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Snowscooter safari to "Little Russia" in Barentsburg

Spitsbergen is the best place to admire  majestic natural show - Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights dancing across the sky. Spitsbergen is one of the few places on earth where you can observe Northern Lights throughout the day.

 

Svalbard/ Spitsbergen, is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Situated north of mainland Europe, it is about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. It is the northernmost settlement in the world with a permanent civilian population (4000 citizens). Approximately 60% of the archipelago is covered with glaciers, and the islands feature many mountains and fjords.There is Russian coal mining company which operates on the islands of Spitsbergen in Svalbard, Norway owned by the Government of Russia, Since 2013 the company has attempted to diversify and is successfully developing tourism industry which is seen as the main priority.

Polar Night lasts from 26 October until 15 February. Frequent low-pressure passages and the warm Atlantic Ocean water make the climate on Svalbard milder than in other areas at the same latitude. The annual average temperature in Longyearbyen is -4 C, In winter the average temperature in Longyearbyen is around -14° Celsius

 

Three days tour to Barentsburg

Great panoramic views and historical sights are ahead! We might even see polar bear roaming on the ice! During 3 days we will leave behind over 200 km

 

Day 1: Longyearbyen Russian settlement Barentsburg

Day 2: Barentsburg- gronfjord glacier-Isfjord radio- Barentsburg

Dat 3: Barentsburg-Cape Heer-Coles Bay-Farndalen-Longyearbreen- Longyearbyen

 

 

Day 1: Longyearbyen Russian settlement Barentsburg

After breakfast, at 08:30 you will be picked up by the guide at your place of accommodation, who will take you to our Expedition Centre Russki Dom for a briefing. We will brief you on the planned route, and give you an update on the weather forecast. We provide solid and warm snowmobile suits. At 09:30 we are equipped and ready on to discover Little Russia on Svalbard in spectacular Arctic wilderness.

We start heading through the narrow valleys Todalen and Bodalen. Having made at least a dozen unique pictures in a couple of hours we pass along  Grnfjord  in the midst of magni?cent mountain landscapes, to Cape Finneset  and further on to Barentsburg a charming  Russian mining community. One can say that time is frozen here. A statue of Lenin watches the town and its population and a slogan Our purpose is communism standing behind. But the whole atmosphere is very positive with multi-coloured houses, playing children, curious reindeers roaming here and there and absolutely splendid Arctic landscape.  

We check in at the comfortable Barentsburg Hotel and soon after will be served a delicious traditional Russian lunch. Afterwards a guided tour round the settlement for 30-40 min and a visit to the Local Regional Museum Pomor, special for its exhibitions on the Pomor culture, the Arctic ?ora and fauna. 

In the evening optionally you can have a visit to the husky farm to enjoy socialising with our lovely dogs and pups! All the dogs are Russian breeds :)

Dinner of Russian cuisine with tasting of local beer made according to the best Belgian traditions with glacier ice water  in the brewery Red Bear. Night in Barentsburg.

Snowmobiling 70 km, 3 3.5 hrs

 

Day 2: Mythic coast radio and a workshop of Russian handicraft in Barentsburg: Barentsburg Grnfjord glacier  - Isfjord Radio Barentsburg

After breakfast we continue our Arctic exploration. We leave Barentsburg and follow the coast of Grnfjord, up to the Grnfjord glacier. With the landscape in the background experienced by Willem Barents  500 years ago, we drive along Nordenskjold coast to the Greenland sea. A delicious lunch will be served at Isfjord Radio, a mythic coast radio and weather station founded in the beginning of the 20th century at Kapp Linn. In the afternoon  we drive back to Barentsburg.?

Upon arriving we have a splendid opportunity to visit some handicraft workshops (as an option) in the local Cultural Centre and make a unique souvenir of our own (Russian matryoshka/ soap/ funny toy of felted wool etc.). All the workshops will be interesting both to grown-ups and children and take approx. 3 hrs.

Dinner at Barentsburg restaurant.

Snowmobiling 100 km, 4 -5 hrs

 

Day 3: Good-bye Little Russia and Hello again Longyearbyen!
Early breakfast at 07 am and leaving the charming Russian community. We  drive back to Longyearbyen. Passing Cape Heer, still active Russian heliport, we continue along the coast with many fine views to take photos of. Soon we arrive Coles Bay  by Kapp Laila, on the south side of Isfjorden. After driving through the different valleys and the changing landscape we will start climbing with the snowmobiles up a long hill to the top of the Longyearbreen. The view here is absolutely amazing discovering gleaming in lights tiny Longyearbyen in an enormous Arctic nature.

Expedition lunch is on the way. Arrive to Longyearbyen at appr.11:30 am. Good time for those who have an afternoon flight! Transfer to the airport.?

Snowmobiling 60 km, 3 -3.5 hrs

 

Travel Dates in 2019: twice a month from 09.02 to 13.05. High season: march-april (much snow and much sun), but best season for watching aurora borealis is December-January.

 

 

Tour price: 3 800 NOK (round 395 EUR)

 

The Price Includes:

  • Accommodation and meals
  • Full board
  • Activities according to the itinerary
  • Snowmobile rental (Ski-doo Expedition 600/ Yamaha Ventura/ Lynx Commander 600), fuel
  • Rental of winter overalls, boots, gloves and a helmet
  • English-speaking guide
  • Insurance covering research and rescue, evacuation costs in case of emergency

 

Air Transportation: there are daily flights from Oslo, just 3 hours flight.

In accordance with clients wish this tour can be combined with 3 days stay in Oslo. As a variant one of neighbor countries (f.e. Sweden) can be added to the itinerary.

 

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