Experience magnificent Arctic scenery up-close and join us on a summer adventure to beautiful Isfjord Radio at Cape Linnè. We will embark from Longyearbyen by boat, enjoying the fantastic fjord, the bird cliffs and the animal wildlife along the way. Far away from the civilization of Longyearbyen you’ll discover the history, biological diversity and geological conditions which make Isfjord ...
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
Your guide will meet you in the reception of your Longyearbyen hotel at 5pm, where you will receive all of the information about the trip, equipment and outfit details. Transport to the quay, where the polarcircelboat is ready to start the safari tour towards Isfjord Radio. On the way, we have time to enjoy the fantastic fjord scenery, animal wildlife and Arctic seabirds. We spend the late afternoon exploring the great area of Kapp Linné, and learn more about the wildlife at the station, before settling down in your luxury wilderness accommodation. A delicious 3-course dinner will be served in the evening. Accommodation for the next 2 nights in Isfjord Radio Hotel on a full-board basis.
Breakfast is served from 8.00 am. After breakfast we will board the boat for an exciting safari to the west side of the fjord. The route will go eastwards along the coastline before crossing Isfjorden at Kapp Starostin and go straight to the mighty bird cliffs of Alkehornet where you will find thousands of nesting birds. In Trygghamna we go ashore and enjoy expedition lunch at the beach. After lunch, we’ll have a closer look at the area before heading to the fantastic Esmark Glacier in Ymerbukta. If we’re lucky, we might observe whales, seals or even get a glimpse of the “king of the Artic”, the polar bear. Upon return to the hotel you can enjoy an exhilarating dip in the icy waters followed by a warm-up in the sauna before your 3-course dinner in the evening. As you settle down for the night in your very comfortable bedroom surrounded by the Arctic silence, you may realise that you’ve just had one of the best days of your life.
Breakfast is followed by a new day of adventure as we say goodbye to Isfjord Radio and pack our bags ready to head to the boat. We will go to Grønfjorden and the Russian settlement Barentsburg. Barentsburg is a mining city with approximately 350 residents and is a fascinating place to visit. We will go ashore and take a tour around the town before a light lunch is served in the brewery. After lunch we head back to the boat and set course towards Longyearbyen, making several interesting stops along the way. We will arrive back in Longyearbyen in the late afternoon.