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4-day Weekend in a Ghost Town by RIB

To all the explorers and dreamers! Change your usual scenery, refresh your imagination!
To those who wish to discover the most extraordinary places in the world, you’ve never experienced anything alike. 
Just within 4 days, you will visit a place of northernmost - Pyramiden. 
With the panorama filled with massive Nordenskiold glacier, moraine, mountain tops, the whole Arctic dream is mirrored in Pyramiden. 
It was one of the most populated settlements on Svalbard in the late XX century, and now you can easily get a feeling of the Soviet-style as the atmosphere and exteriors of the settlement have been accurately preserved. 
4 days and you will have an amazing boat trip across the fjords with the great scenic beauty around and stay in the most unique place on the archipelago, which is a real historical «document» and an incredible piece of nature. 

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.

Program duration: 4 days / 3 nights

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Starts every Monday

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Boat Trip

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Nordenskiöld glacier

Hiking

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Available for children from 12 y/o

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Comfortable hotel accommodation

TRAVEL DATES IN 2023:

24.08-27.08; 31.08-03.09; 07.09-10.09; 14.09-17.09; 21.09-24.09.

TOUR PRICE PER PERSON:

13 200 NOK

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

Transfers:
- Transfer from/to your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen 
Accommodation:
- 3 nights in the hotel Pyramiden
Meals:
- Breakfast on day 2, 3, 4
- Lunches on the Days 1-4 (in the restaurant or in the field) 
- 3 dinner in the restaurant
Activities:
- Guided tours around the settlements 
- Walking/Hiking trips according to the itinerary
- Boat trips according to the itinerary 

- Guide Serivces


Boat rent (open Polarcirkel boat), 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 
- Alcohol drinks and dishes/drinks beyond the tour program 

- Souvenirs

- Other additional services
- Individual travel insurance policy

ADDITIONAL SERVICES:

- Sauna

TOUR PRICE
WHAT IS INCLUDED
TRAVEL DATES
ITINERARY

DAY 0

  • Arrival in Longyearbyen by one of the day, evening, or night flights from Oslo or Tromsø 

Please note that for this night, the place of accommodation in Longyearbyen should be booked from your end at extra cost. One of the options to accommodate in Longyearbyen can be our guesthouse Russkiy Dom. Please kindly feel free to contact us to double check the availability.

Longyearbyen is the capital of Svalbard. It is the northernmost populated area with approximately 2400 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.

DAY 1 • THURSDAY

  • 10:30 Pick up from your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen to our expedition center Russkiy Dom

 

In the expedition center Russkiy Dom the guide will get you familiar with the safety instructions during the sea passage and will help you to fit the equipment and get ready for departure.

 

  • Departure to Pyramiden. Day Sea Passage in the open boats by the route: Longyearbyen – Skansbukta – Pyramiden

You will have a chance to visit magnificent Skansbukta with the gorgeous mountain which reminds of a castle.  And then it’s the moment to go back in time with the time - travel machine of Pyramiden.

  • Lunch in the field at Skansbukta

  • Arrival in Pyramiden, check-in in the hotel Pyramiden

  • Guided tour around Pyramiden

You’ll have a guided tour in the settlement, learn the history of the place, visit well preserved buildings of Canteen, School and Kindergarten, Swimming pool and restored Cultural House with a warm cafeteria. The atmosphere of enthusiasm and nostalgia will be there with you at the place that has been revived in the middle of nowhere by hands and hearts of the 21st century polar people.

  • Dinner in the hotel restaurant

 

After the whole day in the boat, warm and cozy Pyramiden will amaze you with its hospitality and warm you up with the set meal of the particular Soviet elegance. Then, before you get to your cozy bed you will be able to enjoy the evening on the sofas and a screen playing documentary films about Pyramiden past times. There is no internet or phone connection in the settlement, so for some people it becomes a digital detox and the gadgets do not interrupt sincere conversations and pure fun.

 

  • Overnight in the hotel Pyramiden

Pyramiden is a settlement located at the bottom of the mountain and named after it. It was founded in 1911. It's a town located in between mountains, the huge glacier and moraine. In 1956 the settlement started coal production and in the 1970s-1980s a perfect socialism model system was built. In 1998 Pyramiden was preserved but its infrastructure arranged in the Soviet period has come down to us. Anyone who has spent at least a couple of hours in Pyramiden 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

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.

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DAY 2 • FRIDAY

  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant 

  • Hiking in the surroundings (10-16 km)

 

One of the best ways to explore the region is to walk and hike in the surroundings of Pyramiden which is very special and various in its mountain landscapes. There is a number of routes on every taste and level of training. Our guides can bring to Bukhta Petunia or to the waterfalls in Odindallen.

 

  • Lunch in the field 

  • Dinner in Pyramiden Restaurant

  • Overnight in the hotel Pyramiden

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DAY 3 • SATURDAY
  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

  • Hiking to the Pyramiden mountain or to the Table Mountain

Pyramiden mountain is the signature of the whole region. Its form reminds of man-made pyramids, even though the architect was the Arctic wind. From a height of 937 meters, you will see not only the settlement itself but also the whole region of Billefjorden with its land and sea glaciers, sharpened summits and limitless Lomonosov plateau – the glacial plateau of a space over 600 sq. km

 

As an alternative itinerary, there is a route to the Table Mountain (Yggdrasilkampen) rich on variety of the reliefs, closure to the Jotunfonna glacier and a breath-taking view on the town of Pyramiden and of course, Nordenskiöld glacier. Depending on different factors the guides will decide which route to take.

  • Lunch in the field

  • Dinner in Pyramiden Restaurant

  • Overnight in the hotel Pyramiden

Nordenskiöldbreen is a signature of Svalbard, one of the most beautiful glaciers on the archipelago and surely, the most well-known one. The glacier tongue gets into the glacial plateau of around 600 sq.km area and its wall shake the imagination with the height and colors. Thunder-like sounds of its ice pieces can be heard yet from the town of Pyramiden.

Brucebyen was founded in 1919 by polar explorer Dr. William Spiers Bruce, a leader of the Scottish Spitsbergen Syndicate and of nine expeditions to Spitsbergen during the years 1898-1920. The settlement consists of 4 pretty big buildings concentrated on a small piece of land. Remnants оf the 90-year-old industrial activity will let you feel through the spirit of Spitsbergen pioneers and «gold rush» floating over the archipelago in the first quarter of the 20th century.

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DAY 4 • SUNDAY
  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

  • Visit to the Souvenir Shop

  • Short hike to the Bottle House and the Galerie (at extra cost)


“Bottle house” – is very unusual house built of glass bottles.

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Such a house appeared as a result of Norwegian laws forbidding the disposal of glass bottles (as well as other garbage) on the archipelago. This is the solution that the miners came with – they converted garbage into building material and created a very interesting place among tourists.

  • Lunch in the field

  • Departure to Longyearbyen by open boats with a stop-over at the massive Nordenskiöld glacial wall.

It is a common spot for polar bears to hunt seals, so there is a chance to meet them, but from the safe distance, of course.

  • Arrival in Longyearbyen

  • Transfer to your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen

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

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