Join us on a unique adventure to the Nordenskiöld glacier! On this trip you will be cast far away from Longyearbyen right into the heart of the Arctic and our Nordenskiöld Lodge. The Lodge itself is perched at the edge of the magnificent Nordenskiöld glacier. With no running water or electricity, Nordenskiöld Lodge is a true expedition cabin, but with modern comforts.
DAY 1: The guide will pick you up at your hotel at 08:00 am. We will go through today’s program and give you an important safety briefing before we start making our way to the expedition store and afterwards to the harbour. We will slip into warm survival suits before we are heading towards to Billefjorden and Adolfbukta in an open polarcircle boat. Once at Nordenskiöld cabin we will enjoy an outdoor lunch and get familiar with the cabin and the surroundings.
After lunch it is time to head out into the arctic nature and explore the beauty of the isolated outpost. We return to the cabin in the evening, where you will be served a delicious dinner and get to enjoy a pre-heated sauna. Accommodation in double rooms.
DAY 2: The day begins with a solid breakfast, before leaving the comforts of the Nordenskiold Lodge to go kayaking. We use reliable double kayaks. We paddle in pairs. Kayaking is the perfect way to get around in the arctic and is probably the ultimate way to explore a calving glacier front and the arctic shorelines. Today’s destination will be determined by the weather and sea conditions, as well as your level of paddling skills. We paddle next to the magnificent glacier front amongst floating pieces of glacier ice, while being observed by the curious wildlife.
After a long day paddling the cold, arctic sea, the comforts of a warm sauna and a proper meal awaits you.
DAY 3: Today we will head out to the majestic Nordenskiöld Glacier. After breakfast we will go through the basic guidelines and safety precautions associated with glacier hiking. We will set out to explore the heavily crevassed glacier, we'll hike for 1,5 km (about 30 minutes) from the cabin. We spend the day hiking up and down the glacier, staring down cracks and enjoying the shiny glacier surface. We will eat expedition lunch on the glacier. If the weather is nice, we will make a bonfire once back at the cabin, and simply cherish the view of the fjord.
DAY 4: Today we strap on our hiking boots and start the hike to some of the surrounding mountain/moraine peaks. We will explore the beautiful Arctic landscape, glacier moraines and arctic flowers that have adapted to the harsh environment. We will summit one of the nearby mountain peaks and enjoy expedition lunch on the way. Once back at the cabin we will enjoy a delicious meal and the pre-heated sauna.
DAY 5: After breakfast we embark upon a final hike. Bring your camera to the glacier front, or hike to the moraine for a last photo of the spectacular scenery. We will enjoy lunch at the cabin before returning to the civilization. We make a stop in Pyramiden on the way back to Longyearbyen, and get to observe the Russian settlement up close. The settlement was abandoned in 1998, but has been reopened to visitors. It is a fascinating Place With a very interesting history. We return to Longyearbyen by boat and arrive during the afternoon or early evening.
NOTE: The activities are weatherdependent, and we might have to do the activities on different days than according to the program.