Arctic Time Machine Express

ARCTIC TIME MACHINE EXPRESS

2 DAYS SNOWMOBILE TOUR TO PYRAMIDEN

To those who wish to discover the most extraordinary places in the world. You’ve never experienced anything alike. 

Just within 2 days, you will visit the place of northernmost - Pyramiden.  It was one of the most populated settlements on Svalbard in the late XX century, and now it is an Arctic time-machine and open-air museum where you can easily get a feeling of the Soviet-style as the atmosphere and exteriors of the settlement have been accurately preserved. 

With the panorama filled with massive Nordenskiöld glacier, moraines, mountain tops, the whole Arctic dream is mirrored in Pyramiden. 

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Starts every Friday

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2 days on snowmobile

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At least 1 glacier

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No experience

 required

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Not available for children

Comfortable hotel accommodation

TRAVEL DATES IN 2021:

Every Friday and Saturday 

From 26th of February to 25th of April

TOUR PRICE PER PERSON:

Driver on the snowmobile

6 990 NOK / person

 

Passenger on the snowmobile

4 490 NOK / person

Extra charge for accommodation in SINGLE rooms in Pyramiden:

800 NOK / person

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

Transfer

  • Transfer to/from your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen

  • Snowmobile trips between the settlements

Accommodation

  • 1 night in the hotel Pyramiden (TWIN/DBL accommodation)

Meals

  • 1 Breakfast

  • 2 Set Lunches (set meal in the restaurant or field lunch during the snowmobile trip) 

  • 1 Set Dinner in the restaurant

Activities

  • Guided tour around Pyramiden

Snowmobile & equipment rental

  • Ski-doo Expedition 600 E-TEC/ Lynx Commander 600 E-TEC, fuel


  • Rental of winter overalls, boots, gloves, and a helmet 

Safety​

  • Guide services

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

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Flight to/from Longyearbyen

  • Other additional services

  • Bar drinks or a-la carte orders beyond the tour program

  • Souvenirs

  • Individual travel insurance

 
 
 
Arctic Time Machine Express Day 1
 
DAY 1 • FRIDAY

 

  • Tour briefing, safety and snowmobile instructions, equipment fitting and packing

 

  • Departure by snowmobile to Pyramiden by route: Longyearbyen - Adventdalen - Sassendalen – Nordenskiöldbreen - Pyramiden

 

  • Snowmobiling time: 115-160 km, 5 – 6 hours

 

  • Lunch in the field

 

  • Nordenskiöld Glacial Wall

 

On the way, you will reach a wonderful place that makes you feel tiny in this huge world – the massive Nordenskiöld Glacial Wall, it is a common spot for polar bears to hunt seals, so there is a chance to meet them both, but from the safe distance, of course.

 

  • Arrival in Pyramiden, check-in, unpacking

 

  • Dinner in the hotel restaurant

 

Then, before you get to your cozy bed you will be able to enjoy the evening on the sofas and a screen playing documentary films about Pyramiden past times. There is no internet or phone connection in the settlement, so for some people it becomes a digital detox and the gadgets do not interrupt sincere conversations and pure fun.

Pyramiden is a settlement located at the bottom of the mountain and named after it. It was founded in 1911. It's a town located in between mountains, huge glacier and moraine. In 1956 the settlement started coal production and in the 1970s-1980s a perfect socialism model system was built. In 1998 Pyramiden was preserved but its infrastructure arranged in the Soviet period has come down to us. Anyone who has spent at least a couple of hours in Pyramiden makes a point in this place's uniqueness. Today the town is open and it grows as a tourist location. A boiler house, hotel, restaurant and film stock cinema have been renovated. Pyramiden attracts not only tourists but also film directors, journalists, free riders and bloggers from all over the world.

The Nordenskiöld glacier is a glacial wall of the Lomonosov Plateau. The glacier flows roughly southwestwards and is 25 km long and 11 km wide. It has its terminus in Adolfsbukta, a branch of Billefjorden. It was named after Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Finnish geologist who participated and organized several expeditions to Svalbard and made huge impact into its exploration.

Arctic Time Machine Express Day 2
DAY 2 • SATURDAY
  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

  • Guided tour around Pyramiden

 

You’ll have a guided tour in the settlement, learn the history of the place, visit well preserved buildings of Canteen, School and Kindergarten, Swimming pool and restored Cultural Palace with a warm cafeteria. The atmosphere of enthusiasm and nostalgia will be there with you at the place that has been revived in the middle of nowhere.

 

  • Lunch in the hotel restaurant

 

  • Visit to souvenir shop and post office

 

  • Departure by snowmobile to Longyearbyen by route: Pyramiden - Nordenskiöldbreen - Sassendalen - Adventdalen -Longyearbyen

 

Snowmobiling: 115-160 km, 5-6 hours

 

  • Arrival in Longyearbyen (approx. 19:00)

 

  • 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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ACCOMMODATION
Hotel Pyramiden
Hotel Pyramiden

Comfortable accommodation in Pyramiden

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