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.
Would you like to explore more of Svea and stay overnight? We do have an expedition here, for 2 days, including a visit at the East Coast. Read about our expedition to Svea here!
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!
Book in advance
Reservations in advance are necessary as this is our most popular winter activity. You will need the required driving license for car or motorcycle to drive a snowmobile. Remember also that you have to bring this with you during the duration of the trip. Before departure there will be an introduction how to to drive the snowmobile.
Pick up and transportation
You will be picked up at your place of accommodation in Longyearbyen before the excursion begins. You will also be returned to your hotel at the end of the trip. You should be ready at the designated time as stated in your trip itinerary.
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.
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 a backpack. For example, an extra sweater, hat and gloves.
Longyearbyen hospital discourages pregnant women to attend snowmobile and dog sled rides, because it involves a risk to harm the pregnant women and the unborn child.
In the interests of the safety of participants, we reserve the right to change the route in relation to weather and snow. This will not affect the price of the tour. Participants need to follow the tour guide directions and instructions. Our tour leader takes no passengers.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is not accepted.
You will need a valid driving license for either car or motor cycle to drive a snowmobile. Make sure to bring this along for the entire duration of the trip.
If cancelled 22 days or more prior to departure 100 % refund. If cancelled 22 - 7 days prior to departure 50 % refund. Cancellations less than 7 days prior to departure or if you do not show up, we do not refund. Please contact your insurance company for a refund if you provide a medical cancellation notice.