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 3 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.
3 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: 3 days / 2 nights
Starts every Friday
Available for children from 12 y/o
Comfortable hotel accommodation
TRAVEL DATES IN 2023:
TOUR PRICE PER PERSON:
Extra charge for single accommodation:
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- Transfer from/to your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen
- 2 nights in the hotel Pyramiden
- Breakfast on day 2, 3
- Lunches on the Days 1-3 (in the restaurant or in the field)
- 1 dinner in the restaurant
- 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
- 1 dinner a-la-carte on the day 2
- Alcohol drinks and dishes/drinks beyond the tour program
- Other additional services
- Individual travel insurance policy
1600 NOK / 2 hours
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 • Friday
9:00 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 by open Polarcirkel boats to Pyramiden by route: Longyearbyen – Skansbukta – Pyramiden
Lunch in the field
This day is dedicated to the bays and the sea. You will enjoy the picturesque variety of landscapes of the Northern Shore of Isfjorden and have a chance to see the sea mammals like walruses, seals and whales. It will be one of the most exciting days of the whole trip. Pure wildlife is around!
Arrival in Pyramiden, check-in in the hotel, unpacking
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
Then, before you have dinner and 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.
DAY 2 • SATURDAY
Breakfast in the hotel restaurant
Hiking to the Pyramiden mountain / 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.
Lunch in the field or in the hotel restaurant
Dinner a-la carte in the hotel restaurant (at extra cost)
Overnight in the hotel Pyramiden
DAY 3 • SUNDAY
Breakfast in the hotel restaurant
Short hiking in the surroundings
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.
Visit to the Souvenir Shop
Departure to Longyearbyen by open boats with a stop-over at Brucebyen and 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.
Depending on weather conditions, on the way to Longyearbyen you will also have a chance to visit Brucebyen, an abandoned settlement located in front of Pyramiden, across Billefjorden
Lunch in the field
Arrival in Longyearbyen
Transfer to your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen
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.
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.
Comfortable accommodation in Pyramiden