Svalbard Polar Primer 2024

Participants learn the ropes of polar travel, cold management, safety and navigation. March 28 to April 1, 2024

Sacha Loutkovsky
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Gerry van der Walt
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Bernard Longman
Kristina Eriksen - intern
Eleanor Lampard - intern
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Mardi Philips. Guide
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Eric Philips. IPGA Polar Expedition Guide

Glaciers, ice caves, snowy valleys, towering peaks. The perfect introduction to travelling through a polar landscape.

Trip Summary


#6: Final day

2024-04-02 03:31:00am

We had an uneventful 90 minute ski from camp to our pick up point, and enjoyed some chitchat as we skied along - 3 girls and 3 boys. We look… Continue reading


#5: Spectacular day

2024-04-01 04:25:21am
We hit -31°C last night, coldest for this trip, but everyone slept warmly. Customers provide their own down sleeping bag and we beef it up with a synthetic outer bag… Continue reading

#4: Descent to Adventdalen

2024-03-31 07:40:00am
We woke at 6am to a strong wind and low cloud but by the time we emerged from tents the sky had cleared and wind had dropped. Even the sun… Continue reading

#3: high camp

2024-03-30 06:05:00am
The temperature dropped to -30.2°C as we packed up our sunless camp and it was a big relief to warm up while climbing the steep valley to Scott Turnerbreen (glacier)… Continue reading

#2: into Bolterdalen

2024-03-29 07:01:00am
From our bus drop off we skied south along Bolterdalen valley floor. There wasn’t much to see as low cloud hung over the region and the air filled with occasional… Continue reading

#1: Svalbard Primer - set to go

2024-03-28 08:03:00pm
We are almost packed and ready to drive out to our departure point for our first day on the trail. Bolterdalen (valley) is our first objective and Scott Turnerbreen (glacier)… Continue reading
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