The ultimate mini expedition at Svalbard (4 days)

  • 4 days in Arctic Svalbard with a perfect mix of wilderness, tents, pulkas, randonee, climbing – maybe even a hidden snow cave!

    The Svalbard Islands are located in the extreme north in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Here, you will find untouched arctic wilderness and unique wildlife in a setting that is both rugged and fragile at the same time.

    We are happy to announce that we are now setting up a 4-day mini expedition that will let you experience this arctic wilderness without going away for long. The perfect mini expedition to remote wilderness that fits into a busy lifestyle. This trip is set between April and June as the weather is more stable at this time of year, and you can enjoy long days with the midnight sun. The snow conditions are at their finest, and you may even experience fresh dry powder during the trip!

    The possibilities and variations on this trip are endless and will be tailor-made to fit the individuals in the team. We will combine skiing with pulkas, beautiful tent camps, randonee skiing, a few summits, climbing and an exciting visit to a hidden snow cave. Most likely we will see reindeers, grouse and other wildlife as we ski into the stunning scenery Svalbard offers.

  • Food and equipment

    Joining a trip to the cold world, being outdoors for many days in a row, sleeping in a tent, skiing for about 8 hours on an average a day, still being able to keep up the pace, spirit, motivation, strength and also being able to enjoy it, obviously requires some attention to equipment.

    Once you sign up for one of our trips, we will send you the complete and detailed equipmentlist that explains thoroughly what you need for the specific trip, why and how to use the equipment.

    One of the main reasons we have had great success on our many trips, is because we supply the essential equipment that is not easy (nor practical) for you to get yourself. These items are essential in getting you through the day in a good way and ensure that you have a safe and trustworthy experience.

    The equipment you need to get yourself might look like a lot, but this is usually items people will already have or could borrow from friends. You might have to buy some of it, but we will help you choosing the right equipment and all this will be discussed in detail with each and one of you. Then you should have a good set of usable equipment that you will be able to enjoy for many future trips as well.

    Sleds/Backpacks

    The weight of the sled will depend on which trip you are going on as fuel and food adds up for each day with about 1,3 kilos. Some trips also require special equipment like climbing gear, polar bear protection, waterproof bags, etc. Sometimes we have to carry our stuff in backpacks to reach the glacier or good skiing ground, but we do not load to more than max 30 kilos, it is better to go two times.

    On an average we can say that a sled weigh as follows:

    • North Pole Last Degree 40 kg
    • North Pole Full Length (with/without supplies) 75 kg /110 kilos
    • South Pole Last Degree 40 kg
    • Patagonia, Northern Icecap, 50 kg
    • Greenland Spring 52 kg
    • Greenland Fall 55 kg
    • Svalbard – Nordaustlandet 40 kg
    • Svalbard – Spisbergen crossing 40 kg
    • Hardangervidda 25 Kg
    • Finnmarksvidda 25 kg
    • South Georgia 35 kg

    To best prepare for pulling the sled and carrying in backpacks, refer to the training and preparations info. This topic will also be covered more into detail once you have signed up. If you are curious and want some more info either way, let us know.

    FOOD

    We provide nutritious expedition food for each participant for all the days skiing. It will be enough calories for the trip, but if you feel like having some extra snacks, please feel free to bring it.

    There will always be personal choices. We provide several types of freeze-dried dinners, and lunch with a mix of what you like best. Our selection of food to choose from is based on long experience where energy, taste and also preparation are key factors. We have limited time for breaks during the day, about 12-15 minutes at normally every 1,5 hours intervals.

    Our normal day-to-day diet:

    Breakfast:
    Børge’s homemade enriched oatmeal/porridge mix.

    Lunch:
    Choice of: Fruit soup or energy drink for hot water. Compressed biscuits rations and/or Flapjack (oatmeal cakes).

    And/or potatochips, nuts and dried fruit.100-150 g chocolate per day. About 100 g piece of dried meat.

    Dinner:
    Choise of freeze dried dinners. Our partner for dinner is Real Turmat www.real.no. Instant soup, hot chocolate, coffee or tea as you wish.

    All the food will be packed by you in daily rations and stored in bags provided by us prior to departure. There is always a day or so with packing and organizing before we start the trip. You will carry your own food and be responsible for it during the expedition.

    Food- allergies or intolerances:

    If you have any food- intolerances or allergies, we will together with you (and possibly with your doctor) advice the different ingredients you need to ensure the best nutrition but which is adapted to the diet you follow. You should test this beforehand to avoid any unpleasant surprises on the way.

    If you need to be on a special diet, we recommend that you yourself prepare most of your food at home before we leave, so that you are sure to get what you need. It will in most cases be a possibility to ship the food to the destination beforehand together with the rest of the equipment.

    Please let us know if you have special needs or concerns regarding food or nutrition, we will do our best to help.

     

     

     

  • Day by day

    Day 1

    We have arrived at Longyearbyen the same afternoon, (or the previous day if you want) and use the rest of this day to pack provisions and equipment. (Forgotten items can be bought in the local sports store). When we are done packing, we head out in the field by car. We ski for 1 or 2 hours and set camp in Bolterdalen. Instructions on how to set camp and camp routines are done as we go along.

    Day 2

    We enjoy a good breakfast and make the plan for the day. One option is to ski towards Scott Turner Glacier and visit a snow cave. We enter the ice cave and in the lights from our headlamps we experience ice in a way that few people have. The still standing air in the cave gives the ice perfect conditions to form magnificent shapes and beautiful colors.

    When we are done with the snow cave, we eat our lunch and start skiing towards our camp site.

    Day 3

    We enjoy the beautiful scenery and have a long breakfast on day 3. We are now in an area that offers many possibilities, and we have the possibility to explore the close by mountain tops before we break camp and ski further. The goal for the day is to climb up Dalburg glacier and either camp at the top or go down to Fleinisen depending on the weather.

    Day 4

    We start descending towards Foxdalen and we have some exciting skiing to look forward to. The last part of Foxdalen is truly beautiful and we ski along the riverbanks down towards Adventsdalen. We head back to our starting point and are shuttled back to Longyearbyen. We end the day with a fine dinner in Longyearbyen many restaurants.

    Day 5

    Clean up and restitution is on the plan for the day as we prepare ourselves to go back to our everyday life with new memories and experiences.

  • Expedition details

    Details:

    We start packing our gear in Longyearbyen and head out by car towards Bolterdalen. This is our starting point. This trip is not technical, and we are on snow the entire time. All campsites are on snow and the terrain varies between glacier and snow covered ground.

    The route:

    From Bolterdalen, into Tverdalen and back again through Fox Dalen is approximately 33 km. The car ride from Longyearbyen is 10 km.

     

  • Training and preparing

    Many wonder how to prepare physically for a polar expedition. This will vary from trip to trip and also for each individual. We will therefore provide individual training programs and advice for each participant if needed.

    In general we expect people to carry a 20 kg backpack for 8 hours for several days on a row. That’s a physical exercise that is easy to measure, but actual training can and will consist of various methods.

    Training and physical preparation for these trips typically consist of at least 3 training sessions a week for at least one hour each. Gradually this should be increased to 4 sessions a week, three months before departure, including one or two longer sessions lasting for more than two hours.

    A combination of cycling, jogging, workout in the gym, walking with backpack or pulling rubber tires is what we recommend. Its not where you do it that matters, but that you do it. Remember that a cycling session in the gym or a hard work out on the walking machine can be equally as efficient as a session outdoors.

    Related article: The fine art of pulling rubber tyres

    There are two main issues with specific training. One is the physical shape needed to endure the trip you have signed up for and secondly to make your muscles, tendons and ligaments, basically the whole body, prepared for the load on the way. Not to forget the third reason, that physical training in general is very positive, something you will benefit from after the expedition as well. So, its only one thing to do when the goal is set, start training!

    Note: Be careful in the beginning, start at a level you feel comfortable with and increase gradually. If you start out too hard you might experience overtraining and injuries. Consult a doctor or physician if you experience injuries. Don’t forget to stretch out well after each session. Eating well and healthy will also help preparing your body for the upcoming adventure. The trips are not super hard, but you will enjoy it more when you have done your homework and taken training and preparation serious.

    TRAINING WEEKEND 2019

    WHEN: 11-13 January (6 places) - other weekend if necessary

    WHERE: Pick up is planned at Trondheim Airport Vaernes on Friday around 17:30, back at the Airport around 15:00 on Sunday.

    COST: 950 Nok/person. Maximum 6 person per weekend.

    As part of the preparations, we organize a series of training weekends in the Verdal area, Norway, close to Trondheim, late in January or early February. The aim is to go through the basic skills for winter survival in order to be as well prepared as possible. We go through all the equipment and routines. During this training weekend we also get to know each other a bit beforehand, as becoming a team is an important part of the whole concept. We also open for one-on-one talks with those who would like to get some personal advise.

    Joining the training weekend has a low cost, basically what we will expend ourselves.

    We will cover all of the basic equipment, breakfast and dinner, pulkas, tents, etc, but not the personal equipment (clothes, skis, poles, boots, sleeping bag and mattress) This is also a great time to go to the sport shop, since some of the equipment needed for trips like this can be hard to find outside Norway. We can assist you with this as well.

    You need to cover your flight tickets coming here, food and lodging before and after the training outdoors (if any, as the nights will be spent in tents outdoors).

    The training is voluntarily but highly recommended. This will help you and us to evaluate your assumptions and to put focus on the key points for further exercise and practice

    More info on the training trip will be distributed when signing up for one of our trips.

    FINNMARK

    We also do a extended training trip: The Finnmarksvidda Crossing 

    Every February for 5 days and 4 nights out.

    Finnmarksvidda is in the Northern part of Norway, above the Arctic Circle. This trip is a great way to train and learn the ropes of basic winter survival. It is a 5 day mini expedition that is relevant, cold and stunning as we very often have the Northern lights at night. Timed with the full February moon we normally have enough natural light for skiing as well.

    The Finnmark trip is one of our regular trips (refer to the complete overview for all trips) but if you already are booked on any of our other trips, you will receive a discount.

     

  • Rates, dates and booking

    Booking - How to proceed

    1. If this is something for you, - send us the booking for your desired trip and your place is reserved. This will be kept for you until you have paid the deposit invoice. Then your place is guaranteed until the remaining amount is due.
    2. You will then receive our expedition-booklet that gives you more information about the trip, insurance, safety, personal training tips towards the trip, as well as info on the training (for more info, refer to the training and preparations menu)
    3. We will also supply you with the complete equipmentlist and work with you to ensure that you know what is needed and included from both your- and our side.
    4. Personal/medical information-form. By signing up on a trip, we need you to fill in a form for our records regarding health issues, your recent outdoor experiences- and background, passport if outside Norway- and insurance info as well as next-of-kin details.
    5. The invoice for the remaining amount will be sent to you about 3 months prior to departure (for some destinations the due-dates might be more than 90 days prior to departure. After full payment has been settled, you are on your way !
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Quick facts

Date: 15.04.2020
Duration: 4 days. Possible on April, May and June. Please inquire
Price: 9900 Nok
Sheduled for: 2020, 2021, 2022
Participants: Minimum 4, maximum 8. Plus 1 guide
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