Pyramiden - back to USSR, 3 days

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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: 3 days / 2 nights

Requirements: trip is moderate and can be suitable to everyone

Day 1

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

 

Day 2

08:00 Breakfast

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

Bikes for rent are available.

20:00 Dinner in hotel restaurant

Day 3

08:00 Breakfast in restaurant hotel

09:00 Trekking tour to the top of Pyramiden Mountain (optionally)

First part of the itinerary is passing along the roads left from the mining development. Then the route continues along the hiking path. The terrain is getting steadily both rugged and steep, and relatively demanding. Last section of the climb which is a few meters right to the top requires special equipment provided by the guides. Whether you climb to the top or not, the tour is truly an awesome endeavor with incomparable views over majestic Arctic harsh landscape all around… ghost mining settlement Pyramiden,  magnificent Billefjord and glaciers running to Lomonosov plato.  Near the top we will find a sheltered place to enjoy a well-deserved lunch. Upon arrival you will be awarded a Certificate of Pyramiden Mount Winner. 

 

Practical information:

You should be in reasonably good physical condition to participate, and the tour is recommended for experienced hikers. Trekking boots are a must.

 Length: 11 km

Duration: 5 - 6 hrs
 

14:00 Lunch in hotel restaurant

15:30 Check-out

18:00 Departure with Arctic Explorer AS/ Henningsen Transport&Guiding

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. 

 

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Travel Dates in 2019

Every day in the period

25.05.2019 - 10.09.2019

 

​Tour Price

5 350 NOK per person

The price is valid for bookings until 01.01.2019

The Price Includes:

Accommodation/ Hotel, Dbl room

 

Full board

 

Boat trip -Longyearbyen-Pyramiden - Longyearbyen

 

Guided tour in Pyramiden

The Price Does Not Include:

Optional activities

Accomodation in the single room

 

Alcohol drinks and dishes beyond complex menu

 

Tips to the guide

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