Better Moments #1 TripAdvisor 2016 On this 2-day hiking trip we will explore the arctic nature surrounding the Isfjord, hike along the coast and up into the valleys. Get ready for breath-taking views.
On this 2-day hiking trip we will explore the arctic nature surrounding the Isfjord, hike along the coast and up into the valleys. Get ready for breath-taking views.
We will leave Longyearbyen early in the morning with one of our closed RIB boats. The boat takes us to the Russian settlement, Colesbay, located 30 km south in the majestic Isfjord.
Colesbay, together with Grumant, was one of the biggest mining towns on Svalbard during the cold war. In the end of the fifties, over 1000 people had their home and work in this area. Today there’s only a few houses and ruins left. Along the shoreline, we can see the 7,7km long railway that connects these two settlements.
After a round-trip in Colesbay, we will enjoy a morning snack before we start the hike back to civilization. We start out easy and follow the old railway. After just a few 100 meters we will come to an old cabin. This cabin has its history from an old expedition, and today it is actually a small museum. After a visit in the “museum”, we will leave the shoreline and head up towards the bird cliffs. On the top of the bird mountain we will follow the edge, where we will have one of the best views you can imagine. If time and weather condition allow it, we will hike down a small valley and explore the twin town of Colesbay, Grumant. Here the guide will decide where to set up the camp for the night. It could be close to Grumant, near the sea, or we might hike up to the top of the bird mountain again to set up the camp where there’s a stunning view.
During the night we have to watch out for polar bears. We will take turns to stay awake and look after the rest of the group. Sitting there, enjoying the deafening silence during the midnight sun, will make you treasure this moment for life.
In the morning, we will have a hearty breakfast before we start hiking again. We will follow the edge of the mountain for a few kilometers before we will find the path down to Bjørndalen (Bear valley). Bjørndalen is one of the most diverse flora terrains “close” to Longyearbyen. If we are lucky we will get close to the Svalbard reindeers that are common in this green valley. We also have to help each other to cross a shallow, but rapid stream that runs through the valley. If you are not afraid of cold water, you can cross the stream barefoot.
When we exit Bjørndalen, after lunch, we will follow the old dust road that leads us towards Longyearbyen. Close to the airport a car will come and pick us up to drive us the last kilometers in to the town.
Day 1 distance 11-16 km, altitude 600 meters, all in all max accent of 1200 meter.
Day 2 distance 14 km.
This is not a very exhausting hike but for some it might be a challenge. You should be used to hike in rocky terrain, outside roads and paths. You are going to carry a personal backpack with all personal equipment, plus tent and sleeping bag. This backpack might weigh up to 15kg.