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7-day Hunt for Arctic Adventure by open boat

Embark on a Genuine Adventure Week across Svalbard—an unparalleled immersion into Arctic nature. Explore two massive glaciers, three distinct towns, and countless bays, mountains, valleys, and fjords of incomparable beauty. This unique tour offers an unprecedented journey through the Arctic landscape.

Hike through tundra and moraines, cruise through Svalbard's fjords to touch a glacier and listen to its melodic song. Encounter the archipelago's wildlife, from polar foxes and reindeers to walruses, seals, whales, and perhaps the majestic polar bear—the Arctic King. Experience the last wilderness in Europe.

Visit special settlements that capture the past and present of Svalbard:

  • Barentsburg: A quaint Arctic gem where warmth greets you at every turn, and stories abound amidst its friendly locals.

  • Longyearbyen: A Scandinavian oasis in the Arctic, pulsing with vitality and charm.

  • Pyramiden: A frozen time capsule of Soviet-era life, offering a glimpse into Arctic history.

Experience the dream of unity between humans and nature, modernity and ancient landscapes, all within 7 extraordinary days.

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Starts every Monday

Boat Trip

2 glaciers

Hiking

Available for children from 12 y/o

Comfortable hotel accommodation

TRAVEL DATES IN 2024:

05.08-11.08; 12.08-18.08

TOUR PRICE PER PERSON:

27 700 nok / adult or child 14+ y/o

22 160 nok / child 12-14 y/o

*Additional payment for SGNL accommodation: 1 800 nok

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

Transfers:
- Transfer from/to your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen 
Accommodation (6 nights):
- 3 nights in the hotel Barentsburg
- 3 nights in the hotel Pyramiden
Meals:
- Breakfasts (from the Day 2)
- Lunches on the Days 1-7 (in the restaurant or in the field) 
- 6 complex dinners in the restaurants
Activities:

- Guided tours around the settlements 
- Visit to the Husky Center in Barentsburg
- Walking/Hiking trips according to the itinerary
- Boat trips according to the itinerary 
Guide services

Boat rent (open Polarcirkel boat), fuel
Rent of survival suite Helly Hansen and 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 Longyearbyen
Accommodation:
- Acc
ommodation in Longyearbyen on the Day 0 (1 night)
Meals:

- Meals on the Day 0
- Alcohol drinks and dishes/drinks beyond the tour program 
- Individual travel insurance policy
- Souvenirs

-Additional Services

ADDITIONAL SERVICES:

- Dog sledding on wheels – 790 NOK/person

- Dog trekking – 490 NOK/person

- Tour to the mine – 700 NOK/person

- Sauna - 500-800 NOK / 2 hours

- Other additional activities

TOUR PRICE
WHAT IS INCLUDED
TRAVEL DATES
ITINERARY

DAY 0

  • Arrival in Longyearbyen from Oslo or Tromsø by plane.

Please note that for this night, the place of accommodation in Longyearbyen should be booked from your end at extra cost. One of the options to accommodate in Longyearbyen is our guesthouse Russkiy Dom.

Feel free to contact us to double check the availability.

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

DAY 1

  • Pick up from your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen to our expedition center Russkiy Dom

 

In the expedition center Russkiy Dom the guide will get you familiar with the safety instructions during the sea passage and will help you to fit the equipment and get ready for departure.

 

  • Departure by open Polarcirkel boats to Barentsburg by route: Longyearbyen – Grumant – Colesbay – Barentsburg.

Embark on a scenic journey from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg aboard the open Polarcirkel boat, traversing the breathtaking Isfjorden, aptly named "Ice Fjord." Delve into the rich history of the first Russian mining town on Svalbard, Grumant, and Colesbay, founded at the dawn of the 20th century—a pivotal moment in Russian mining development. Witness remnants of their interconnectedness through a historic railroad, used for coal transportation, still visible from the sea. Weather permitting, we'll dock near these towns at the hut of Vladimir Rusanov, offering a glimpse into the past. Along the way, marvel at majestic bird-cliffs and keep an eye out for whales and dolphins gracing the fjord's waters.

 

  • Arrival in Barentsburg and check-in in the hotel Barentsburg

  • Lunch in the restaurant Rijpsburg

  • Guided tour around the settlement

  • Visit to the Barentsburg Husky Farm

  • Dinner in the Rijpsburg restaurant

  • Overnight in the hotel Barentsburg

Barentsburg, often referred to as the Russian "capital" of Svalbard, embodies a tapestry of Arctic tales woven by Dutch explorers, Russian and Norwegian trappers, American and German merchants, adventurers, Soviet visionaries, and Russian miners. Established in 1921 by the Dutch as a coal-mining settlement, Barentsburg has been under the administration of the State Trust "Arcticugol" since 1931. Today, it is home to approximately 500 residents, each contributing to the rich history and unique character of this Arctic outpost.

The Polarcirkel, an 8-meter-long vessel meticulously crafted by Norwegian shipbuilders, is tailored for Arctic marine passages. With a powerful Yamaha engine (200 HP) and advanced equipment, including echo sounders and emergency beacons, these boats ensure safe navigation. For added safety and comfort, we provide specialized Arctic rescue suits by renowned Norwegian brand Hansen.

Barentsburg Husky Farm stands as a charming haven in Barentsburg, boasting 80 doghouses nestled along the shores of Grønfjorden against the stunning backdrop of the Esmark glacier (Esmarkbreen). Recognizing the diversity of North sled dog breeds and their significant role in Arctic exploration and dog sledding, we embarked on a mission to establish a kennel encompassing all Arctic sled dog breeds. Today, our Husky Farm remains unmatched, offering a unique experience in the Arctic wilderness.

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DAY 2

  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

  • Sea passage by open boats and hiking trip along the picturesque coastlines of Isfjorden

 

Prepare for an unforgettable journey along the picturesque Northern Shore of Isfjorden, where you'll be greeted by a stunning variety of landscapes and the chance to spot sea mammals like walruses, seals, and whales. Get ready for a short hike to experience the true essence of the Arctic wilderness. The captivating melodies of the Esmarkbreen glacier and its rhythmic breathing will immerse you in nature's embrace, leaving you in awe.

Weather permitting, our first stop may be Trygghamna, offering diverse and easily accessible hiking trails. Traverse breathtaking tundra landscapes and wind-sculpted mountains, or stroll along the shoreline in hopes of encountering a seal. Our ultimate destination is the base of Alkhornet mountain, home to one of the largest bird cliffs in the fjord. Following our hike, we'll navigate through "The gates of our fjord" and reach Cape Festningen, a majestic rock fortress crowned with a guiding lighthouse for passing ships.

 

  • Picnic in the tundra

  • Return to Barentsburg

  • Dinner in the restaurant Rijpsburg

  • Overnight in the Hotel Barentsburg

Starostin hut, named after the legendary trapper Ivan Starostin, embodies Svalbard's resilient spirit. Ivan spent over 30 winters here, a testament to his dedication. Located near Russekeila bay, this hut was a hub for trappers' settlements, visited by companions and family, marking a chapter in Arctic exploration.

DAY 3

Today offers a break from sea passages, allowing for relaxation and exploration of Barentsburg. This flexibility ensures a full and rich experience, even if weather conditions require itinerary adjustments. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant before choosing from various activities:

  • Barentsburg Mine Tour (extra cost): Explore the only operating coal mine open to tours worldwide. Gain insight into the collaboration between man and nature, guided by a real miner.

  • Dog Sledding on Wheels or Dog Trekking (extra cost): Experience the thrill of mushing along the Grønfjorden shore, witnessing breathtaking views (5-7 km).

  • Visit to the Souvenir Shop and Post Office: Explore local crafts and send postcards from one of the northernmost towns on Earth.

  • Dinner at Rijpsburg or The Red Bear restaurant & brewery: Indulge in Arctic culinary traditions at one of our two local restaurants.

  • Visit the ArtArctic Museum and Gallery

After a day of exploration, settle in for the night at Hotel Barentsburg

DAY 4

  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

  • Departure to Pyramiden. Day Sea Passage in the open boats by the route: Barentsburg – Longyearbyen – Skansbukta – Pyramiden

 

As you journey past the breathtaking Skansbukta, with its majestic mountain resembling a castle, you'll be transported to Pyramiden, the Arctic's time-travel machine and most northern ghost town in the world.

  • Lunch in the tundra

  • Arrival in Pyramiden. Check-in in the hotel Pyramiden

  • Guided tour around Pyramiden

Explore Pyramiden on a guided tour, delving into its rich history as you visit well-preserved landmarks like the Canteen, School, Kindergarten, Swimming Pool, and restored Cultural House. Feel the atmosphere of enthusiasm and nostalgia in this revived settlement, a testament to the dedication of 21st-century polar residents.

  • Dinner in the Restaurant Pyramiden

 

After a whole day on the boat, the warmth and hospitality of Pyramiden will greet you, accompanied by a set meal exuding Soviet elegance. Later, unwind in the cozy comfort of the settlement, where you can enjoy evening screenings of documentary films about Pyramiden's past. With no internet or phone connection, it's a chance for a digital detox, allowing sincere conversations and pure enjoyment without interruptions from gadgets

 

  • Overnight in the hotel Pyramiden

Pyramiden, nestled at the base of its namesake mountain, has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1911. Initially a coal-mining settlement, it flourished during the Soviet era, embodying a perfect model of socialism in the Arctic. Preserved since 1998, Pyramiden's Soviet-era infrastructure offers a unique glimpse into the past. Today, the town has evolved into a thriving tourist destination, with renovated facilities including a boiler house, hotel, restaurant, and cinema. Its allure extends beyond tourists, attracting filmmakers, journalists, and adventurers from around the globe.

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DAY 5

  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

  • Hiking in the surroundings (10-16 km)

 

Exploring the diverse mountain landscapes surrounding Pyramiden through walking and hiking is an unforgettable experience. With routes catering to every taste and fitness level, our guides can lead you to scenic spots like Bukhta Petunia or the enchanting waterfalls in Odindallen

  • Lunch in the field 

  • Dinner in Pyramiden Restaurant  

  • Overnight in the hotel Pyramiden

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DAY 6

  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

  • Departure to one of the most famous glaciers of our fjord by open boat. Stop-over at the massive Nordenskiöld glacial wall

 

It is a common spot for polar bears to hunt seals, so there is a chance to meet them, but from the safe distance, of course.

 

  • Lunch in the restaurant​

  • Hiking to the goose lakes or to the Galleries of the Old Mine

  • Dinner in Pyramiden Restaurant

  • Overnight in the hotel Pyramiden

Nordenskiöldbreen is an iconic feature of Svalbard, renowned as one of the most stunning glaciers in the archipelago. Its impressive glacier tongue extends into a vast glacial plateau covering approximately 600 sq. km, captivating observers with its towering height and vibrant colors. The echoes of ice breaking off can be heard even from the town of Pyramiden, resembling distant thunder.

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DAY 7

  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

  • Visit to the Souvenir Shop

  • Lunch in the restaurant

  • Departure to Longyearbyen by open boats

  • Arrival in Longyearbyen

  • Transfer to your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen

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.

ACCOMMODATION

ACCOMODATION
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