Boundless Arctic Express

BOUNDLESS ARCTIC EXPRESS

2 DAYS SNOWMOBILE TOUR TO BARENTSBURG

Wanna see the incredible? 

Spend a weekend in Barentsburg! One of the most fascinating places in the world. The scene of the town is based on tradition and innovation.

This is a place where you will see how the stories have been created then and now. Images of Amundsen and Peary’s pole exploration on dog sleds will take on life right in front of you in our Husky Center. Here, right next to the North Pole you can taste delightful food and a locally made beer on the glacier lake water brewed here in Barentsburg. 

This is the only place in the world where you can get into the operating coal mine with a guided tour. 

The extraordinary is closer than you think! Come and get it.

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Starts every Thursday, Friday and Saturday

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2 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 Thursday, Friday and Saturday

From 14th of January to 25th of April

TOUR PRICE PER PERSON:

Driver on the snowmobile

6 490 NOK / person

Passenger on the snowmobile

4 290 NOK / person

Extra charge for accommodation in SINGLE rooms in Barentsburg:

600 NOK / person

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

Transfer

  • Transfer to/from your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen

  • Snowmobile trips between the settlements

Accommodation

  • 1 night in the hotel Barentsburg (TWIN/DBL accommodation)

Meals:

  • 1 Breakfast

  • 2 Set Lunches

  • 1 Set Dinner

  • Beer tasting

Activities:

  • Guided tour around Barentsburg

  • Excursion in the ArtArctic Gallery

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

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

  • Souvenirs

  • Individual travel insurance

Optional activities:

  • Dog sledding – 690 NOK/Person

  • Tour to the Mine - 450 NOK/Person

  • Workshop in Handicraft Center – 150 NOK/Person

ADDITIONAL SERVICES:

 
 
 
Boundless Arctic Express Day 1
 
DAY 1
  • 09:00 - Pick-up from your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen to the Expedition Center Russkiy Dom

 

  • 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 tour in Barentsburg and visit to the ArtArctic Gallery

 

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.

 

  • Overnight in the hotel Barentsburg

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 Express Day 2
DAY 2
  • This day there is an option to visit the mine of Barentsburg (at extra cost).

 

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

 

  • After the breakfast, you are welcome to visit Barentsburg Husky Center (at extra cost)

 

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.

 

  • Lunch in the 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 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.

MAP OF THE TOUR
 
 
ACCOMMODATION
Barentsburg Hotel
Barentsburg Hotel

Comfortable accommodation in Barentsburg

 
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