Chasing the Pomors, soft
The Arctic Archipelago Spitsbergen. Norwegian Svalbard. Russian Grumant. The heart of the Arctic. Only a step to the North Pole. You will see giant glaciers, majestic multi-colored mountains, wild arctic animals: reindeers, ringed seals, polar foxes. And if you are lucky enough you can see the Arctic King – polar bear!
Without long snowmobile trips with opportunity to take kids 8 years old +. Short cruise boat tour from Longyearbyen across the Greenland Sea with a stopover nearby the age-old Esmark glacier to the Russian settlement Barentsburg. The way back to Longyearbyen is also effected by boat. Excursions around the Arctic settlement that was founded by Dutchmen who named the town in honour of the archipelago pioneer Willem Barents. The only one operating coal mine in the world where you can get into with a tour. Unique kennel with all the sledge dog breeds of the Arctic. The first brewery on Svalbard and a restaurant with Russian cuisine. Warm, cozy hotels at the European level 3+. It also includes an one-day trip to the former radio station Isfjord-radio which was reconstructed later into a hotel complex.
During the trip you will hear stories about polar explorers and scientists – Willem Barents, Ivan Starostin, Vladimir Rusanov, Umberto Nobile, Fridtjof Nansen and Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld – whose names are bound with the history of Spitsbergen forever.
Despite the North Pole is so close, the climate is Spitsbergen is quite mild for the Arctic region. The Western Spitsbergen Island and Isfjorden, where our tour takes place, are some kind of Arctic oasis thanks to warm current Gulf Stream passing nearby. The average temperature in March – 19 degrees below zero, in April – 13 degrees below zero. Long polar night ends to the middle of February and since the beginning of April polar day sets in.
This tour is suitable for those who are ready to embark on a voyage of Spitsbergen discovery, but don’t have enough time or unsure of his or her strength. You don’t have to be in a strong physical shape or be an experienced snowmobile driver, the route is easy enough and our guides will teach you everything you need!
Program duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Day 1. Wednesday. Arrival. Longyearbyen
Arrival to Longyearbyen – a capital of Spitsbergen - preferably by one of the day flights of SAS or Norwegian Airlines. Transfer from the airport to the place of accommodation. For accommodation in Longyearbyen we offer our guesthouse Russkii dom but you can choose any alternative place of accommodation either.
Sightseeing walk around Longyearbyen.
Day 2. Thursday. Longyearbyen – Russian settlement Barentsburg
After breakfast at around 8:30, a bus will pick you up from your place of accommodation to get to the harbor. Then you will go to Barentsburg by a cruise boat. During the cruise you will see the picturesque Esmark glacier. Nearby the glacier, there will be a warm barbecue lunch served.
Once you arrive to Barentsburg you proceed with check in at the comfy hotel “Barentsburg”. Then you will have a 30-40 min guided tour around the settlement and a visit to the Local Regional Museum “Pomor” with its unique exhibitions dedicated to the Pomors’ culture and ﬂora and fauna of the Arctic. .
After that you will join us in the short and soft tour to the Cape Finneset which is considered to be a true witness of how this place has changed and has developed as time passes. Along the way you will hear many exciting stories and will see a location of the whaling station that was operating in 1600-1700s and also the first mine established by the Dutchmen in the beginning of 20th century. On the Cape Finneset there was the first residence of the Governor of Spitsbergen operating during the period between 1920 and 1925. There is no doubt that you will have a chance to observe reindeers and Arctic foxes which frequently come here seeking out food.
Depending on weather conditions, the tour to Finneset can be possibly replaced for a walking tour along the shore.
Afterwards you will have a dinner with Russian cuisine meals and taste the local beer made by the best Belgian tradition and on the ice water from a glacier in the brewery “Red Bear”.
Overnight accommodation in Barentsburg.
Day 3. Friday. Activities in Barentsburg
Early in the morning you will be offered a tour to the Mine. It is the one and only mine in the world where you can get into with a tour! First of all, you will get informed of safety and security instructions, then you will get changed putting on special miners’ equipment. The tour guided by a professional miner starts at the wooden gallery with a brief insight into the mining history, then you will go underground through the main entrance and visit two mine galleries.
Breakfast at the hotel.
11:00 You will be offered a guided visit to the husky farm where there are all the Arctic sledge dog breeds collected. Have a great time cuddling our cute dogs and puppies!! They love having guests and their greeting bark may really take a while.
You will also have a ride in komatik, an Eskimo sledge with wooden runners and crossbars (about 10 km).
17:00 Hiking tour up to the satellite station located on the mountain Olaf where you can take some awesome pics. With torches in your hands that help you to light up the way it gets even more romantic. The view from above is incredible: while the sun is being hidden under the horizon, Barentsburg becomes a magical place enlightened only by the streetlamps.
Dinner in the restaurant “Barentsburg”. Overnight accommodation in Barentsburg.
Day 4. Saturday. Snowscooter tour Barentsburg – Grønfjord glacier - Isfjord Radio – Barentsburg
After breakfast you will keep exploring the Arctic. You will make the way from Barentsburg along the Grønfjord shore and up to the Grønfjord glacier. Then you will drive along Nordenskjold shore to the Greenland sea with opportunity to admire breathtaking views that were also experienced by Willem Barents 500 years ago. At Isfjord Radio, a mythic coast radio and weather station founded in the beginning of the 20th century on the Cape Linné, there will be a nice lunch served for you. In the afternoon you will drive back to Barentsburg.
Dinner at restaurant “Barentsburg”. Overnight accommodation in Barentsburg.
Day 5. Sunday. Goodbye Little Russia and Hello again Longyearbyen!
Breakfast at the hotel
Free time. You can visit our souvenir shop and one of the northernmost Norwegian post offices, where you can send postcards from 78° North latitude to any place in the world.
Departure aboard a cruise boat
Arrival to Longyearbyen
Free time in Longyearbyen
Transfer to the airport to the night flights.
Travel Dates in 2019
06.03 - 10.03
13.03 - 17.03
20.03 - 24.03
27.03 - 31.03
10.04 - 14.04
17.04 - 21.04
24.04 - 28.04
14 490 NOK/person
Extra charge for accomodation in SINGLE rooms in Barentsburg:
The Price Includes:
Accommodation and meals
Activities according to the itinerary
Boat cruise Longyearbyen-Barentsburg-Longyearbyen
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
Optional tours and activities
Alcohol drinks and dishes/drinks beyond the menu
Tips to the guide