Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours • Ski & Snow Tours • Bike Tours • Nature & Wildlife Tours • Kayaking & Canoeing
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Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The nature in Svalbard is beautiful, majestic, attractive and demanding. An encounter with this Arctic wilderness makes an impression on people who experience it. The team at Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions AS make the conditions favourable so that you as a whole can actively take part in Svalbard nature-based adventures.
Longyearbyen, Norway

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2022

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Vitor
22 contributions
Oct 2022
The booking of this hike was an adventure on itself, as when we were planning our adventures prior to our flight to Svalbard, the hike was available to book, but that was no longer the case when we actually tried to book it. We feared it was sold out, so we emailed the company, Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions, and their customer service was actually quite nice and responsive – they put up the hike again available for booking, and we were quite thankful for it.

As for the hike itself, we were quite fortunate and lucky to be able to do it on a nice clear day, where we were able to make the most of one of Svalbard’s last sunsets, and with a partial solar eclipse on top. We were also lucky to find a trail of fox prints on the snow, but sadly, unable to come across the elusive artic fox. However, we did spot a lone reindeer braving the cold at the top of the place.
This particular experience was also a great choice, as it promised a full day on the snow, which it delivered. It was not a technically challenging hike, full of dramatic or dangerous landscapes, and extreme elevation gains. However, the apparent safety deceives, as this was a hike in extremely negative temperatures, where our gear and clothing choices were tested to the limit (always important to know if our gear choices will work for extreme conditions….). Poor preparation or not taking the hike seriously, would probably mean we would be exposed to a more severe outcome on this apparent easy hike, and having to drop out of such a nice experience.

The hike guide was also excellent, and she excelled in guiding us through the hike the entire time, looking after us all and always having a nice word for any of our questions. Sadly, I can’t recall her name correctly (Kaisa? Kaysa?), but she was a really great guide.
She was really patient with all the questioning the entire time, and she really did show that she cared about what she did, and that she loved what she was doing. It made the hike much more pleasant, knowing that we were in such good hands… and paws too, as she brought her dog, Gandy, along for the hike – it was an added element of fun for the day.

All in all, I was really please by the choice we made for this particular hike. The customer service pre-hike worked well, and the guide for this particular hike was really knowledgeable and a pleasant company the entire hike, looking after us the entire time. The drive back to the hotel also felt like the day was really full, and everyone was just tired for the long day. It was quiet, and good moment for chilling and contemplating the views of the place, making the most of the last moments of daylight before their polar night. It was a special day, and these are the moments we are chasing when travelling.
Written November 7, 2022
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Some traveller
Heidelberg, Germany3 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We had one hiking trip and one kayak+hiking trip by Svalbard Wildlife Expedition (plus a boat trip they acted as agent for). Having booked tours with several providers we'd definitely recommend this one above all others. The routes were chosen deliberately and were very beautiful, the equipment was reliable, but above all, the guides were super friendly, adapted well to the group and clearly knew what they were doing. We learned so much about nature and living in Svalbard and loved to be with such friendly yet professional people!
Written August 9, 2020
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Thank you for nice feedback. Welcome back!
Written September 24, 2020
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Finn l
Oslo, Norway2 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We went ski touring to Trollsteinen with a wonderful Italian guide with the name Mirko.

With Mirko on this trip we got a great experience personalised to what we were seeing for the rest of our stay at Svalbard! He is serviced minded and made sure we were all comfortable during the entire tour.
The weather was shifting a lot, however Mirko had all the knowledge about the mountains, how they were made, how the weather acted around it and how to react to these factors. This all resulted in an unforgettable trip with laughs, screams of joy and great views of Svalbard.

Thank you Mirko for making our first day on Svalbard unforgettable! We cannot recommend Mirko enough and hope others take the opportunity to go on a trip with this gem of a guide.
Written April 11, 2022
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Anna H
Sydney, Australia15 contributions
Jun 2022
We booked a two day kayak and camping tour with SWE. Due to high winds this had to be canceled but they were excellent in communicating about this and met with us in person to discuss options. Not all of our party of four were up for big hikes, so two of us did the Fuglefjella day hike with Niclas as our excellent guide. The four of us then did the evening kayak the following day in much better weather which was another great trip and we were well fitted out in dry suits so we stayed toasty and warm. Overall we felt very well looked after.

Our only feedback is that our gear list for the kayak trip stated that we had to bring thermoses and dry bags, both of which were bulky and heavy and a bit of hassle given this was only 2 days of a very long trip. When we did the kayaking we realised that SWE actually have thermoses and dry bags available and we probably didn’t need to bring our own. We donated our thermos to them as we had no other use for it! Perhaps the gear list could be modified!
Written July 1, 2022
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H2ORat
Branchburg, NJ73 contributions
Sep 2022
I was able to hike the Sarkofagan with one other hiker as well as our guide, Kaisa. She made the hike as challenging and enjoyable as possible while gauging the skill level of both of us. This seven hour adventure took us to the top of Sarkofagan in moderately cold and windy conditions in mid-September. Along the way, Saisa provided geological information as well as other useful information about the area. Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions provided extra equipment if needed. Kaisa picked me up at the hotel on time and timed the journey appropriately. The views of the Arctic Tundra and mountains were spectacular. If I were ever to return to Longyearbyen, I would not hesitate to hire this company and this guide again.
Written October 6, 2022
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NigelC1962
Bristol, UK5 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
If you do nothing else whilst in Svalbard go on this trip.Our guides Mirko and Isi were superb and this is a true wilderness experience.The weather was very kind to us with no rain and relatively mild temperatures.Camping within sight of a majestic glacier and hearing the glacier calving from time to time is a truly magical experience.I was a novice kayaker so was a bit nervous about sea kayaking in the Arctic but the guides were fantastic and put me at my ease throughout.Trekking on to the glacier was a great experience and the camp food was plentiful and of very good quality.I would recommend this trip to anyone with a sense of adventure.
Written July 3, 2022
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Pedro Medeiros
34 contributions
Feb 2021 • Solo
I did the tour up to Platåfjellet with Martin and Tequila today. It was a full group (8). The problem with this kind of tours is that everyone has a different pace... Half the group was Norwegian and the other half was not Norwegian. The Norwegian people went quickly up the mountain while the others stayed a bit behind, including me. But the guide was very welcoming and considerate and provided for a very safe and enjoyable trip for everyone. It was fun and in the end, Martin suggested to go to Svalbard gallery when we passed by it and I also enjoyed my visit there a lot. Amazing views from the tour and good organization from the company. Highly recommended!
Written February 21, 2021
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Kristof V
95077811 contributions
Aug 2021
We got great service from Svalbard Expedition and really liked their approach for the activities we did. We did the 4-days expedition camp and two 1-day activities (kayaking and a hike) and we loved the way things were organised and the contact we had with the guides (lots of explanation on Svalbard, the local life, etc.). We also enjoyed their flexibility. We made a mistake in one of the bookings (we mixed up the dates) and although it was our own fault, the manager from Svalbard Expeditions found an alternative. That was highly appreciated !

I can highly recommend Svalbard Expediitions for your activities on Svalbard.
Written October 31, 2021
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Mihail
1 contribution
Aug 2021
Me and my friend used guiding services provided by Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions in August 2021. Two private tours were provided and we visited three points of interest: Hiortfjellet, Adventtoppen and Nordenskiöldfjellet.

Communication with the company during tour planning was very good and Mirko provided us excellent guiding service.

We can definitely recommend Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions for adventures on Svalbard.
Written December 5, 2021
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Pieter VH
Bertem, Belgium11 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Went on the Arctic Challenge with Niall. It was a bit windy, so we couldn't do the kayaking bit, but we made the best out of it. Niall adapts the trip on the fly to really suit the group and goes out of his way to make it a fun one. What a day!

He's not just a great guide, but with his Master's in Geology, he's also very knowledgeable about the environment.

Highly recommended going with these guys. Ask for the crazy Irishman.
Written July 20, 2022
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