SNOWSCOOTERSAFARI TO PYRAMIDEN:
BACK TO USSR, 3 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 - Sassendalen - Tempelfjorden - Burn Murdochbreen - Boltonbreen - Gipsdalen - Adolfbukta - Pyramiden
After breakfast, at 08:30, you will be picked up by the guide at your place of accommodation, who will take you to our Expedition Centre Russki Dom for a briefing. We will brief you on the planned route, and give you an update on the weather forecast. We provide solid and warm snowmobile suits. At 09:30 we are equipped and ready on to discover Svalbard’s spectacular Arctic wilderness.
We will drive over glaciers, through valleys and cross white plains of Adventdalen and Sassendalen. 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. Soon across valley and canyons, we come closer to the Nordenskiøld glacier – most stunning and available among the largest glaciers. Driving along Adolfbukta in half an hour we are warmly welcomed at Tulpan Hotel in Pyramiden.
At approx. 5 pm there will be a check-in procedure at the hotel and then a 3-course lunch at the restaurant. At 6 pm we have a guided tour around the ghost settlement for 1.5 hr. We have a possibility to come in and have a look inside school, canteen and swimming pool and feel that special atmosphere of history and mighty Soviet Union some 30 years ago…. It seems that Time machine exists after all!
At the end of the day, a delicious 3 –course dinner is served at the hotel restaurant.
Snowmobiling 115 km, 5 – 5,5 hrs
Day 2. Frozen waterfall and Svalbard animals: Pyramiden - Tordalen - Peerdalen - Skansbukta - Studentdalen - Frostisen - Tordalen - Pyramiden
After breakfast, walk around 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 speculations around its importance during the Cold War are many. One thing is certain; this was an Arctic out-post, but also an Arctic Paradise for those who lived and worked there in the Communist spirit. The town was a showcase to the West exhibiting to the world the excellence of communism. The atmosphere is still there! In the end of the nineties, 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 would seem inhabited, but the silence reigns over Pyramiden, no living soul is around… Pyramiden is located right in the heart of Arctic wilderness. While looking over its surroundings we can easily come across polar foxes, reindeers as well as the mammals: seals, walruses at the glacier Nordenskiøldbreen. 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.
Depending on the weather and snow conditions we decide upon the most suitable and appealing itinerary: to picturesque Skanskabukta; frozen like in the fairy-tale and magniﬁcent Ebbadalen waterfall or one of the mighty mountains. Expedition lunch is on the way.
Return to Pyramiden.
Dinner and overnight in Pyramiden.
Snowmobiling 55 km, 2,5 - 3 hrs
Day 3. One more adventure in Pyramiden surroundings and back to Longyearbyen: Pyramiden - Adolfbukta - Nordenskiöldbreen - Filchnerfonna - Rabotbreen - Sassendalen - Eskerdalen - Longyearbyen
After breakfast, we drive for an additional safari in the spectacular Pyramiden surroundings. The choice of the route depends on the snow and weather conditions. Approx. 14 pm lunch at Pyramiden hotel.
Midday we leave this lovely land. On the way back we come across Petunia Bay. One more shortstop to making pictures of marine mammals besides Nordenskiøld glacier. Then we continue itinerary towards endless Lomonosovfonna and on to Longyearbyen.
Snowmobiling 140 km, 5,5 - 6 hrs
Arrive at Longyearbyen approx. 19:00.
Travel Dates in 2020
06.03 - 08.03
13.03 - 15.03
20.03 - 22.03
27.03 - 29.03
03.04 - 05.04
10.04 - 12.04
17.04 - 19.04
24.04 - 26.04
9 990 NOK
5 300 NOK
Extra charge for accommodation in SINGLE room:
The Price Includes:
Accommodation and meals
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
Alcohol drinks and dishes/drinks beyond the menu
Tips to the guide