Spitsbergen summer vacation, glaciers of Isfjorden

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Responsible tourism

Spitsbergen summer vacation, glaciers of Isfjorden

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Svalbard might be more commonly perceived as a winter destination. This vacation seeks to challenge such an understanding by showing vacationmakers the natural beauty and splendour of Svalbard during the summer months.

The boat trips to the Esmark and Nordenskiöld Glaciers follow strictly chosen routes to allow maximum enjoyment without interfering with the flora and fauna of Isfjorden. They carry large groups of participants on each voyage (a maximum of 100 participants) to avoid multiple boats being sent, thus reducing the prospect of mass-pollution to this pristine archipelago. On the Esmark and Barentsburg trip, vacationmakers will pass the cliffs of Fuglefjella. A safe distance is maintained so that the many seabirds which inhabit it are not threatened or disturbed in any way. Given that the cliffs are home to nesting sites, this is all the more important – young birds could be learning to fly in the area and must be given sufficient space.

The tour of Longyearbyen and the coastal dogsledding on wheels are operated with a similarly high regard for the land environment. Guides instruct vacationmakers on how to behave responsibly so as to preserve the area for future visitors. They also educate vacationmakers about the fauna and flora of Spitsbergen.

An important symbol of environmental efforts is the Global Seed Vault. Built with the capacity to safeguard some 4.5 million types of seed from around the world, it has been constructed to take full advantage of its surrounding environment. Vacationmakers not only learn about necessity of protecting the genetic bank of the world’s crops, but also about how to build environmentally efficient structures.

Community

Remoteness is certainly a word which comes to mind when considering Svalbard. Not that this should be viewed in a negative light – an advantage of the archipelago’s rather separate location is that visitors are provided with a truly tranquil escape from the noise of modern life. Such breaks are known to be psychologically stimulating and physically enriching – much-needed breaks from everyday stress. As a result, the community of vacationmakers receives an important therapy for their minds and bodies.

The remoteness of Svalbard also means that local communities will be reliant on tourism as a means of income. This is case throughout, whether in the main town of Longyearbyen or when visiting Barentsburg and Pyramiden. The latter two are especially cut-off, so we make specific stops for buying souvenirs.

For all activities, we hire the services of local guides and experts. This means that they can provide native knowledge of Spitsbergen and its surrounding area, as when on the Longyearbyen sightseeing tour or the boat trips across the Isfjorden. It also means that vacationmakers can directly connect with locals, rather than someone sent from aboard. Finally, it ensures that Svalbard’s tourism industry financially profits, rather than seeing business being sucked outside.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Staying in the ice hotel is a great experience. The rooms are beautifully decorated, and once you have your cold weather gear, they are very snug. Being
woken up by staff with warm Lingonberry juice is surprisingly lovely. You even get a certificate to prove you survived!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Definitely stay in the ice room, but also do the photography trip. Amazing guides and it gives you beautiful pictures to take home as well as a great insight into
local life

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely. The use of Sami guides really supports local people. The hotel promotes locally sourced food. Water fountains etc offering local water from the
river is great. The tourism attracted by the hotel means the local Sami experience center and the Homestead are able to survive bringing money to small local incentives.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I had a great few days, with some amazing experiences. I would definitely recommend this vacation!

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