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From Svalbard to Grumant
From Svalbard to Grumant

Svalbard by snowmobile

From Svalbard to Grumant
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
14 y.o.
Duration
8 days

Accommodation during the trip

6 nights
1 night
Start date
18 February 2019
  • 18 February 2019
  • 25 February 2019
  • 4 March 2019
  • 11 March 2019
  • 18 March 2019
  • 25 March 2019
  • 1 April 2019
  • 8 April 2019
  • 15 April 2019
  • 22 April 2019
  • 29 April 2019
End date:
25 February 2019
145 000 RUB

The vast snowy valleys, frozen fjords and rare arctic animals  —  it is how the Svalbard looks like in winter. The great glaciers occupies more than half of the area of the whole archipelago, and hardly more than three thousand people live here. Become one of them for a week!

From Svalbard to Grumant
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 14 y.o.
Duration
8 days

Accommodation during the trip

6 nights
1 night
Start date
18 February 2019
  • 18 February 2019
  • 25 February 2019
  • 4 March 2019
  • 11 March 2019
  • 18 March 2019
  • 25 March 2019
  • 1 April 2019
  • 8 April 2019
  • 15 April 2019
  • 22 April 2019
  • 29 April 2019
End date:
25 February 2019
145 000 RUB

Experiences you'll have

Tour to Svalbard by snowmobile

You will see the Greenland sea and the eternal glaciers. Ride a snowmobile to the abandoned mine Grumant and the preserved Pyramid village. You will visit the schooner frozen in the ice and admire the beauty of polar bears and seals.

You will cover about 1000 km on snowmobiles during the week 

Svalbard is a part of Norway, but one of the islands has a living Russian settlement called Barentsburg, as well as two dormant villages. You will get acquainted with the complicated history of the Spitsbergen archipelago and learn a lot about polar explorers and scientists who are connected to the island’s history.

 

Photo by Sergey Dolya

Itinerary

The journey begins in Longyearbyen — the administrative center and the capital of the Svalbard archipelago. It is the northernmost town and the airport in the world, where only about 2000 people live.
 

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Day 1 First acquaintance with Barentsburg

You will be met at the airport and moved to the Arctic Tourism Center in Longyearbyen for briefing. After lunch you will get the winter overalls and start snowmobiling to Barentsburg (about 70 km, 3-4 hours).

 

Upon arrival to Barentsburg you will accomodate at the hotel and go on a sightseeing tour of the village. Visit the local Lore museum with the exhibitions, dedicated to the Pomor culture and the Arctic flora and fauna. 

Day 2 The ring route

Today you will have the ring route starting from Barentsburg across Cape Starostina (95-120 km, 8-10 hours depending on the weather). On the way you will cross the diverse terrain, enjoy the picturesque views and visit different places of interest. You will make a stop for lunch in the Isfjord Radio Cafe. 

 

Returned to Barentsburg you will visit the Art Arctic Gallery Museum. In addition to the main archaeological exhibition dedicated to Pomors and Spitsbergen researchers, you will get acquainted with the artists' works and other expositions, concerned with the Arctic.

 

In the evening you will have dinner in the Red bear restaurant and brewery, taste the Northern beer and traditional cuisine.

Day 3 Glaciers and the white bears

Today you will go to one of two glaciers in Svalbard — Paulabrin or Fritjofbrin (depending on the weather conditions).


In calm weather and good visibility you will go into the depths of Van-Meyen fjord to the Paulabrin glacier. The route will take 8-10 hours, its length is about 200 km. You will pass through the vast valleys, further move across the plateau of the Shlakbrin glacier, go down to the fjord, and then will reach the the Paulabrin glacier. 


Fritjofbrin glacier is located closer to Barentsburg. The road runs on an expressive and varied terrain and takes from 6 to 8 hours. The length of the route is from 100 to 140 km. You will return to the hotel Barentsburg by the evening, have dinner and relax.

 

You will stop for lunch on the way and have dinner in the hotel restaurant in the evening.

Day 4 In Barentsburg

It is a spare day in case of bad weather. You will rest and prepare for a difficult snowmobiling trip to the Pyramid village.

 

Also today you can make a unique excursion to the existing coal mine or visit the husky farm and arrange a dog sledding, participate in handicraft workshops in the Crafts center of  Barentsburg or send postcards to friends and family from one of the northernmost post offices in the world. If you want to go for a ride, you can take an  snowmobile route near Barentsburg. All these activities are paid additionally.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

Day 5 Pyramid village

After an early breakfast you will go out to the route: Barentsburg —Kolsdalen — Fardalen — Longyearbyen — Sassendalen — Nordenskiöld glacier — Petunia Bay — Pyramid village. The length of the route is 200-220 km, travel time is about 10 hours.

 

You will stop for lunch in Longyearbyen or have a snack outdoors near the beautiful waterfall in Adventdalen.


You will have arrived to the Pyramid village by the evening. It is a settlement, located at the foot of the pyramid-shaped mountain 900 meters high, which gave the name to the village. You will accomodate at the hotel, have dinner and relax.

Day 6 In the vicinity of the Pyramid village

Today you will have a sightseeing tour of the preserved Pyramid village.

 

Whike snowmobiling in the vicinity of the village you could see all of the Arctic wildlife of Svalbard: arctic foxes, reindeers, marine mammals and the polar bear.

 

Depending on weather conditions, you will go to the Scannskaya Bay, you will see Stolovaja mountain or the ice waterfall Abbadalen. You will have lunch on the route or in the Pyramid hotel's restaurant. During the day you will overcome on snowmobiles about 120 km.

 

In the evening you will have dinner in the hotel restaurant and visit the local post office, which is located almost 79 degrees North latitude.

Day 7 Across the East coast

You will go along the route Pyramid — Nordenskiöld glacier — Lomonosov plateau — East coast — Sassendalen — Longyearbyen (about 190 km, 8 hours). The East coast of West Spitsbergen offers great views of the Arctic ocean. Also you could see the polar bears here.

 

Upon arrival in Longyearbyen you will stay at the Russian house Hostel and have a dinner in the restaurant. 

Day 8 Returning home

After breakfas you will walk around Longyearbyen, buy some souvenirs and if you want, you can visit the Svalbard museum (extra charge).

 

Then you will have transfer to the airport.

From Svalbard to Grumant
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
14 y.o.
Duration
8 days

Accommodation during the trip

6 nights
1 night
Start date
18 February 2019
  • 18 February 2019
  • 25 February 2019
  • 4 March 2019
  • 11 March 2019
  • 18 March 2019
  • 25 March 2019
  • 1 April 2019
  • 8 April 2019
  • 15 April 2019
  • 22 April 2019
  • 29 April 2019
End date:
25 February 2019
145 000 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

The first four nights you will spend in double rooms of the Barentsburg Hotel. This is a four-storey brick building. Each room has a private bathroom, plasma TV and mini-fridge. Half of the rooms overlook to the Grenfjord Bay. The hotel has rooms for drying clothes and shoes. On the ground floor there is a bar, a restaurant and a post office where you can also buy souvenirs.

 

On the fifth day you will move to the Pyramid Hotel, located at the same named village. You will spend two more nights here. The hotel is located in the former hotel of the mine. Like the whole village, it was conserved in 1998, when the the miners left the settlement. The hotel was opened in 2013, preserving the entourage of the soviet era. Some double rooms are combined in blocks. Each block has a large entrance hall, two double rooms and a toilet. Shower room is located on the ground floor.

 

On the seventh day of the trip you will stay in Russian house Hostel. You will accomodate in the triple rooms with bunk beds. There are a spacious dining room with kitchen, two showers and three bathrooms at the hostel. From the panoramic windows you can see the whole Longyearbyen. 

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Common questions

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What equipment is provided +

You will drive a Ski-doo or Lynx snowmobile.

Meals +

You will have three meals a day in hotels, restaurants and on the route.

Can I take part? +

Participation in the tour implies the ability to drive a snowmobile. We recommend this trip if you have the previous experience of snowmobiling or driving any other vehicles. At the same time, the route is made according to the principle «from simple to complex».

Can children take part +

Children from 14 to 16 years old can participate as passengers. The cost is 116 000 rubles per person.

What will the weather be like +

The climate of Svalbard is moderate and mild for the Arctic thaks to the warm Gulf stream, which is passed not far from the West Spitsbergen island and Isfjord. The average temperature is -19⁰С in March and -13⁰С in April. The long polar night ends by mid-February, and the polar day comes in early April.

What should I bring with me? +
  • Woolen underwear 
  • 2 layers of woolen socks 
  • Jacket and pants (wool, fleece, etc.) 
  • Windproof mask 
  • Thin gloves and windproof hat 
  • Warm winter boots for walking 
  • Windproof jacket and pants for walking around the town 
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera equipment and binoculars 
  • Contact lenses or goggles with spec lenses (if you have poor eyesight)

Booking

From Svalbard to Grumant

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 14 y.o.
Duration
8 days

Accommodation during the trip

6 nights
1 night
145 000 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • Accommodation according to the programm

  • Full board 

  • Transfer from the airport to Longyearbyen and back

  • Activities and excursions according to the itinerary

  • Snowmobile rental (Ski-doo, Lynx), 2 pax on a snowmobile; fuel 

  • Rental of winter overalls, boots, gloves and a helmet 

  • English-speaking guide 

  • Insurance covering research and rescue, evacuation costs in case of emergency 

Extra charge:
  • Flights to/from Longyearbyen 

  • 1 pax on a snowmobile, valid driving license is a must (+50 000 RUB)

  • Single accomodation in Barentsburg and Pyramiden (+13 600 RUB per person), DBL accommodation in a SUITE/room with a double bed in Barentsburg and Pyramiden (+4800 RUB per person)

  • Additional accomodation at the hotel (in case of arrival the day before or departure the day after the end of the program)

  • Medical insurance

  • Sauna at the Barentsburg Hotel, 2 hours (+500 NOK for a group of 5 people)

  • Excursion to the operating mine in Barentsburg (+390 NOK per person)

  • Excursion to the husky farm (+80 NOK per person), dog sledding for 1.5-2 hours (+390 NOK per person.)

  • Workshops in Barentsburg (+120 NOK per person)

  • Entrance ticket to Svalbard museum in Longyearbyen (+90 NOK per person)

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • Accommodation according to the programm

  • Full board 

  • Transfer from the airport to Longyearbyen and back

  • Activities and excursions according to the itinerary

  • Snowmobile rental (Ski-doo, Lynx), 2 pax on a snowmobile; fuel 

  • Rental of winter overalls, boots, gloves and a helmet 

  • English-speaking guide 

  • Insurance covering research and rescue, evacuation costs in case of emergency 

  • Flights to/from Longyearbyen 

  • 1 pax on a snowmobile, valid driving license is a must (+50 000 RUB)

  • Single accomodation in Barentsburg and Pyramiden (+13 600 RUB per person), DBL accommodation in a SUITE/room with a double bed in Barentsburg and Pyramiden (+4800 RUB per person)

  • Additional accomodation at the hotel (in case of arrival the day before or departure the day after the end of the program)

  • Medical insurance

  • Sauna at the Barentsburg Hotel, 2 hours (+500 NOK for a group of 5 people)

  • Excursion to the operating mine in Barentsburg (+390 NOK per person)

  • Excursion to the husky farm (+80 NOK per person), dog sledding for 1.5-2 hours (+390 NOK per person.)

  • Workshops in Barentsburg (+120 NOK per person)

  • Entrance ticket to Svalbard museum in Longyearbyen (+90 NOK per person)

18 Feb 2019, Mon — 25 Feb 2019, Mon
145 000 RUB
25 Feb 2019, Mon — 4 Mar 2019, Mon
145 000 RUB
4 Mar 2019, Mon — 11 Mar 2019, Mon
145 000 RUB
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