Namipunga Polar Expeditions




Usually all of us have a tendency to take too much gear on all journeys and trips.

After some days you will notice that 30% of your gear you won‘t really need. Of course changing underwear is a very personal thing; nevertheless we have to mention here on Spitsbergen is very little bacteria in the air because of the cold and dry climate.

The result is your the odor of your clothing will be significantly less after several days than compared with a traditional trip in more southern areas.

We recommend one extra pair of underwear and 2 pairs of socks. Anything else is more luxurious than necessary.  Don‘t forget: YOU are the one who has to carry/pull all that stuff!

When it come to body hygenie we suggest wet wipes/baby wipes. (wet tissue - i have no idea how that is called in english).  It’s a very clever idea and in combination with normal tissue, you‘ll feel refreshed.

AND: You don‘t have to carry shower gel, soap or a towel - brilliant!

For more questions - contact us!

Weather conditions end of May / beginning of June:

  1. middle temperature approx. -3º C

  2. coldest temperature down to -15°C

  3. 24 hours daylight

  4. fog, bad visibility and low cloud level is the rule

  5. cold wind

  6. sometimes snow fall

Needed equipment (gear):

  1. daypack (25-35 Liter)

  2. sleeping bag (comfort zone down to -20°C)

  3. 1 pair high quality ski shoes (don‘t bring your 20 year old shoes, they will fall apart)

  4. 1 Paar Crosscountryski (Fjellski) with sateel(?) edges and binding (75mm oder BC), not suggested: Randonée-binding

  5. ski-skins (short ones suggested)

  6. 1 pair skistiks (do you mean ski sticks or ski poles?)

  7. 1 pair gaiters (don’t know this word)

  8. Goretex®-jacket or softshell-jacket with hood (waterproof or water repellent)

  9. Goretex®-pants or softshell-pants (waterproof or waterrepellent)

  10. warm hat

  11. scarf, for your neck (suggested: wool)

  12. 1 pair of mittens

  13. 1 pair of gloves (windproof, softshell)

  14. 2 pair long underwear or long johns (suggested: wool)

  15. warm jumper or jacket (fleece, wool)

  16. light down jacket

  17. 3-4 pair warm socks (wool)

  18. normal, casual clothes for use in Longyearbyen

  19. 1 pair Biwak-Socks (Ajungilak® empfohlen) ?

  20. down-jacket

  21. 2 thermosbottle, Thermos®

  22. 1 mug, thermo-mug

  23. sunglasses with side protection (glacier sunglasses)

  24. ski goggles (for bad weather)

  25. sunscreen (may not content water)

  26. sharp knife

  27. cutlery (spoon and fork is enough)

  28. lighter

  29. toiletry case, little first aid bag, Compeed® tape or sports tape

  30. 1-2 normal, casual clothes for use in Longyearbyen and on board

  31. 1 pair light weight shoes for use on board

Put all your gear in plastic bags - bring extra plastic bags with you!

There is the opportunity to leave your extra clothing in Longyearbyen. It will transported by cruise ship and brought to us in Magdalenefjord.


Additionally we suggest:

  1. map and compass - you can buy maps in Longyearbyen or order here >>

  2. camera with enough film or memory cards, extra battery

  3. something to read in case of bad weather

  4. Snacks, chocolate, cookies (possible to buy in Longyearbyen)

  5. Thermarest® sleeping mat

  6. binoculars

  7. Ziplock plastic bag for extra pair of underwear (waterproof)

Namipunga Polar Expeditions provides:

  1. tents

  2. common sleeping mattress

  3. stove

  4. fuel

  5. all food necessary for the hike

  6. crampons

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