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5 days - Boutique stay in Svalbard | Rib boats | Glacier exploring

Experience the magnificent High Arctic up close a summer adventure to beautiful Isfjord Radio at Cape Linnè. Embark on a journey to Isfjord Radio by boat, and on your way you will have time to enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery, the mighty bird cliffs and the animal wildlife. Far away from the civilization in Longyearbyen, you will learn more about the history, biological diversity and geological conditions that make Isfjord Radio such a fascinating place to visit. The former radio station is situated at the outermost part of the Isfjorden, with majestic mountains overlooking the Arctic ocean.

In combination with the unique accommodation option, you will enjoy a level of quality and comfort that is unexpected so far into the wilderness.

Day 1
Arrive Longyearbyen and guided city tour
Day 2
Boat to Isfjord Radio with your guide watching for wildlife along the shores
Day 3
Arctic exploration with rib boat safari and expedition lunch on a beach before a visit to the Esmark Glacier
Day 4
Wildlife easy hike before heading back to Longyearbyen
Day 5
Departure Day
Start/End Place
Longyearbyen, Svalbard tours
Country Visited
Svalbard tours
Duration
5 Days
Type
Touring
Suitability
Active independent tour suitable for singles, couples & groups
Code
FET-BIR

Details

Transportation

Travel by boat out to Isfjord Radio
Private Airport Transfers

Included

Necessary safety equipment, activities, accommodation and meals according to program.

Not Included

Flights from your destination are not included, airport shuttle, drinks with meals, single room at Isfjord Radio, CO2 investment of NOK 250.

We can include flights from Oslo if you wish.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Longyearbyen and guided city tour

On arrival at Longyearbyen airport, and private transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon join a private guided tour to explore Longyearbyen. We recommend dinner at one of the excellent restaurants in town (not included/should be booked in advance).

Transportation
Private transfers
Accommodation
Accommodation in double room at Svalbard Hotell (or hotel with similar standard).
Restaurants
Karlsberger Pub, Longyearbyen

Day 2 - Boat to Isfjord Radio with your guide watching for wildlife along the shores

Your guide taking you to Isfjord Radio will meet you in the reception of your hotel at 2.30pm. You will get information about the trip, equipment and outfit details. Transport to the quay, where Polar-Ekspressen closed boat is ready to start the safari tour towards Isfjord Radio. On the way, we have time to enjoy the fantastic fjord scenery, animal wildlife and Arctic seabirds. Your hosts will warmly welcome you upon arrival at Isfjord Radio and invite you for a walk of the station where you will learn more about the fascinating history of this unique destination. Enjoy your spare time in the afternoon by exploring the library, warm up in the sauna or simply appreciate the living room view.

In the evening enjoy a a 5-course dinner. Accommodation in comfortable double rooms at Isfjord Radio.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Accommodation in comfortable double rooms at Basecamp Isfjord Radio.

Day 3 - Arctic exploration with rib boat safari and expedition lunch on a beach before a visit to the Esmark Glacier

Breakfast is served from 8.00 am. After the breakfast board the boat for an exciting safari to the west side of the fjord. The route will go towards east along the coastline before crossing Isfjorden at Kapp Starostin and go straight to the mighty bird cliffs of Alkehornet with thousands of nesting birds. In Trygghamna you go ashore and enjoy expedition lunch on the beach. After lunch, explore the area before heading to the fantastic Esmark Glacier in Ymerbukta. If you are lucky, you might observe whales, seals or even get a glimpse of “king of the Artic”, the polar bear.

In the evening a 5-course dinner is served at the restaurant at the Isfjord Radio. Accommodation in double rooms.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Isfjord Radio

Day 4 - Wildlife easy hike before heading back to Longyearbyen

Enjoy breakfast before heading out on a new adventure. Join your Isfjord Radio guide on one of our favourite tracks along the old radio poles of the station given three optional route and activity alternatives. The hike will be approximately 10-16 km long depending on route.

The first choice of route is hiking to Linné Lake where canoes lie ready to take you out onto this beautiful part of Nordenskiøld Land. We will paddle or walk along the shoreline surrounded by stunning geological grounds. Around the lake you can often spot the Svalbard Rock Ptarmigan and the Arctic Fox in its summer coat. If we reach the area of Kongressen, we are in a nice place to search for fossils and stop for lunch. Mountains surround you and it feels like you are in a magical world. A more stunning setting for a picnic is hard to come by!

Another choice of route is to follow the coast south towards Båtodden. You will walk by beautiful Greig mountain and looking out on the ocean your view is towards Greenland. You will stop by big whale bones and a small trappers hut for lunch before reaching a beach where there potentially is a walrus colony. They have returned to this Nordenskiold Coast for the last few summers, and fingers crossed, they are there waiting for you.

The different seasons with its flora and fauna define the trip underway, and the length of the canoe trip is varied due to the weather and experience of the participants.

Afternoon embarking the Isfjord-Ekspressen back to Longyearbyen.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
Accommodation
Svalbard Hotell or similar

Day 5 - Departure Day

Depart or stay a few extra nights to fully explore Svalbard on land:

  • Dogsledding
  • Boat trip to Pyramiden (old Russian settlement)
  • Kayak among the birs at Fuglefjella (Bird mountain)
  • Guided hiking tours
  • Hiking with the huskies
  • E-bike adventure in Adventsdalen
  • Visit the old coal mine - Mine 3
  • Fossil hunting at Deltaneset
Meals
1 Breakfast
Transportation
Private transfer to airport
Dates & Prices

All prices listed are per person, twin share. New post-COVID T&Cs with flexible booking conditions.

Dates
Valid From
Valid To
From Price
Status
Accommodation
1 Jun 2021
30 Sep 2021
1 Jun 2021
30 Sep 2021
AUD 3,258
On request
Standard
1 Jun 2021
30 Sep 2021
1 Jun 2021
30 Sep 2021
AUD 312
Available
Extra for Single

Important Information

Note: This trip is not suitable for persons suffering from back pains. Pregnant women cannot participate on any snowmobile, dog sledding or boat safaris. Basecamp takes no responsibility to any health issues, due to neglecting this advice.

In general there is no phone or internet coverage outside Longyearbyen. On some places, like on top of glaciers or mountains, you might catch a signal, but in regular bases there is no use for phones on longer trips. All our guides have satellite telephones with them for emergency purposes.

SUMMER IN THE ARCTIC:

Summer season starts from the beginning of June, and continues until the end of August. From late May until mid June there can still be quite a lot of snow in the valleys and mountains around Longyearbyen. Further north, on the other side of Isfjorden, the winter season for skiing and dog sledding can extend to June.

Meltwater from the mountains and glaciers keeps the terrain quite wet thoughout the summer. Towards the autumn both the tundra and the rivers are starting to dry, and this is normally the best season for longer hiking trips. September is usually a very good autumn month in which you can still do all the summer activities. Normally the first snowfall comes sometime in October. Midnight sun shines thoughout the whole summer season until 23rd of August, and especially for photographers the first sunsets in August are something marvelous to shoot.

July is the warmest month of the year, with average temperature of a balmy +6° Celsius. During the summer months, temperatures stay above zero around the fjords and near the coastline. Days above +10 degrees are somewhat rare, as are days below +2 degrees. Days suitable for wearing T-shirts and shorts in Spitsbergen are about as rare as snowfall in Dubai. Therefore, you should bring with you a variety of warm clothes and leave the lightest summer layers back home. Indoor temperatures in Longyearbyen, on the other hand, are pretty high in all buildings, so you might find good use for a T-shirt or light long-sleeved top while in town.

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