Pyramiden - back to USSR, 2 days
Have you ever been to the USSR? Welcome to our Arctic time machine and experience real Soviet atmosphere far in the north – in the ghost town Pyramiden which comes in Top 10 ghost towns in the world.
It was an Arctic Paradise for those who lived and worked there. After the fall of USSR Pyramiden was closed and has since then remained abandoned with all its infrastructure in place, ‘’conserved’’. All the buildings are in a good state and the settlement seems inhabited, but the silence reigns over Pyramiden, there is no living soul around… but the polar bears.
On the way to the town aboard daily boat MS Langøysund you will enjoy the view of the impressive Nordenskiöld Glacier and might be a polar bear roaming around. While on the stop there, you will be served a warm barbequed lunch and whisky with glacier ice. You will go back by the express-boat Aurora Explorer.
A wide range of short tours round Pyramiden surroundings can be offered upon arrival incl. trekking, cycling and kayaking. Otherwise you can enjoy yourself in peace and quiet in a comfortable Hotel totally isolated from the outer world as far as there is no mobile or Internet connection in the settlement.
Program duration: 2 days / 1 night
Requirements: trip is moderate and can be suitable to everyone
8:30 Boat trip to Pyramiden with Henningsen Transport & Guiding
Stop in near proximity of the Nordenskiöldbreen and whilst we enjoy the view, a warm barbequed lunch is served.
13:00 Guided tour round Pyramiden – a ghost Russian mining settlement
15:00 Check-in Pyramiden Hotel
16:00 Trekking tour to the water station near Goose Lakes (optionally)*
The route lies in the picturesque Mimenvadallen alongside Mimervaelva. We pass the Goose Lakes - a fresh water basin which is the main source of water for Pyramiden. We will get familiar to the unique engineering solution because of which the lakes are full-watered all the year round. Snacks and warm drink under way. On the way back we can admire the top of Pyramiden Mountain against spectacular glacier Nordenskiøldbreen.
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hrs
Length: 8 km
20:00 Dinner in hotel restaurant
09:00 Optional activities
OPTION 1 Walking tour along Petunia Bukta
Easy and short trip suitable for everyone. We start up in Pyramiden and follow the coast of picturesque Petunia bukta until Czech scientific station. The itinerary goes forward upon littoral and the natural soil road on the way back. The tour is a fine option to get out of the settlement as well as get familiar to Pyramiden spectacular surroundings. Seals and walruses basking on the rocky shores. We strongly recommend good walking boots and warm clothes.
Duration: 3 - 4 hrs
Length: 10 km
OPTION 2 Fat Bike trip to Blue Lakes
The route lies in the picturesque Mimenvadallen alongside Mimervaelva. We pass the Goose Lakes - a fresh water basin which is the main source of water for Pyramiden. We will get familiar to the unique engineering solution because of which the lakes are full-watered all the year round. We continue our trip upwards and soon have a fabulous view on wide canyons of two valleys - Tordallen and Odindallen. Guide serves a delicious lunch. On the way back we can admire the top of Pyramiden Mountain against spectacular glacier Nordenskiøldbreen.
Duration: 3 - 4 hrs
Length: 16 km
14:00 Lunch in hotel restaurant
18:00 Departure with express-boat Aurora Explorer
19:30 Arrival to Longyearbyen
*Other optional activities: climbing tour to Pyramiden/ Stolovaya mountain; combined tours: fat bike + hiking, tour to the Bottle House, tour aboard the sheltered boat/ Polarcirkel boat to the Nordenskjold glacier. Rent of the fat bikes. Duration of tours: 2,5 - 8 hrs.
*All optional tours are not incl into the package and should be checked for availability and booked upon arrival
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Travel Dates in 2019
The Price Includes:
Accommodation/ Hotel, Dbl room
Boat trip -Longyearbyen-Pyramiden - Longyearbyen
Guided tour in Pyramiden
The Price Does Not Include:
Accomodation in the single room
Alcohol drinks and dishes beyond complex menu
Tips to the guide