Snowscooter tour «Svalbard Stories»

Dates in 2021:

08.02 - 11.02; 15.02 - 18.02; 22.02 - 25.02; 01.03 - 04.03; 08.03 - 11.03; 15.03 - 18.03; 22.03 - 25.03; 29.03 - 01.04; 05.04 - 08.04; 12.04 - 15.04; 19.04 - 22.04; 26.04 - 29.04; 03.05 - 06.05

Duration: 4 days

Tour price:
17 690 NOK/ person - Driver on the snowscooter (one person on the snowscooter)
12 690 NOK/ per person - 2 persons on the snowscooter​

Tour price for kids:
from 8 to 12 y.o. as a passenger – upon request
from 12 to 14 y.o. as a passenger – upon request

Total snowmobiling distance:  400-450 km

Day 1.  Longyearbyen – Todalen — Colesdalen – Grøndalen – Barentsburg.

 Arrive in Longyearbyen, “the capital” of Spitsbergen, daytime flight.

Longyearbyen (also Longyear) —  the administrative centre of Spitsbergen, the northernmost settlement with the number of inhabitants more than 1 000 (about 2 000 people) and the northernmost airport in the world.

Transfer from the airport to “Russky dom”, “Russian house” – the office of our travel company “Grumant” in Longyearbyen. Lunch, brief information about program, short safety training and snowmobile driving instructions, getting outfit and packing belonings.

Snowmobiling on the route: Longyearbyen – Todalen — Colesdalen – Grøndalen – Barentsburg.

Total distance – 70 km, duration: 3-4 hours

Barentsburg – Russian “capital” of Spitsbergen, the coal-mining settlement founded in 1921 by the Dutch company. Since 1931 belongs to Trust “Arcticugol”. Barentsburg nowadays is the arctic coal-mining settlement with the northernmost Russian mine, as well as attractive touristic place, where history and traditions meet modern Arctic development. Population of Barentsburg – 500 inhabitants including about 70 children.

Arrive in Barentsburg, accommodation in double rooms in Barentsburg Hotel

Sightseeing guided tour

Dinner at the hotel 

Day 2. Barentsburg — Isfjord Radio – Starostin Cape- Barentsburg

Breakfast at the hotel

Snowmobiling on the route: Barentsburg — Isfjord Radio – Starostin Cape- Barentsburg

Circle route with diverse terrain and picturesque Arctic views.  Total distance – 95-120 km (depending on the weather condition, ice and snow cover and preparedness of the group), duration – about 7-8 hours with lunch stop in the cozy Isfjord Radio restaurant.

Isfjord Radio – shore radio and meteorological station in the Cape Linné. A century ago it became the link between the archipelago and the mainland, acting as a navigation system and collecting meteorological data. Nowadays the station is completely automatically-controlled, and the cozy hotel and restaurant is arranged inside.

Cape Starostin, Kapp Starostin – attractive, picturesque place with a special atmosphere. It got its name after legendary pomor trapper Ivan Starostin, who spent 39 winters in Spitsbergen and the last 15 years never left the archipelago. His main habitat was at the mouth of river Russekeila, close to Gronfjord. Our guides will show you the reconstruction of Starostin winter camp and pomor funeral cross, you have a look around a functioning cabin. One interesting fact – Cape Starostin and its surroundings became the location during the shoot of Norwegian movie “Operasjon “Arktis”.

Return to Barentsburg. Visit our museum dedicated to Pomor culture and history of Spitsbergen and Arctic discovery. Except the main archeological exhibition devoted to pomor trappers and Russian arctic explorers of 16-19 centuries, you have a chance to see the unique items of Willem Barents expedition 1596 year and Art Arctic Gallery.

Dinner at our famous brewery bar and restaurant “Krasniy medved” (“Red bear”). You will taste the northernmost freshly-made Russian beer and traditional Russian cuisine, will try local codfish from Gronfjord.

Day 3. Glaciers and Fjords

Breakfast at the hotel

Snowmobiling. Lunch stop 

Depending on the weather conditions, our destination point will be one of the glaciers: Paulabreen or Fridtjofbreen.

Every glacier has its own unique beauty, as well as the routes itself.​

Paulabreen is situated in Van-Meyen fjord close to the conserved mining settlement Sveagruva. The itinerary goes through wide valleys to the top of the Shlakbreen glacier plateau, go down to the fjord, and then will reach the the Paulabrin glacier. The route will take 8-10 hours, its length is about 200 km. We prefer this trip in calm weather and good visibility 

Fritjofbrin glacier is located closer to Barentsburg. The road runs on a more expressive and varied terrain than previous route and takes from 6 to 8 hours. The distance of the route is about 100 to 140 km, depending on the weather condition.​​

Dinner at the hotel​

Day 4.  Barentsburg- Coals bay (Colesbukta)- Fardalen- Longyearbyen

​Early in the morning we offer you a tour to the Mine (paid additionally). It is one and the only tour into the working mine in the world! At first we get familiar to safety instructions, change our cloth and take miner’s equipment. Guided by a professional miner the tour starts at the wooden gallery with short insight of the mining history, then through the main entrance we go underground and visit two mine galleries.

Breakfast at the hotel

Free time. You can choose among different variety of activities:

 Visit our souvenir shop and one of the northernmost Norwegian post office, from where you can send postcards from 78 North latitude anywhere to the world

Visit husky farm. It is an unique tourist attraction where under one roof we have gathered dogs of main Arctic sled breeds: Siberian husky, Samoyed, Yakut laika, Alaska malamute. Our friendly and joyful dogs are waiting for your visit. Moreover we provide dog sledding.

Take part in traditional workshops in our Handicraft center: make a traditional pomor protective amulet doll, felt a polar bear toy or make a handmade soap.

All these activities are paid additionally. 

Lunch in the hotel

Snowmobiling Barentsburg- Coals bay (Colesbukta)- Fardalen- Longyearbyen/

Total distance – 60 km, duration: 3-4 hours

In the evening arrival in Longyearbyen and dinner in one of the local restaurants  (KROA or Stationen).

Transfer to the airport for the night flight. *  

* Before the flight, you can stay in the common guest area of the expedition center «Russkiy Dom».

* If you don’t want to have a night flight,  you can book one of the places of accommodation in Longyearbyen, stay for one more night and get a day flight instead.  


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