boat transfer according to the itinerary 

Accommodation (6 nights):

  • 2 nights in the hotel Barentsburg

  • 2 nights in the hotel Pyramiden

Meals:

  • Full-board

Activities:

  • Guided tours around the settlements

  • Rental of single or tandem plastic kayaks (Point 65 or similar), drysuits (Level Six), waterproof bags, life jacket, neopren shoes, gloves and mittens, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, tents.

  • Guide services and safety equipment incl. portable radio set, satellite phone, GPS-navigator, warning beacon, etc.

  • Insurance covering search and rescue, evacuation costs in case of emergency

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Flight to/from Longyearbyen

  • Individual travel insurance policy

  • Souvenirs

  • Alcohol drinks and dishes/drinks beyond the tour program 

 
 
 

DAY 1

Arrival to Longyearbyen. The sea voyage on a boat from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg

  • A transfer from the airport to the Russkiy Dom expedition center.

  • Briefing, luggage packing, lunch.
     

  • The sea voyage on a boat on the route from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg

(distance is about 50 km, travel time - 1.5 hours).

Along the way, there is an opportunity to meet marine mammals: whales, belugas and walruses – all of them are frequent inhabitants of the Isfjorden.

 

  • Arrival in Barentsburg.

  • Dinner in the Northernmost Fish Restaurant Rijpsburg, the menu of which is presented mainly with dishes of local fish and marine mammals. All the presented "sea gifts" were caught in the Greenland, Barents and Norwegian seas of the western sector of the Arctic (North Atlantic). If you managed to catch fresh fish during a boat trip, our chefs will be happy to cook it.

  • Overnight in Hotel Barentsburg

Longyearbyen is the capital of Svalbard. It is the northernmost populated area with approximately 2400 inhabitants, 50 nationalities. Longyearbyen was founded in 1906 by John Longyear and named after him further on. This is a town with a particular temper that has been loved by adventurers, explorers, fans of the North and wilderness.

Barentsburg is the Russian «capital» of Svalbard. It is a town of Arctic stories written by Dutch explorers, Russian and Norwegian trappers, American and German merchants, adventurers, Soviet builders of communism and Russian miners. Barentsburg was founded in 1921 by the Dutch as a coal-mining settlement. Since 1931 it has been under the State Trust «Arcticugol» administration. The population is approximately 500 people.

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DAY 2

Introduction of Barentsburg, kayaking practice in the vicinity of Grønfjorden.

  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

  • Kayaking practice in the vicinity of Grønfjorden.

Selection of the necessary equipment, acquaintance with the water area and temperature conditions, assessment of the level of participants, training of rescue and self-rescue skills. The distance of the sea part on kayaks is about 10 kilometers. If the weather is favorable and the group is physically fit, it is possible to increase the route to 16-18 kilometers.

  • Lunch at the restaurant or on the route

  • Guided tour around Barentsburg with a visit to the Museum and Exhibition Center ArtArctic Gallery.

 

The expositions of the Barentsburg Museum and Exhibition Center are devoted to the history of the development of Svalbard and the Arctic. A unique exhibition of household items of Pomors - Russian trappers of the XVII-XVIII centuries, found during archaeological work on Svalbard. There are no similar collections of Pomor objects anywhere else. Several showcases with authentic items from the 1596 Willem Barents expedition, including part of a wooden ship. The items were found during a Russian-Dutch expedition in 1993-1995 at the Barents wintering site on Novaya Zemlya.

 

  • Dinner at the Red Bear Pub & Brewery with a tour of the brewery and tasting of the locally brewed beer with English malt and American hops on Belgium equipment and water from a glacial lake.

  • Overnight in Hotel Barentsburg

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DAY 3

  • Kayaking trip to Cape Starostin

 

  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

  • Kayaking on the route: Barentsburg-Cape Festningen-Cape Starostin-Solovetskijbukta-Russekeila (Starostin's hut).  The distance of the route is 14-16 km.

The first stop will be Cape Festningen - a grandiose rock fortress with a fascinating lighthouse on the top. The final destination is Russekeila Bay and Starostin hut - a place that is very much loved by guests and locals. From the windows of a cozy warm hut, you can enjoy a view of the cold open ocean. Under the crackle of burning wood, you will hear many interesting stories about the first winterings on Svalbard.

 

  • Lunch on the route.

  • Hiking in the surrounding area or a short kayak trip (about 8 km) to the remote radio and weather station Isfjord-radio, from where the communication with the mainlands was maintained since 1933. Now it is an oceanfront hotel in a desert tundra with a small restaurant, a minimalistic Scandinavian design and preserved station items in the interior. And right on the shore of the open ocean there is a small sauna, which you can visit if you want (not included into the price).

  • Dinner

  • Overnight in a cabin (and / or tents).

Starostin hut got its name after a legendary pomor trapper, Ivan Starostin, who spent over 30 winters on Svalbard and never left the island during the last 15 years. He lived at the Russekeila bay near the Linne Lake and River. It was one of the biggest trappers’ settlements. Starostin lived there with other Pomors and was regularly visited by his companions and family from the mainland.

DAY 4

Crossing of Isfjorden, the route to the Erdmannodden Cape and Esmark Glacier

 

  • Breakfast.

  • Today, the first serious trip, crossing of the Isfjorden, which is about 13 km wide, then entering the Trygghamna Bay to the Harietbreen Glacier and a cozy house in the Erdmannodden Cape.

The distance of the route is from 25 to 40 km.


Trygghamna Bay means "calm harbor", as it is protected from the winds by the Protectoraksla mountain range with atmospheric and singing bird cliffs. At the very end of the bay rises the wall of the Harietbreen glacier - one of the few glaciers walls that you can approach on foot and touch.

The name of the next bay, Ymerbukta, is rooted in Norse mythology and is associated with the name of the giant from the legends – Ymer. The mystery and privacy of this place creates a really special mood.

 

  • Lunch and dinner in the field

  • Overnight in a cabin (and / or tents). 

DAY 5

Kayaking near the glacier Esmarkbreen, Hiking in the surroundings.

  • Breakfast

  • Kayaking trip to the wall of the glacier Esmarkbreen. The distance is about 12 km.

In the heart of the Ymer bay there is another glacier - Esmarkbreen, its "breath" is heard against the background of the chirping of birds flying around and waves breaking against its wall, and next to it there is a cabin that will shelter and warm you.

  • Lunch

  • Hiking in the surrounding area.

  • Overnight in a cabin (and / or tents).

DAY 6

Kayaking to Rijpsburg.

 

  • Breakfast
     

  • Kayaking along the glacier walls to Rijpsburg.

The distance of the route is 30-40 km.

You will pass by the walls of the Nansenbreen and Burebreen glaciers, as well as the walrus rookeries on the moraine in the neighborhood, to Reipsburg - the first Dutch coal mine in Svalbard, which was founded in 1920 on the peninsula Bohemanflya. But before we can discover all this beauty, we will have to circumnavigate the Erdmannodden through the surrounded shallow water. Part of the way (about 10 km) can be shortened by dragging the kayaks.

 

  • Lunch on the route.

  • Overnight in a historic house in Rijpsburg with a stove (and/or tents).

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DAY 7

Hiking or kayaking in the vicinity of Rijpsburg. Transfer by boat to Pyramiden.

  • Breakfast

  • Hiking in the surrounding area or kayaking along the picturesque coast towards Yoldiabukta.

  • Landing from the sea in the cabin cruiser with kayaks, sea transfer Rijpsburg – Skansbukta – Pyramiden

 

  • Accommodation in the hotel.

  • Dinner in the hotel restaurant in the carefully preserved interiors of the Soviet era.

  • Overnight in Hotel Pyramiden

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DAY 8

Kayaking to the Nordenskiöld Glacier

  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

  • Sightseeing tour around Pyramiden with an immersion in the era of the development of the Arctic during the period of developed socialism.

The settlement has perfectly preserved to this day and the life is being revived in it by the caring hands and warm hearts of the polar people of the XXI century. Visit the well-preserved buildings of the canteen, school and kindergarten, swimming pool.

  • Radial kayaking on the route in the surrounding waters (depending on the wishes of the group, this can be a route from 8 to 25 km).

  • Lunch in the hotel restaurant or on the route

  • Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

  • Overnight at hotel Pyramiden

Nordenskiöldbreen is a signature of Svalbard, one of the most beautiful glaciers on the archipelago and surely, the most well-known one. The glacier tongue gets into the glacial plateau of around 600 sq.km area and its wall shake the imagination with the height and colors. Thunder-like sounds of its ice pieces can be heard yet from the town of Pyramiden.

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DAY 9

  • Breakfast in the restaurant

  • Visit to the northernmost post office and souvenir shop.

  • Departure by cabin cruiser or by regular pleasure ship to Longyearbyen.

  • Arrival, return of equipment, repacking of luggage.

  • Transfer to the airport or hotel

On Svalbard weather conditions change quickly so that is why for the safety and comfort of our guests, the tour program might be changed regarding the itineraries and destinations.