Svalbard's Overland Expedition

A UNIQUE EXPERT GUIDED MULTI-DAY ARCTIC ADVENTURE IN THE COMPANY OF AN EXPERT NATURAL HISTORY FILMING GUIDE

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Where
Svalbard
When
February to May
How long
5 nights
How much
FROM £10,500 PP
why
PRISTINE HIGH ARCTIC MOUNTAIN VISTAS AND SEA ICE; OFF THE BEATEN TRACK; ADVENTURE INTO TRUE POLAR WILDERNESS; THE COMPANY OF ONE OF THE ARCTIC’S TOP POLAR FILMING GUIDES
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LUXURY HEATED WALLED EXPEDITION TENTS, REAL BEDS, SPECIALIST PRIVATE EXPEDITION CHEF

ABOUT THIS ITINERARY

THIS SPECIAL TRIP VENTURES INTO THE POLAR WILDERNESS IN THE COMPANY OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP ARCTIC WILDLIFE FILMING GUIDES TO EXPLORE THE PRISTINE WILDERNESS WITH LUXURY TENTED CAMP, PRIVATE CHEF AND THE SAME SAFETY LOGISTICS AND GUIDE EXPERTISE USED BY THE FAMOUS BBC NATURAL HISTORY UNIT.

This six day expedition will send you into beautiful un-spoilt 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 the beautiful Arctic wilderness. 

Arriving into the High Arctic airport of Longyearbyen, you will be met by our team and transferred to your 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

All of our trips to Svalbard are planned and executed to the highest degree and in accordance with the regulations in place to protect the environment and its resident Arctic wildlife. We never actively track polar bears. Ours is a respectful and calm approach to witnessing any encounter with this majestic predator from a safe distance. We only work with our expert and well-established guides in Svalbard with the safety of our travellers being of paramount importance.

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.

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DAY 1

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 lodge for some light refreshment before a good night’s rest.

DAY 2

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. When you arrive at the camp the tents will be warm, and refreshments await. Dinner will be served in the dining tent.

DAY 3&4

EXPLORING POLAR WILDERNESS

From your private 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 to explore the Arctic wilderness. 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 Svalbard's wildlife.  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 wildlife possible. As per Svalbard wildlife regulations, we never actively track polar bears. Ours is a respectful and calm approach to witnessing any encounter with 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.

Day 5

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 for a sauna, 3-course dinner and a great night’s rest in this world class Arctic lodge.

Day 6

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 tracks in virgin snow. 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 five full days you cover scenic miles and experience an authentic glimpse into the world of Svalbard 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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The holiday was one of our best ever. Not just because we saw a plethora of wildlife, but because there was always someone waiting to whisk us to another destination, be it to the airport, from the airport or a boat to a lodge etc. And they did it with great charm and humour and were always very knowledgeable about any queries we had.
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