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Svalbard Polar Expedition

Svalbard Polar Expedition

Test yourself on a true polar expedition amid the stunning scenery of mountainous Spitsbergen. Experienced polar guides will lead you on a ski traverse among the spectacular mountains, glaciers and frozen lakes surrounding Longyearbyen. You will ski and haul sleds up to 20km each day. You will learn all the survival skills necessary to survive and thrive in the high Arctic.


This trip involves demanding physical activity. Temperatures can drop as low as -35ocelcius. Do not underestimate the severity of this trip. After sunset the cold descends on the camp and only stoves, polar sleeping gear and high-energy food can keep you warm. By being well equipped with proper polar clothing and equipment, and with seasoned guides you will learn to manage and enjoy your time in this environment. Skiing skills and winter camping experience are desirable.

To join this trip please book with the team at Icetrek Expeditions by clicking on this link. When completing the booking form add in the comments, “As per Islands & Ice Website.” Email us at to let us know so we can also communicate with you about this trip.

What’s included:

  • Transport to expedition start point
  • Transport at end of trip
  • Food and stove fuel while on the ice
  • Icetrek guide(s)
  • Use of technical equipment including sleds, skis, tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment. This equipment is returned to Icetrek after the trip (see equipment list)
  • Safety/navigation/communications equipment
  • 20% discount on selected Icetrek Equipment
  • End of trip celebration drinks!

What’s not included

  • Meals and accommodation in Longyearbyen (you require 2 nights accommodation at the beginning of the trip and another at the end if you decide not to fly out on our final expedition day)
  • Additional costs (accommodation, meals etc.) due to changes beyond our control i.e. weather delays
  • Evacuation, hospitalization and repatriation costs and/or insurance
  • Personal clothing and footwear

Below is a map showing the area within which we will ski and camp.

4-12 March 2025

Maximum 10 people

Cost: €4,190 per person

Day 1

March 2 – arrive in Longyearbyen – meet for gear inspection – you will require accommodation this night

Day 3

March 4 – Overland transport to the expedition start point. The expedition commences.

Day 2

March 3 – We’ll spend the day checking gear, lighting stoves, pitching tents, setting camp and readying sleds and skis. You also require accommodation for this night.

Days 4-10

March 5 to March 11 – Skiing, hauling sleds and camping as we cover 10-20kms per day through the mountainous terrain of Spitsbergen.

Day 11

March 12 – Ski to the outskirts of Longyearbyen and bus into town. You will require hotel accommodation unless you fly out same day. Do not book a flight out earlier than 2pm if you wish to fly out the same day.


What to expect on your adventure!

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