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Arctic Wilderness Adventure in Svalbard

Hike, kayak and glacier walk across Norway鈥檚 Svalbard archipelago while keeping an eye out for polar bears

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Arctic Wilderness Adventure in Svalbard

Hike, kayak and glacier walk across Norway鈥檚 Svalbard archipelago while keeping an eye out for polar bears

DURATION

7 nights

LOCATION

Svalbard

ANNUAL LEAVE

6 days off work

SEASON

Jul-Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 10 people

MEETING POINT

Guesthouse in Longyearbyen

ACCOMMODATION

Classic

Hotel 路 Campsite

OVERALL RATING

4.6

Based on 11 reviews
DIFFICULTY

Moderate

You'll need a reasonable level of fitness and a serious sense of adventure.

Set off on a true Arctic adventure as you explore the wild and beautiful Spitsbergen Island and experience the midnight sun

Take turns on polar bear lookout, sleep in the wilderness and brave the 'Polar Plunge' - a (quick) dip in the Arctic Ocean

Kayak beside majestic glaciers - eyes peeled for seals, whales and walruses, hike amongst insanely beautiful fjords, and climb Fuglefjella - the highest bird mountain in the area

Day 1

Arrive in Longyearbyen

Touch down in Svalbard - the world's northernmost city - and get your first glimpse of the Norwegian Arctic. The rest of the day is yours to explore and there are plenty of daylight hours to do so - 24 to be exact! The streets in Longyearbyen have no names, cats are completely banned and reindeer wander freely through the town. Join the rest of the group for a briefing and then grab some dinner in a local restaurant (dinner isn't included today but your host will book a table for the group so you can get acquainted).

Day 2

Get your first taste of hiking in the Arctic

Hiking

3-4hrs 路 5km 路 405m up 路 405m down

Lace up your boots and hike up Sarkofagen Mountain to experience the perfect silence of the Arctic. Enjoy the spectacular views over Longyearbyen with mountains and glaciers everywhere and then hike back down in time for dinner and a well-earned rest.

Day 3

Ymerbukta Wilderness Camp and the Esmark Glacier

Kayaking

2-3hrs

Head down to the harbour and board a boat to the wilderness camp at Ymerbukta - keep your eyes peeled for polar bears, walruses, seals and up to 13 species of whales - including the Blue Whale, the largest creature on earth. Reach the shore by zodiac boats and settle into camp. The weather in the Arctic can have a big impact, so for the next few days (while at the wilderness camp) your guides will adjust the plan according to the conditions and how the group is feeling. The itinerary described outlines the intended plan but it will remain fluid.

Provided conditions are favourable, you'll pull on a dry suit and life vest, ready for a sea kayaking expedition. Hug the shoreline as you make your way to the towering Esmark Glacier. You may even witness the glacier calving, signalled first by a loud, crackling noise like thunder, followed by huge ice falls that create amazing colours and waves in the water. Return to camp, prepare dinner together and if the weather allows, end the day around the campfire.

Polar Bear Lookout Tonight you'll have the unique experience of being on polar bear lookout. After a full safety briefing, keep watch over the silence and stillness of the Arctic wilderness, watching for polar bears in the distance as your fellow adventurers sleep - an unforgettable experience.

Day 4

Glacier hiking

Hiking

1.5hrs

After a campsite breakfast, weather permitting you'll get kitted out with a harness and crampons and head out for a full days hiking on the Esmark Glacier. Cross untouched ice and deep crevasses and navigate snow bridges. At certain points, you'll be roped together for safety while being supervised by your expert guides. After lunch on the glacier, continue hiking, taking in the views of the fjords and mountains in the distance. Back at camp, it鈥檚 time for another dinner by the campfire and a chance to reflect on an incredible day, before pulling your next polar bear lookout shift.

Day 5

Wilderness hiking

Provided conditions are good you'll hike to the peak of V盲rmlandsryggen for a full Arctic panorama of fjords, mountains, plains and glaciers. Maybe tonight you'll pluck up the courage to take the 'Polar Plunge' - a quick dip in the ice-cold Arctic waters. Later in the evening, savour your last meal around the campfire and pull another polar bear lookout shift as you soak up the unique place you've called home for the last few days.

Day 6

Boat back to Longyearbyen

Clear camp, head out for a short hike and then take the boat back to Longyearbyen. You'll be able to spot the Russian settlement of Barentsburg along the way (although you won't visit it) and you'll pass the abandoned mining town of Grumant and a fantastic bird mountain. Back in Longyearbyen, it鈥檚 time for dinner at a local restaurant (at your own expense) and a night back in civilisation.

Day 7

Hiking the Fuglefjella bird mountains

Hiking

5-6hrs 路 12km 路 500m up 路 500m down

After a comfortable night's sleep at Gjestehuset, you'll drive out to Bj酶rndalen and set foot towards the Fuglefjella and Pilarberget bird mountains. This excursion is only available in summer when the seabirds nest along the fjords before flying south in Autumn. After a few kilometres of walking, you'll cross a river before climbing steeply up Fuglefjella. This is prime reindeer and arctic fox territory so keep your eyes peeled and you might be lucky. Standing atop one of the largest bird mountains in the area, you'll find a wide plateau that overlooks Isfjorden. On one side it plunges straight into the fjord and beyond the fjord you can spot Ymerbukta on a clear day. You'll transfer back to Longyearbyen for your last night.

Day 8

Say Goodbye

Say farewell to Longyearbyen and the Arctic and return to Svalbard Airport in time for your flight home.

Included

Guides

Expert, English-speaking, local guides

Accommodation

4 nights at a hotel or guesthouse and 3 nights at the Ymerbukta wilderness camp

Meals

All meals included except for 4 dinners in Longyearbyen

Equipment

Everything you need to camp, kayak and glacier hike

Permits

All permits and entry fees

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Some meals as described

Personal expenses

Travel to and from the start point

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel 路 Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel 路 Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 鈥 Day 5

Campsite 路 Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6 鈥 Day 7

Hotel 路 Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Longyearbyen has plenty of international food options, including the world's northernmost sushi bar!

At the wilderness camp, breakfasts will consist of bread, ham, cheese, eggs and bacon, cereals or oatmeal, tea, coffee and 'Polar Bread'. Lunches, meanwhile, will be dry-pack expedition-style lunches, heated on stoves in the wilderness and accompanied by hot drinks and biscuits. You can make extra sandwiches each morning to bring with you if you want a particularly large lunch. Dinners are homemade and vary depending on what's in stock. Tacos, pasta or a variety of stews are possibilities - including Norwegian reindeer stew.

Vegans, Vegetarians and most food allergies can be catered for. Please let your host know of any dietary requirements in advance.

What is the accommodation like?

Longyearbyen

You'll stay at Gjestehuset 102 - a warm and friendly guesthouse with huge breakfasts.

In the wilderness

You'll stay in a twin-share tent at a private wilderness camp in Ymerbukta. All your camping equipment is provided, although you will need to hire a sleeping bag if you don't bring your own. There is also a toilet tent and a heated expedition mess tent with benches, table and stoves for cooking and drying clothes. Needless to say, there is no electricity or WiFi in the camp.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, a private room can be booked for the 4 nights spent in Longyearbyen for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Guesthouse in Longyearbyen

Catch any flight on Day 1

Ends

Guesthouse in Longyearbyen

Catch any flight on Day 8

Transfers

The airport shuttle costs around 拢8 / $10 and links up with all flight arrivals and departures. It will take you directly to your guesthouse on Day 1 and get you back to the airport any time on Day 8 for your flight home. You can pay by credit card. Cash is not accepted in Svalbard.

It takes a maximum of 10 minutes to get from the airport to your accommodation. You can see full details on the Svalbard tourist website.

Travel options

Both Norwegian and SAS offers flights to Svalbard throughout the summer. We recommend flying to Oslo in Norway and getting a connecting flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, which takes around 3 hours. If you arrive early there is plenty to enjoy in Longyearbyen before your trip starts.

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What's provided?

  • Camping equipment (tent, ground mat, sleeping mat)
  • Personal glacier equipment (ice axe, crampons, ropes)
  • Personal kayaking equipment (dry suit, neoprene shoes and mittens, life vest)
  • Thermos flask

What's available to hire?

  • Sleeping bag. See Optional Extras for pricing.

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack (35+ litres)
  • Waterproof liner for kitbag/rucksack or drybags, for the kayaking

CLOTHES

  • Insulated jacket (down or synthetic/PrimaLoft)
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Hardshell Gore-Tex mountain jacket with hood (breathable, windproof and waterproof)
  • Gore-Tex mountain trousers, ideally with braces (breathable, windproof and waterproof)
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Thermal underwear x 3 sets (preferably wool/merino - no cotton)
  • Woolen socks x 3 sets (no cotton)
  • Buff or neckscarf
  • Warm hat x 1-2 (for cold/windy days, and also to sleep in)
  • Windproof overmittens x 1 pair
  • Warm woolen mittens x 1 pair (to be used underneath the windproof mittens)
  • Warm finger gloves x 1 pair
  • Breathable wicking layers
  • Underwear
  • Swimwear (for the polar plunge/Arctic bath)
  • Something to sleep in
  • Hiking boots with a stiff sole (crampon-compatible, worn-in)
  • Light shoes or sandals to use around the camp

SLEEPING

  • 2 to 3-season sleeping bag (Extreme Rating of down to about -15 degrees Celsius, Comfort Rating of about 0 to 5 degrees Celsius - see our Sleeping Bag Guide (either hire one or bring your own)
  • Sleeping mat (provided, but bring your own if you prefer)

OTHER

  • Binoculars (for wildlife spotting)
  • Reusable water bottle x 1-litre (two if you have room)
  • Thermos flask x 1-litre (provided, but bring your own if you prefer)
  • Lunch box
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • Eyemask
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Padlock for left luggage
  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Camera and spare camera batteries
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel Insurance documents
  • Earplugs
  • Insect repellent (optional, not generally an issue)
  • Personal first-aid kit (including blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Biodegradable wet-wipes
  • Energy bars and snacks
  • Water purification tablets/treatment system

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Sleeping bag hire

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- Mark(August 2023)

The guide was great and had a dog that came with us. The itinerary is very flexible based on the weather and what the group wants to do. Could spend the whole trip kayaking if wanted. The camp food was really good. It was also not as cold as I was expecting. Still need lots of layers though.

- Luke(July 2023)

This was a trip of a lifetime, I had such high hopes for this trip having had it booked for two years and it exceeded my expectations.

Svalbard is an incredible place to visit with breath taking views and awe inspiring wildlife and this trip is the best way to see all of it. The glaciers are incredible and the views from the mountain peaks will take your breath away. The activities were varied and although challenging, were incredibly rewarding. Every activity and day were amazing and difficult to pick a single highlight.

I couldn鈥檛 have asked for a better group of people to share this adventure with, it was great how we came together as a team, which was most evident by the final day. Having dinner followed by a game of cards at the end of each day was a great way to wind down. I couldn鈥檛 give enough praise to our guide Kaisa who found the perfect balance of making the trip a challenging and rewarding adventure and giving us the opportunity to relax. Her attention to the safety of the group, particularly regarding bear watch was on point. Thank you again for an amazing time and all the best to you and Gandhi.

If you鈥檙e reading this considering booking then just do it, you won鈥檛 regret it.

- Catherine(July 2023)

A totally phenomenal trip: from start to finish the whole group had an amazing time. The guides were great, but particularly Kaise who was our guide for the camping: she was amazing. Each day seemed to surpass the last with adventure, fun and wildlife. The food was delicious and they catered well for my gluten free diet. This trip will be very difficult to surpass!

- Kristi(July 2023)

What a memorable trip. I can't say enough about our guide Niclas. His expertise, local knowledge about the terrain, and attention to the needs/skills of the group made this an awesome experience. It's a small taste of a landscape and way of life not often experienced.

- Sarah(July 2023)

It was fun to be able to adventure all day without limitations of the sun setting. It gave us so much extra time to do more hiking, kayaking, and more. Our guide was great and the trip provided peace and calmness that is difficult to find elsewhere. I especially enjoyed getting to kayak through icebergs and hiking and ice climbing on the glacier.

- Scott(July 2023)

Amazing views and an amazing experience. Would highly recommend. The guide on our trip was super knowledgeable. Made us feel safe even during a polar bear scare (yes, they exist, take the polar bear watch seriously). She made amazing breakfast and dinner. I saw another review that said the guides weren鈥檛 very social, but that is because our guide was so busy making sure we were safe and well fed. Bring some cards and you鈥檒l get all the socializing you need. I don鈥檛 want to raise expectations unreasonably, but the campsite was better than I thought it would be and I was overall impressed with the professionalism of the company running it. The views are second to none and it really stretched me as an individual. You won鈥檛 regret this trip.

- Nikolaos(July 2023)

Absolutely incredible all-round experience from beginning to end. The host made us feel like we were on a vacation and took all our needs and wants into consideration in the preparation of our routine and adventures. By far the biggest highlight for me was the hike on the glacier which was truly an amazing activity!

- Stephen(July 2022)

Great Fun. I've never done anything like this before and really enjoyed it. The trip is the perfect amount of time and the activities are varied. The local guides were amazing and tailored/tweaked our activities to the group. Polar Bear watch wasn't as bad as I thought it would be...and managed to get a night off because of a big group. We were well fed throughout. Highlights were climbing an Ice Wall with axes, the Polar Plunge and the hikes up mountains/glaciers.

- Jon(July 2022)

Svalbard is epic.

Tucked high into the arctic circle, the archipelago 鈥 which is ever so slightly smaller than Ireland 鈥 offers an extraordinary adventure.

However, to get the most out of your six days, you have to embrace the 'uncompromising nature' of this otherworldly wilderness.

The trip starts in Longyearbyen, a strip of a town that squeezes itself into a narrow, avalanche-prone valley. (In July, the slopes are thankfully mostly snow free).

The accommodation at hostel 102 is basic, but the showers are hot, and the breakfast waffles are worth getting up for. (You'll appreciate all this when you spend your last night there).

A hike up to the local glacier, Sarkofagen, is the perfect warm-up for what's to come. It's also a chance to road-test gear and layering. In retrospect, I'd packed too many hi-spec base layers.

Day 2 began with boarding a ship (not a boat) to the wilderness camp at Ymerbukta. After a 2.5-hour journey and a skit in a launch, we landed on the beach, backed by the stunning 17km wide Esmark Glacier.

The camp hadn't been used for a few weeks, so the tents were down and filled with rainwater. But rather than being a problem, setting up and drying out became an opportunity to bond as a group.

Over the next 3/4 days 鈥 it's tricky keeping track of time when its perpetually midday light 鈥 we:

鈥lambered up the towering glacier, which came with the unexpected bonus of ice climbing. 鈥ayaked to a stunning fjord that could have inspired Narnia or Hoth. 鈥iked to peak and tiptoed the ridge of the 600m + V盲rmlandsryggen mountain 鈥nd bravely/stupidly took the polar plunge, which is literally breathtaking.

Camp life was, sometimes, almost as challenging as the days out with everyone mucking in at mealtime and then taking turns on nightly polar bear watch. However, these were not hardships; they were all part of the experience. Spending a few bright night hours alone, with glaciers cracking and seals sleeping around you, is genuinely magical.

However, what truly makes a memorable adventure are the people. We were an eclectic crew who happily pulled together for the greater good and spent 'evenings' swapping stories around the campfire.

But the true heroes of this trip were our guides, Mikeal and Kasia, whose constant vigilance and understated expertise made us all feel simultaneously adventurous and absolutely safe. Their passion for this unique landscape was evident and quietly infectious. Tussen tak!

Yes, the camp could have done with chairs and a light for the main tent. And, perhaps saying that you only needed to 'moderately fit' for this trip was a little disingenuous. But, if you get upset by these kinds of niggles, this trip and Svalbard are not for you.

Me? I want to go back in the sunless, snow-filled winter.

- Evan(July 2022)

Svalbard is a really unique place to visit and we are very glad we experienced such a variety of activities here! All told, we covered kayaking, hiking (on quite uncommon surfaces: miles of rock scree and very squishy permafrost), glacier walking, and ice climbing. The barren Arctic rock and ice landscape is likely unlike any you've seen before. The mining-turned-tourist towns you visit (Longyearbyen and Barentsburg) feel like windows into the frontier pasts. The midnight sun will certainly confound your brain. At the camp, the tents were spacious, toilet handled well, and food tasty and plentiful.

As far as execution, compared to other MBA trips with Wild Camping, we felt a few improvements could take this trip from good to great. At the camp, we experienced tent issues with rain water and mud that we were not well equipped to handle (as far as prevention or tools for cleanup). Thanks to the same mud, as well as lack of good seating, the communal tent was not a comfortable place to relax together after activities, which really impedes the bonding of the group on the early days of the trip. Lastly, though very nice and capable, our guides were relatively reserved and quiet, lacking the proactively outgoing personability that really helps a group connect with an area and each other via great conversations and stories about the surroundings.

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 94kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn鈥檛 include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don鈥檛 book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can鈥檛 include an individual number in the figure on display here. We鈥檝e got a goal for 2023 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we鈥檙e planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we鈥檙e openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

You'll need to have a decent level of fitness and a serious sense of adventure. There are several full days of hiking (sometimes using crampons and harnesses) and sea kayaking, though no previous experience of either is necessary.

In summer you'll witness the midnight sun in Svalbard where there is daylight 24/7. This special experience also gives plenty of flexibility in terms of when you can do activities - midnight glacier hike anyone? While Polar bears, foxes, ptarmigan and reindeer inhabit Svalbard year-round, the warmer months bring an even broader diversity of wildlife and the continuous daylight hours mean a greater chance of spotting them. Migrating birds arrive in large numbers to nest, while walruses, seals and whales (attracted by nutritious meltwaters) enter the fjords of Svalbard. Open waters enable travel by boat and the chance to spot wildlife from the water. Flowers and micro trees flourish in summer and stand in stark contrast against the rough arctic landscape.

Sustainable Tourism provides an economic incentive to protect, rather than exploit, vital wildlife areas and over the years 7 national parks and 21 nature reserves have been created to protect the Svalbard archipelago.

Thankfully, the population of polar bears and various marine species have increased and Svalbard tour operators - including your host - have worked alongside environmental groups such as the WWF and Friends of the Earth to block any unsustainable development such as new roads, mining and fossil fuel exploration. Every visitor to Svalbard also pays 拢15, which goes directly to an environmental protection fund to manage the protected areas.

Of course, we are aware that the flight to Svalbard is damaging to the environment and the Arctic is visibly feeling the effects of climate change. As there are currently no viable, sustainable travel alternatives available, Much Better Adventures mitigates 4 times the carbon emitted by your flight to Longyearbyen through our partnership with Cool Earth. The adventure itself - self powered activities and wilderness camping - is about as low carbon as it鈥檚 possible to get, especially when compared with the myriad cruise ships that visit Svalbard.

For more on this topic you can read our article on tourism and conservation in Svalbard, where our very own Stuart Kenny interviews Arne Kristoferson, your host for this trip and resident of Svalbard for nearly 3 decades.

Also, here鈥檚 how our very own co-founder Sam answered the question 鈥業s it responsible?' after we launched our winter Svalbard adventure.

Each member of the group will take it in turns to lookout for polar bears while the rest of the group sleeps, however it doesn't get dark in Svalbard during the summer, so lookouts are done in daylight. The experience of being on lookout is one of the most memorable parts of the trip and has been described as "like being a crew member on a a David Attenborough documentary."

You'll be given a full briefing and safety instructions and a shift roster will be developed between you all. Lookout shifts are generally around 2 hours, however, If the group size is larger than 4, you will have at least one night without needing to do one.

While on this trip you will be in the hands of expert wilderness guides and your host has been operating wildlife expeditions in the area for over 25 years and never had a close call with a polar bear. This is all down to their knowledge and expertise. There are polar bears in the area and they have come close to camp before, however, the guides know exactly what to do in all cases.

Over the years there have been incidents of polar bears being killed in self defence, however, your host has been running trips across Svalbard since 1993 and has never had to kill a single bear. The guides travel with flare guns to scare bears away if they get too close, and if needed will follow this up with a warning shot from a rifle in extreme situations. The wilderness camp, meanwhile, has special storage units for food so as not to entice bears towards the camp and a perimeter tripwire that activates flares if triggered.

Your guides are also expert wilderness guides, many from Svalbard itself and have safely led adventure travellers, scientists and filmmakers from the BBC and National Geographic photographers across the region. Their knowledge and experience means they know what to do in all situations to keep both adventurers and bears safe.

Many of the negative encounters with polar bears have occurred during excursions led by less experienced guides, particularly cruise ship based ones who bring guests to shore but aren't fully experienced in what to do during an encounter.

Our local host has also created an association for Svalbard based guides and small travel companies that develops certification for sustainability and safety and only recommends operators who look after the adventurers, the polar bears and the wilderness.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it鈥檚 a great way to meet like-minded people.

The water in Longyearbyen is drinkable, while at the wilderness camp, the source is fresh ice water from a nearby river. This Arctic ice water is perfectly safe to drink and super refreshing!

Svalbard experiences the longest period of 'winter sun', during which the sun never sets. Average summer temperatures in Svalbard range between 3 and 7 degrees Celsius, while at certain times during 'Polar Summer' it can reach as high as 12 degrees, though it can also see negative temperatures as well so you also need to be prepared for temperatures down to around -5 degrees Celsius.

Of all places, the weather in the Arctic can have a big impact, so depending on the conditions, your guides will adjust the plan according to the weather and how the group is feeling. If conditions mean it's not possible to stick to the itinerary your guide may suggest exploring a different area, tackling an alternative hike, swapping the order of activities around, shortening the activity, or interchanging a kayaking excursion for a hike (or vice versa). This is particularly true for the days when you are at the Ymerbukta camp. Similarly, if a Polar bear is spotted near the camp, Plan B will come into play. Please bear in mind that any amendments to the itinerary due to conditions are both for your safety and your enjoyment. Bring a flexible mindset and a sense of adventure!

You can leave any excess luggage in Longyearbyen before heading to the wilderness camp. There is storage at your hotel and also at your host's secure warehouse.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

For current advice about travelling in Norway, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Svalbard is a cash-free society - cash is not accepted and there is no bank. Only card payments are accepted so you'll need to bring your credit and/or debit cards with you.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you鈥檙e an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap 鈥楶rivate Group鈥 in the dates and prices tab.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we聽work with.

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