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3-day Isfjord Adventure
by open boat

Embark on an unforgettable 3-day journey into the heart of Arctic discovery. Explore Barentsburg, a town steeped in Arctic lore, where coal mining history, local traditions, and endless adventures await. From traversing open waters between Norway and Russia to visiting the husky kennel with diverse Arctic sled dog breeds, including the thrill of dog sledding on wheels, this expedition promises authentic encounters with nature's wonders. Keep watch for reindeer, polar foxes, seals, and whales as you delve into the rich tapestry of Arctic life. Prepare for an immersive 3-day Arctic odyssey unlike any other


Starts on Monday


Boat Trip


Esmarkbreen glacier




Available for children from 12 y/o


Comfortable hotel accommodation


Available upon request


12 300 nok / adult or child 14+ y/o

9 840 nok / child 12-14 y/o

*Additional payment for SGNL accommodation: 800 nok


- Transfers from/to your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen 
- 2 nights in the hotel Barentsburg
- Breakfast on day 2, 3
- Lunches on the Days 1, 2 (in the restaurant or in the field) 
- 2 dinner in the restaurant
- Guided tours around the settlements 
- Walking/Hiking trips according to the itinerary
- Boat trips according to the itinerary 

- Guide Serivces

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


- Flight to/from Longyearbyen 
- Alcohol drinks and dishes/drinks beyond the tour program 
- Souvenirs
- Other additional services
- Individual travel insurance policy


- Sauna - 500 NOK / 2 hours

- Tour to the mine - 700 NOK/person

- Dog sledding on wheels – 790 NOK/person

- Dog trekking – 490 NOK/person



  • 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.



  • 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.



  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

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


Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of the Northern Shore of Isfjorden, where breathtaking vistas await at every turn. Keep an eye out for majestic sea mammals like walruses, seals, and whales, as you navigate the pristine Arctic waters. Prepare for an unforgettable hike through diverse terrain, where the raw beauty of the Arctic wilderness surrounds you. Listen closely to the melodic voices of the Esmarkbreen glacier, and feel the pulse of the Arctic as it resonates through your soul.


Depending on weather conditions, your journey may include a stop in Trygghamna, offering easy yet diverse hiking trails amidst tundra landscapes and rugged mountains. Explore the enchanting Alkhornet mountain, home to one of the largest bird cliffs in the fjord, before concluding your adventure at the captivating cape Festningen, where a majestic rock fortress awaits, illuminated by the guiding light of a nearby lighthouse. Prepare to be awe-inspired by the wonders of the Arctic as you embark on this unforgettable journey.


  • Picnic in the tundra

  • Return to Barentsburg

  • Dinner in the restaurant Rijpsburg

  • Overnight in the Hotel Barentsburg

The Starostin Hut bears the name of Ivan Starostin, a legendary Pomor trapper who made Svalbard his home for over 30 winters. Situated near Russekeila Bay, by the Linne Lake and River, this humble abode was once part of one of the largest trappers' settlements on the island. Alongside fellow Pomors, Starostin braved the harsh Arctic conditions, welcoming visits from companions and family from the mainland, as he carved out a life amidst the untamed wilderness of Svalbard.

  • Before breakfast you may start with a Tour to the mine of Barentsburg (at extra cost)


Explore the world's sole operational coal mine accessible for guided tours. Witness the intricate synergy between humanity and nature, delving into the depths of the earth and observing the mechanisms of mining operations and reinforcement techniques. Led by a seasoned miner, gain invaluable firsthand insights into the workings of this industrial marvel.


  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant 

  • Dog sledding on wheels or dog trekking (at extra cost)

  • Lunch in the restaurant

  • Departure by open Polarcirkel boat to Longyearbyen

  • Arrival to Longyearbyen, transfer to your place of accommodation

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.




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