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 for Oscar ll Land in the 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.
— 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.
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|Children under 15 years||NOK1,195.00|
Difficulty: 3 of 5 – Average Physical Fitness
Minimum participants: 2 persons
Age limit: 8 years
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!
- Transport to and from the accommodation
- Guide with safety equipment
- Search and rescue insurance
- Hot drinks and biscuits
- We do not recommend this tour if you are pregnant or have back problems
- The boat may not carry passengers under 14 years of age unless any such passenger is accompanied by an adult. Minimum age on this trip is 10 years.
- 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
- We will not go ashore on this trip
- 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