Practical advices

Practical Advice

Svalbard is situated in the high Arctic, though the climate is affected by the Gulf Stream along the west coast of Spitsbergen. The average winter temperature on the west coast is around -12° C. The average summer temperature is about 6° C. Weather conditions can change very quickly, from breeze to storm, blue sky to thick fog, from -30° C. to 0° C.

Here are a few tips about what to wear, to ensure that your stay on Svalbard is enjoyable.

It is important to note that our tour leaders are experienced and have the necessery knowledge of the contitions on Svalbard. They are responsible for your safety. Tour leaders are armed and carry additional necessary equipment such as emergency beacons, thunderflashes, first aid kit, survival kit, etc. We recommand that our guests carry extra items of clothing in their backpacks. Any tour is subject to the vagaries of the weather. In the interest of the safety of our clients, we reserve the right to make any changes in the itinerary of our tours, though without any price alteration. Following, you find practical information what to wear:

summer/autumn winter other items              
windproof outer jacket winterclothing for extreme conditions binocular
windproof trousers downjacket recommended thermos flask, steel
warm lined outer jacket windproof jacket/trousers small rucksack
long underwear, wool is best thick woolen sweater camera and film
hat with earwarmers woolen underwear sunglasses
gloves/mitts 2 pairs woolen socks snow googles
socks – thick and thin 2 pairs woolen gloves sun lotion (april-may)
mountain boots and gaiters windproof gloves
scarf
thick and warm headwear
facemask
sleepingbag for extreme conditions
sleepingpad
winterboots and shoes
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