Svalbard stories, 4 days

 

Join us on the Arctic journey of variety! On Svalbard, a place which is slightly lower than the North Pole, you will have plenty of things to do! 

 

What to expect? 

 

Adventure, which starts with travelling by open boats between Norway and Russia, Norwegian settlement Longyearbyen and Russian town Barentsburg; visiting husky kennel with almost all the Arctic sled dog breeds with a chance to do dog sledding on wheels and then kayaking across the fjords. You get close to nature: reindeers, polar foxes, seals and whales to see if you’re lucky. 

Gastro, and you’ll taste a locally made beer on the glacier lake water and English malt in the brewery, restaurant and bar Red Bear. Famous juicy BarentsBurgers and rich Russian beer snacks allow nobody to stay indifferent. We also open the Fresh Fish Season with the Arctic specialties in the Restaurant Rijpsburg. 

 

History will absorb you: in Barentsburg, a town of Arctic stories, you will dip into the atmosphere of Russians from the North within the 800-year-old traditional craft, you will visit the former radio and weather station Isfjord Radio built in 1933 and now you still can see original objects accurately preserved. You will have an opportunity to visit the only active coal mine in the world where you can get into with a tour. 

 

Svalbard is different and closer than you think! 

Program duration: 4 days / 3 nights

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


Groups with no more than 10 persons each.

* 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.

Day 0. Sunday. Arrival on Svalbard. Longyearbyen.

Arrival in Longyearbyen by one of the day, evening or night flights from Oslo.*

*You need to book a place of accommodation in Longyearbyen for this night is at extra cost. You can book a room in the guesthouse Russkiy dom as well. 

Day 1. Monday. Longyearbyen – Barentsburg.

- 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 open RIB boats PolarCirkel from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg.

​PolarCirkel is an 8-meter-long boat of high endurance and created by Norwegian shipbuilders specifically for marine passages in the Arctic. The boats are equipped with a large power engine Yamaha (200 HP), echo sounders, emergency beacons and marine radio communication. Therefore, we provide special Arctic rescue suits by Norwegian brand Hansen. It will keep you warm, protect from the wind and give a boost of confidence during the boat trips.

​- Arrival in Barentsburg and check-in in the hotel "Barentsburg".

-Lunch.

- Guided tour around the settlement with a visit to the husky kennel.

Barentsburg is the Russian «capital» of Svalbard. It is a town of Arctic stories written by Dutch explorers, pomors, Norwegian trappers, American and German merchants, adventurers, Soviet builders of communism and Russian miners. Barentsburg was founded in 1921 by the Dutch as a coal-mining settlement. Since 1931 it has been under the State Trust «Arcticugol» administration. The population is approximately 500 people.

 

Our kennel in Barentsburg is unique because we have all the Arctic sled dog breeds. 80 dog booths on the Grønfjorden shore against the background of the magnificent Esmark glacier (Esmarkbreen). You will see sled 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 by Amundsen and Peary take on life right in front of your eyes. Both poles were explored by people with the help of sled dogs. Looking at these animals you can feel a sort of primeval strength, goal-oriented power and natural authenticity.

 

- After the kennel tour, you can try yourself as a real musher and go for the dog sledding on wheels along the shore of Grønfjorden to see ones of the most breathtaking views around. (5-7 km, at extra cost).

 

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

- It's never dark on Svalbard in summer, so optionally, after the dinner, it's possible to take a short walking tour around Barentsburg to get some fresh air and feel of the midnight sun before going asleep.

- Overnight in the hotel "Barentsburg".

 

Day 2. Tuesday.

Trip by open RIB boats along picturesque shores of Isfjorden (cape Festningen, cape Starostin, Isfjord Radio station)

- Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

​- Transfer to the harbour. Boat trip by open RIB boats PolarCirkel.

​Depending on weather conditions, the first stop-over is possible at the cape Festningen where you will see a lighthouse navigating close-going ships and to have a walking tour passing by the cape Starostin to reach the coast of Russekeila bay (approximately 6 km).

​Cape Starostin got its name after a legendary pomor trapper, Ivan Starostin, who spent 39 winters on Svalbard never leaving the island during the last 15 years. He lived at the Russekeila river mouth located not so far from Grønfjorden. There you will see the reconstruction of Starostin overwintering camp and pomor funeral cross and will get inside a functioning cabin. One more interesting thing about this place is that Starostin Cape and environs around became the shooting point for the Norwegian movie «Operasjon "Arktis"».

 

- Picnic.

​- Walking tour in the surroundings and the Isfjord Radio station visit.

​Isfjord Radio is a former shore radio and weather station on the cape Linné. A century ago it turned into a connection chain between the archipelago and the mainland, serving as a navigation system and collecting weather data. Nowadays, the station is completely automatically controlled and includes nice accommodation and restaurant facilities.

- Arrival in Barentsburg.

​​- 18:00-19:00 Dinner in the bar, restaurant and brewery Red Bear with the tasting of a locally made beer brewed on the glacier lake water and the English malt. The northern cuisine specialities are served.

- After the dinner, you can go for a unique workshop in our Handicraft center dedicated to the 800-year-old tradition of pomors where you'll feel the historic touch of Russian hunters from the North (at extra cost).

​- Overnight in the hotel "Barentsburg".

 

Day 3. Wednesday.

Kayaking across landscapes of Grønfjorden.

- This day there is an option to visit the mine of Barentsburg (at extra cost).

It is the only operating coal mine in the world where you can get into with a tour. You can 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 hear sounds of the underground mine core and feel a breath of the wind going up to the surface from the half-kilometer depth.

- Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

- Join us on a real adventure! – go for the kayaking trip inGrønfjorden.

This will give you a chance to dip into the incredible ecosystem and to see it from an absolutely different angle. During the stop-over, you will meet places full of history going back to hundreds of years ago. Experienced guides will get you ready with the safety and technical rules, will tell stories and serve a delish picnic. For the safety and comfort in the water, we use special dry suits for the sea kayaking of the Canadian brand Level Six as well as all the necessary equipment.

18:00-19:00 A-la-carte dinner in one of the restaurants in Barentsburg (of your choice and at extra cost).

- You are welcome to visit a souvenir shop and post office of Barentsburg. 

- Overnight in the hotel "Barentsburg".

Day 4. Thursday.

Barentsburg-Esmark Glacier-Colesbay-Grumant-Longyearbyen

- Breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Packing.

- Boat trip by RIB boats PolarCirkel to Longyearbyen with a stop-over in a «frozen» settlement – Colesbay and then Grumant.

- In case of weather permitting, on the way, it could be possible to reach Esmark glacier (Esmarkbreen) with a 20-meter-high wall. There will probably be a chance to see whales or seals.

- You'll hear about the history of the first Soviet coal mining settlement on Svalbard - Grumant, as well as about Colesbay which served as a port for ships arriving for transportation of the coal mined in Grumant. These two settlements were linked by a specific rail system and the coal was transported in trolleys from Grumant to Colesbay and then loaded aboard.

​Short walking tour (5 km approximately).

 

​- Picnic.

- Arrival in Longyearbyen

- Dinner in one of the restaurants in Longyearbyen (KROA or Stationen).

- Guided tour around Longyearbyen.

Longyearbyen is the capital of Svalbard. It is the northernmost populated area with approximately 2000 inhabitants, 50 nationalities. Longyearbyen was founded in 1906 by John Longyear and named after him further on. This is a town with a particular temper that has been loved by adventurers, explorers, fans of the North and wilderness.

 

Transfer to the airport for the night flight or to your place of accommodation.

Travel Dates in 2020

08.06 - 12.06*

14.06 - 18.06

21.06 - 25.06
28.06 - 02.07
05.07 - 09.07
12.07 - 16.07
19.07 - 23.07

26.07 - 30.07

02.08 - stop sale
09.08 - 13.08

16.08 - 20.08

23.08 - 27.08

30.08 - 03.09

06.09 - 10.09

​Tour Price

 10 990 NOK/ pers

Extra charge for Single accommodation

1800 NOK/ pers

The Price Includes:

English-speaking guide

Transfers:

​- bus transfers from/to  your place of accommodation (or to the airport) in Longyearbyen on Day 1 and Day 4

 

​- boat trips from Longyearbyen to/from Barentsburg 

 

Accommodation (from the Day 1):

 

- 3 nights in the hotel Barentsburg

(Twin/Dbl accommodation)

 

Meals:

 

- breakfasts on the Days 2 - 4

- lunches on the Days 2 - 4

(1 complex lunch at the restaurant and 3 field lunches)

- dinners on Day 2 and Day 4

- beer tasting on Day 2

Activities:

- 2 guided tours around the settlements: Barentsburg and Longyearbyen

- Visit to the husky kennel in Barentsburg

- Kayaking trip in Grønfjorden​

- Daily boat trips according to the itinerary (Isfjord Radio Station,  Colesbay)

 

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

Accommodation:

-Accommodation in Longyearbyen on Day 0​

Optional short trips and offers:

 

- dog sledding on wheels

690 NOK/per person

- tour to the mine

450 NOK/per person

- traditional Russian workshop in the handicraft center

150 NOK/per person

- other additional activities

 

Meals:

 

​- meals on Day 0

- dinners on Day 1 and Day 3

- 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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+ 47 90 60 84 70  (office)
+ 47 94 13 01 28 (24 hours)
 

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