Little Russia - just next door, 2 days
Join us on a unique boat tour to Barentsburg – a capital of Little Russia on Svalbard. Barentsburg gives you a peculiar feeling of times gone by, even though the settlement is now under full restoration. This is still a company town where the state-owned Russian mining company Trust Arcticugol controls everything. A statue of Lenin majestically looks down on us from the highest point in the settlement, and a slogan “Communism is our goal” standing behind. Experience the world’s northernmost fjord-cruise aboard spectacular MS Langøysund on the way to Barentsburg. Whilst you enjoy the view in beside the impressive Esmark glacier in Ymer Bay, a warm barbequed lunch is served onboard.
Let yourself penetrate into lovely Russian atmosphere rich in culture and history. A wide range of activities can be booked upon arrival.
Top of the adventure is Russian cuisine famous all over the world. Our menu is based on the authentic Russian specialties and dishes typical for Soviet Union times. We will be glad to offer our local Arctic beer in the brewery Red Bear! We brew it almost on the top of the world using waters from the local glacier lake Stemme which gives it absolutely unique flavor.
Program duration: 2 days / 1 night
Requirements: trip is moderate and can be suitable to everyone
About 8:30 - 9:00 A trip to Barentsburg by regular cruise boat.
13:00 Guided tour round Barentsburg – Russian mining settlement
14:00 Check-in Barentsburg Hotel
15:00 Walking tour to Cape Heer (optionally)
The tour runs alongside the coastline. Its width depends on the rise and fall of the tide and the Moon’s phase. The coastline goes gradually up to Cape Heer and in 2.5 hrs we can find ourselves up on the 12-14 m height. There is a nice view from here to the picturesque Isfjord famous for plenty of wildlife at this time of the year. While we are walking up we pass tiny Cape Festningen with a lighthouse showing the entrance to Grønfjord, a canon from the Norwegian warship and still active Russian helicopter station. And besides we will enjoy the wild and grandiose nature around with a great chance to watch seals, walruses, reindeers and Arctic foxes which are used to rest and feed along the coast of Grønfjord and Isfjord. Sandwiches and warm drink on the way.
Duration: 4 – 4.5 hrs
Length: 13.5 km
20:00 Dinner in Red Bear Pub&Brewery, degustation of beer in the northernmost brewery
08:00 Breakfast in hotel restaurant
09:00 Optional activities*
OPTION 1 Climbing tour to satellite station on Olaf Mountain
Easy and short trip for almost everybody. The trip starts behind Barentsburg Hotel. After approx 45 minutes we climb up to the satellite station (400 mh). We get known to the station and told a short overview of its role and functions. The view over Grønfjord is fantastic. We can observe flora, reindeer, birds and stone formations (polygons). We strongly recommend good walking boots and warm clothes.
Duration 2-2.5 hrs
OPTION 2 Walking tour to Cape Finneset
Join us to the short and easy tour to Cape Finneset which is a true witness of how the place changed and developed. The guide will tell you many good stories on the way and also show the location of the whale factory functioning in 1600th-1700th and the first mine established by the Netherlands in the beginning of 20th century. On Cape Finneset there was the 1st residence of Svalbard Governor operated within 1920-1925. No doubt that we will have a chance to observe reindeers and Arctic foxes frequently coming here for food.
Duration 2.5 hrs
OPTION 3 Classes in Russian handicrafts
To go deeper into Russian culture you can use a splendid opportunity to visit some handicraft classes in the local Handicraft Centre and make a unique souvenir of your own!! Learn different patterns to paint matryoshka (Russian traditional doll), or methods to make funny toys out of felting wool and other materials, or soap-boiling, so popular in old days Russia. All classes will be interesting both to grown-ups and children.
Duration: approx. 2 hrs
14:00 Lunch in hotel restaurant
15:30 Departure with Henningsen Transport & Guiding
18:00 Arrival to Longyearbyen
*Other optional activities: Visit to the mine (unique trip to the mine which is still in work); visit to the husky farm, dog-trekking around Barentsburg, fat-bike tours, kayak tours, combined tours: boat + hiking + kayaking, fishing in Grønfjord. Duration of the tours: 2,5 - 8 hrs.
Travel Dates in 2019
The Price Includes:
Accommodation/ Hotel, Dbl room
Boat trip -Longyearbyen-Barentsburg - Longyearbyen
Guided tour in Barentsburg
The Price Does Not Include:
Accomodation in the single room
Alcohol drinks and dishes beyond complex menu
Tips to the guide