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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 24 August 2014

We contacted Spitzbergen Adventures by eMail long before our visit. We received careful personal attention from Thomas, who devised and offered us a tailored programme. We were slightly taken aback by the prices; but it was clear (when we arrived) that if we had left it until we arrived to book the same excursions, we would have paid at least as much - in some cases more - and without the confidence that everything was arranged. Doreen was such a helpful guide, adapting what we saw, and what she told us, to our interests. A problems with our flight (which we had booked separately) meant that we arrived 10 hours later than expected, at about midnight. Absolutely no problem, Doreen met us off the plane, and the programme was rapidly adjusted.

Svalbard is a very special place, and Spitzbergen Adventures made it even more special for us.

2  Thank M_the_driver
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

I've been spending a day tour with Spitzbergen Adventures and liked the possibility of arranging very customized and individual tours of only a very small group. Doreen our guide was friendly, experienced very customer oriented. She planned our photography trip to the East Coast exactly as we wished and was very patient with our slow pace. It was surely a lifetime experience and great feeling to feel save in this harsh environment. :)

Thank Sandra_BPG
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

I am a travel agent and booked the snowmobile trip for my client who was visiting Svalbard. Spitzbergen Adventures is very great to work with and clear on all details. Feed back from my client was that it was an amazing adventure and she had the time of her life. She was very happy! I would recommend them to future clients in a heartbeat, and hope one day I can experience first hand what they have to offer.

Thank deinemuse
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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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