SIGHTSEEING & HIKING
Take a few steps and dive into the pure nature landscapes of the Barentsburg surroundings. Getting in touch with an amazing ecosystem is easier and closer than you think. No matter which route you choose, just don’t forget your camera!
Please be advised that it is possible to go out of Barentsburg only if complying with the general safety rules. Do not leave the settlement area without a suitable gun, signal gun, and experience using it. We recommend tour arrangements so you can have a sightseeing or hiking trip with a guide who will provide proper safety and tell a great number of stories about the Arctic.
to satellite station on Olaf Mountain
Hiking tour up to satellite station installed on Olaf Mountain. Spotting the Aurora Borealis and taking great pictures.
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. Take a hot drink with you in order to admire views of the Greenland sea and mountains with comfort. You can get acquainted with the history of the archipelago and the Arctic in general.
Lanterns that we use for the way are a good accessory for a romantic atmosphere. The view downwards is spectacular - while the sun is hidden under the horizon, Barentsburg becomes a magical place lit only by streetlamps, the Northern Lights and the moon that glitters in the snow.
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
to Cape Heer
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 upon the 12-14 m height. There is a nice view from here to the picturesque Isfjord famous for plenty of wildlife. On our way up we pass tiny Cape Festningen with a lighthouse showing the entrance to Grønfjord, a canon from the Norwegian warship and an active Russian helicopter station. We will also enjoy the wild and grandiose nature around with a great chance to watch seals, walruses, reindeer, and Arctic foxes. Sandwiches and a warm drink on the way.
In wintertime, we offer this as a snowshoe tour.
Duration: 3-4 hours
to Cape Finneset
In translation from Norwegian Finneset means «a good place», such a place cannot be empty in the Arctic. There was a whaling factory here, the first radio station of the archipelago and the administration office of the Governor of Svalbard. Nowadays, there is some part of constructions left from the passed times including traces of the whaling station.
Duration: 2-2.5 hours