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Arctic Whirlwind - Basecamp Spitsbergen

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This is the ultimate snowmobiling adventure through arctic Spitsbergen. During 4 days you will drive to Nordenskiöld lodge, the northern most commercial cabin in the world, next our North Pole Camp, home for arctic explorers and finally Isfjord Radio, an old radio outpost where the contrast between rough surrounding and the modern luxury hotel inside is a sight to behold. It is easy to forget where you are.

DAY 1: At 10:00 am our guide will pick you up in the reception at your hotel. You will talk about the coming trip, possible routes and needed equipment. After the meeting we will give you warm clothing, like the overall and winter boots, and then head to the snowmobiles. It is time for snowmobile adventure in Spitsbergen. On your first day, you will head toward North to our Nordenskiöld Lodge. The route goes through vast valleys and white glaciers. You will enjoy expedition lunch on the way. Before the evening, we will arrive to Billefjorden and find our Nordenskiöld lodge hidden in the glacier moraine. We warm up the sauna and enjoy tasty dinner while looking towards the beautiful blue glacier front.
Dinner and accommodation in double rooms at Nordenskiöld lodge

DAY 2: After substantial breakfast, it is time to pack our bags and start our snowmobiles for another adventurous day in Spitsbergen. If the weather and ice conditions are favourable, we head out to the deserted Russian mining town of Pyramiden. The town was abandoned in more than ten years ago in 1998. It is amazing feeling to walk through deserted town, where rusted playgrounds and dusted pianos are still waiting for the residents to return. In the old days before the evacuation, they had kindergartens, schools and even the world's northernmost swimming pool. We will enjoy expedition lunch on the way, before heading towards Tempelfjorden, and our expedition camp; North Pole Camp. In heated tents, with cots and warm sleeping bags, we will spend the night the same type tents that they today use at the North Pole camp; “Borneo”. After settling in, our chef invites you to the dining tent for a delicious dinner. Warm up your finger around a cup of coffee and embrace the unique surroundings and arctic nature around you. 
Dinner and accommodation in expedition camp; North Pole Camp

DAY 3: In the morning, you can enjoy a tasty breakfast with the beautiful scenery over the frozen fjord, before starting the snowmobiles again and heading to the white landscape. Today we will drive to our boutique hotel Isfjord Radio that is located in the western most point of Isfjord. Enjoy expedition lunch on the way with beautiful Spitsbergen scenery and arctic silence around you. Before the evening you will arrive to Isfjord Radio. Here our staff will warmly welcome you to the luxurious hotel and you can relax with some aperitifs in the library. If you are up to it, you can try our arctic spa: warm sauna and quick swim in the Arctic Ocean. Top of your day with delicious arctic inspired dinner. What a way to finish an adventurous day!
Dinner and accommodation in double rooms at Isfjord Radio. 

DAY 4: After a substantial breakfast, it is time, once more to start the engines and head to the beautiful landscape of Spitsbergen. If the weather is good, you can have a change to visit the Russian mining town Barentsburg, which is a home for some 300 persons. Explore the life of an isolated arctic town and visit some Russian buildings. Here you can really feel the history of Spitsbergen.
Arrival in Longyearbyen during the afternoon. 

PRICE: NOK 21.900 per driver & NOK 14.900 per passenger

DEPARTURE DATES: 3.-6.4 / 17.-20.4 2017 

MINIMUM & AGE LIMIT: 4 persons/3 snowmobiles & 18 years 

INCLUDED: Activities, accommodation, meals, equipment and meals according to the program. 

IN ADDITION: Flights, airport shuttle, drinks with meals, single room NOK 1000at Isfjord Radio, accommodation in Longyearbyen, CO2 investment of NOK 250, insurance NOK 175 per day. 

NOTE: Driver’s license for car or motorcycle is required for driving snowmobile. Your driver’s license must be presented before the tour starts.
This trip is not suitable for persons suffering from back pains. Pregnant women cannot participate on any snowmobile safaris arranged by Basecamp Spitsbergen. Basecamp takes no responsibility to any health issues, due to neglecting this advice.
In Spitsbergen, weather conditions can change quickly. We can meet heavy winds, snowstorms, thick fog, crevasses and lack of snow or ice. This means we might need to make changes to the planed route, and this might lead up us not arriving to the planned destination. It can also mean that we need to use a different transportation style or accommodation than what was described in the program.

Combine your stay with accommodation at the most unique hotel at Longyearbyen – Basecamp Hotel.

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Longyearbyen, Norway
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78° 12' 58" N / 15° 38' 3" E
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