Trip reference number: 80110

Trip Operator: Ramblers Walking Holidays

Journey To Spitsbergen

From: £3099.00

These cruises cross the Arctic Circle, then continue far beyond. First visit the world of the reindeer, then enter the realm of the polar bear. Glaciers, sea cliffs and fjords this is nature at its northern wildest and most spectacular. SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS: Harstad - A little-visited port north of the Arctic Circle towards the northern end of the Lofoten Islands. It lies just a stones throw from open countryside of low bushes, hills in their full summer glory and mountain lakes. Honningsvg - We venture into the hills behind this remote town, just short of North Cape, to experience true Arctic wilderness, normally spotting reindeer as we go. Pyramiden - Possibly the wildest place we will ever visit, a remote outpost on the island of Svalbard, just 800 miles from the North Pole. A local guide takes us€ross streams and open tundra to a lake. We hope to see reindeer and polar foxes as well as arctic flora. The guide carries a gun just in case we come€ross a polar bear. Longyearbyen - After visiting the local husky colony, we cross the arctic tundra with a local guide to see the short-lived summer flowers and spot birds, reindeer and maybe even a polar fox. Kristiansund - A town built on four islands. Our walk up the hill of Kvernberget with a local guide rewards us with views over sea, islands and mountains. Troms - An island city famed as the gateway to the Arctic. We visit the Polar Museum, the Arctic Cathedral and take the cable car up Mount Storsteinen from where a spectacular panoramic walk is possible. Leknes - The Lofoten Islands rise like Skyes Cuillins out of the Arctic waters. From the port we travel with a local guide to climb to the summit of Holandsmelen which offers a splendid 360 panorama of sea and mountains. Bod - New for 2020, we spend the day hiking in the Hidden Valley with a local guide, a pristine enclave of mountains, glacier-carved rock and crystal-clear running water.

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