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We head south. Away from Longyearbyen and towards Svea in Van Mijenforden - we'll be in the kingdom of the polar bear and visit an outpost for coal mining. The adventure begins.
LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN...
Sharply winding valleys, wide-stretched plains and beautiful land-locked glaciers - this tour takes you to Svea, the Norwegian mining outpost, now finally open for tourists. This picturesquely located place is surrounded by a stunning Arctic landscape, is the perfect escape. Here, nearly on the east coast of Spitsbergen, you will experience the amazing serenity of the Polar region, contrasted with the industrial history of the region.
A VISIT TO A REMOTE PART OF SVALBARD
Svea is located in the van Mijenfjord, an area well known for its rich and varied fauna. Protected by Akseløya, the sea ice tends to hold longer here, creating a paradise for marine life like the ringed seals, and their hunters - the polar bears. Scientific observations show that polar bear females make dens in this area, and these amazing mammals and their cubs are a not uncommon sight on the sea ice. The fjord itself runs west to east, nearly spitting Spitsbergen in two. Lofty mountains stretch down to the water on both sides, the Arctic Ocean can be glimpsed to the west, and a ice blue glacier, Paulabreen, meets the fjord in the east. Right in the middle of this beautiful area, we will find Svea, a mining community which has shared the fjord with the wildlife since 1917.
In the heyday of coal mining, up to 350 miners worked in Svea. In 2017 the Norwegian government decided to close down the operation in Svea. 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.This is a trip we know you will remember forever!
Included in all organised snowmobile tours are: Briefing, snowmobile, fuel, snowmobile suit, snowmobile boots, mittens, helmet, balaclava, goggles, search and rescue insurance and an experienced tour guide with snowmobiles, security equipment and a safety sled.
Age limit: 14 years