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Svalbard Spitsbergen

Sarkofagen Photo hike

  • vei 212.01, vei 212.01, Spitsbergen
  • +47 98767620
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A photographic hiking trip in a glacier landscape to the top of Sarkofagen

We will start our trip in Longyeardalen by hiking up the east side of Sarkofagen. The path brings us along the glacier Larsbreen and trough its moraine material. On top of Sarkofagen we will have a cup of coffee or tea and some cookies and enough time to enjoy and picture the view over Longyearbyen, the glaciers, and Isfjorden. Then our trip continues southwards down to the glacier Longyearbreen where we put on some mini spikes and introduce you to the safety basics on glaciers and meltwater channels. During our descend on Longyearbreen we have the eastern slope of Nordenskiöldfjellet on our left-hand site, a mountain that reaches 1050 m a.s.l. and bears some snow fields even throughout the summer.

In addition to the landscape photography, the tour offers small waterfalls to picture and plenty of photographic opportunities for guests interested in geology. On the way back down the valley we might find some Paleogene fossils in the loose moraine sediments of the glacier which are nice close-up motives but can also be taken home.


Practical information:

This tour includes crossing a glacier with mini spikes and hiking. No previous glacier knowledge is required. You need to be in good physical condition. We recommend good hiking boots, a wind- and waterproof jacket and something warm to put on once we reach the top of Sarkofagen (512 m a.s.l.).

This is Polar bear area: Groups must stay together.

Duration: 8 hours in total. Hiking time up the mountain takes approximately 2 hours.

Included in the price: Transportation, experienced guides with necessary safety equipment, mini spikes, tea/coffee and cookies /expedition food for lunch

Capacity: max 8 persons

Language: English, German, others can be arranged on request


Recommended photo equipment: Wide angle lens and zoom lens, tripod for waterfalls and meltwater rivers.   



Activities: Hiking, photography, collecting fossils

Age limit: 14 years

Nature and terrain: Mountain, glacier, moraine, meltwater, waterfall, view

Duration: 1 day, approximately 9 hours

Capacity: max 8 persons

Language: English, German

Season: Spring, summer, autumn

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78° 12' 30" N / 15° 37' 2" E
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