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Svalbard Spring Wildlife Photography Adventure View Full Screen Itinerary

5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS, HUSKY DOG-SLEDDING, EXCITING MARINE SAFARIS, ABANDONED SOVIET SETTLEMENTS, BREATHTAKING WILDLIFE & LANDSCAPES, PROFESSIONAL GUIDING AND HOSTING

Experience the magnificence of Svalbard in Spring and witness the dramatic change of seasons. Visiting Svalbard at this time of year offers diverse and unique rewards. For those with a love of nature and true unspoilt wilderness Spring is a superb time to venture this far north. The receding snow leaves barren landscapes bursting forth with arctic and alpine flowers, just in time for the returning wildlife. Towards the end of May and beginning of June the rich summer feeding grounds here in Svalbard become the temporary home for numerous species of both birds and marine wildlife. Polar Bears are also very active now as they roam further and wider afield for food. 

At this time of year visitors are able to enjoy both land based activities and marine based safaris taking in many of the best sights and activities in a short period of time.

Situated only a few hundred miles from the North Pole guests should expect to enjoy 24 hours daylight which makes for a unique experience in itself. Svalbard is truly one of the world's most breathtaking destinations, couple this with the incredible wildlife and huge influx of visiting summer wildlife and Svalbard becomes a nature lovers paradise. 

We believe this itinerary is perfect for photographers, offering a number of once-in-a-lifetime experiences in diverse environments.

This short break encompasses a variety of exciting activities and experiences from marine-based day safaris and visits to abandoned Russian mining towns, to husky dog-sledding through mountain passes. Pack all your camera gear and get set for a true arctic summer adventure!

Trip Dates: 28th May to 1st June

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 24-hour daylight 
  • Incredible Spring wildlife & migrating birdlife
  • FULL DAY Marine-based sea safaris in High powered RIB Boats
  • chance to see Polar Bears, Arctic Fox, Svalbard Reindeer, Wulrus, Seals, Whales & more
  • Husky Dog-Sledding experience with your own dog team
  • Visit to the remote abandoned Soviet era mining town of PyramidEn
  • GET UP CLOSE: Glaciers, Fjords, Icefloes and Turquoise waters
  • Top accommodation
  • expert guiding & hosting INC. Mountain Hike above Longyearbyen
Day 1

Day 1: Arrival, Longyearbyen and Dog-Sledding Excursion

Today you arrive in Longyearbyen. Flying into this most incredible of islands you will first appreciate the impressive landscape from above, it is at this moment that the dream becomes reality. Svalbard is breathtaking. Looking out the small aeroplane window, pick out out the small town and runway below...

Today you arrive in Longyearbyen. Flying into this most incredible of islands you will first appreciate the impressive landscape from above, it is at this moment that the dream becomes reality. Svalbard is breathtaking. Looking out the small aeroplane window, pick out out the small town and runway below before your descent.

On arrival a driver/guide will be waiting at the airport for you with a paging board. They will take you the short 5 to 10 minute drive into Longyearbyen and drop you off at your town centre accommodation. You will be staying at one of the best hotels in Longyearbyen, right in the heart of the small town close to the few shops, pubs and restaurants. Once you are settled and refreshed after your travelling you will head downstairs and meet you guide in the hotel reception. This afternoon you are off out to make the most of the exceptional daylight this far north. You are off dog-sledding! You will be lucky enough to drive your own team of huskies each through the Arctic landscape, on the way stopping for a light snack or coffee, savouring the majestic landscape and scenery, not to mention the special light.

After your dog-sledding you will return to your town centre accommodation where we recommend dining tonight next door in the friendly, atmosphereic and very local Kroa restaurant. Expect good service, local beer and pub style food with a Svalbard twist.  

Breakfast and activity snack/drinks included.

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Day 2

Day 2: 7-Hour Wulrus Sea-Safari by Inflatable RIB

After a superb breakfast at your Longyearbyen hotel and whilst sat in front of a Polar bear, you will meet your guide in the hotel reception before departing for a day on the sea!

Today you set out for an incredible 7-hour long sea safari. The main aim...

After a superb breakfast at your Longyearbyen hotel and whilst sat in front of a Polar bear, you will meet your guide in the hotel reception before departing for a day on the sea!

Today you set out for an incredible 7-hour long sea safari. The main aim today is to see Walruses. Walruses became protected animals over half a century ago after centuries of hunting for their beautiful tusks. When this happened, the population was only a couple of hundred animals, after 350 years of hunting things were in a bad way. In the recent years, the walrus has bounced back, and many have returned to former colonies. It is one of these colonies that you will be visiting today. You will experience these majestic animals in their natural habitat - make sure you have some spare SD cards for your camera. 

Firstly today you will be heading to Prins Karls Forland Island, located between Isfjorden and Kongsfjorden. The boat will have a panorama view to the surroundings, its warm and has comfortable seats, there is even a toilet. On arriving at the walrus site you will enjoy a warm lunch. If the weather permits, it is possible here to go ashore - an amazing experience and great chance for photographs. If there is time for another stop on your way back to Longyearbyen, you will stop at one of the many glacier fronts dipping into Isfjorden.

Breakfast, and warm lunch is included.

 

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Day 3

Day 3: Full day fjord cruise to Pyramiden (Soviet Era Ghost Town)

Again, after an early rise you will enjoy a wonderful breakfast before setting off out to the dock for another amazing adventure. Boarding the boat, today you will head north to some of the most remote locations accessible to the public on Svalbard. Your first destination will be the abandoned...

Again, after an early rise you will enjoy a wonderful breakfast before setting off out to the dock for another amazing adventure. Boarding the boat, today you will head north to some of the most remote locations accessible to the public on Svalbard. Your first destination will be the abandoned ex-Soviet era mining town of Pyramiden.

This town has been left as it was decades ago and an spooky feeling remains as if the residence up'd and left just a few weeks ago. You will have a full tour of this fascinating town from a local Russian guide who is one of only a handful of residence who remain. Pyramiden makes for a hugely interesting location for some excellent photographs. This is certainly a place like no other, in a surrouding like no other. 

After lunch you will board the boat again before heading to Nordenskiold Lodge, one of the most remote cabins in the world. This is often referred to as the most remote commercial cabin in the world. The fjord in which the cabin sits is full of amazing icefloes, which drop off into the blue waters from the glacier which flows into the sea. To visit this wild and remote location on Spitsbergen is for many a dream. Make sure to make the most of this chance for some exciting photographs and if you are lucky and have time you may be able to get off here to stretch you legs before returning back to Longyearbyen. 

Tonight we recommend dinning in Huset, a fine dining restaurant with a world renowned reputation. 

Breakfast and lunch included today.

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Day 4

Day 4: Day to explore Longyearbyen with evening hike to Lindholmhøgda

Today you are free agents to enjoy exploring Longyearbyen. We recommend visiting the brilliant museums in the town to gain a full appreciate and understanding of the history, wildlife and current importance of the archipelago. 

If you would...

Today you are free agents to enjoy exploring Longyearbyen. We recommend visiting the brilliant museums in the town to gain a full appreciate and understanding of the history, wildlife and current importance of the archipelago. 

If you would like, today we can arrange a visit to one of the dis-used coal mines. Here visitors can enjoy an illuminating tour into the life of the coal miners from the 1970's. This truly is an experience like no other and extremely eye-opening. Alternative activities are available today and can be arranged with your Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions travel planner or at hotel reception.

Spectacular Guided Evening Hike: 

This evening you will meet your armed guide at 6pm in the hotel reception area. From here you will be taken on an exciting guided hike up one of the local mountains that towers above Longyearbyen. Savouring the views from the top you will be able to take some breathtaking photos which will provide a fitting close to your incredible adventure in Svalbard and the Arctic circle. Return to your hotel for around 10pm. 

Breakfast is included today. 

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Day 5

Day 5: Departure

Today you enjoy your final breakfast at your brilliant Longyearbyen hotel.

Soak up the atmosphere of this most special of hotels and the villagey feel of the small town outside. Make a last minute dash to some of the shops in town for any gifts or souvenirs before...

Today you enjoy your final breakfast at your brilliant Longyearbyen hotel.

Soak up the atmosphere of this most special of hotels and the villagey feel of the small town outside. Make a last minute dash to some of the shops in town for any gifts or souvenirs before heading to the airport with a driver/guide via prior-arrangement. 

Once at the airport it is time to check in and board your plane for home. Your Arctic adventure-of-a-lifetime has come to an end. 

Breakfast is included.

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Basecamp Hotel

A MODERN DAY LUXURIOUS TRAPPER'S CABIN At the heart of Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world, lies the home of the...

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What's Included:

Activities and excursions stated, accommodation and meals according to the program.
Transport to and from accommodation and excursions.
Rescue suit, hat, gloves & goggles, cold weather clothing, balaclava.
Search and rescue insurance.

What's Not Included:

International flights, drinks with meals, tipping, personal expenditure.

N.B. 

This trip is not suitable for persons suffering from back pains. Pregnant women cannot participate on any snowmobile, dog sledding or boat safaris arranged by Sandgrouse Travel. Sandgrouse takes no responsibility to any health issues, due to neglecting this advice.

What to Pack:

Recommended clothing in the Arctic: Woollen underwear as the base layer, warm trousers & sweater on the top, two layers of socks (thin & thick woolen socks), windproof layer on the top (spacious clothing is recommended as air is the best insulation),  gloves, warm hat (wind proof), scarf or fleecey buff. 

Good to have with you: Indoor shoes or extra woollen socks, indoor casual wear / casual clothing for dinner, toilet articles, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars, camera equipment, small day bag / backpack for personal equipment during the  trip, rest of your belongings you can leave to the hotel.

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