About us

Everything you need to know

Our Guides

Raine Kallio

Raine has been part of Svalbard Trekking every season since 2016. He and is a certified Wilderness Guide, educated in Finland, where he runs his own guiding business, gives talks on Arctic Trekking and is a published author.

Jesse Karhu

Jesse joined Svalbard Trekking in 2017 and is a certified Wilderness Guide, educated in Finland. In addition to many years as a professional outdoorsman and guide, Jesse is an outdoors educator and a sign language specialist.

Tuomas Kauko

Tuomas, certified Arctic Guide, joined us at Svalbard Trekking in 2019. In addition, Tuomas is a professional wilderness photographer, a certified kayak instructor and when not trekking, he is running his own business, Svalbard Kayaking.

Morten Wied

Morten founded Svalbard Trekking in 2013. He is is a certified Arctic Nature Guide and an Authorised Wilderness Medical Technician from the Danish Guide Association. In addition, Morten holds a PhD in Robust Decision Making.

Our Mission

Svalbard Trekking exists to open up the Arctic to ramblers, wanderers, backpackers, trekkers and hikers from all over the world at every age and every skill level. Svalbard Trekking specialises in rough, old-school, back-country treks through the roadless Arctic wilderness for small groups of trekkers, who wish to experience something truly authentic, while learning something new along the way.

Our Product

Our treks are simple, rugged, beautiful, and human-powered. We believe in the classic virtues of simplicity, self-reliance, and in cultivating a sense of adventure, while shamelessly indulging our wanderlust. For us, trekking is not entertainment, but a break from the world, mental hygiene, and a chance to explore a new land under our own steam.


Svalbard Trekking is a certified tour operator on Svalbard, and meet the safety, legal, environmental, and ethical requirements of the Governor of Svalbard. When trekking with us, you trek with a clean conscience and peace of mind.

Search and rescue insured

You don’t need to worry about extra insurance when booking with Svalbard Trekking. You are already fully covered by our search and rescue insurance on your trek. This means that you only need your regular travel insurance to go trekking with us.

  • Cover all costs associated with a search and rescue operation.
  • Offers medical support in the field.
  • Provides helicopter rescue.
  • Provides boat rescue.

For safety reasons, always inform your guide about any relevant medical conditions that may affect your enjoyment or ability complete a trek. If you have any special requests, concerns or considerations that you feel we should take into account, please do not hesitate to let us know. If in doubt, let us know anyway. All information is handled confidentially, and we can do a lot to accommodate you.

"Trekking in the summer night"
"Morten is very friendly and contactable guide. He take care about each participant on the track. I felt absolutely save with him. It is very important on Svalbard! Because you can't travel around without rifle. Amazing views from the plateau are guaranteed. This trek was an absolute pleasure. Thank you!"

"Trekking the Troll Stone Mountain"
"My wife and I decided to do a hike whilst in Svalbard and came across and small company called Svalbard Trekking. Our guide was an absolute champ, bursting with knowledge and really friendly. Had such a great time and the views from up there were second to none."