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 at 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 the 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 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, 5 – 5,5 hrs
Day 2. Fascinating Pyramiden surroundings and Svalbard animals
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 at the hotel restaurant around 2 pm. After this, we drive for a snowmobiles safari in the spectacular Pyramiden surroundings. Pyramiden is located right in the heart of the 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 our guide will choose the most preferable route.
Return to the settlement. 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 or go for a walking tour in the magnificent Pyramiden surroundings. The choice of the route depends on the snow and weather conditions. Approx. 12 pm lunch at Pyramiden hotel.
After lunch we leave this lovely settlement. On the way back we come across Petunia Bay and drive 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. One more shortstop 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 endless Lomonosovfonna and on to Longyearbyen.
Snowmobiling 140 km, 5,5 - 6 hrs
Arrive at Longyearbyen approx. 19:00.
Capacity: min 2 snowmobiles
Travel Dates in 2021
05.03 - 07.03
12.03 - 14.03
19.03 - 21.03
26.03 - 28.03
02.04 - 04.04
09.04 - 11.04
16.04 - 18.04
23.04 - 25.04
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