RIB Safari Along the Ice Edge

with Svalbard Adventures

Travel by boat in the footsteps of historical explorers as we cross the Isfjord and head northwest of Spitsbergen. A rich diversity of wildlife, glaciers, and blue ice formations await us

In May, a long and cold winter is coming to an end. The Midnight Sun makes the days long and bright. This is the month where the onset of spring is marked by the return of migrating birds to the Svalbard archipelago. As the snow melts and the sea ice breaks up, it’s time for a new boating season to begin.

At this time of year, the fjords around Isfjorden are still covered in ice. It gives us perfect conditions to drive along the edge of the ice to scout for wildlife in beautiful surroundings. This trip has no planned route, but the guide will always choose the best route based on the conditions and the trip goes west towards Ymerbukta or Yoldiabukta. In other words, today’s goal is to hunt for the best experiences.

— This exciting sea-based experience offers a combination of speed, sea spray and close-up nature-based experiences.

Notice the rock formations and geology around Longyearbyen, which are in sharp contrast to the area we are about to visit. The distinctive rock formations and sharp peaks we encounter provide a historical outline of what the Dutch explorer Willem Barentz encountered when he discovered Svalbard in 1596. He named the place Spitsbergen (meaning ‘pointed mountain’ in Dutch), which is the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago.

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Per personNOK2,390.00 
Also available as:
Children under 15 yearsNOK1,495.00 


Difficulty: 3 of 5 – Average Physical Fitness


Minimum participants: 2 persons

Age limit: 10 years

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Close-up experiences

This exciting sea-based experience offers a combination of speed, sea spray and close-up nature-based experiences. We cross the Isfjord in our open rigid inflatable boats (RIB) and set course for the mountain range in the northwest. The first thing we notice on arrival is the incredible silence, which is only broken by the sound of ice floes and waves touching on the boat.

We keep an eye out for wildlife along the ice edge while we are served a light lunch. Perhaps a seal will emerge from below the surface and give you a curious look? Don’t forget your camera. There are countless photo opportunities and the chances are high that the landscape has changed the next time you turn around!

Practical Information

  • Transport to and from the accommodation
  • Floating suit, life vest, shoes and googles
  • Guide with safety equipment
  • Search and rescue insurance
  • Lunch, hot drinks and biscuits
  • Due to infection control guidelines guest have to bring their own mittens, beanie and balaclava
  • We do not recommend this tour if you are pregnant or have back problems
  • Age limit: 10 years, or 14 years if the passenger is not accompanied by an adult.Height restriction: inseam of least 74 cm.
  • We recommend warm clothing to wear under the floating suit such as wool underwear, wool socks, thick sweater and windproof outer clothing
  • A small backpack for extra clothing and other items
  • Please state any food allergies or other preferences
  • For safety reasons, the route may change due to weather, wind and ice conditions

Svalbard has a common grading system so you will find the trip that suits you. Highlighted number is graded for this trip:

1 – Suitable for all

2 – Suitable for most

3 – Average physical fitness

4 – Above average physical fitness

5 – Demands exceptional physical fitness

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