Svalbard Training

Learning the art of polar travel

Practical polar expedition training.

This practical training program prepares you for a polar ski expedition, in Antarctica, Greenland or Svalbard itself. It covers the basics of polar equipment, navigation, diet and daily schedules, as well as being a challenging expedition across the icescapes of Spitsbergen.

  • Gateway Longyearbyen, Norway
  • Distance varies
  • Nights on Ice 5
  • Ski days 6
  • Daily Distance varies
  • Sled Weight 40kg
  • Temp. Range -20 to -35°C
  • Challenge 4 What's this?
  • Conditions Cold, wind, dark nights
  • Challenges Cold management, sled hauling, long ascents and descents

Trip Itinerary

April 17

Meet in Longyearbyen and check in to your hotel. Welcome dinner.

April 18

Preparation, packing, equipment check. Depart from town and camp in Adventdalen.

April 19-22

Polar training trip

April 23

Ski to Longyearbyen, end of trip. (You will require hotel accommodation unless you fly out immediately)


  • Longyearbyen transfers
  • Welcome dinner in Longyearbyen
  • Food and stove fuel while on the ice
  • Icetrek guide(s)
  • Use of technical equipment including sleds, skis, tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment. This equipment is returned to Icetrek after the training (see equipment list)
  • Safety/navigation/communications equipment


  • Meals and accommodation in Longyearbyen other than the welcome dinner
  • Additional costs (accommodation, meals etc.) due to changes beyond our control ie. weather delays
  • Evacuation, hospitalization and repatriation costs and/or insurance

Our Svalbard training program offers a broad introduction to polar expeditioning.

We meet in Svalbard’s capital Longyearbyen, on the island of Spitsbergen (Norway) the night before our departure, however if you have time we suggest you arrive even earlier to allow time to discover the town and acclimatise to the conditions.

Once we have completed our preparations including food and sled packing we ski out of town and into Adventdalen (Advent Valley) valley where we spend our first night. Flanked by mountains the valley is a beautiful introduction to the wonders of Svalbard. The following day we continue to Sassendalen and on to Tempelfjorden, one of the most beautiful fiords in Svalbard. We camp here the night here and immerse ourselves in some of the rich history of this region.

From here we make our way up Noisdalen and onto the icecap above to experience high and cold plateau conditions. Here you will be mesmerised by the views into the glaciers and valleys below. We cross Fimbulisen and descend to Rabot glacier which we follow back down to the valley. If time permits we'll take a beautiful narrow valley detour back to Longyearbyen.

This trip is as much a mini expedition as it is a training trip. You will return home with a clear understanding of what it takes to put together and undertake a polar ski expedition.

Svalbard Region map Svalbard

There are flights with SAS and Norwegian Air almost daily from Oslo, Norway to Longyearbyen.

Svalbard Training

April 18 to 23, 2018 Availability: 5 places
Per person ex-Svalbard (€250 discount if you are booked onto an Icetrek polar trip)
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