Boundless Arctic 3 days to Barentsburg

BOUNDLESS ARCTIC

3 DAYS SNOWMOBILE TOUR TO BARENTSBURG

For those who are in constant exploration and search!

Spend a full weekend to immerse into the roots of the Arctic discovery. During 3 days, you will get acquainted with Barentsburg, a town of Arctic stories. It is the coal mining settlement on the western side of the island with the rich history, local traditions and plenty of things to do:

-visit the only operating coal mine in the world where the tours are allowed;

-try yourself as a real musher while dog sledding;

-create handicraft in traditions of Russian trappers’ from the North,

-taste cuisine specialties in the Northernmost fish restaurant on the Earth.

 

You will follow the way of Arctic pioneers and real explorers on the day snowmobile trip to trappers’ settling place of the XVIII century and weather and radio station with a view on the open Greenland sea.

 

3 days of real Arctic experience!

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Starts every Friday

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3 days on snowmobile

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No experience

 required

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Available for children from 8 y/o

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Comfortable hotel accommodation

TRAVEL DATES IN 2021:

Every Friday

15th of January to 25th of April

TOUR PRICE PER PERSON:

Driver on the snowmobile

10 200 NOK / person

 

Passenger on the snowmobile

6 900 NOK / person

Extra charge for accommodation in SINGLE rooms in Barentsburg:

1 200 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

  • Beer tasting

Activities:

  • Guided tour around Barentsburg

  • Excursion in the ArtArctic Gallery

  • Snowmobile trip to Starostin hut and Isfjord Radio

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

  • 1 a-la carte dinner

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

  • Souvenirs

  • Individual travel insurance

ADDITIONAL SERVICES:

Optional activities:

  • Dog sledding – 690 NOK / Person

  • Tour to the Mine - 450 NOK / Person

  • Handicraft Center – 150 NOK / Person

 
 
 
Boundless Arctic day 1
 
DAY 1 • FRIDAY

 

  • 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

 

 

Barentsburg is the warmest place in the Arctic as you feel at home as soon as you arrive. On the tour, your guide will get you acquainted with the town stories of then and now and you will live through traditions of the locals. While in the ArtArctic Gallery, you’ll follow the history from Willem Barents to present-day and will go back to the roots of Svalbard discovery.

 

  • Dinner in the bar, restaurant and brewery Red Bear, tasting of local beer

 

To summarize the impressions of the day you’ll head to the first brewery on Svalbard – Red Bear, where you will taste locally made beer brewed on water from the glacier lake Stemme located across the fjord. You will find out what sorts are there and define which one is your favorite.

 

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 dis-covered and opened Svalbard in 1596. Our menu includes dishes made with Arctic fish species that we catch ourselves in waters near Barentsburg (cod, haddock, wolffish, and the Arctic char), and the product is completely prepared with our own hands.

Barentsburg is the Russian «capital» of Svalbard. It is a town of Arctic stories written by Dutch explorers, Russian and Norwegian trappers, American and German merchants, adventurers, Soviet builders of communism and Russian miners. Barentsburg was founded in 1921 by the Dutch as a coal-mining settlement. Since 1931 it has been under the State Trust «Arcticugol» administration. The population is approximately 500 people.

Boundless Arctic Day 2
DAY 2 • SATURDAY
  • Breakfast in the hotel

 

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

 

  • Arrival in Barentsburg

 

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

 

You may visit the Handicraft Center for the traditional Russian workshop and make a souvenir with your own hands. Also you will be able to enjoy the sauna of the hotel after the intense trip or just rest before the dinner. At extra cost.

 

  • A-la carte dinner in one of the restaurants (at extra cost)

 

  • 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 • SUNDAY

 

It is the only operating coal mine in the world where you can get into with a tour. You can see cooperation between man and nature, mechanisms of getting into the ground depth and mine reinforcement. The tour is guided by a real miner so that you will get first-hand knowledge.

 

  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

 

 

The Husky Center is unique because we have almost all the Arctic sled dog breeds. This is a place where images of the pole exploration by Amundsen and Peary take on life right in front of you. You can try yourself as a real musher and go for dog sledding along the shore of Grønfjorden to see one of the most breathtaking views around. (5-7 km, at extra cost).

 

  • 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.

 

 

  • 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 Husky Center would probably be the cutest and fluffiest location in Barentsburg. 80 doghouses on the Grønfjorden shore stand against the background of the magnificent Esmark glacier (Esmarkbreen). When we started the project, we soon realized that there is plenty of various North sled dog breeds and at different times they all were actively involved in the exploration of the Arctic and dog sledding sport. Thus we had an idea to create a project of the kennel with all the Arctic sled dog breeds. Nowadays, there is no kennel of the sort. Our task is ambitious but so far, we've been doing pretty well.

*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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Barentsburg Hotel
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Comfortable accommodation in Barentsburg

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