Our hike up to Sarkofagen begins on the eastern side of the mountain with Larsbreen, one of the two glaciers local to Longyearbyen. We walk up through the moraine landscape, formed by the glacier over thousands of years, and up to the top of Sarkofagen. Here we drink a coffee as we take in the stunning view over Longyearbyen and Adventfjord. To the southwest, past more moraine and beautiful small meltwater waterfalls, lies Longyearbreen. This is the second half of the trip, and sometimes we need to put on crampons to be able to walk on the ice. We follow the meltwater channels down to the moraine in the middle of the glacier and if you're lucky, you might find a 35 million year old fossil that you can take home as a unique reminder of your time on Svalbard.
The hike starts out in relatively rough and rocky terrain, and we may have to cross some small rivers, so a good sturdy pair of hiking boots is essential. Due to the changing terrain and elevation, the hike is moderately challenging in terms of fitness, but no glacier experience is necessary. Depending on the time of year and seasonal conditions, we may need to use either glacier spikes or snow-shoes. Although we provide a hot drink and some biscuits, it is highly recommended that you bring along something extra to drink and perhaps a snack.
This trip is dependent on weather conditions, as well as a minimum number of participants.