Nordenskiold Lodge, Basecamp Explorer, Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen Snowmobiling Adventure

Traverse frozen fjords, huge glaciers and Arctic landscapes to Nordenskiold Lodge.

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Duration

6 Days

Prices Start from

$3,950pp (ex. flights)

Snowmobile through the Arctic wilderness, travelling across stunning landscapes and staying at the most northern commercial lodge in the world.

Starting in Longyearbyen, this snowmobiling adventure navigates through unspoilt scenery of glacial valleys and frozen fjords en route to Nordenskiold Lodge, an isolated hideaway with cozy log-burning fires, hearty home-cooked meals and a wood-fired sauna. A place where wood is used to heat the cabin and drinking water is obtained from the melting glacier, it’s the epitome of off-grid accommodation, allowing for time and headspace to reconnect with family and friends.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Lilac Flowers, Spitsbergen 1

Arctic Wilderness

Witness truly remote wilderness while walking hundreds of miles from humanity.

Snowmobiling, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard 2

Go Snowmobiling

Drive atop remote glaciers, mountains and frozen fjords on this thrilling snowmobile trip.

Streets of Pyramiden on Svalbard 3

Explore Pyramiden

Visit the abandoned Russian coal settlement of Pyramiden, known as the ghost city of Svalbard.

Polar Bear, Churchill, Canada 4

Polar Bears

Look out for polar bears and other little seen wildlife in their natural Arctic habitat.

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  • Day 1

    Oslo - Longyearbyen

  • Day 2

    Snowmobiling: Longyearbyen - Nordenskiold Lodge

  • Day 3

    Snowmobiling

  • Day 4

    Snowmobiling

  • Day 5

    Snowmobiling: Nordenskiold Lodge - Longyearbyen

  • Day 6

    Longyearbyen - Oslo

Day 1

Oslo - Longyearbyen

Fly from Oslo to Longyearbyen where you will be transferred to your accommodation for the night.

Day 2

Snowmobiling: Longyearbyen - Nordenskiold Lodge

The beginning of your adventure to Nordenskiold Lodge, the most northern commercial lodge in the world. Together with your guide, discuss the route from Longyearbyen before setting off into the wilderness. Drive over glaciers, mountains and frozen fjords that are miles from civilisation looking out for polar bears en route.

Day 3

Snowmobiling

After a filling breakfast, set off for a day in the wilderness, stopping for lunch perhaps on an glacier, or beside a fjord. Return to Nordenskiold Lodge for a hearty meal or warm up in the wood-fired sauna.

Day 4

Snowmobiling

Snowmobile or walk from the cabin to Nordenskiold glacier, learning about the Arctic landscapes and wildlife from your expert guide. For the final night in the wilderness, sip a warming drink around the outdoor fire, borrow a book about polar literature or relax in the sauna.

Day 5

Snowmobiling: Nordenskiold Lodge - Longyearbyen

Spend time in Longyearbyen, a small mining town and the administrative centre for the Svalbard archipelago.

Day 6

Longyearbyen - Oslo

Fly back to Oslo.

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Snowmobiling, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard
Snowmobiling, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard
Nordenskiold Lodge, Basecamp Explorer, Svalbard
Nordenskiold Lodge, Svalbard
Nordenskiold Lodge, Basecamp Explorer, Svalbard
Nordenskiold Lodge, Svalbard

Snowmobile to Nordenskiöld Lodge

A true expedition lodge with no running water or electricity, Nordenskiöld Lodge is only accessible by sled or snowmobile in the winter months. Since this is the most northern commercial lodge in the world, it is a remarkable place to experience true wilderness. This Arctic expedition isn’t just for adults; teens aged 16 and above are also able (and encouraged) to join the ride.

Northern Lights, Spitsbergen, Svalbard
Northern Lights, Spitsbergen, Svalbard
Nordenskiold Lodge, Basecamp Explorer, Svalbard
Nordenskiold Lodge, Basecamp Explorer, Svalbard
Ice Climbing, Nordenskiold Lodge, Basecamp Explorer, Spitsbergen
Ice Climbing, Nordenskiold Lodge, Basecamp Explorer, Spitsbergen

Explore the Arctic Wilderness

Drive over glaciers, mountains and frozen fjords that are miles from civilisation, crossing an inhospitable white and blue landscape. If the weather and ice conditions are favourable, head out to the abandoned Russian mining town of Pyramiden. This once thriving historic town was evacuated in 1998, and since the Russians took nothing with them when they abandoned the city everything remains as it was back then.

Nordenskiold Lodge, Basecamp Explorer, Spitsbergen
Nordenskiold Lodge, Basecamp Explorer, Spitsbergen
Nordenskiold Lodge, Basecamp Explorer, Svalbard
Nordenskiold Lodge, Basecamp Explorer, Svalbard

Journey North

Drive through unspoilt scenery, stopping en route for an expeditionary lunch in the middle of the Arctic wilderness. While navigating north towards the glaciers in Olav V land, you may even catch a glimpse of a polar bear. In the afternoon, arrive at a remote lodge and soak up the magical scenery before dinner and a traditional sauna session.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Nordenskiold Lodge £££££

  • Spitsbergen

Located on the shores of Isfjorden, at the edge of the blue glacier, is Nordenskiold Lodge – a five-bedroom true expedition lodge with no running water or electricity. There is a traditional sauna to enjoy after a long cold day on the ice. During the summer months, it is possible to reach the cabin on foot or by boat (two hours to Longyearbyen harbour). In winter it is only accessible by sled or snowmobile. Activities from the lodge include climbing the glacier, skiing, and days exploring by dog-sled, visiting abandoned mining towns such as the ghost town of Pyramiden just a few miles away.

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Basecamp Hotel £££££

  • Spitsbergen

Basecamp Hotel is set in the middle of Longyearbyen and is furnished with driftwood from a Russian settlement to give the feeling of a Spitsbergen hunter’s cottage. Breakfast is served around a long table in The Travellers Club, while the Cognac Attic, with its glass ceiling, is flooded with arctic light. The lodge is bed and breakfast only, but the town is home to a selection of restaurants ranging from coffee houses serving Italian dishes to gourmet meals at a Huseta.

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