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Svalbard Spitsbergen

Pyramiden - Boat ride to an Arctic ghost town - Svalbard Adventures

  • Postboks 538 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
  • +47 79025000
  •  /  km From You

Join a small, exclusive group of guests on a closed rib boat to the Russian ghost town Pyramiden and the mighty Nordenskiöld glacier.

Join a small, exclusive group of guests on a closed RIB boat to the Russian ghost town Pyramiden and the mighty Nordenskiöld glacier.

Pyramiden was once one of the largest settlements on Svalbard, with about 1000 inhabitants. Our boat is smaller and faster than the larger boats going to the same destination, our guests don`t travel in large groups. In the late 90s the town was abandoned and it is now more like a historical ”document” where it lies at the head of Billefjorden. All the buildings and many technical installations still remain. Inside the houses everything is like it was when it was abandoned and it is not difficult to imagine the place teeming with activity.

Your guide will take you on a tour around the settlement in Pyramiden and it will be served warm lunch from "Restaurant Polfareren" outside, before heading heading back to the boat. On our way back we drive up to the majestic Nordenskiöldbreen. The front of the glacier is one of the most spectacular on Svalbard. It is very likely you will get to see several animals, unique to the Arctic environment, while we drive to and from Pyramiden.

Note! Early in the season it may be too much ice in Billefjorden to reach Pyramiden by sea.

Remember to bring cash (NOK), if you want to buy something in Pyramiden. 


Transport to and from hotels

Search- and rescue insurance

Guide with boat, fuel and safety equipment

Warm lunch from “Polfareren Resturant” – Svalbard Hotel.

Own clothing:


Inner layer: Wool

Mid layer: Sweater in fleece or wool and windproof pants

Pickup: At hotels about 08:30 Sun, Mon and 10.00 Tue-Sat

*Not suitable if pregnant or suffering from back problems. The boat may not carry passengers under 14 years unless any such passenger is accompanied by an adult.

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  • Source: Svalbard Reiseliv AS

Outdoor Activities

  • Boat trips
  • Guided trips
  • Daytrips (5-11 hours)

Taste Norway

Restaurant & café
  • Lunch


Description Price*
Adults 1,850.00 Per person
* Price from


1 day, 7 hours
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