Experience the hike of a lifetime! This 11-day expedition to Svalbard with more focus on hiking. At the end of September, set out in the untamed wilderness with our small ship M/S Stockholm. The vast tundra is shifting in autumn colors and the light is warm and soft. This is a perfect time to explore the Arctic landscape on foot! During shorter and longer hikes we enjoy the magnificent views, the fresh air, and the Arctic silence. If you love scenic hiking and stunning nature this is the adventure for you!
Day 1 : Longyearbyen | Embark Days 2-10 : Western Spitsbergen Day 11 : Longyearbyen | Disembark
Explore the enchanting world of Svalbard.
Search for wildlife such as polar bears, walrus, reindeer, foxes & whales
Hike through spectacular fjords, breathtaking landscapes, and waterfalls
Visit the scientific village of Ny-Ålesund is situated in Kongsfjorden
You are now in a part of the world where the route totally dependent on the ice and weather conditions. The exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife you encounter. The ambition is to make landings, hikes, or cruises every day with our Zodiacs. Here are some examples of places we may visit:
Isfjorden offers plenty of great landings sites, perfectly suitable for refreshing hikes. One possible shorter hike takes us to Svenskhuset, the isolated wooden house where 17 seal hunters died in the winter of 1872 – 73.
Prins Karl’s Forland
This narrow strip of land is covered by a magnificent, snow-covered mountain chain. The island is home to many seabirds and harbor seals. It also invites to great hiking opportunities.
The scientific village of Ny-Ålesund is situated in Kongsfjorden. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole. Ny-Ålesund might also be the starting or endpoint for one of our hikes. In Kongsfjorden we also find Olssønfjellet and if weather permits, we can enjoy a mountain top tour.
A bit north lies Danskøya, the starting point for two other courageous attempts to reach the North Pole. Swedish explorer Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.
The magnificent fjords of Svalbard
Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords, home to an abundance of wildlife. Below, we have listed some of the fjords and glaciers that we might explore with ship or Zodiac during our journey:
In Krossfjorden we revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier.
Liefdefjorden, meaning “The fjord of love”, is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and here we hope to cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier.
Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty – dominated by beautiful glaciers. It is also a favorite spot for seals. The fjord offers many excellent hiking opportunities, up to Richardvatnet or Rabotryggen just to mention a few.
The majestic Hornsund consists of several magnificent fjords along the west coast of Spitsbergen, where enormous glaciers calve out shimmering blue ice. This is one of the favorite haunts for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and if lucky we can spot one of them on the fjord ice.
Day 11 Longyearbyen | Disembark
Arrive in Longyearbyen and disembark after breakfast. Transfer fo your hotel or the airport, depending on your independent onward journey.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.