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What footwear do we need to buy for a Svalbard cruise?

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What footwear do we need to buy for a Svalbard cruise?

We are going on a Silversea cruise to Svalbard in July. They suggest we buy Zodiac classic high boots at $99 pair to ensure you keep feet dry when disembarking from a Zodiac. Does anyone have any experience of this? If so, are wellingtons suitable instead?

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1. Re: What footwear do we need to buy for a Svalbard cruise?

Wellies will do, but do take a pair of woollen socks (or something like that) if it gets a bit chilly.

Longyearbyen has a normal temperature in July of a scorching 5.9 degrees. Last year it reached a massive 13 degrees on July 15th.

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2. Re: What footwear do we need to buy for a Svalbard cruise?

I don't know anything about the tour you are going on but we were provided with wellies to get on/ off zodiacs on my tour so I would guess you'd be ok with your own wellies - maybe you could find out the height of the boot they're trying to sell you if you are concerned but as the zodiac generally stops on a beach area for you to get out and you get out at the shallowest part closest to the beach, i don't see why you'd need special boots. However i can only speak about the tour i did.

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3. Re: What footwear do we need to buy for a Svalbard cruise?

Wellingtons are fine, but make sure they are high enough, reaching just below your knee, and big enough, with room for two pairs of thick, wool socks. They also should have laces or some system of tightening above your calves.

4. Re: What footwear do we need to buy for a Svalbard cruise?

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