Surprisingly it became my specialization. Such a funny coincidence. Me – a huge sun lover, who appreciates a turquoise water (!!!) felt in love with Spitsbergen. There is some magic which compensates frozen toes and lack of D3 vitamin.
It all started in 2014, when I was 6 months solo backpacking in South America and got a proposal to join sailing trip in French Polynesia or… an expedition from Norway to Svalbard. For me, the choice was obvious!
Arctic here I come! Expect unexpected.
It was cold, it was hard, it was faaar away. Oh yes, it was far away 🙂
We were only 2 people on board. Captain – doing a documentary movie and me as a 1st officer and a safety guard (capable to use a rifle already).
Sailing to Spitsbergen took us several days, having 4 hours shits, freezing as hell but still somehow enjoying it (that sounds weird…). No landscapes, only Barents Sea, small Bjørnøya Island and Greenland Sea. Tough conditions and pure nature. That was just an outstanding feeling. I felt safe. And we finally reached Svalbard, rainy, cloudy, grey and brrrr. We were extremely tired, hungry, freezed and still enjoyed every second of this moment. Miracles happens 🙂 We saw a Polar bear with a baby bear. My first and not last Polar Bear I have seen. On that day, I was sure my adventure with Svalbard will for a life long adventure!
So I stayed there several months, sailing around and than living in Longyearbyen – “capital” of Spitsbergen. I walked through unknown paths, discovered amazing places, waited hours to observe little auks and simply breath pure Arctic Air.
I had to leave the island, but I was sure, I will return… And I did!
In 2016 and than in 2018 as a Nature Guide. I got my local summer and winter Guide license and got amazing experience working as a Nature Guide, having day long hikes, or few days long hikes 🙂 working as a Captain on a motor boat, having fun with my Friends and simply enjoying this amazing life.
It was worth any second! I moved out as I wanted to to try something new. However I keep on returning to Svalbard just to say “hi” to my Friends, my favorite hills and to the inner me 🙂
So I organize and guide winter and summer trips to Svalbard as I simply love this place and want to show the beauty of it. This is a nice excuse for me, to return there 🙂
I will be happy to support you in planning this unforgettable trip!