For the first time ever, tourists on Svalbard can experience the historical coalmine society of Sveagruva. Join us on a 2-day snowmobile trip to the remote mining town Svea!
LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN...
We'll be in the kingdom of the polar bear and visit an outpost for coal mining. The adventure begins. Lying in the head of Van Mijenfjorden, Svea is located 60 kilometers southeast of Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard, but due to the geology and adverse climate, there are no roads connecting the two places. We will use snowmobiles to travel to and from Svea, just as the miners did when commuting to Svea during winter season. On day two we head east towards the east coast of Spitsbergen before turning west again heading for Longyearbyen.
In the heyday of coal mining, up to 350 miners worked in Svea. Today, the situation has changed due to lower coal prices, and the mining machines stand still. The lack of industrial activity provides a new and unique opportunity to visit what was earlier a closed community. During the visit to Svea, you will be able to gain an insight into day to day life in this isolated outpost, and enjoy a hearty lunch in the messhall, before we head back into the wilderness.
10:00. You will be picked up from your accommodation site by our guide. After an introduction and briefing about our journey this day we will head out on snowmobiles for the trip to Svea. Arrival in Svea we will find our accommodation and get settled in. After settling in, we will travel to Rindersbukta with our snowmobiles to visit Paulaglacier and maybe spot wildlife. After the trip, we will have dinner in the miners dining hall.
After breakfast we pack our sleds and set off east. If the weather allows, the route takes us along the Agardh Valley, over the glaciers to Fulmarvalley and through the wide valley Sassen before arriving Longyearbyen.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE SNOWMOBILE TOUR
This tour is an expedition for adventurous souls. You must be prepared to spend long days on the snowmobile, and it is important that all participants have good physical health (no back, neck, arm or wrist problems). Adjustments will be made to route should weather conditions find it necessary.
The weather can change quickly, and at times the wind and the cold can be quite severe.The temperature can drop dramatically, to -30.
The snowmobiles are comfortable to drive, and the handlebar grips are heated. Before setting out, the tour leader will give you a basic introduction to the driving techniques. We start at a moderate speed so that everybody can become accustomed to snowmobile driving. Even though all our snowmobiles can carry two persons we strongly recommend that all members of the party drive their own snowmobile. It is harder to manoeuvre the snowmobile with a passenger, and due to inactivity passengers may become cold on longer trips.
Total driving distance will be up to 250km. Please note that a current driver’s licence is required.
Meals and accommodation during the trip, shared equipment, snowmobile with required equipment, snowmobile clothing, petrol, and experienced guide with all necessary safety equipment, as well as search and rescue insurance..
We recommend you to wear warm underwear, warm outer pants and a wool sweater under the snowmobile suit. We also recommend that you have extra clothes in your backpack. Eg. extra sweater, hat and gloves.
Driving under the influence of alcohol will not be accepted.
You will need the required driving license for either car or motor cycle to drive the snowmobile. Be sure to bring this along for the ride.