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Svalbard Spitsbergen

Follow the Trappers' Footsteps - Hurtigruten Svalbard

  • P.O.Box 548, P.O.Box 548, Spitsbergen
  • +47 79026100
  •  /  km From You

Imagine life as a trapper on Svalbard: the solitude, the hardships – and the beauty of this isolated part of the Arctic! Join us on a wandering into the Arctic tundra!

On this walking tour you will gain an insight into a trapper’s day to day life. The hunt for polar foxes and polar bears began in the late autumn, and the traps had to be inspected throughout the Polar Night. We will head out on a walk through the tundra to gain an appreciation of the trapping life, and to feel what it must have been like to be out working at this time of year. The tour starts with bus transport to Todalen, and from here we will make our way into the wilderness.

The guide will tell us about the life of the hunters and trappers of Svalbard and we will learn about the different techniques these hardy souls employed. In a warm and balmy traditional Sami tent, the guide will talk about their experiences so far of life here in the North. We will enjoy some hot chocolate and marshmallows over the crackling fire. 

In the period between November 14 and January 29 each year, a remarkable phenomenon occurs on Svalbard - The Polar Night. During these weeks the sun is at least 6 degrees under the horizon and therefore never shines on Spitsbergen.

While the sun is hidden under the horizon, Longyearbyen becomes a magical place lit only by streetlamps, the northern lights and the moon which glitters in the snow. The atmosphere is completely unique, and as you soak in the mystical darkness you will know you are a long way from the beaten track. Don`t forget that during the Polar Night you have double the chance of seeing the Northern Lights!

If we are lucky we will be able to see Northern Lights dancing across the sky as the silence of the Arctic envelops us. Should the tour take place in the dark, each participant will be equipped with a headlight. Snow shoes are used if we have snowy conditions.

Meeting point: In front of the main entrance where you will be picked up. This tour includes transport to/from hotels/guesthouse, guide with all necessary security equipment, hot drinks and headlamps. Snowshoes included if snow.

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  • Source: Svalbard Reiseliv AS

Outdoor Activities

  • Short hikes (1-4 hours)

Opening hours

Dec 7, 2019 – Jan 13, 2020
Mon Wed Sat 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
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Description Price*
Adults 445.00 Per person
Children 200.00 Per person
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