Svalbard Stories Vault, 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
Day 1. Friday. Longyearbyen - Barentsburg
9:00 (approximately) Boat trip from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg by regular pleasure craft including a stop near Esmark glacier and barbecue lunch aboard.
Barentsburg is the Russian “capital” of Svalbard, a coal-mining settlement founded in 1921 by the Dutch company. Since 1931 it has been belonging to Trust “Arcticugol”. Nowadays Barentsburg is the Arctic coal-mining settlement with the northernmost Russian mine in the world, being at the same time an attractive tourist place, where history and traditions meet the modern Arctic development. Population of the settlement is almost 500 people including 70 children.
Upon arrival you will have a sightseeing tour around Barentsburg with an opportunity to immerse yourself into atmosphere of the Russian mining town full of various and exciting stories. To solve a tangle Svalbard - Grumant - Spitzbergen, to learn the growth of Barentsburg coal mining, to have a look at the local present-day life - you will have a chance to cover it all during a guided tour.
Dog tracking or walking tour to the cape Heer along the littoral area of the Greenland sea accompanied by the stories about the World War II period, the military campaign Zitronella, the German battleship Tirpitz and the Norwegian cannon which is now located on the shore. There, during a short coffee-break you will have a chance to admire a great view on Isfjord, Esmark glacier and Protektor mountain. With a lunch box stop.
Sledge dog kennel «Husky-farm» visit. 70 dog booths on the Grønfjord shore against the background of the magnificent glacier Esmark. Sledge dogs’ rigid faces that right after the first sniffing turn to cheerful ones with bright little stars in their tender eyes. The kennel is a place where images of the pole exploring of Amundsen and Peary take on life right in front of your eyes. Cuddles and pics with doggies are included.
After such a fruitful day, there will be a dinner with Russian cuisine meals and tasting of the local beer made in the brewery “Red Bear” by the best Belgian tradition and on the ice water from a glacier.
Overnight stay at the hotel Barentsburg.
Day 2. Saturday. Barentsburg - Longyearbyen
Breakfast at the restaurant.
Mine Tour (optionally, at extra cost). You have a chance to visit only one operating coal mine in the world where you can get into with a tour. You will see a war between man and nature, mechanisms of getting into the ground depth and of mine reinforcement and collapse protection. You can learn how the coal is being produced and transported onto the surface. You can talk with a miner, a person who spends a big part of his life underground. You can hear sounds of the underground mine core and feel a breath of the wind going up to the surface from the half-kilometer depth.
After that there will be a hiking tour up to satellite station installed on Olaf Mountain. At the bottom of the mountain at height of 250 m above the sea level, there is a great viewing point where you will see a picturesque view on Barentsburg, Grønfjord and its west coast. You can also take a thermos and drinking a hot tea, admiring views of the Greenland sea and mountains, you can get acquainted with the history of the archipelago and the Arctic in general.
Then you will have a visit to the Museum exhibition complex ArtArctica Gallery which also includes a guided tour. Former consulate-general of the Soviet Union located on a hill in the town centre of Barentsburg, nowadays it is a museum exhibition complex ArtArctica Gallery with the major exhibit, a part of the ship of Willem Barents in honour of which Barentsburg was named. You will see a unique exposition of pomors’ artefacts of XVII – XVIII found during archaeological excavations held on Svalbard. The collection includes: wooden icons, carved orthodox crosses, knifes, wood choppers, chess, dices, clothes and fishing tackle.
- Before the departure, you can visit a souvenir shop and post office of Barentsburg.
- Lunch at the restaurant.
- Boat trip from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen by regular pleasure craft.
Travel Dates in 2019
14.06 - 15.06
21.06 - 22.06
28.06 - 29.06
05.07 - 06.07
12.07 - 13.07
19.07 - 20.07
26.07 - 27.07
02.08 - 03.08
09.08 - 10.08
16.08 - 17.08
23.08 - 24.08
30.08 - 31.08
06.09 - 07.09
5 990 NOK per person
The Price Includes:
Accommodation/ Hotel, Dbl room
Boat trip -Longyearbyen-Barentsburg - Longyearbyen
Activities in Barentsburg according to the program
The Price Does Not Include:
Accomodation in the single room
Alcohol drinks and dishes beyond complex menu
Tips to the guide