Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

Colorful houses at Longyearbyen

Introduction to Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Explore the breathtaking Arctic wilderness of Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in the stunning Svalbard archipelago.

Longyearbyen is situated deep in the Norwegian Arctic on Spitsbergen, the largest of the Svalbard islands. It was only established as a permanent settlement in 1906, initially to exploit the local coal reserves – the town is named after an American mining specialist, John M. Longyear. Set at the end of the Advent Fjord and framed by flat-topped, snow-covered mountains, the town is home to around 2000 inhabitants, as well as several reindeer that can often be seen wandering through the streets.

Only one of the mines is still working, but it’s possible to visit Mine 3, which was turned into a living museum when it closed in 1996: the guides are all former miners who know at first hand about life underground. The Svalbard museum also provides an excellent insight into the life of miners, as well as the other local industry, whaling. And be sure to see the 24-hour sundial, which serves as a reminder that during summer months, the sun does not set for weeks on end.

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A TASTE OF SVALBARD

  • Enjoy a guided walk of old Longyearbyen
  • Sample delicious beers made with glacier water
  • Savour a number of Arctic food specialities
Price£85.00 - £95.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Svalbard Brewery was only able to open after years of lobbying from the owner – prior to 2014 it was illegal to produce alcohol on Svalbard! Visit the brewery, and hear the story of how the perseverance of this local man changed the law.

Your tour guide will meet you at the quayside, and you will begin a short guided walk through the old part of Longyearbyen. Gain a fantastic overview of the town, and learn more about the cultural and culinary history of this settlement.

As you walk, the guide will point out areas such as ‘Drammensvei’ (the dram road), ‘Melkeveien’ (The Milk Road), Huset, and the old piggery – explaining which produce is locally produced, and which is imported.

After exploring the area, you will arrive at the Svalbard Brewery, where a representative of the brewery will share with you the history of how the sale of alcohol was restricted in the town. The brewery was only permitted to open after years of lobbying by the owner – the beers here are produced with glacier water from Svalbard. During your tour you will have the opportunity to sample three of the beers, along with traditional ‘Arctic tapas’, making this a real ‘taste of Svalbard’!

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately one and a half hours of walking over uneven ground, and there will be one flight of stairs to negotiate at the brewery so this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests are advised to wear layers, including windproof coat, hat, mittens or gloves and a scarf; along with sturdy shoes or boots suitable for walking over uneven terrain. This tour involves a visit to a production facility, guests are asked not to enter the manufacturing area, and to follow the guides instructions at all times. For reference, this tour has a cancellation deadline – usually five days prior to arrival. As this tour includes alcohol tasting, all participants must be aged over 18 years. Please inform us of any dietary requirements a minimum of 48 hours in advance.


AN EVENING AT CAMP BARENTZ (TOUR EVE)

• Enjoy a cozy evening with good food and lively atmosphere
• Experience life in the Arctic wilderness
• Marvel at the midnight sun
 

Price£150.00 - £165.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 3 HOURS
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Get away from the lights of Longyearbyen with this atmospheric evening in the Arctic tundra.

Your knowledgeable local guide will meet you at the harbour, where you will begin your tour with a guided bus trip away from civilisation. As you head out into the spectacular Arctic wilderness, the guide will share with you the history of the area.

On arrival at Camp Barentz, approximately ten kilometres (six and a quarter miles) from Longyearbyen in the Advent Valley, you will be greeted by your hosts for the evening. They will serve you with a reindeer dish, accompanied by bonfire coffee whilst they entertain you with a presentation about polar bears and regale you with stories about life on Spitsbergen.

After dessert, you may wish to spend some time outside gazing in awe at the midnight sun – this far from town you can really feel the wilderness and experience what it was like for explorers here before the towns were built.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves minimal walking over mainly flat, but gravel terrain. There are a number of large steps to negotiate at the camp, and therefore is not considered suitable for guests who have limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please advise us of any dietary requirements or food allergies a minimum of 48 hours in advance. This is an indoor activity, however guests taking part in this tour are recommended to wear casual, windproof clothing and sensible footwear as they may wish to spend some time outside. For reference, this tour has a cancellation deadline – usually five days prior to arrival. This excursion includes visits to environmentally sensitive areas. Please follow the guide’s instructions at all times, and do not walk off the marked paths as this may affect the local flora. For reference, whilst toilet facilities will be available, these may be quite basic. This tour visits Camp Barentz, which is also visited on Tour EXC – Camping at Camp Barentz (W1710 only) and Tour O – Visit to Camp Barentz.


Arctic Expedition, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

ARCTIC EXPEDITION

  • Stay overnight in a tent in the countryside
  • Experience the eerie silence of the night
  • Discover the natural landscape of Spitsbergen
Activity Tour
Price£295.00 - £320.00
Duration1 night
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

Get a real sense of sleeping in the open on this overnight tour, in the Arctic Circle.

A brief journey from the pier will take you to the start of your short hike. Walking with your guide for approximately one kilometre, you then reach your Arctic expedition tent camp. Although the camp is fairly close to the town and you may be able to see buildings, you will get a real sense of being in the Arctic at night. After being welcomed, your guide will show you the flora and fauna of the high Arctic and tell you about everyday life, living in Spitsbergen. You then spend the evening, first cooking together on the open stoves and then enjoying stories from your hosts over dinner.

You will sleep in shared tents and during the night you may be asked to take turns in keeping the fire alight. This is a truly magnificent experience, letting you become one with the true Arctic silence. After breakfast the next morning you will return via the same route back to your ship, with some great memories to share.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? A local guide will accompany you, and you must listen to their instructions at all times. This tour is suitable for most people in good physical condition, but it is not recommended for those who have limited mobility or back pain. Please note that participants will put up their own tents and there will be no seating - you will sit on the floor around the camp fire. Sleeping mats and sleeping bags will be provided – you will be sleeping on the floor of shared tents. You will need to bring an overnight bag with extra warm clothing and you are advised to bring a bottle of water and snacks if you wish. You are advised to wear woollen underwear, a thicker middle layer and windproof outer layer, along with warm gloves and a hat. Good comfortable shoes or boots are recommended for the hike which will be over moderate terrain. Bring along your camera and binoculars if you have them. Please note that the facilities in the camp will be very basic - there is no bathroom, only an outdoor or portable toilet.


CAMPING AT CAMP BARENTZ (TOUR EXC)

• Gain an insight into life in the Arctic with an evening at Camp Barentz
• Spend the night under canvas in the Arctic tundra
• Experience the spectacular glow of the midnight sun
 

PLEASE NOTE THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ONLINE - TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST, PLEASE EMAIL SHORE.TOURS@FREDOLSEN.CO.UK

Activity Tour
Price£400.00 - £420.00
Duration1 NIGHT
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

On this very special tour, you will spend a night off the ship, for a unique opportunity to get even closer to the amazing Arctic landscape.

After a transfer to the Advent Valley, you will join the Tour EVE – An Evening at Camp Barentz, where your hosts will tell you about this amazing region and its discovery; and then provide a presentation on the camp’s most well-known neighbour – the polar bear. During this time, a reindeer stew will be served, followed by a chocolate dessert.

As the evening draws to a close, your adventure begins! From here, your guides will lead you on an easy evening walk, where you will look for the endemic Svalbard reindeer, and the migratory birds which flock to this area each year to breed. Your guide will point out some of the beautiful yet tiny polar flowers which appear during the summer season. The walk will end at your campsite for the night, where huskies and guides will keep watch.

Whilst the sun never sets at this time of year, snuggle in to your sleeping bag under the cover of the tents. In the morning, enjoy a light breakfast and hot coffee, before it is time to return to civilisation and your awaiting ship.

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PLEASE NOTE THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ONLINE - TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST, PLEASE EMAIL SHORE.TOURS@FREDOLSEN.CO.UK

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over uneven ground. This tour is not considered to be suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please advise us of any dietary requirements or food allergies a minimum of 48 hours in advance. Water and hot drinks will be provided. Guests taking part in this tour will need to bring an overnight bag with extra warm clothing. Woolen underwear, a thicker middle layer and windproof outer layer, along with warm gloves and a hat. Good comfortable shoes or boots, preferably waterproof, are recommended for the hike. Don’t forget to bring along a camera and binoculars if you have them, to capture this unique experience. Sleeping bags and mats will be provided – you will be sleeping on reindeer skins in shared tents in the Arctic tundra. For reference, this tour has a cancellation deadline – usually five days prior to arrival. This excursion includes visits to environmentally sensitive areas. Please follow the guide’s instructions at all times, and do not walk off the marked paths as this may affect the local flora. Whilst toilet facilities will be available, these may be quite basic. Please note that this tour visits Camp Barentz, which is also visited on Tour EVE – An Evening at Camp Barentz and Tour O – Visit to Camp Barentz.


CATAMARAN TO BARENTSBURG

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Russian settlement
  • Admire the coastal scenery of Svalbard
  • Sample an authentic expedition lunch
Boat Tour
Price£140.00 - £160.00
DurationApproximately 4 ½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

This tour provides an excellent opportunity to visit the quaint mining settlement of Barentsburg.

After an approximate five to ten minute walk, you will join your catamaran, and set sail for the Russian side of Svalbard. From Longyearbyen you will follow the coast all the way to Barentsburg – whilst cruising you will have a fantastic opportunity to admire the scenic coastline, and en route to Grumant you can observe a stunning wildlife display, with thousands of seabirds gathered on the rocks. As you continue towards Barentsburg, the Russian capital of Svalbard, where the statue of Lenin looks down on you, your guide will provide you with an insight into the city.

Once in the settlement, a local guide will provide a short sightseeing tour. After approximately one and a half hours in Barentsburg, the time has come for the return sail to Longyearbyen. Whilst sailing, you can relax either on the outside deck, or if you prefer, from inside the vessel’s warm and cosy saloon, surrounded by panoramic windows. No matter what you choose, the Arctic views are amazing, and the trip back to Longyearbyen will fly past!

Feel like a true explorer, with an expedition lunch! Produced by the Realmat Drytech company in Norway, these freeze-dried meals are available in a variety of different flavours. For something more conventional, you will find a kiosk where you can purchase hot and cold drinks and snacks (at your own expense).

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, over varying terrain, some of which will be uphill. As there are a number of steps to negotiate, this tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. It is strongly advised to dress in warm and windproof clothing. Remember to bring a hat, scarf and gloves or mittens to help you stay warm. There are a limited number of thermal overall suits onboard, which you can borrow if you do get cold. The Drytech expedition lunches are available with vegetarian, gluten-free and lactose-free options. For reference, the catamaran is not exclusive to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, and window seats cannot be reserved. Please note that Norwegian maritime law requires that a list of all participants full names as per your passport and date of birth are supplied prior to the start of the tour.

 


Summer Dog Sledding, Honningsvag

DRIVE YOURSELF DOG BUGGIES

  • Experience the amazing connection between man and dog
  • Learn how to harness a team of huskies
  • Brace yourself as you take to your buggy for an exhilarating journey!
Activity Tour
Price£100.00 - £120.00
DurationApproximately 1.5 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

This trip is the full dog-sledding experience, where you can enjoy being at the dog yard, harnessing your own team of huskies and maybe even meeting a litter of puppies! Welcome to an authentic sledding experience in the Advent Valley!

Your local guide will meet you at the pier, and you will make your way out of Longyearbyen, heading towards the dog yards. Here you will receive an introduction to dog sledding, before you help to harness the dogs and the real fun begins.

Each specially-made wheeled sled will be shared by three participants, with eight eager huskies in front. All participants will have the opportunity to drive the sled, and to enjoy the scenery as a passenger. Due to Svalbard’s environmental regulations, the tour heads along the road – sledding in the tundra is forbidden, as it can damage the vulnerable plants and flowers. However, the views of the mountains, rivers and historical sites are just as impressive from the road!

After your adventure you will return to Longyearbyen and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please listen to your guide and follow all instructions given. All tour participants need to be fit and active as the buggy driving can be very strenuous. Before booking this tour, please ensure that your travel insurance will cover you for taking part in the buggy ride. Participants are required to sign an insurance waiver prior to the tour. Walking will be over uneven ground. Please come suitably dressed – layers are best and sensible shoes are recommended (it could be muddy). The buggy ride will last up to one hour. The dogs will be happy to see you so may jump up in greeting. This can mean muddy paws! If you are not comfortable with close contact with the dogs, please be sure to keep your distance and notify your guide. We cannot guarantee the presence of any wildlife. For reference, your guides will be carrying weapons and other safety equipment. The tour is outside of the town zone, and these are carried as there is always a very small chance that polar bears may be in the area. Toilets are available at the dog yard, but these will be very basic. For reference, this tour visits the Green Dog Camp, which is also visited on Tour A – Longyearbyen Sightseeing and Tour M – Scenic Walk & Dog Yard Visit.


EVENING AT A TRAPPER STATION

  • Spend the evening at a trapper station
  • Enjoy stories of old over dinner
  • Gain an insight into the Arctic trapper’s history
Activity Tour
Price£120.00 - £140.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included

Are you looking for a dinner venue with a very different atmosphere? The trapper station gives you an insight into the history of the hunters and their tough life on Spitsbergen.

Your host on this unique evening tour tells stories about the trappers and will show artefacts illustrating how they lived in days gone by. You will be served a traditional two course dinner in a relaxed and authentic atmosphere. The interesting menu will help in conveying the history behind the hunters’ lives and cuisine.

During the evening you will also have a short visit to the kennels where you can say hello to the Alaskan huskies, which are a large part of the trappers’ life. You will leave, feeling you know more about the lives of these workers in the high Arctic.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? A local guide will accompany you, and you must listen to their instructions at all times. This tour has a limited capacity due to the venue. Dinner is served in a trapper’s cabin and the Gamme (a wooden tent construction). Although there is little walking, over graveled and uneven terrain as well as wooden walkways, this tour is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs. Basic toilet facilities are available.  Any dietary requirements or food allergies must be informed at the time of booking - at least 48 hours in advance. There is a pre booking deadline for this tour – usually one week in advance – after this date the tour will be on a request basis, and will be non-refundable.


Hike on a glacier area, Longyearbyen, Norway

FOSSIL HUNT AT LONGYEAR GLACIER

  • Marvel at the magnificent Longyear Glacier
  • Find your own Arctic souvenirs!
  • Admire the views as you trek through the Longyear Valley
Activity Tour
Price£100.00 - £120.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Longyearbyen is situated between high mountains in the Longyear Valley. At the highest end of the valley, Larsbreen (Lars Glacier) and Longyearbreen (Longyear Glacier) force their way around Sarkofagen Mountain (The Sarcophagus), close to Longyearbyen. As the glacier recedes, it uncovers fascinating fossils.

Your tour begins with a short drive to Nybyen, where the guides await with their friendly Greenland dogs who will accompany you on the tour. You will then continue on foot past the Gruve 4 mine and towards the Longyear Glacier, where the search will begin for fossils typically between 40 and 60 million years old. Should you find your own fossil, you will be permitted to take them home as souvenirs. Warm drinks and biscuits will be served during the tour.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This adventurous tour is ONLY suitable for guests who are very fit and healthy, as it involves a strenuous amount of walking of approximately one mile over rough, uneven ground and inclines, there will be shale slopes also that need to be negotiated which may prove unsuitable for guests who suffer with vertigo. There will also be a stream to cross by foot and, depending on recent rainfall, it could be ankle deep and up to three metres wide, rocky and slippery so please take care when crossing. Therefore a pair of solid walking boots is a must, preferably with ankle support. Wear sensible clothing – preferably layers, including a warm sweater and windproof jacket and trousers that you can add or remove as necessary. Bring a hat and gloves also. You may wish to bring a bottle of water with you. A local guide will accompany you, and you must listen to their instructions at all times. Please note that the glacier will be viewed but will not be reached. A meeting will be held onboard to further explain the tour, and to ensure guests would be suitable to take part. Please note that there will be no toilet stop on this tour.


HUSKY WAGON RIDE

  • Experience the power of these eager Arctic huskies on a leisurely wagon ride
  • View some of the local sights along the coastal road
  • Keep your eyes open for wildlife on this memorable tour!
Price£80.00 - £100.00
DurationApproximately 1 hour
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

This is the perfect tour for those wishing to experience a husky ride, without having to drive the sled themselves!

You will be met by your guide and their team of huskies at the harbour. Setting off in the large dog wagon, you will spend approximately one hour following the coastal road out of Longyearbyen. The wagon will be driven by a guide, with room for up to six guests; and will be pulled by 12 to 14 eager huskies. Sit back and relax as they happily show you this picturesque area.

As you travel along the coast, keep your eyes peeled for seals, Svalbard reindeer and the flocks of migratory birds that travel to Svalbard each summer. Your guide will explain to you the local sights as you pass remnants from the old mining industry, as well as the local flora and fauna.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves minimal walking, and is suitable for all guests as long as they are able to get on and off the husky wagon unaided, and sit up without support. It is not possible to take wheelchairs or other walking aids on this tour. The minimum age to participate in this tour is five years old – all children must be accompanied by an adult. For reference, there are no toilet facilities available on this tour. Guests taking part in this tour are recommended to wear warm layers, windproof outerwear, scarf, gloves or mittens and a hat.


Rib ride in fjord, Longyearbyen, Norway

ISFJORD RIB SAFARI

  • Get close to nature as you speed through the Isfjord
  • Admire the wonderful scenery that surrounds you
  • Gain an insight into the mining history of the area
Activity Tour
Price£100.00 - £120.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
LimitationLimited places
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Join an exhilarating fjord safari in a 27 foot Polarcirkel boat, affording the opportunity to view nesting seabirds and former mining towns along the shores.

Close to your ship, you will walk approximately 100 metres (330 feet) to the departure point.  Once kitted out in insulated flotation suits, it is time to board your Polarcirkel boat and set off in to the fjord.

This trip will take you past Bjørndalen and to Fuglefjella – the Bird Mountain – where you will look out for the thousands of migratory birds that visit this area to nest each summer. The skipper will help to point out the different species, including puffin, guillemot and kittiwake.

Continue towards the abandoned mining town, Grumant, before setting a course for Advent City and Hiorthhamn. These towns were also abandoned in the 1920’s, and your guide will regale you with fascinating stories from the old mining days, and identify the remains of the mines dating back to the early 1900s.

All too soon, it is time to head back to Longyearbyen harbour and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is suitable for people who are fit and healthy, as it is an adventure tour. The boats are quite small and you may experience some bumpy sea and sea spray. It is not recommended for pregnant ladies or guests with back or neck problems. The minimum age for participation is eight years – all children must be accompanied by an adult. An insurance waiver must be signed before participation. Although you will wear a floatation suit, you should also come dressed in warm and practical clothing, including gloves and hat. Bring along your camera and binoculars if you have them. Toilets will be not available for the duration of this tour.


Adventfjord Kayaking, Longyearbyen

KAYAK ADVENTURE ON THE ADVENTFJORD

  • Paddle peacefully through one of Svalbard’s most historical fjords
  • Keep your eyes peeled for some of the many species of wildlife inhabiting the area
  • Experience the towering mountains from a different perspective
Activity Tour Boat Tour
Price£100.00 - £120.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Kayaking is a great way to explore the Arctic, and your knowledgeable guides will soon make you feel at home on the water!

Following a short transfer from the harbour, your guide will kit you out with all the equipment and clothing you require. After a safety briefing it is time to set off on your adventure! As you paddle away from Longyearbyen, you will experience breathtaking views that this magical waterway has to offer – from the colourful town to the lofty mountains towering above you.

A gentle paddle of approximately two hours gives you plenty of opportunity to spot some of the interesting wildlife that inhabits the area. During the summer over 100 species of migratory birds visit the islands, and your guide will point some of these out to you – you might even meet a curious seal in the water!

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? All tour participants need to be able to able to board their kayak unaided and undertake a short walk along stony, uneven ground in order to reach them. This tour is not considered suitable for guests with neck, back or arm injuries, or pregnant ladies. You will spend approximately two hours on the water, so guests need to be fairly active to participate. The kayaks used will be double sea kayaks - children aged twelve and over can participate but must be accompanied by an adult in the kayak. Dry suits, life jackets and hand warmers will all be provided. Please come dressed for the weather conditions on the day and bear in mind that it can be chilly on the open water – you are advised to wear layers, with warm clothes, solid shoes, windproof headwear and gloves. We cannot guarantee the presence of any wildlife. This tour is dependent on the weather and can be cancelled at short notice for safety reasons (in which case a full refund would be given). For reference, toilet facilities are available at the kayak centre. Please note that this tour has a cancellation deadline – usually five days before arrival.


LIFE OF A MINER

  • Gain an insight into the working conditions of a coal miner
  • View the machines, built specifically for this mine
  • Experience a walk into a coal-black tunnel – lit only by headlamps
Activity Tour
Price£90.00 - £100.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Experience the life of Longyearbyen’s earliest residents as you venture inside an abandoned coal-mine, and learn about the history of these hardy miners.

Your guide will meet you at the harbour, where you will board the bus much like the miners did. During the journey up the mountain, the guide will prepare you for arrival at the Gruve 3 mine, and point out a number of interesting sites, including the Svalbard Global Seed Vault – built to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds from across the world.

At Gruve 3 you will dress in miners working clothes, putting on a helmet and a headlamp. The mine guide will lead you through this historical place, where mining equipment lies abandoned. As we wander through, we will first see the outer part of the mine and its workshops, before being able to enter the main passage into the dark. As we begin the exploration, we will see many of the machines and trains made especially for this mine, which operated with very low ceilings in the coal layer areas. These machines are fascinating examples of technology and were painted colourfully to brighten up the otherwise black world.

In the outer area, the mining company has recreated a ‘strossa’, the area where the coal was removed, which had a ceiling height of between 60 to 120 centimetres (two to four feet). Those who wish to test the life of a miner can if they wish put on kneepads and try crawling through this long passage, with or without heavy mining gear. Continuing your tour, head to the workshops where you can see the excavating machines and trains – as all of the equipment was tailor made for this mine, it could not be sold when the mine closed in 1996, and so was kept for posterity.

Next, you will be invited behind a heavy door. Here, the path stretches seemingly endlessly into the blackness. This is the main road into the mine. The first section has been restored for your safety, and as you follow your guide in, picture the many workers heading through here to bring out the black gold. Your headlamps will provide light in the otherwise coal-black tunnel, as you imagine the life of these pioneers of the Arctic. At this point, your guide will invite you to turn off your lamps to truly experience the blackness inside the mountain.

After returning to the changing rooms, it is time to take off the miners overalls and hard hats, perhaps glad that you did not have a 12-hour shift to perform, but full of new insight into this underground world and the life of the miners.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately one hour of walking and standing, as well as a number of steps, and so is not considered to be suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The mine is not heated. Guests taking part in this tour are advised to wear layers, with warm and windproof outerwear, scarves, gloves, headwear and sturdy walking shoes. Due to the coal dust present in the mines, it is not recommended to wear light coloured clothing. This tour includes visits to environmentally sensitive areas and historical sites - please listen to your guide and follow all instructions given. As this tour involves confined spaces, it could prove unsuitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia.


Sightseeing Longyearbyen

LONGYEARBYEN SIGHTSEEING

  • Explore Longyearbyen with a short sightseeing drive
  • Uncover the history of Svalbard as you explore the impressive museum
  • Get up close to Alaskan Huskies with a visit to a working husky yard
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£60.00 - £80.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

A great introduction to Longyearbyen, this tour takes you to three local highlights – Longyearbyen, Svalbard Museum and a local dog yard – full of happy huskies!

Your knowledgeable guide will meet you at the harbour, and from there you will set off on this easy sightseeing adventure. First, you will enjoy a guided drive around Longyearbyen, where you will see the highlights of the town, including a photostop at the world’s northernmost church, Svalbard Kirke.

Following the scenic drive, you will arrive at the Svalbard Museum, where you can learn more about the 420 years since Svalbard was discovered in 1596. This modern and inviting museum is full of excellent displays showing the discovery, development and modern day life on Svalbard, as well as a fantastic selection of archipelago’s wildlife.

Your third stop on the tour is at one of Longyearbyen’s working husky yards. Here you will have the opportunity to meet these friendly dogs and their trainers to learn more about their Arctic life. Summer is high season for puppies, and if you are lucky you may be able to meet the newest litter!

All too soon, your tour comes to an end, and it is time to return to your awaiting ship, full of unforgettable memories.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking at the museum. The distance from the bus to the dog kennel is approximately 50 metres and terrain will be uneven, and sandy or possibly muddy. Please note that the Huskies are not pets, but racing dogs. The dogs are chained near their kennels, but will be happy to see you so may jump up in greeting. This can mean muddy paws! If you are not comfortable with close contact with the dogs, please be sure to keep your distance. For reference, this tour visits the Green Dog Camp; which is also visited on Tour D – Drive Yourself Dog Buggies and Tour M – Scenic Walk & Dog Yard Visit.

 


Hike in a Valley, Longyearbyen, Norway

NATURE WALK IN ADVENT VALLEY

  • Enjoy a walk amongst the Arctic flora
  • Take in the Arctic scenery that surrounds you
  • Learn more about the history of the Advent Valley from your guide 
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 1.5 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

This walking tour will allow you to take a closer look at the unspoilt nature of Spitsbergen. Arctic plants and animals have many adaptations, which help them to survive in the harsh climate so close to the North Pole.

You will be transported by bus to Advent Valley, where you will embark on a nature walk, be accompanied by your local guide and one of their friendly Alaskan Huskies. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY CRUISES
 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? A local guide will accompany you, and you must listen to their instructions at all times. This is a walking tour, so only suitable for people who are fit, healthy and active walkers. The distance covered will be between a third of a mile and two miles, depending on what is seen and the guide will gauge the ability of the group to determine the actual distance to be covered.  Sensible shoes and clothing are recommended – preferably layers, including a warm sweater and windproof jacket and trousers that you can add or remove as necessary. Bring a hat and gloves. Due to the Arctic conditions, we cannot guarantee what flora will be seen. Please note that there will be no toilet stop on this tour.


All Terrain Safari, Longyearbyen

QUAD BIKE IN THE ADVENT VALLEY

  • Explore the area around Longyearbyen
  • Keep your eyes peeled for Arctic wildlife!
  • Admire impressive views of the magnificent scenery
Activity Tour
Price£140.00 - £160.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Join an exploration with a difference! This exhilarating tour is an exciting way to explore Svalbard.

The magical summer in the Arctic is short, but the sun never sets. The migratory birds feed and nest during these busy months, and it is not uncommon to see Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes or geese whilst touring. Set off on Can-Am Outlander quadbikes through the Advent Valley, following the road past the old airport and up to the Mine 7 Mountain. At the summit, you will be able to see the Kjell Henriksen Observatory, where local and international scientists study the Northern Lights. A short pause will be made here to enjoy the incredible views over the Advent Valley and surrounding mountains, before heading back to town. During the tour, a number of stops will be made, allowing you to take photographs and to appreciate the amazing wilderness and wildlife.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please listen to your guide and follow all instructions given. All participants need to be agile enough to board their vehicle unaided. You will be required to show a valid driving licence. Each vehicle can hold two guests; a stop will be made to allow both guests a chance at driving the vehicle if required. If you would like sole use of a quad bike, a supplement will apply. This tour is not suitable for guests with back problems or pregnant ladies. Suitable warm clothing is required - suits, shoes, gloves and helmets are provided. Toilets will be not available for the duration of this tour. We cannot guarantee the presence of any wildlife.


SCENIC WALK & DOG YARD VISIT

  • Walk through the Bolterdalen Valley, and keep your eyes peeled for Arctic flora and fauna
  • Marvel at fossilised whale bones and shells
  • Gain an insight into life at a husky yard
Activity Tour
Price£70.00 - £90.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Join a guided hike in Svalbard’s untouched wilderness.

Your tour begins with a drive out in to Adventdalen - the Advent Valley. Right from the start, you’ll have a good chance of spotting Svalbard reindeer, as they’re often seen munching on the vegetation found in this area. Turning into the Bolterdalen – one of the side valleys from Adventdalen, you will soon arrive at the summer sledding yard, where you will meet your guide.

From here, your walk begins, following the road up a gentle slope, before leaving the gravel to visit the remains of a beach from 10,000 years earlier. Fossilised shells litter the area, along with a number of large fossilised whale bones. From here, the walk continues on to the tundra, following a gentle valley upwards. In this area it is not uncommon to see Svalbard reindeer grazing here, and during the nesting season hundreds of geese flock here to lay their eggs and watch over their goslings.

As you walk down towards the Bolterdalen River, keep your eyes peeled for rare Arctic wildlife and the tiny flowers that spring up during the summer months. After exploring this area, it is time to head back to the dog yard, where many happy huskies are based. Summer is high season for puppies, and you will visit the older puppies, before checking to see if there are any new arrivals to greet.

Your hosts at the dog yard will welcome you to the camp with tasty Norwegian waffles and hot drinks, as they share their stories of living here year round. Suddenly civilisation will seem a long way away! All too soon, your bus will arrive to transfer you back to Longyearbyen, and your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 ARCTIC CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  This tour involves approximately one and a half hours of walking, over varying and sometimes uneven terrain. It is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Participants are advised to wear warm, windproof clothing, hat, scarf, gloves or mittens, and sturdy walking shoes or boots. The dogs will be happy to see you so may jump up in greeting. This can mean muddy paws! If you are not comfortable with close contact with the dogs, please be sure to keep your distance and notify your guide. We cannot guarantee what flora or fauna may be seen. This tour includes visits to environmentally sensitive areas - please listen to your guide and follow all instructions given. For reference, this tour visits the Green Dog Camp; which is also visited on Tour A – Longyearbyen Sightseeing, and Tour D – Drive Yourself Dog Buggies.


VISIT TO CAMP BARENTZ

  • Head out of Longyearbyen to experience life in the Arctic wilderness
  • Enjoy a short presentation about the polar bears that inhabit the area
  • Meet some of the friendly huskies
Price£80.00 - £100.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Join this exciting tour which takes you into the Advent Valley to the fascinating Camp Barentz.

 

Your knowledgeable local guide will meet you at the harbour, where you will begin the tour with a guided bus trip away from civilisation. As you head out into the spectacular Arctic wilderness, the guide will share with you the history of the area.

On arrival at the camp, you will be greeted by the sound of happy huskies. Your hosts will welcome you into the traditional Northern Norwegian ‘gamme’ – a large, round building with an open fire in the centre. Tasty Norwegian waffles and coffee will be served, and you will enjoy a short presentation on the ‘King of the Arctic’ – the polar bear. Following this, one of our experienced mushers will introduce you to some of the friendly huskies, who are waiting outside. These dogs have been socialised since they were puppies, and look forward to meeting you!

After your visit to the camp, your guide will accompany you for the return trip back through the Advent Valley to Longyearbyen and your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 ARCTIC CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves minimal walking over mainly flat, but gravel terrain. There are a number of large steps to negotiate at the camp, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests who have limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests taking part in this tour are recommended to wear casual, windproof clothing and sensible footwear. The dogs will be happy to see you so may jump up in greeting. This can mean muddy paws! If you are not comfortable with close contact with the dogs, please be sure to keep your distance and notify your guide. This excursion includes visits to environmentally sensitive areas. Please follow the guide’s instructions at all times, and do not walk off the marked paths as this may affect the local flora. For reference, whilst toilet facilities will be available, these may be quite basic. For reference, this tour visits Camp Barentz, which is also visited on Tour O – Visit to Camp Barentz.


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