Step into the Arctic wilderness on this unique adventure to Nordenskiöld glacier! Your journey starts with a boat safari, casting far away from Longyearbyen right into the heart of the arctic land to Nordenskiöld Lodge. The Lodge lies in front of the magnificent Nordenskiöld glacier and is a place where you truly can enjoy the arctic silence. Nordenskiöld Lodge is a true expedition cabin, ...
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.
The day starts early at 08:00 am, when you will meet your guide at your hotel in Longyearbyen. You will be required to arrive in Longyearbyen a day before your tour commences to meet your guides and go through the program and equipment.
After changing into our snow suits we will head to the harbour to board our open safari boat to Nordenskiöld Lodge. We will travel all the way to the Billefjorden and Adolfbukta. There is plenty of wildlife around the fjords at this time of the year, so we have good changes to see some arctic birds, walruses, belugas or even the polar bear. Once at Nordenskiöld Lodge we will enjoy outdoor lunch and get familiar with the cabin and the surroundings. After lunch it is time to head out into the arctic nature and explore the beauty around us. Before the evening we will return to the cabin, prepare a delicious dinner and warm up a sauna. Accommodation for the next 4 nights in double rooms on a full board basis.
We start the day with hearty breakfast and if the weather is good we can spend the morning learning how to paddle a kayak. Steady and reliable double kayaks are available so we all can paddle in pairs. Kayaking is a perfect way to get around in the arctic and a very traditional way to explore the arctic shorelines. After the learning period we will set out for daytrip to Brucebyen. We will paddle across the magnificent glacier front surrounded by icebergs and arctic wildlife. On the other side of the fjord lies Brucebyen. The small settlement consists of huts that where build 100 years ago by a Scottish geologist. The guide will tell you about the fascinating story surrounding this area. After a long day in the cold arctic sea, we will return to the lodge for a wonderful spot of relaxation in the sauna and a delicious dinner.
Today we will head out to the majestic Nordenskiöld Glacier. After breakfast we go through the basic guidelines for glacier walking and climbing including all safety issues. We will then explore the glacier that lies just 300 meters away from the lodge. We spend the day on the glacier walking up and down in the glacier cracks and enjoying the wonderment surrounding us. Expedition lunch will be provided during the day. In the evening we will make a bonfire and enjoy the view over the fjord.
Today we put on our hiking boots and head to the near-by mountains peaks. We will explore the beautiful arctic land, glacier moraines and small flowers surviving in the rash environment. The day will be spent hiking through this beautiful area and expedition lunch will be provided. In the late afternoon we will return back to the cabin to warm up in the sauna and prepare for dinner.
After breakfast we have the chance to take a final hike to the glacier to capture that last wildlife picture or to simply soak up the memories of the thrilling past few days. We will enjoy lunch at the lodge before starting our journey back to the civilization of Longyearbyen. We will make a stop in Pyramiden on the way to get to see this fascinating Russian settlement up close. The settlement was closed down in 1998, but has recently re-opened for visitors. We return to Longyearbyen by safari boat and arrive during the afternoon or early evening.
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