Esmark glacier, Barentsburg and Grumant. Isfjord is the second largest fjord on Svalbard, and here we find three of the settlements on the island. We will sail from Longyearbyen, towards the Russian settlement Barentsburg. The trip in Isfjord takes us by glaciers and cultural heritage for earlier settlements.
SIGHTSEEING IN ISFJORD
Esmark glacier, Barentsburg and Grumant
Isfjord is the second largest fjord on Svalbard, and here we find three of the settlements on the island. We will sail from Longyearbyen, towards the Russian settlement Barentsburg. The trip in Isfjord takes us by glaciers and cultural heritage for earlier settlements.
First stop is Esmark Glacier, a glacier that slowly erodes in the fjord. We might also see some of the wildlife here on the ice. If we are lucky, we might even see the polar bear walking by, king of the arctic.
On the other side of the fjord we sail towards Barentsburg. Here we will have a guided trip of the settlement, by an English speaking local guide. There will also be time to discover by your self. We recommend a stop by the post office, souvenir shop and the local brewery.
The guide will tell you about the wildlife and history, and on our way back we will pass by the ruins of the old sovjet mining settlement of Grumant.
About the boat
The boat is an old ferry from 1955, refurnished as a small expedition vessel. It has three saloons, 2 upstairs, and one acter deck. All in all between 40 and 50 seats. It is also possible to sit outside, or in our sauna and jacuzzi. Remember bathing suit and towel.
We recommend that you wear warm and windproof clothing, scarf, gloves and hat, and warm shoes. We do have overalls on the boat you can borrow, if needed.
There is a kiosk and bar onboard.
Pick up from 08:30- 09:00 from your chosen point of pick up. Total time about 9 hours, depending on weather and sea conditions.
Arrival in Barentsburg at 13.30. Depareture from Barentsburg at 15.30.
Minimum number of participants: 8 pax.
Maximum number of participants: 40 pax
- Transport to/from pier in Longyearbyen
- Hot meal
- Coffee/tea and cookies on the boat
- Sightseeing in Barentsburg with English-speaking local guide.
- Guide on the boat