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4-day Isfjord Adventure
by open boat

Embark on a 4-day Arctic adventure in historic Barentsburg, filled with authentic experiences and natural wonders.

  • Historic Exploration: Discover Barentsburg's coal mining heritage, local traditions & unique charm.

  • Unique Activities: Hikes and Sea passage along stunning coastline of Isfjorde and an extra day to roam around in Barentsburg.

  • Wildlife Encounters: Look out for reindeer, polar foxes, seals, and whales.


Starts on Monday


Boat Trip


Esmarkbreen glacier




Available for children from 12 y/o


Comfortable hotel accommodation


22.07-25.07; 29.07-01.08;
05.08-08.08; 12.08-15.08;



14 600 nok / adult or child 14+ y/o

11 680 nok / child 12-14 y/o

*Additional payment for SGNL accommodation: 1200 nok


- Transfers from/to your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen 

- 3 nights in the hotel Barentsburg


- Breakfast on day 2, 3, 4
- Lunches days 1-3

(in the restaurant or in the field) 
- 3 dinners in the restaurant


- Guided tours around the settlements 
- Walking/Hiking trips according to the itinerary
- Boat trips according to the itinerary 

- Guide Serivces

Boat rent (open Polarcirkel boat), fuel
Rent of survival suite Helly Hansen and safety equipment incl. portable radio set, satellite phone, GPS-navigator, warning beacon, etc.

Insurance covering search and rescue, evacuation costs in case of emergency


- Flight to/from Longyearbyen 
- Alcohol drinks and dishes/drinks beyond the tour program 
- Souvenirs
- Other additional services
- Individual travel insurance policy


- Sauna - 500 NOK / 2 hours

- Tour to the mine - 700 NOK/person

- Dog sledding on wheels – 790 NOK/person

- Dog trekking – 490 NOK/person



  • Arrival in Longyearbyen from Oslo or Tromsø by plane.

Please note that for this night, the place of accommodation in Longyearbyen should be booked from your end at extra cost. One of the options to accommodate in Longyearbyen is our guesthouse Russkiy Dom.

Feel free to contact us to double check the availability.

Longyearbyen is the Norwegian capital of Svalbard. It is the northernmost populated area with approximately 2400 inhabitants and a variety of around 50 nationalities. Longyearbyen was founded and named after John Longyear in 1906. This is a town with a particular temper that has been loved by adventurers, explorers, fans of the North and wilderness.



  • Pick up from your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen to our expedition center Russkiy Dom


In the expedition center Russkiy Dom the guide will get you familiar with the safety instructions during the sea passage and will help you to fit the equipment and get ready for departure.


  • Departure by open Polarcirkel boats to Barentsburg by route: Longyearbyen – Grumant – Colesbay – Barentsburg.

Embark on a scenic journey from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg aboard the open Polarcirkel boat, traversing the breathtaking Isfjorden, aptly named "Ice Fjord." Delve into the rich history of the first Russian mining town on Svalbard, Grumant, and Colesbay, founded at the dawn of the 20th century—a pivotal moment in Russian mining development. Witness remnants of their interconnectedness through a historic railroad, used for coal transportation, still visible from the sea. Weather permitting, we'll dock near these towns at the hut of Vladimir Rusanov, offering a glimpse into the past. Along the way, marvel at majestic bird-cliffs and keep an eye out for whales and dolphins gracing the fjord's waters.


  • Arrival in Barentsburg and check-in in the hotel Barentsburg

  • Lunch in the restaurant Rijpsburg

  • Guided tour around the settlement

Step into the captivating world of Barentsburg with a guided tour that unveils the rich tapestry of Arctic history and culture. Led by knowledgeable guides, you'll wander through the town's storied streets, discovering fascinating insights into its Dutch origins, Russian influence, and Soviet legacy. Explore well-preserved landmarks, from coal mines to cultural centers, and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere that defines this Arctic gem. With each step, you'll uncover the secrets of Barentsburg's past while embracing the warmth of its present-day charm. Join us on a journey through time and tradition in this remarkable Arctic town.

  • Visit to the Barentsburg Husky Farm

  • Dinner in the Rijpsburg restaurant

  • Overnight in the hotel Barentsburg

Barentsburg, often referred to as the Russian "capital" of Svalbard, embodies a tapestry of Arctic tales woven by Dutch explorers, Russian and Norwegian trappers, American and German merchants, adventurers, Soviet visionaries, and Russian miners. Established in 1921 by the Dutch as a coal-mining settlement, Barentsburg has been under the administration of the State Trust "Arcticugol" since 1931. Today, it is home to approximately 500 residents, each contributing to the rich history and unique character of this Arctic outpost.

The Polarcirkel, an 8-meter-long vessel meticulously crafted by Norwegian shipbuilders, is tailored for Arctic marine passages. With a powerful Yamaha engine (200 HP) and advanced equipment, including echo sounders and emergency beacons, these boats ensure safe navigation. For added safety and comfort, we provide specialized Arctic rescue suits by renowned Norwegian brand Hansen.

Barentsburg Husky Farm stands as a charming haven in Barentsburg, boasting 80 doghouses nestled along the shores of Grønfjorden against the stunning backdrop of the Esmark glacier (Esmarkbreen). Recognizing the diversity of North sled dog breeds and their significant role in Arctic exploration and dog sledding, we embarked on a mission to establish a kennel encompassing all Arctic sled dog breeds. Today, our Husky Farm remains unmatched, offering a unique experience in the Arctic wilderness.


  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

  • Sea passage by open boats and hiking trip along the picturesque coastlines of Isfjorden

Embark on an unforgettable journey along the Northern Shore of Isfjorden, where breathtaking landscapes and encounters with Arctic wildlife await. As you sail, keep an eye out for majestic sea mammals like walruses, seals, and whales, adding to the awe-inspiring scenery. Prepare for a short hike amidst the pristine Arctic terrain, immersing yourself in the raw beauty of the wilderness. The ethereal melodies of the Esmarkbreen glacier will enchant you, echoing the rhythms of nature in this remote corner of the world.

Depending on weather conditions, our first stop may be in Trygghamna, offering diverse hiking opportunities amidst stunning tundra landscapes and rugged mountains. Traverse the shoreline and perhaps encounter a curious seal along the way. Our ultimate destination is the iconic Alkhornet mountain, boasting one of the largest bird cliffs in the fjord. After a memorable hike, we'll navigate through "The gates of our fjord" and arrive at Cape Festningen, a captivating rock fortress crowned with a guiding lighthouse for passing ships. Prepare to be captivated by the wonders of the Arctic landscape at every turn.

  • Picnic in the field

  • Return to Barentsburg

  • Dinner in the restaurant Rijpsburg

  • Overnight in the Hotel Barentsburg

Starostin hut bears the name of Ivan Starostin, a legendary Pomor trapper who braved the harsh Arctic winters on Svalbard for over three decades. During his remarkable tenure, spanning more than 30 winters, Starostin resided at Russekeila bay near Linne Lake and River. This location served as one of the largest trappers' settlements, where Starostin and his fellow Pomors forged a resilient community. Despite the isolation, Starostin's companions and family from the mainland regularly visited him, testament to his enduring spirit and connection to the Arctic wilderness.

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Today offers a break from sea passages, allowing for relaxation and exploration of Barentsburg. This flexibility ensures a full and rich experience, even if weather conditions require itinerary adjustments. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant before choosing from various activities:

  • Barentsburg Mine Tour (extra cost): Explore the only operating coal mine open to tours worldwide. Gain insight into the collaboration between man and nature, guided by a real miner.
  • Dog Sledding on Wheels or Dog Trekking (extra cost): Experience the thrill of mushing along the Grønfjorden shore, witnessing breathtaking views (5-7 km).

  • Visit to the Souvenir Shop and Post Office: Explore local crafts and send postcards from one of the northernmost towns on Earth.

  • Dinner at Rijpsburg or The Red Bear restaurant & brewery: Indulge in Arctic culinary traditions at one of our two local restaurants.

  • Visit the ArtArctic Museum and Gallery

  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

  • Departure to Longyearbyen

  • Lunch in the tundra

  • Transfer to your place of accommodation

On Svalbard weather conditions change quickly so that is why for the safety and comfort of our guests, the tour program might be changed regarding the itineraries and destinations.




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