Svalbard What to Pack

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Svalbard What to Pack

  • Maps for Svalbard

    A map is handy for all travellers to Svalbard. For trekking and expedition planning a detailed map will be necessary. The best series published covering Svalbard is by the Norwegian Polar Institute's "S100" Svalbard 1:100 000 series. For Longyearbyen and environs get the map "Adventdalen" 1:100.000 published 2003. You can order it from the Polar...

  • Packing for a weekend on Svalbard

    A light suitcase is ideal for flights, terrrible for transfersand luggin in snow and mud. Go for a large backpack that can be zipped up and loose straps and belts and be removed/hidden like a cargo bag. Bring a small day pack for excursions, camera etc. you want to have your hands and arms free on Svalbard. Bring one set of nice clothes maximum,...

  • Summer clothing for Svalbard

    For Svalbard summer clothing I would bring/dress up like this: short underwear, though cotton/polyester 65/35% mix pants, thin socks, jogging shoes/sneakers, plus thick socks and not too heavy hiking boots. Extra socks for indoor use, jeans or similar for indoor/restaurant use, short sleeved undershirt/Tshirt, any long sleeved simple and cheap...

  • Clothing for Temperature Extremes

    If you are on an expedition cruise, baggage is limited so it's best to carry a large soft sided bag with wheels. Dress clothing is not required for expedition cruises so save the space for souvenirs. Travelers must be prepared for rapid weather changes. Comfortable, casual clothing is the best choice. Dress in layers to ensure warmth and...

  • Listen to the experts!

    If you are cruising get a small waterproof backpack for outings and landings with the zodiacs. Think about protecting your camera from watersplashes and the odd rain- or snowfall. Really good footware is essential. Some recommend good boots others top gear wellies, all good as long as they are waterproof and comfortable and can resist the spiky...

  • Guide books

    Bradt's "Guide to Spitsbergen" by Andreas Umbreit. ISBN 1 898323 38 0. English and German editions.I found this one by far the best. LP's "Arctic" is a bit "popish" and skims the surface only. Same for their Norway book.

  • Three-season gear: spring, summer and...

    A backpack and a daypack. Waterproof to the extent possible Long underwear, hat, gloves, scarf any time of the year.Hiking bootsWind /rain proofs - shells, jackets and pants Nothing special needed for Svalbard, except of you are out on the snow in sunny condition: sunscreen and sunglasses. Film, film and film - and your special camera battery,...

  • Winter gear for active use

    Backpack, size according to need, for outdoor use, certainly with a draw-stringed snow lock. You need to be able to manage it without taking your gloves off. Thick, padded boots for winter use, bjekso Saami leather boots, heavy ski boots, thick woollen socks, indoor slippers.Layered clothing: long underwear, pref. wool or polyprop, not cotton...

  • Bring skis

    If you want to go skiing, you will need to bring your own or rent from any agency that have skis for rent (I don't know yet). I am planning a skiing trip and phone calls to sports stores in Longyearbyen only yielded randoneé skis, not very useful for cross-country style. Bring your own. Take steel edged mountain cross-country type sturdy skis...

  • Good planning necessary

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Just a general comment:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!If you want to do expeditions style trecking you need to plan carefully.I do not recommend such a adventure in this very remote location without any previous expirience.If you are not an expirienced outdoorexpert you may better go with...

  • Dress in layers, avoid cotton!

    A big suitcase and a smaller backpack for daytrips. Dress in layers, the temperature and the weather change often on Svalbard. Avoid cotton, use only wool or synthetic. Several layers of wool and windproof outside protection may be required in any season. The windchill may exceed -40°C in winter and early spring. Protect your head and your hands....

  • Packing List

    It's a good idea to pack lots of warm clothes. Make sure to take your warmest shoes and gloves as you'll need them if you stay out a lot.You get all the warm clothes you need if you take organised daytrips with snowscooters or dog sledges. However, pay attention to your feet and wear some warm woolen socks. Pack another pair with you just in...


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