|Season (8 June 2020 - 7 Sept 2020)|
Come and get the real and fully-fledged Adventure-week on Svalbard, the land of the midnight sun! On the trip you will visit 3 towns where each is different and has its own story. Longyearbyen is the Norwegian capital of the archipelago with an airport situated near the town it is the first point you reach on Svalbard. Then it goes to Barentsburg – Little Russia on Svalbard, a town of the Arctic stories where you will warm up with a heat of hospitality and get to know old traditions of Russian hunters from the North. And finally, Arctic time-machine back to USSR, an open-air museum and a town «frozen» in time – Pyramiden.
When the adventure begins, you will go across the endless fjords by open RIB boats to see diverse and eternal glacier walls, you will walk along the untouched paths and reach the top of mountains to see the beauty from above, you'll meet almost all the Arctic sled dog breeds in the husky kennel and paddle in kayaks in the peaceful natural landscapes you've never seen before.
It's time to expand your horizons!
About the tour:
- Norwegian- and English-speaking guides will accompany you throughout the whole tour from start to finish.
- Departures every Monday
- Small groups with no more than 6 persons in each group.
- bus transfers from/to your place of accommodation (or to the airport) in Longyearbyen on Day 1 and Day 7
- Activities and boat transport by open RIB boats PolarCirkel (Barentsburg, Pyramiden, Isfjord Radio Station, Nordenskiöld glacier, Colesbay)
- Accommodation according to the program (6 nights)
- Meals according to the program (6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinners, 1 beer tasting)
- 3 guided tours around the settlements: Barentsburg, Pyramiden and Longyearbyen
- Visit to the husky kennel in Barentsburg
- Kayaking trip in Grønfjorden
- Movie show in the film stock cinema
- Daily walking trip in surroundings in Pyramiden
- Rent of survival suite Helly Hansen and safety equipment incl. portable radio set, satellite phone, GPS-navigator, warning bacon, etc.
- Insurance covering search and rescue, evacuation costs in case of emergency
Day 0. Sunday
Arrival in Longyearbyen by one of the day, evening or night flights from Oslo or Tromso.*
*You need to book a place of accommodation in Longyearbyen for this night at extra cost. You can book a room in the guesthouse Russkiy dom as well
Day 1. Monday
The day starts at 8:30 when our guides will meet you, pick you up at your hotel in Longyearbyen and drive to the expedition center Russkiy Dom ("Russian House"). You will go through the briefing prep of the safety and technique rules and will get into the special suits. We will head to the harbour to our open RIB boat to travel to Barentsburg, across the second biggest fjord of Svalbard – Isfjord. Upon arrival, the warm lunch will be served in the restaurant and after you will go for a guided tour around the town to hear the stories of then and now and to visit our husky kennel. Optionally, you can even try yourself as a real musher and do dog sledding on wheels. Now it's time for dinner in the brewery, restaurant and bar Red Bear where you'll taste a locally made beer brewed on the glacier lake water and the English malt. Overnight in the hotel Barentsburg.
Day 2. Tuesday
After breakfast we will have a trip by open RIB boats along picturesque shores of Isfjorden. In case of weather permitting, 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. The place is full of history! After a picnic, we will visit a former shore radio and weather station Isfjord radio and then head back to Barentsburg. In the evening, 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. Overnight in the hotel Barentsburg.
Day 3. Wednesday
This day there is an option to visit the mine of Barentsburg. It is the only operating coal mine in the world where you can get into with a tour. In the afternoon, join us on a real adventure! - go for the kayaking trip in Grønfjorden. This will give you a chance to dip into the incredible ecosystem and to see it from a 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. Overnight in the hotel Barentsburg.
Day 4. Thursday
Today we will leave Barentsburg and go back to Longyearbyen. On the way when weather permitting, it could be possible to reach Esmark glacier with a 20-meter-high wall. There will probably be a chance to see whales or seals. Then we will make a stop-over in a «frozen» settlement – Colesbay and then Grumant where was the first Soviet coal mining settlement on Svalbard. Field lunch is served during the break onshore. Upon arrival in Longyearbyen, you will have a guided tour around the Norwegian capital of the archipelago. Overnight in the guesthouse Russkiy Dom.
Day 5. Friday
This day we will reach Pyramiden! – unique place where the atmosphere of the USSR is combined with the coziness of the hotel and restaurant facilities. If the weather permits, on the way, we will enter the Skansbay, one of the most picturesque bays on Svalbard, with a rich history, bird colonies and incredible views. Upon arrival in Pyramiden, the warm lunch will be served in the hotel restaurant. And we will go for the guided tour including a visit to Bottle house which is completely built of glass bottles and has an exciting story behind it. Overnight in the hotel Pyramiden.
Day 6. Saturday
Time to explore the tops! Today we will do 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: glacier moraines and multicolored reliefs – the pure Arctic land is around. Picnic is served on the way. In the evening, it's time for a movie show in the northernmost film stock cinema in the world. A blacken-out cinema hall and sounds of an old cine-projector dip the audience into the atmosphere of the past century. Overnight in the hotel Pyramiden.
Day 7. Sunday
After the delish breakfast we will have a trip by open RIB boats with a stop-over near Nordenskiöld glacier. The glacier tableland is 300 km long and the wall strikes the imagination with its height and colours. You'll feel its «thunder» before you reach it. As soon as we get back to Pyramiden there will be a lunch served in the hotel restaurant and we will pack our things to head out back 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. We will have a "farewell" dinner in one of the restaurants in Longyearbyen and say goodbye to each other. Transfer to the airport for the night flight.
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.
For booking and details please see: www.goarctica.com/summer-on-svalbard-7days
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adults||NOK19,990.00 per person|
Prices may be subject to change.