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Boundless Arctic 3 days to Barentsburg

BOUNDLESS ARCTIC

3 DAYS SNOWMOBILE TOUR TO BARENTSBURG

Discover the essence of Arctic exploration with a weekend getaway to Barentsburg. Over the course of 3 days, immerse yourself in the rich history and traditions of this coal mining settlement.

 

Explore the world's only operating coal mine, experience the thrill of dog sledding like a true musher, or visit the only one of two vintage cinemas in the Arctic! Embark on a snowmobile excursion to historic trappers' settlements, where panoramic views of the Greenland Sea await.

 

Join us for an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Arctic, filled with authentic experiences and breathtaking landscapes

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3 days on snowmobile

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No experience

 required

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Available for children from 12 y/o

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Comfortable hotel accommodation

OPEN DATES IN 2025:

03.03.2025 – 05.03.2025, 24.03.2025-26.03.2025, 14.04.2025-16.04.2025

TOUR PRICE PER PERSON:

Driver on the snowmobile

(one person on the snowmobile)

15 900 nok/person

 

+ Passenger on the snowmobile

7 400 nok/person

*Additional payment for SGNL accommodation: 960 nok/person

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

Transfer:

  • Transfer to/from your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen

  • Snowmobile trips between the settlements

Accommodation:

  • 2 nights in the hotel Barentsburg (TWIN/DBL accommodation)

Meals:

  • 2 Breakfasts

  • 3 Set Lunches

  • 1 Set Dinner

Activities:

  • Guided tour around Barentsburg

  • Snowmobile trip to Starostin hut and Isfjord Radio

  • 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 and accommodation in Longyearbyen

  • one a-la carte dinner in the restaurant

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

  • Souvenirs

  • Individual travel insurance

ADDITIONAL SERVICES:

TOUR PRICE
WHAT IS INCLUDED
TRAVEL DATES
Boundless Arctic day 1
ITINERARY
DAY 1

 

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

 

  • Departure by snowmobile to Barentsburg by route: Longyearbyen – Todalen – Skiferdalen – Grøndalen – Barentsburg

 

  • Snowmobiling: 75 km, 3 - 4 hours

 

  • Arrival to Barentsburg, check-in, unpacking

 

  • Lunch in the hotel restaurant Rijpsburg

  • Guided city tour

 

  • Then you are welcome to visit museum

 

Barentsburg, the warmest enclave in the Arctic, welcomes you with open arms. Let our guides regale you with tales of yesteryears and present-day traditions as you delve into the heart of this charming town. Step into the ArtArctic Gallery, where the rich history from Willem Barents to present-day unfolds, offering a journey back to the roots of Svalbard's discovery. Prepare to be enchanted by the stories and heritage of this unique Arctic gem

 

Restaurant Rijpsburg is named after the first Dutch coal mining settlement on Svalbard that was founded in 1920 on the peninsula Bohemanneset on the northern coast of Isfjorden. It was named after Jan Cornelisz Rijp, a captain leading one of the ships of Willem Barentsz’s expedition, who discovered and opened Svalbard in 1596. 

Boundless Arctic Day 2
DAY 2
  • Breakfast in the hotel

 

  • Snowmobile trip around Grønfjorden to Starostin Hut by route: Barentsburg – Kokireneset - Festningsodden - Cape Starostin - Russekeila – Isfjord Radio –  Linnevatnet – Barentsburg

 

  • Snowmobiling time: 80-110 km, 6,5 hours

It’s time to follow the trails of the real pioneers and explorers of the Arctic. You will go around Grønfjorden and through frozen glacial lakes you will get to Isfjord Radio Station. Then you will go to the Starostin Hut – a place with a special atmosphere that was named after a legendary Russian trapper Ivan Starostin.

 

  • Lunch in warm and cozy interiors in Starostin hut

 

  • Arrival in Barentsburg

 

  • After the snowmobile adventure you’ll have some time to enjoy the local activities of Barentsburg.

  • A-la carte dinner in one of the restaurants (at extra cost) and tasting of local beer (included)

 

Wrap up your day with a visit to Svalbard's first brewery, Red Bear, where you'll savor locally crafted beers brewed with water from the glacier lake Stemme across the fjord. Explore the variety of brews on offer and discover your favorite, paired with a banging burger or a delicious steak!

 

  • Overnight in the hotel Barentsburg

Isfjord Radio is a former shore radio and weather station on the cape Linné. A century ago it turned into a connection chain between the archipelago and the mainland, serving as a navigation system and collecting weather data. Nowadays, the station is completely automatically controlled and includes nice accommodation and restaurant facilities.

Starostin hut got its name after a legendary pomor trapper, Ivan Starostin, who spent 39 winters on Svalbard never leaving the island during the last 15 years. He lived at the Russekeila river mouth located not so far from Grønfjorden. There you will see the reconstruction of Starostin overwintering camp and Russian trappers funeral cross.

Boundless Arctic Day 3
DAY 3

Explore the world's sole operational coal mine, a rare opportunity for an immersive tour into its depths. Witness the intricate collaboration between humans and nature, marvel at the mechanisms delving into the earth's depths, and observe the meticulous mine reinforcement techniques. Guided by a seasoned miner, gain invaluable firsthand insights into this remarkable feat of industrial engineering.

 

 

  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

  • Visit to the souvenir shop and post office

 

You will be able to buy the authentic souvenirs, that are made either in the Handicraft Center or in Northern Russia. The Post Office with the interiors of the Norwegian post offices of the 19-20th Centuries will also be on the way, so you could send some postcards to your family and friends from one of the Northernmost towns on the Earth.

 

  • Lunch at hotel restaurant

 

  • Departure to Longyearbyen by route: Barentsburg – Colesdalen – Fardalen – Longyearbyen

 

Snowmobiling: 65 km, 3-3,5 hours

 

  • Arrival in Longyearbyen (approx. 18:00)

 

  • Transfer to your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen

Barentsburg stands as the Russian "capital" of Svalbard, a town steeped in Arctic tales penned by Dutch explorers, Russian and Norwegian trappers, American and German merchants, adventurers, Soviet visionaries of communism, 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, its population hovers around 500 people, embodying a rich tapestry of history and culture amidst the Arctic wilderness.

*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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