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Visit Barentsburg and Pyramiden

Visit Barentsburg and Pyramiden

Take a trip to Little Russia in Svalbard

How to get to Barentsburg and Pyramiden

You can visit Barentsburg and Pyramiden on day trips by boat in summer or snowmobile in winter. These trips feature guided tours of the settlements and it’s possible to enter some of the buildings. Both places have hotels where it’s possible to eat a meal and stay overnight.

You can see the small ghost town of Grumant (pictured) from the sea on boat trips during the summer months. This is often included on a day trip to Barentsburg or the nearby bird cliff.

In the wintertime (from February to approx. 17 May), the following companies offer snowmobile safaris to Barentsburg and Pyramiden: Svalbard Booking, Hurtigruten Svalbard AS, Grumant Arctic Travel Company (Arcticugol Trust), Better Moments and Spitzbergen Adventures.

In the summertime, you can travel to Pyramiden and Barentsburg by boat. Henningsen Transport & Guiding, Polar Charter and Arctic Explorer all offer day trips on boats with capacities ranging from 70-140 passengers. It’s possible to book one-way tickets to Barentsburg or Pyramiden if you want to stay overnight or spend several days at these settlements. Svalbard Booking also offer trips by rigid inflatable boat (RIB) to Pyramiden (capacity approx. 12 passengers).

It’s possible to reach Barentsburg and Pyramiden by boat as early as March and throughout the winter/spring if ice conditions permit. However, the ice may prevent you from going ashore, particularly in Pyramiden. The alternative when this is the case is a wonderful cruise along the ice edge with the chance to spot wildlife and see Pyramiden and maybe also the Nordenskiöld glacier in the distance.

If you choose to travel to one of these settlements on your own, you need to arrange a firearm and necessary equipment for polar bear protection.

You can also go on a guided tour. The following tour operators arrange multi-day trips:

Spitzbergen Adventures – tel. (+47) 480 61 091 / /

Grumant Arctic Travel Company – tel. (+47) 790 276 19/(+47) 741 301 28 (24 hours) / /

Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions ( and Better Moments AS ( arrange hiking trips in the localities around Pyramiden which often include a visit to the settlement.

If you have any questions about the hotels in Barentsburg or Pyramiden, please contact Grumant Arctic Travel Company.

You can book all day trips (winter and summer) via our website.

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