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Svalbard Arctic Challenge hike and kayak to Hiorthfjellet with Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

Arctic Challenge - Hike and Kayak

  • Details

    © Giancarlo Gallinoro, Mirko Chiappini, Jonas Henriksen, Ingjerd Strømholt

    Difficulty level (out of 5)


    Minimum 2 (out of 6) participants:

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    • June to September
    • 08:00-19:00
    • Approx. 11 hours
    • Approx. 1000 m elevation
    • 16 years

    You must be able to swim, but do not need any kayaking experience to participate as the tour guide will provide the necessary instructions. This is an 11 hour trip and you should be in good physical shape to participate.

    If you have a physical disability, please reach out for the possibility of a private tour.

    Max. size for dry suit: XXL

    Max. height: 195 cm

    Max. circumference (kayak cockpit): 130 cm


    Price includes

    • Transport round trip
    • Personal kayak clothing such as a drysuit and life jacket
    • Warm expedition lunch
    • Hot drink and biscuits
    • Guide with necessary safety equipment

    Recommend to bring

    • Warm socks
    • Warm clothes
    • Cold drink
    • Camera in waterproof bag
    • Backpack

    *If you do not have warm socks, you can buy for NOK 100,-

    Extra clothing and equipment: Arctica

  • Description

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Nick W, August 2023 - TripAdvisor:

    My wife and I (in our 50s) joined 4 others to do the Arctic Challenge - HelvetiafjelleIt. It was August 2nd 2023 and we had a spectacular sunny day.

    There were definitely a couple of sections where I looked ahead and thought "I can't do this". The height and steep edges started to freak me out a bit but Vilda was amazing and showed incredible leadership skills for someone so young. The rest of our group were also supportive. I followed Vilda step by step and we got to the top and enjoyed spectacular views. Going back down was much easier.

    I cannot speak highly enough of SWE and Vilda and absolutely recommend this hike if you want a challenge.
    Thanks for making it a day to remember.


    Everybody has a relationship with Hjortfjellet, a mountain that towers with its characteristic shape on the other side of the fjord facing us in Longyearbyen.

    To climb its summit is a must. But it is tough, there is a good reason why this trip has the name "The Arctic Challenge"; The fjord must be crossed by kayak and then around 1000 altitude metres in an untouched terrain await to be climbed.

    And there will be no red-painted guiding marks on these rocks. This is untouched land. Well – not entirely: On the way to the summit we pass by Sneheim, where the miners used to live. Halfway there, we will see a mining plant from past times.

    Once the summit is reached, the reward in terms of the view is spectacular. Miles of untouched arctic nature stretch out underneath your feet.

    On the way back, we pick up rubbish that shows up on our way. SWE focuses on sustainability and nature conservation.

Accommodation in Svalbard.
Book accommodation at Gjestehuset 102

*Discount of 10 % is given on accommodation at Gjestehuset 102 with purchasing at least one multi-day activity from us. Code: SWE10

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