Hiking on Spitsbergen

Antarctic Peninsula

Region: Arctic

Destinations: Svalbard

Hiking on Spitsbergen

​For those who like to go out hiking the wide range of landscapes of Spitsbergen has a lot to offer. Rugged, barren mountains, often covered with ice and snow, exist besides miles and miles of gentle tundra and this makes Spitsbergen suitable joy for hiking. The more serious minded hikers can be offered full day hikes into the remote wilderness of Spitsbergen, which has been seen by more reindeer and polar bears than people.

Hike on rugged barren mountains

On designated hiking trips we additionally want to explore more of the interior of Svalbard with some landings of up 6 - 8 hours hiking time for the dedicated hikers. We are crossing tundra, perhaps small rivers and streams, and may traverse steep terrain. Stamina, equipment and attitude are essentials. The long hikes offered on our special hiking trips are meant as an option for the keen hiker who wants to go faster, longer, and higher, than what we normally offer on landings. Those long hiking options may drop the full day hiking party at one place and collect them at another location. Full day hikes may include a packed lunch. The group size is limited for full day hikes and reservations must be made in advance.

Polar Bear danger while hiking in Svalbard


The Polar Bear danger makes hiking in Svalbard impossible without the close proximity of a guide with a rifle. In practical terms that means that there is no turning back once the hike has started and that you should be aware of your own limitations before signing up for a long hike. The group can walk only as far, high and fast, as the slowest person in the group. On our regular voyages we also offer good hiking possibilities. Our Spitsbergen expeditions with the sailing vessel Noorderlicht passengers are generally quite active and hiking-minded. Please note that on the Noorderlicht there is no possibility to split up passengers in smaller groups as only one guide is present. The maximum number of passengers on the Noorderlicht is only 20.

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