PYRAMIDEN  BY
MS BILLEFJORD

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Starts every Thursday

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Hiking

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For beginner hikers

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Comfortable hotel accommodation

TRAVEL DATES IN 2022:

09.06 - 11.06

16.06 - 18.06

23.06 - 25.06

30.06 - 02.07

07.07 - 09.07

14.07 - 16.07

21.07 - 23.07

28.07 - 30.07

04.08 - 06.08

11.08 - 13.08

18.08 - 20.08

25.08 - 27.08

01.09 - 03.09

08.09 - 10.09

15.09 - 17.09

22.09 - 24.09

29.09 - 01.10

06.10 - 08.10

13.10 - 15.10

20.10 - 22.10

TOUR PRICE PER PERSON:

8 900 NOK for 1 person

14 360 NOK for 2 persons

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

Transfers
- bus transfers from/to your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen to the port

Accommodation (2 nights)
- 2 nights in the hotel “Pyramiden”

Meals
- breakfasts (on day 2,3)
- complex lunch onboard the ship (on day 1), in the restaurant or in the field (on days 2,3)
- 1 complex dinner in the restaurant (on day 1)

Activities
- Guided tour around the settlement
- Hiking trip according to the itinerary
- Boat trip on MS Billefjord according to the itinerary (both ways)
- Guide services
Safety equipment incl. portable radio set, satellite phone, GPS-navigator, warning beacon, etc.
Insurance covering search and rescue, evacuation costs in case of emergency

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

- Flight to/from and accommodation in Longyearbyen
- Other additional services
- Bar drinks or a-la carte orders beyond the tour program
- Souvenirs
- Individual travel insurance

 
 
 

DAY 1. THURSDAY

•    08:30am - Pick-up from your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen to the port
 
•    09:00am - Departure by MS Billefjord to Pyramiden by route:
Longyearbyen – Billefjord  –  Nordenskiold glacier – Pyramiden (5 hours)

 
This day is dedicated to the glaciers, bays and sea. You will enjoy the picturesque variety of landscapes of the Northern Shore of Isfjorden and have a chance to see sea mammals like walruses, seals and whales. It will be one of the most exciting days of the whole trip. Pure wildlife is around!
 
•    Nordenskiöld Glacial Wall
 
On the way, you will reach a wonderful place that makes you feel tiny in this huge world – the massive Nordenskiöld Glacial Wall, it is a common spot for polar bears to hunt seals, so there is a chance to meet them both, but from the safe distance, of course.
 
•    Lunch is served onboard MS Billefjord

•    2:00pm - Arrival in Pyramiden, check-in, unpacking
 
•    Guided tour around Pyramiden

 
You’ll have a guided tour in the settlement, learn the history of the place, visit well preserved buildings of Canteen, School and Kindergarten, Swimming pool and restored Cultural House with a warm cafeteria. The atmosphere of enthusiasm and nostalgia will be there with you at the place that has been revived in the middle of nowhere by hands and hearts of the 21st century polar people.

•    Dinner in the hotel restaurant

Then, before you have dinner and get to your cozy bed you will be able to enjoy the evening on the sofas and a screen playing documentary films about Pyramiden past times. There is no internet or phone connection in the settlement, so for some people it becomes a digital detox and the gadgets do not interrupt sincere conversations and pure fun.

•    Overnight in the hotel Pyramiden


 

Nordenskiöldbreen is a signature of Svalbard, one of the most beautiful glaciers on the archipelago and surely, the most well-known one. The glacier tongue gets into the glacial plateau of around 600 sq.km area and its wall shake the imagination with the height and colors. Thunder-like sounds of its ice pieces can be heard yet from the town of Pyramiden.

Pyramiden is a settlement located at the bottom of the mountain and named after it. It was founded in 1911. It's a town located in between mountains, the huge glacier and moraine. In 1956 the settlement started coal production and in the 1970s-1980s a perfect socialism model system was built. In 1998 Pyramiden was preserved but its infrastructure arranged in the Soviet period has come down to us. Anyone who has spent at least a couple of hours in Pyramiden makes a point in this place's uniqueness. Today the town is open and it grows as a tourist location. A boiler house, hotel, restaurant and film stock cinema have been renovated. Pyramiden attracts not only tourists but also film directors, journalists, free riders and bloggers from all over the world.

DAY 2. FRIDAY

•    Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

•    Hiking to the Pyramiden mountain / Table mountain

 
Pyramiden mountain is the signature of the whole region. Its form reminds of man-made pyramids, even though the architect was the Arctic wind. From a height of 937 meters, you will see not only the settlement itself but also the whole region of Billefjorden with its land and sea glaciers, sharpened summits and limitless Lomonosov plateau – the glacial plateau of a space over 600 sq. km
 
As an alternative itinerary, there is a route to the Table mountain (Yggdrasilkampen) rich on variety of the reliefs, closure to the Jotunfonna glacier and a breath-taking view on the town of Pyramiden and of course, Nordenskiöld glacier.

 
•    Lunch in the field or in the hotel restaurant

•    Dinner a-la carte in the hotel restaurant (at extra cost)

•    Overnight in the hotel Pyramiden


 

DAY 3. SATURDAY

•    Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

•    Short hiking in the surroundings


One of the best ways to explore the region is to walk and hike in the surroundings of Pyramiden which is very special and various in its mountain landscapes. There is a number of routes on every taste and level of training.

•    Visit to the Souvenir Shop and Post Office

•    Lunch in the hotel restaurant

•    4:00pm - Departure to Longyearbyen by MS Billefjord.

•    7:30pm – Arrival to Longyearbyen

 

 

ACCOMMODATION

HOTEL PYRAMIDEN