Have you ever been to the USSR? Welcome to our Arctic time machine and experience real Soviet atmosphere far in the north – in the ghost town Pyramiden.
The ambiance of this ghost settlement makes an unusual and strong impression on any experienced traveler. This community was founded by Sweden in the beginning of the 20th century and sold to the Soviet Union in 1927. The living conditions were perfect in the 80-es. It was an Arctic Paradise for those who lived and worked there. The town was without doubt a showcase demonstrating to the West the excellence and strength of Communism. After the fall of USSR Pyramiden was closed and has since then remained abandoned with all its infrastructure in place, ‘’conserved’’. All the buildings are in a good state and the settlement seems inhabited, but the silence reigns over Pyramiden, there is no living soul around… but the polar bears.
Day 1. Glaciers and valleys: Longyearbyen – Sassendalen – Tempelfjord – Pyramiden
Pick-up at the accomodation place of your choice at 08:30. Short briefing at 09:00 at the Expedition Center Russki Dom. We will brief you on the planned route, and give you an update on the weather forecast. We provide solid and warm snowmobile suits. At 09:30 we are equipped and ready on to discover Svalbard’s spectacular Arctic wilderness. We will drive over glaciers, through valleys and cross white plains of Adventdalen and Sassendalen. Coming along Tempelfjord coast to Fjordnibba where opens a splendid view to both Tempelfjord, Sassenfjord and Tunabreen. Stop for a while to admire the beauty and breathe out. Then passing the Van Post and Tuna glacier as if blue-green backdrops. Soon across valley and canyons we come closer to the Nordenskiøld glacier – most stunning and available among the largest glaciers. Driving along Adolf Bay in half an hour we are warmly welcomed at Tulpan Hotel in Pyramiden. At approx. 17:00 we check in at the hotel and can have a cup of delicious Russian tea. At 18 pm we have a guided tour round the ghost settlement for 1.5 hr. We have a possibility to come in and have a look inside school, canteen and swimming pool and feel that special atmosphere of history and mighty Soviet Union some 30 years ago…. It seems that Time machine exists after all!
Afterwards we are served a delicious 3 –course dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Snowmobiling 110 km, 6 – 7 hrs
Day 2. Frozen waterfall and Svalbard animals: Pyramiden – Ebbadalen – Nordenskiøld Glacier – Longyearbyen
After breakfast we continue to get familiar to Pyramiden picturesque surroundings and watch the abundant wild life. Today chances are great to meet a polar bear!! First we are snowmobiling to a beautiful Adolf Bay facing the mighty Nordenskiøldbreen . Quite soon we are coming across a magniﬁcent Ebbadalen waterfall, completely frozen and giving thus an impression as if we are in the fairy-tale. Lunch at appr.13pm at Pyramiden restaurant. Midday we leave this ghost but so lovely place. On the way back we come across Petunia Bay. One more short stop to making pictures of marine mammals besides Nordenskiøld glacier. Then we continue itinerary towards Tempelfjord and on to Longyearbyen. Arrive at Longyearbyen approx. 19:00.
Snowmobiling 130 km, 5 – 6 hrs
Total length: approx. 250 km