Back to USSR in Pyramiden, 3 days

Adventurers! Open undiscovered world beyond reality and hours!  
 

Let’s travel through time and get back to the USSR with a full journey to Pyramiden
Just you and a whole masterpiece of nature. 

 

You will have a boat trip to the huge and magnificent Nordenskiold glacier, while a walking tour in the surroundings of the town, it will catch your imagination with “galactic” landscapes and “another planet” reliefs, you will visit one of the most peaceful and picturesque bays of Svalbard. 

You will step into the history!

 

Pyramiden is a town “frozen” in time where in the 1970s-1980s a perfect socialism model system was built. In 1998 Pyramiden was frozen (preserved) but its infrastructure arranged in the Soviet period has come down to us. Anyone who has spent in Pyramiden at least a couple of hours makes a point in this place’s uniqueness. With the whole atmosphere of the past perfectly saved, you’ll stay in the cosy and renovated hotel with original and authentic interiors of the restaurant. 

 

Pyramiden is a real open-air museum with the northernmost film-stock cinema in the world. 

Requirements: fairly good physical form. The trip is not recommended for persons suffering from back pains.​

 

On Svalbard, weather conditions are changing quickly so that is why for the safety and comfort of our guests, the tour program might be changed regarding the itineraries and destinations.


Norwegian- and English-speaking guides will accompany you the whole tour from start to finish. 
 

Groups with no more than 10 persons each.

Program duration: 3 days / 2 night

Day 1. Friday.

Longyearbyen – Pyramiden

- 08:30 Pick up at your hotel in Longyearbyen to our expedition center "Russkiy Dom".

Briefing about the tour program, safety rules and trying on the equipment.

- 10:00 Transfer to the harbour.

Boat trip by Polarcirkel to Pyramiden with a stop-over in Skansbay on the way.

Skansbay (Skansbukta) is a place that hides fascinating stories of the past and is full of various sights: mountain scenery, remaining of the mineral mine, Norwegian lodge and wooden boat. This is one of the most picturesque bays of the archipelago.

 

- Arrival in Pyramiden. Check-in in the hotel "Pyramiden".

- Lunch in the hotel restaurant.

- Guided tour around the settlement with a visit of the Bottle house.

Pyramiden is a settlement situated at the bottom of the mountain and was named after it. It was founded in 1911. It's a town located in between mountains, the huge glacier and moraine. In 1946 coal deposits started being opened up and in the 1970s-1980s a perfect socialism model system was built. In 1998 Pyramiden was frozen (preserved) but its infrastructure arranged in the Soviet period has come down to us. Anyone who has spent in Pyramiden at least a couple of hours makes a point in this place's uniqueness. Today the town is open and it grows as a tourist location. A boiler house, hotel, restaurant and film stock cinema have been renovated. Pyramiden attracts not only tourists but also film directors, journalists, free riders and bloggers from all over the world.

Bottle house is completely built of glass bottles. According to the Norwegian law, it's forbidden to toss out bottles (as well as any other garbage) on the archipelago. In the Soviet period, Pyramiden residents built a bottle house and turned the garbage into construction material. The result ended up to be curious. Since then, the Bottle house has become one of the most well-known sights of Pyramiden.

- 18:00-19:00 A-la-carte dinner in the hotel restaurant (at extra cost).

- Overnight in the hotel "Pyramiden".

Day 2. Saturday.

Pyramiden.

- Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

A daily walking trip in the surroundings of Pyramiden with a hike to one of the mountain tops. Depending upon what the guests prefer and their training level, we offer various routes where each is full of breathtaking landscapes. Field lunch is included.

 

- 18:00-19:00 A-la-carte dinner in the hotel restaurant (at extra cost).

- Movie show in the film stock cinema.

A blacken-out cinema hall and sounds of an old cine-projector dig the audience into the atmosphere of the past century. As of now, there have been two film stock projectors renovated and the number of cine films has reached around 2000 items. Although it had seemed impossible a couple of years ago, in autumn, 2018 the first movie show was arranged.

- Overnight in the hotel "Pyramiden".

Day 3. Sunday.

Pyramiden – Longyearbyen.

- Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

- Boat-trip by open RIB boats with a stop-over near Nordenskiöld glacier (Nordenskiöldbreen).

The glacier table is 300 km long and the wall strikes the imagination with its height and colours. You'll feel its «thunder» before you reach it.

- Lunch in the hotel restaurant.

- Return to Longyearbyen. Depending on the weather conditions, there will be a boat trip to Longyearbyen by a daily cruise-boat or open RIB boat Polarcirkel.

- Arrival in Longyearbyen

- Dinner a-la-carte in one of the restaurants in Longyearbyen

- Transfer to the airport for a night flight.

Travel Dates in 2020

*13.06 - 15.06

19.06 - 21.06

26.06 - 28.06
03.07 - 05.07
10.07 - 12.07
17.07 - 19.07
24.07 - 26.07

 

31.07 - 02.08

07.08 - stop sale

14.08 - 16.08

21.08 - 23.08

28.08 - 30.08

04.09 - 06.09

11.09 - 13.09

​Tour Price

9 500 NOK/ pers

Extra charge for SINGLE accommodation

1 600 NOK/ pers

The Price Includes:

Norwegian and English-speaking guides

Transfers:

 

- bus transfers from/to the place of your accommodation in Longyearbyen on Day 1 and Day 3

- boat trips from Longyearbyen to/from Pyramiden

 

Accommodation:

- 2 nights in the hotel Pyramiden

 

Meals:

 

- breakfasts and lunches

​ (2 complex lunches at the restaurant and 1 field lunch)

Activities:

- Guided tour around Pyramiden ​

- Movie show in the film stock cinema

- Daily walking trip in surroundings in Pyramiden

- Daily boat trip to the Nordenskiöld glacier

 

Boat rent (RIB Polarcirkel), 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

The Price Does Not Include:

Flight to/from Longyearbyen

Optional short trips and offers

 

Meals:

- dinners a-la-carte

- Alcohol drinks and dishes/drinks beyond the menu

Individual travel insurance policy

Souvenirs

 

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9178 Barentsburg

Svalbard, Norway

 

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