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“Beyond the North Cape to 82 degrees N”

Spitzbergen Adventures
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Tailor made trips both for winter and summer. Exclusive,small groups, highly qualified guides, personal service. Those are the keypoints for our company. We guarantee you "Secure Memories" in all different meanings of that phrase. Specialist in Outdoor activities. Snowmobiling in the winter, multi-day trips, skiing, hiking, sightseeing Cruiseboat packages
Reviewed 29 April 2014

We had visited Norway many times, including the North Cape, but this trip by small cruise ship took us onward to Spitzbergen - not a place to be in winter! Even in mid-summer the ground is held in the grip of permafrost. The ground is covered in small, stunted plants only. Stopping first at Longyearbyen a small coal mining community (with little noticeable activity), there was quite a lot of activity by arctic foxes, some elk and plenty of arctic terns which bombarded those who approached, unwittingly, their nest sites. A few men, hatless, took the brunt of their sharp beaks!

(There is, apparently, a Russian coal mining settlement, very active, not very far away, but there is no road to it. (Just as well!) This exists by international agreement with Norway. It supplies coal, and is itself supplied by sea only. (A pretty grim looking place as seen from the sea.)

We moved on to Ny Alesund to the north. A very small place with one post office doing a roaring trade with tourist goods and special postage stamps. (And a very jovial postmaster who liked to be photographed.) This township is populated in summer principally by international scientists, living in separate housing blocks, by nationality, who carry out observations etc. until the first signs of snow, when the bulk of them fly back home (there is a small air strip). They leave behind a small core of perhaps 6 of their scientists to survive the harsh winter.

Perhaps at this point I should mention that there are polar bears about almost everywhere, and in summer there are virtually no seals about so the bears are starving. One cannot go out of the townships without being armed, or with someone who is. Take heed!

The jewel of our visit proved to be Magdalena Bay aided by perfect weather. The sunlight is incredibly bright and visibility crystal clear. We were at 82 degrees North with nothing between us and the arctic ice field. We went ashore onto a sand spit which projected into the Bay when a bar was set up. (The most northerly bar on earth!) Every few minutes we could hear ear-splitting cracks as the two glaciers, which flow into the Bay, 'calved'. An amazing sound. Finally, just as the last passengers were about to return from the sand spit, a polar bear appeared from nowhere, sniffing the breeze, and advancing rapidly. (We were clearly on his menu - or so he thought!) At about 100m range, our armed rangers fired off flares but this had no effect. The bear continued to advance, so two live rounds were fired near the bear and he got the message finally, trundled down the beach and plunged into the Bay.

What an experience that was to bring our visit to Spitzbergen to a dramatic close. (One cannot but wonder if the whole episode was arranged by the local tourist board!)

5  Thank Robin E
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

In April we took snowmobile trip to the East Coast, Svalbard. Booked via Spitzbergen Adventures . First contact we made with Thomas who is very friendly, really helpfull and fast with email answering. That was our first trip to Svalbard and I had a lot of questions. Thomas answered on all of them with patience and help me decide which trip we should choose concerned with what we wanted to see. They are also very flexible and helpfull if happens that you have some unusual issues you need to solve or unexpectable free day...
We choose East Coast, 180 km both way from Longyearbyen. This is a long trip and we shared snowmobile but the truth is we should really take one each. That way the ride is more comfortable and safer.
Our guide Doreen was very professional and had a lot of knowledge about the area we went throughout. Spitzbergen Adventures runs also smalls group , this is their rules, what trully makes trip much more comfortable. During the trip we stopped several times to admire nice landscape and take some pictures. We have seen 5 polar bears at Mohnbukta, had lunch outside next to gorgeous Hayes Glacier and stopped by frozen waterfall.
This trip explored with Doreen and the rest of my team was truly unforgettable !!
Thank you !

1  Thank 401Pat
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Reviewed 25 March 2014 via mobile

We had a day trip to Barentsburg. We shared a snow mobile as it was our first time but would recommend to take your own as it makes the experience so much better. Our guide was great (on 23 March). He knew a lot about the nature and surroundings and was very enthusiastic about everything. The scenery on the way was amazing!! Make sure you wear woolen underwear though as it is really cold on the snowmobile. Really great trip, recommend doing it. It is a bit expensive though.

1  Thank Brenda S
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

We'd been doing Barentsburg with Spitzbergen Adventures, and I must say it was a true awesomeness.

They were the first tour company who helped us in a very uncommon situation. Barentsburg was like a dream, and the only way to reach this piece of motherland was using the snowmob. The thing was that we didn't have a valid driver licences, and so that were not able to drive snowmobiles. No one could help us, and those who could provided unaffordable price for individual guides.
The answer was Spitzbergen Adventures. Thomas, who contacted me right on TripAdvisor, gave us all that we wanted: nice tour agenda, two experienced and adorable guides, and a very good price.

All I want to say is that you guys are profies.

Thomas. Very kind, communicable and fast-decision guy. You made our trip possible when we were almost stopped dreaming about that.
Doreen. Excellent technician, huge experienced woman with monster snowmobile. Your great skills helped us in some unwanted situations :)
Vidar. Your positive way of thinking supported us for the whole trip. Never-ending laughing and smiling! You were like an endless source of good emotions.

Exploring Spitzbergen with you guys was a pleasure.
Five stars and nothing less. Hope to see you again someday.

2  Thank Nick_Babkin
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

Snow mobile, dog sledge, ice caving, glacier hike etc are some of the noticeable adventures that can be carried out in this edge of the world Svalbard.

All the adventures are quite interesting and must do, since these adventures cannot be experienced in the other parts of the world.

1  Thank kgprashanth
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