Join with us on an exciting and unforgettable three day ski and snowmobile trip to Isfjord Radio, located out on the westernmost edge of Spitsbergen.
The first day begins with pickup from your hotel and transport down to our headquarters. Here we give a briefing about the upcoming trip and the route choices, before we dress in warm snowmobile touring clothing and load our other equipment onto the snowmobile sledges. We drive due west and follow the coastline past some truly breathtaking Arctic scenery until we arrive in Barentsburg, just over 60km from Longyearbyen. Here we eat lunch at the Barentsburg Hotel or the Red Bear Brewery and there is plenty of time to explore Barentsburg. Our route following lunch takes us through fantastic and diverse nature; over mountain sides, up snow-covered glaciers and, if conditions allow, possibly even over frozen lakes. We are served a delicious dinner upon arrival to Isfjord Radio, followed by coffee and dessert.
We make effective use of our time and head out straight after breakfast into the mountains surrounding Barentsburg and Isfjord Radio. The mountains range from 600m-700m in height, with slopes ranging from 200m-700m in hugely varied levels of steepness, with wonderful views over the fjord or the snow-covered glaciers. The west coast of Svalbard is renowned for having more snow fall due to warmer temperatures, so we can expect some excellent backcountry powder slopes in the area. We eat an expedition lunch out in the nature, with coffee and other refreshments. We will return to Isfjord Radio for dinner once we have taken full advantage of the time we have for skiing.
After breakfast we prepare to drive home once more. We return to Longyearbyen using a variety mountain passes, narrow winding valleys, and another glacier or two, and expect to return early-evening after an expedition lunch out in the nature, with coffee and other refreshments provided. If time allows then we will ski a couple of extra slopes on the way back. Our friendly and professional guides have all the experience and drive to make this an unforgettable experience, while remaining safe in such a wild and unforgiving environment. We recommend that everyone drives their own snowmobile; this is easier than driving with a passenger. This trip is dependent on weather and ice conditions, especially early and late in the season, as well as a minimum number of participants.
Transport to and from your hotelTouring snowmobile and fuelA snowmobile suit, boots, mittens, helmet, goggles and balaclavaAll meals, hot drinks and biscuitsSearch and Rescue InsuranceA local and experienced guide with a snowmobile and safety equipment Recommended:
We recommend you wear warm clothingOn colder days an extra set of gloves as a liner to our mittensA mid-layer consisting of a sweater and pants in fleece or wool is advisableDown jackets, or other heavily insulated clothing, are not recommended beneath the snowmobile suitOur snowmobiles do not have a storage compartment, so a small backpack could be useful for cameras, extra jackets, and other small items Essential:
A base-layer of wool or an equivalent is essentialA valid driving license for a car or motorcycle must be carried during the whole tripPassengers must be at least 12 years of age We consider this to be a physically demanding trip for guests under 16 years of age
Total distance: Approximately 300km
Pickup: At your hotel at approximately 09:30 (return approximately 18:00 two days later) Extras (must be requested before the trip begins):
Rental of complete ski package for 2000 NOK per person This trip is on request. For booking: firstname.lastname@example.org