SVALBARD IS HOME TO OVER 5,000 POLAR BEARS. THIS SPECIAL TRIP VENTURES INTO THE POLAR WILDERNESS IN THE COMPANY OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP ARCTIC WILDLIFE FILMING GUIDES IN SEARCH OF THIS MAGNIFICENT APEX PREDATOR. LUXURY TENTED CAMP, PRIVATE CHEF AND SAME SAFETY LOGISTICS AND GUIDE EXPERTISE USED BY THE FAMOUS BBC NATURAL HISTORY UNIT.
THIS 6-DAY EXPEDITION WILL SEND YOU INTO BEAUTIFUL UNSPOILT WILDERNESS OF EASTERN SVALBARD, CROSSING FROZEN MOUNTAIN TRAILS, FJORDS AND ONTO FIRM SEA ICE. THIS TRIP IS IDEAL FOR FIT AND HARDY ADVENTURERS WHO ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHING AND VIEWING POLAR BEARS IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT.
Arriving into the High Arctic airport of Longyearbyen, you will be met by our team and transferred to your basecamp lodge for a good night’s sleep. The next morning after a hearty breakfast you will transfer to our expedition logistics base. Here you will meet your guide, learn about the forthcoming days adventures and receive a full safety briefing. You will then be kitted up in polar clothing, repack your kit, sleds and equipment and head straight off on your multi-night polar bear adventure into the remote wilderness of eastern Svalbard.
Driving your own snow-machine across the frozen landscape, you will be staying in your own luxury heated tented camp, with dedicated expedition chef and in the company of your expert filming guide. This is a totally unique adventure following the same routines and dedicated focus of a Natural History Wildlife filming trip.
ARRIVAL INTO LONGYEARBYEN
Arrive late Sunday night at the Norwegian High Arctic airport of Longyearbyen from Oslo/Tromso.
Here you will be met by our team and transferred to your basecamp lodge for some light refreshment before a good night’s rest.
TO THE EAST COAST
After breakfast you will be transferred with all your kit to our expedition base to meet your guide team. Here we will kit you all up in Arctic snowsuits, polar sub-zero rated boots, felt-lined mitts and fur-trimmed headgear. After a demonstration of running a snow-machine and a full safety briefing you will begin the next leg of your expedition.
For the next few hours you will travel over 100kms on snow-machine trails towards your private expedition base camp along the stunning East coast, the Kingdom of Polar Bears. Your guide will be on the lookout for fresh bear tracks. When you arrive at the camp the tents will be warm, and refreshments await. Dinner will be served in the dining tent.
EXPLORING POLAR WILDERNESS
From your private base-camp you will settle into an exciting and varied routine of discovery. Weather plays an important role in your expedition plans and your guides are expert in respecting it; sometimes the daily routine and route might change from day to day.
After a good night’s sleep in proper beds and a cosy heated tent you will enjoy a home cooked breakfast before kitting-up, firing up the snow machines and heading off in the company of your armed expert guide in search of fresh polar bear sign. You will cross the beautiful Billefjorden, visit the desolate ghost town of Pyramiden, explore ice caves, cross vast mountain ranges and sections of stable sea ice and break fresh trail in search of the elusive polar bear. You will also have the opportunity to snow-shoe, ski and spot ‘sval-rein’, the hardy, compact reindeer of Arctic Svalbard, and spot fur seals’ breathing holes. The ice-pack acts as Nature’s daily telegraph; making spotting tracks of passing polar bears possible. We never harass or chase polar bears. Ours is a respectful and calm approach to witnessing this majestic predator from a safe distance. If you are dedicated and a bit lucky it is our experience that Svalbard’s most famous inhabitant might reveal itself in all its splendour. Travelling gently through this treeless winter landscape, leaving only footprints in the snow and snow-machine trails is a wonderful experience.
TO THE WEST COAST
Your last full afternoon will be spent exploring glaciers and mountain passes on the west coast and on to the luxurious hotel at Isfjord Radio for a sauna, 3-course dinner and a great night’s rest in this world class Arctic lodge.
RETURN TO LONGYEARBYEN AND HOMEWARD BOUND
After a good breakfast you will follow new trails spending your last morning in the wilderness moving back towards town through beautiful scenery.
Once back in town you repack at our expedition base, have a light lunch and transfer back to the airport for your homeward flights.
A NOTE FROM OLLY
INSPIRATION & GROUND TRUTH
As an artist who works in nature I have been exploring Arctic Svalbard for more than 15 years. I am drawn to the high Arctic - the lunar quality of the landscape, the light, the thrill of discovering fresh polar bear tracks in virgin snow then viewing the magnificent polar bear while travelling with close friends. There is a freedom to travelling by snow-machine, of being totally self-sufficient with all your camp, food and kit on your tow sled. This sense of freedom can only be found in fenceless, roadless, pristine wilderness where giants still roam.
I have ground-truthed this unique action-packed multi-day adventure with my team of expert polar filming guides to ensure over 5 full days you cover scenic miles and experience an authentic glimpse into the world of the ice bear in the company of a world class Natural History filming team.
Here you will truly unplug from civilisation and experience life ‘on the food chain’ in the company of polar experts in comfort and style.
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