Spitsbergen arctic summer holiday
Description of Spitsbergen arctic summer holiday
2023: 5 Jul, 12 Jul, 19 Jul, 26 Jul, 2 Aug, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, 30 Aug, 6 Sep, 13 Sep, 20 Sep, 27 Sep
Imagine the outer reaches of Scotland where eagles soar and puffins strut whilst harbour seals make the most of sheltered coves and dolphins dance to ...
Wildlife holidays in Europe are only as good as their guides – and luckily, our trips are headed up by some of the best. Marine biologists reveal the ...
1 Reviews of Spitsbergen arctic summer holiday
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 03 Aug 2022 by Katrine Khurana
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The midnight sun, the dogs, the vastness and rough beauty
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Prepare to be limited in movement due to polarbear risk
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
No not really
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Read the operator's response here:
In such a remote and somewhat untouched world without any native or local populations the efforts to reduce environmental impacts or support conservation might not be immediately obvious. However, even just by booking this trip a proportion of the booking is a ‘CO2 and environmental investment’, which goes towards the support of number of projects. Recent projects funded on Svalbard including a herb garden at Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel, improved awareness of the Kapp Linne Nature Reserve as well as a litter removal project that involved 23 volunteers and across approximately 4.5 km of beaches they picked up around 1,100 kg of litter.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThe operator that runs the lodges featured in this itinerary is committed to environmental sustainability and to responsible travel. Because of this they add an additional charge to the cost of each booking, this environmental investment is donated in entirety to projects contributing to a sustainable future in Svalbard and supports the operators efforts to be climate neutral.
Within this itinerary some of the lodges have received acknowledgement and accreditations for their environmental efforts. Firstly, Basecamp Hotel in Longyearbyen has obtained certification for their environmental efforts from Eco-lighthouse, which is Norway’s most widely used certification scheme which aims to create more environmentally friendly enterprises and safer work environments. They set out industry-specific requirements of which Basecamp Hotel has been independently assessed against and must undergo re-certification every three years along with submitting annual environmental reports.
Isfjord Radio was awarded with the St Olav’s Rose – a hallmark of Norwegian Heritage. The symbol points out to especially distinguished places that have succeeded to combine development and protection in modern way.
PeopleWe are very proud to be a committed provider of holidays focused on responsible travel. We work closely with the local suppliers who share our dedication to responsible tourism and who echo our values of having a positive impact on the environment, conservation and local communities.
All local guides mentioned in our itineraries are paid a fair wage, from the excellent staff at the lodges, adventure guides during activities to the drivers used for your transfers by car or boat.
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