Snowscootersafari to Pyramiden -
Back to USSR, 2 days
Have you ever been to the USSR? Welcome to our Arctic time machine and experience real Soviet atmosphere far in the north – in the ghost town Pyramiden.
The ambiance of this ghost settlement makes an unusual and strong impression on any experienced traveler. This community was founded by Sweden in the beginning of the 20th century and sold to the Soviet Union in 1927. The living conditions were perfect in the 80-es. It was an Arctic Paradise for those who lived and worked there. The town was without doubt a showcase demonstrating to the West the excellence and strength of Communism. After the fall of USSR Pyramiden was closed and has since then remained abandoned with all its infrastructure in place, "conserved’’. All the buildings are in a good state and the settlement seems inhabited, but the silence reigns over Pyramiden, there is no living soul around… but the polar bears.
Day 1. Glaciers and valleys: Longyearbyen - Adventelva - Eskerdalen - Sassendalen - Tempelfjorden - Burn Murdochbreen - Boltonbreen - Adolfbukta - Pyramiden
After breakfast and check-out from your hotel we pick you up around 9 am at your place of accommodation and our guide will take you to the Expedition Centre Russki Dom for a briefing. We will give you some info on the planned route and update on the weather forecast. We provide solid and warm snowmobile suits. After a safety briefing on how to drive snowmobiles, we are equipped and ready to discover Svalbard’s spectacular Arctic wilderness.
We will drive over glaciers, through valleys and cross white plains of Adventdalen and Sassendalen. Expedition lunch is served on the way. Coming to Fjordnibba where opens a splendid view to both Tempelfjord, Sassenfjord and Tunabreen. Stop for a while to admire the beauty and breathe out. Then passing the Van Post and Tuna glacier as if blue-green backdrops. We travel across one of the most beautiful fjords on Svalbard- Tempelfjord. Driving along Adolf Bay in half an hour we are warmly welcomed at Pyramiden hotel.
At approx. 6 pm there will be a check-in procedure at the hotel and then a 4-course dinner is served at the hotel restaurant. After we visit the post office and souvenir shop. And later we spend a cozy evening watching documentary historical films of the Soviet period of Pyramiden.
Depending on the weather and snow conditions our guide can change today’s route.
Snowmobiling 115 km, 6 – 7 hrs
Day 2. Pyramiden surroundings and Svalbard animals: Pyramiden - Adolfbukta - Nordenskiöldbreen - Filchnerfonna - Sassendalen - Eskerdalen - Longyearbyen
After breakfast walk around Pyramiden. We will visit old buildings closed in 90'es like school, the old canteen, culture palace and swimming pool. Lunch in the hotel restaurant. Check-out and starting one more wildlife snowmobile safari. We leave Pyramiden and driving to Brucebyen - Scottish coalmining settlement from 1919. Soon across valley and canyons, we come closer to the Nordenskiøld glacier – most stunning and available among the largest glaciers. We can also encounter polar bears! We don't have permission to track them down, but if we use our binoculars we might have an opportunity to view this majestic creature from a distance. One more short stop to making pictures of marine mammals besides Nordenskiøld glacier. We travel to the great Nordenskjøld glacier and pass the pink shade mountains to find ourselves in the middle of the endless Lomonosov plain. Just take a look around the ice kingdom...Then we continue itinerary towards boundless Lomonosovfonna and on to Longyearbyen.
Arrive at Longyearbyen approx. 19:00.
Snowmobiling 140 km, 5 – 6 hrs
Total length: approx. 250 km
Capacity: min 2 snowmobiles
Tour Dates in 2021
06.03 - 07.03
13.03 - 14.03
20.03 - 21.03
27.03 - 28.03
03.04 - 04.04
10.04 - 11.04
17.04 - 18.04
24.04 - 25.04
6 490 NOK
2 800 NOK
Extra charge for accommodation in SINGLE room in Pyramiden:
The Price Includes:
Accommodation in twin/dbl room
Activities according to the itinerary
Snowmobile rental (Ski-doo Expedition 600, Lynx Commander 600), fuel
Rental of winter overalls, boots, gloves and a helmet
Insurance covering research and rescue, evacuation costs in case of emergency
The Price Does Not Include:
Flight to/from Longyearbyen
Accomodation in the single room
Alcohol drinks and dishes/drinks beyond the menu
Tips to the guide