Experience magnificent Arctic scenery close up, on a summer adventure to beautiful Isfjord Radio at Cape Linnè. Travel into an area far away from civilization, where you'll discover history, biological diversity and unique geological conditions. Plus, enjoy time in Longyearbyen, the small capital town.
"The best time of my life up in Svalbard! Wonderful from the first smiling people on the hotel desk to the heartfelt goodbye on our final day. Great accommodation, excursions, value for money, people and everything else. Can’t wait to come back again." - Tracy V, Perth 2018
You can choose between a 4 or 5 day tour. The itinerary shown below is for the 5 day tour. Notes for the 4 day itinerary are below.
On arrival in Longyearbyen take the coach transfer to your hotel. Time to explore the town - perhaps visit the Svalbard Museum, the North Pole Expedition Museum and the Svalbard Kirke, or browse the shops for a unique souvenir. Overnight at Basecamp Hotel Longyearbyen.
Morning at leisure. This afternoon meet your guide in the hotel lobby, then transfer to the quay, where the boat is waiting to start the trip to Isfjord Radio (departing at approximately 3pm). On the way, enjoy the fantastic fjord scenery and the wildlife including Arctic seabirds. Isfjord Radio Hotel was built in 1933 as an outpost for radio operators and today it is a modern hotel, surrounded by wild coastal landscape. Far from civilization, with no road connection, the only way of arrival in summer is by boat safari across the Arctic Ocean.
Later join a Guided Station Walk - the walk will vary depending on the weather and the time of year, so your exact experience can differ, but it will always include lots of information from your guide about the life of trappers on Svalbard, the local flora, fauna, geology, and birdlife, as well as bird and wildlife watching, as we look for seals, whales and walruses and others. Time for a sauna before dinner.
Tonight, just as the original residents of the outpost did decades ago, you'll gather around the table for dinner to try some amazing tastes from the Arctic, such as smoked seal, whale, halibut with roe butter and reindeer sausage. Most of the meat here is hunted by one of the three trappers left in Spitsbergen, and prepared in Isfjord Radio's kitchen.
Today keep a look out for "Big Five of Svalbard"- Polar Bear, Walrus, Arctic Fox, Svalbard Reindeer and Ivory Gull. Isfjord Radio Hotel is the perfect location to do this. Guided excursion today departing at approximately 10am, including lunch, depending on the day of the week either - Hike to Lake Linne or along the Coastline 6hrs; Boat Safari to the Glaciers at Ymerbay 5hrs; Boat Safari to Barentsberg 5hrs. On arrival back at the hotel, there is time to relax or go for an Arctic Sauna.Tonight enjoy another memorable evening - if the weather permits we might gather around the bonfire, before another tasty dinner indoors. 2nd overnight at Isfjord Radio.
Breakfast then day at leisure - perhaps take a dip in the Arctic waters then warm up in the Hotel's sauna, or add an optional excursion 5-6hrs. Afternoon trip by boat (departing at approximately 5pm) through the fjord and back to Longyearbyen. Overnight at Basecamp Hotel Longyearbyen.
Your arrangements end with your coach transfer to the airport.
Minimum 4 persons
The 4 day tour includes one overnight at Isfjord Radio and has this itinerary:
Day 1 Longyearbyen overnight, Day 2 Isfjord Radio overnight, Day 3 Isfjord Radio Guided Excursion and Longyearbyen overnight, Day 4 departure.