Experience the unique Arctic landscape from the top of the 'Troll Stone' or Trollsteinen. Here you have panoramic views from 849m.a.s.l. Surrounded by magnificent outlook in all directions, this is a hike not to be missed!
Experience the unique Arctic landscape from the top of the ‘Troll Stone’ or Trollsteinen. Here you have panoramic views from 849m.a.s.l. Surrounded by magnificent outlook in all directions, this is a hike not to be missed!
Hiking to Trollsteinen
The unique sight of Svalbard mountains is one of the first thing you notice when arriving in Longyearbyen. The visible layers in the mountainsides, avalanche runs and flattened tops can remind you of old forts from the middle ages.
Glacier crossing with armed polar bear guard
The hike begins in Nybyen, and the route takes us up towards the glacier, Longyearbreen, before following the moraine up through the valley and reaching Larsbreen - the Lars Glacier. From here we cross the glacier, and head up a stony ridge to the summit. The glacier crossing is a simple one, as it is a stable glacier, and we will not need to use ropes. The guide will go first and lead the way, and, while the chances are miniscule, will carry weapons in case we meet a polar bear. This means there is nothing for you to worry about except enjoying the views.
60 million year old fossils
The moraine landscape that this tour takes you through, is more like a moonscape than the mountains you might have seen elsewhere in Norway. As if the landscape wasn’t alien enough, you can also stumble over 60 million year old fossils here. The mountains around Longyearbyen, and the sediments from ancient seas, rivers and swamps that used to exist here, can be read like a history book if you take a closer look at the layers. In addition, the glacier presses into the mountain, moving rocks and gravel into the moraine and bringing fossils into the light.
Leave no trace
On Svalbard, it is important to leave no signs of your visit. This means that we should not find or leave any obvious trail through the moraine. The terrain is steep and uneven at times, but the guide will keep a steady pace upwards, so that everyone can keep up. Remember to keep an eye out for wildlife during the tour. There is a good chance that we may spot Svalbard Grouse, which are a little larger than mainland grouse. These birds have no natural predators here, which means they are not easily scared.
From the Lars Glacier, to the top of Trollsteinen we will follow the mountain ridge, and enjoy the magnificent views in all directions. The mountains are majestic, and the reward for the hike is a fantastic outlook over the unbelievable fairytale landscape that surrounds Longyearbyen.
- Transfer from accommodation in Longyearbyen
- Hot drinks and lunch
- Use of snowshoes or crampons if required