Glimpse of Svalbard, 4 days tour

GLIMPSE OF SVALBARD

Rush through the first impressions of Svalbard!

This trip gives the insight into Svalbard in winter: in only 4 days, you will travel across the island and visit all the stunning highlights of nature with massive glaciers, endless snow-white vast expanse and various galactic reliefs.

You will fly with Arctic express through all 3 settlements of the archipelago: Barentsburg, Longyearbyen and legendary Pyramiden.

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Starts every Monday and Thursday

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4 days on snowmobile

1 glacier

Snowmobiling experience recommended

Not available for children

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Comfortable hotel accommodation

TRAVEL DATES IN 2021:

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22.02-25.02

25.02-28.02

01.03-04.03

04.03-07.03

08.03-11.03

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11.03-14.03
15.03-18.03
18.03-21.03
22.03-25.03
25.03-28.03
29.03-01.04
01.04-04.04
05.04-08.04

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08.04-11.04
12.04-15.04
15.04-18.04
19.04-22.04
22.04-25.04

 

TOUR PRICE PER PERSON:

Driver on the snowmobile

14 900 NOK / person

 

Passenger on the snowmobile

8 900 NOK / person

Extra charge for accommodation in SINGLE rooms in Barentsburg and Pyramiden:

2 150 NOK / person

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

Transfer: 

  • From/to the airport or your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen

  • Snowmobile trips between the settlements (Longyearbyen, Barentsburg, Pyramiden) 

Accommodation: 

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

  • 1 night in the guesthouse Russkiy Dom (Longyearbyen, 2-person accommodation)

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

Meals: 

  • 3 Breakfasts

  • 4 Set Lunches (set meal in the restaurant or field lunch during the snowmobile trip) 

  • 2 Set Dinners in the restaurant 

Activities: 

  • 3 guided tours around the settlements 

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

  • 2 a-la carte dinners in Longyearbyen 

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

  • Individual travel insurance 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES:

Optional short trips & offers: 

  • Dog sledding – 690 NOK/pax    

  • Tour to the Mine – 450 NOK/pax    

  • Handicraft Center – 150 NOK/pax   

  • ArtArctic Gallery – 75 NOK/pax    

  • Other additional services 

 
 
 
 
DAY 1
  •  Arrival in Longyearbyen by one of the day flights from Oslo or Tromsø within SAS or Norwegian airlines

  • The guides will meet you at the airport and then you will be transferred to Russkiy Dom (eng. Russian House, our expedition center and guesthouse).

  • Lunch, 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

 

  • Overnight in the hotel Barentsburg 

Longyearbyen is the capital of Svalbard. It is the northernmost populated area with approximately 2400 inhabitants, 50 nationalities. Longyearbyen was founded in 1906 by John Longyear and named after him further on. This is a town with a particular temper that has been loved by adventurers, explorers, fans of the North and wilderness.

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.

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

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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 

  • Guided tour around Barentsburg 

Barentsburg is the warmest place in the Arctic as you feel at home as soon as you arrive. You will follow the history from Willem Barents to present-day and live through traditions of the locals. 

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).

  • Lunch in the restaurant

Departure to Longyearbyen by route: Barentsburg – Colesdalen – Fardalen – Longyearbyen Snowmobiling: 65 km, 3-3,5 hours

  • Arrival in Longyearbyen.

  • Accommodation in the guesthouse Russkiy Dom or alternative guesthouse or hostel in Longyearbyen 

  • Guided tour around Longyearbyen

You will get acquainted with the Norwegian capital of Svalbard. You will see University Centre of Svalbard, Lutheran Church, coal miner’s monument in the town center and plenty of other fascinating sights. 

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

  • Overnight in the guesthouse Russkiy Dom
     

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.

Glimpse of Svalbard, day 3
DAY 3
  •  Breakfast

  • Departure to Pyramiden by route: Longyearbyen – Sassendalen – Lomonosovfonna - Nordenskiöld glacier – Pyramiden. Snowmobiling: 115-160 km, 5 – 6 hours

You will a have an opportunity to witness breath-taking views of the Arctic snowy kingdom and magnificent natural landscapes with mountains, valleys and of course, one of the most massive glaciers of the archipelago - Nordenskiöldbreen (Nordenskiöld glacier). 

 

  • Lunch in the field

  • Guided tour around Pyramiden including visit to the buildings

With fascinating historical background and after being preserved in 1998, Pyramiden is now the Arctic time-machine so that you can get back to the USSR, a piece of land surrounded by breathtaking Arctic nature. You will visit canteen, swimming pool and the very heart of the settlement – Sport & Culture House. 

  • Dinner in the hotel restaurant 

You can warm yourself up in the hotel restaurant where the interior has been kept in original decorations from the Soviet period and then watch documentaries about Pyramiden and the Arctic in the cozy lounge zone. 

  • Overnight in the hotel 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, 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.

Glimpse of Svalbard, day 4
DAY 4
  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant 

If the weather permits, after the breakfast, our guides will offer one of the snowmobile short trips in the surroundings of Pyramiden so that you could enjoy its specific natural wilderness and incredible beauty. 

  • Departure to Longyearbyen by route: Pyramiden – Nordenskld glacier – Lomonosovfonna – Sassendalen – Longyearbyen

Snowmobiling: 115-160 km, 5 - 6 hrs

  • Lunch

  • Arrival in Longyearbyen (approx. 19:00)

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

*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. Please note that as long as the tour duration is 4 days and the program includes visits of 3 settlements by snowmobile, there are risks that due to the weather conditions, it could be not possible to reach Pyramiden and the itinerary program will be changed. 

MAP OF THE TOUR
Glimpse of Svalbard, map of the tour
 

Numbers on the map are based on the day count

ACCOMMODATION
Barentsburg Hotel
Barentsburg Hotel

Comfortable accommodation in Barentsburg

Pyramiden Hotel
Pyramiden Hotel

Comfortable accommodation in Pyramiden

 
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