Svalbard Ski Expedition
SValbard Ski Expedition
Of all the places we love in the world Svalbard is right up at the top of the list. It's an Arctic paradise with extensive glacier systems, sweeping valleys and beautiful fjords. Svalbard is actually a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean around 78° North latitude. The largest island, Spitsbergen, is our home away from home every April. It's our base for all of our North Pole expeditions and it's where we run one of our Polar Shakedown Trainings. It's also one of our favorite places to explore. Join us for a fabulous week as we tour the Spitsbergen back country by ski & pulk. With spectacular terrain and incredible scenery this is Arctic spring travel at its best!
Dates & Rates
Tentatively April 29-May 5
Tentatively $ 5,500 per person
Participants receive a discount on our 5-day Polar Shakedown Training.
Includes all group equipment, guide(s), permits, communication & safety gear, transfer to/from the our start and end point, most meals.
Meet in Longyearbyen. Review clothing & equipment. Evening welcome reception & prepare for departure. Night at hotel or guesthouse (not included).
Depart for our starting location. Each route is chosen to maximize our time in Svalbard and is based on local conditions including sea ice.
Explore the beautiful glaciers, valleys and fjords that dominate this landscape. Camp each night. On the afternoon of day six return to Longyearbyen.
End of expedition
This expedition is for people who are in good shape and are eager to push themselves physically and mentally. The days can be long and the skiing, though not technically difficult requires that you maintain an appropriate pace. You will need to have very good cardiovascular endurance and the ability to pull a sled (between 25-35 kilos) for several hours at a time. Most importantly you need to be able to regulate your body temperature and energy so that you do not get too cold, too hot, or "hit the wall" with fatigue.Towards the end of the day it is critical that you have the energy reserves to help with the group camp chores.
This expedition can encounter extreme conditions including high winds, limited visibility, snow, rain, and cold temperatures. Living in such conditions 24 hours a day can be very challenging. You do not have to be a world class athlete to participate in and enjoy this expedition, but every ounce of training and preparation will help to make the expedition more enjoyable and safer.
Please contact us with further questions!
Upon registration, you will receive a comprehensive gear guide that explains the importance of each item as well as gear recommendations from our past participants. Please contact us for more information about your personal gear and group gear for this expedition.
Several items on our equipment checklist are available from our store.