'Landet av Isbjørn' literally meaning 'the land of the ice bear' is the name often used for the islands of Svalbard

In the heart of the Arctic Ocean, at 76-81 degrees North, the Svalbard Archipelago remains one of the worlds last great 'firsts'. Despite numerous attempts, no one has ever paddled around all four main islands. Now, after 6 years of dreaming and planning to complete this epic trip, we are setting off to do just that. This will be our adventure amongst ice bears and Islands.

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Previous Attempts at Svalbard

Here is a short video detailing the tribulations the last team that tried this expedition had to go through. This trip is no joke.

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Feb 6 – 24th Kayak Svalbard 2015 North American Talk Tour

Jaime is on a tour giving his mixed media talk about the Ice Bear and Islands team’s world first sea kayak circumnavigation of Svalbard Archipelago Norway.   2300km’s, 71 days, 3000 Polar Bears, 160km’s of unbroken Glacial cliffs.   “The talk that must be heard” ~ Jeff Allen UK   The name of the expedition, ‘Ice Bears and Islands’, refers to the many polar bears that roam in this
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Polar bear and kayaker look at each other while being very close distance with Glacial cliffs behind

InReach Explorer Reveiw

Our recent successful world first sea kayak circumnavigation of Svalbard Archipelago in Arctic Norway was helped immensely by our use of the Delorme InReach explorer system. The system provided so many useful applications that it became a center piece of our 71 day 2300km trip. “Our weather updates, funnily enough, where even sent to us from someone based in Antarctica, proving even more how immen
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An Anti Climax and an End

From the southern end of Edge Oya, we swung our bows west towards our last major challenge, the distant outline of Spitsbergen, 70 kilometers away.  Strangely, like all our open crossings, the weather shifted to calm and we crossed un hindered. Throughout the day the sun slowly dropped lower in the sky, and for the first time on our journey, I watched it completely disappear below the horizon.  Th
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