LONGYEARBYEN IN A NUTSHELL
This is the perfect way to get an introduction to Longyearbyen and the surrounding area, with
a knowledgeable local guide. The tour begins in the Longyear valley and explores the town
before heading out to Adventdalen and Mine 7. During the drive through the valley, participants
are often rewarded with a view of the local Svalbard reindeer, and during the summer months thousands of migratory birds converge on the delta. The tour will also point out the coal mines in Adventdalen. Next on the tour is the area around the airport and Hotellneset, and a visit to
the site of the Global Seed Vault. The guide will talk about the attractions, fauna, flora and landscape throughout the tour, and stops will be made for photo sessions.
VISIT TO MINE 3
The bus tour to the mine is a step into the history of Longyearbyen. Learn how the company town has grown into its modern form - starting from the early 20th century and ending in the late 1960’s when Gruve 3 was opened. During this trip you will expe¬rience the life a miner had in the produc-tion days, and learn about what the mining industry has meant to Longyearbyen. We take in a little sightseeing around town before we head out to the mine, which is located near the airport. On arrival at Mine 3, we will head through the same entrance as the miner’s did back in the day. The guide will lead you in, and show you to the change rooms to be assigned your overalls, hard-hat and headlamp.
FROM SEED TO SUMMIT
Blomsterdalshøgda, just west of Longyearbyen, stands at 321 metres above sea level, and overlooks Adventfjorden. In summer, its slopes are covered with many of Svalbard’s plants and flowers, and in winter, it is transformed into a world of rock, snow, and ice. After a short drive out of Longyearbyen, we will hike to the summit. Once atop the peak, and weather permitting, we will be afforded incredible views of Longyearbyen and the incredible natural landscapes in the area. Be sure to remember your camera! After descending from the summit, you will have the opportunity to pass by the Global Seed Vault, one of the most unique places on Svalbard. Carved deep into the permafrost, the Seed Vault preserves an incredible array of the world’s species of plants.
BEER TASTING AT SVALBARD BREWERY
Join us for a visit at Svalbard Brewery and taste different types of beer. Get insight into the fascinating story of how the world’s northernmost brewery got started. Svalbard Brewery was established in 2011 and tapped its first beer in August 2015. Six years of effort went into changing the law from 1928 which banned the manufacture of alcohol on Svalbard.
Robert Johansen, founder of Svalbard Brewery, has been the most important factor for the establishment of a brewery at 78 degrees north. Now you can get the full story and taste the locally produced beer containing 2000 year old glacial water from the Boge glacier on Svalbard.
NORTHERN LIGHTS HUNTING BY BUS
On this tour we will hunt high and low for the magical aurora borealis! Experience the magic of the Arctic wilderness by joining a guided bus tour. With the sun below the horizon, the Polar skies are dark and mysterious, and the perfect backdrop for experiencing the northern lights. Perhaps it was the magical light that made those long winter nights bearable for trappers and adventurers in the long Arctic night that lasts from November to February? We’ll use the roads around Longyearbyen to look for the aurora borealis - and during the tour we’ll show you a movie that will give you a better understanding of how this fascinating phenomenon is created.
One beverage (with or without alcohol) is included. You can purchase more beverage on board.
Walruses became protected animals half a century ago. When this happened, the
population was only a couple of hundred animals, after 350 years of hunting. In the recent years, the walrus has come back to its old colonies and we have the privilige to visit one of these colonies with our boat. You can now experience these majestic animals in their natural habitat. Join our boat trip to Prins Karls Forland Island, located between Isfjorden and Kongsfjorden. Our boat has a panorama view to the surroundings, its warm and has comfortable seats. As we arrive at the walrus site, we will enjoy a lunch and warm drinks. If the weather permits, we will also go close to one of the many glacier fronts on the trip.
KAYAK ON THE ADVENT FJORD
Join us on a kayak trip in Adventfjorden, one of Sval¬bard’s most historical fjords. Experience the contrast as you paddle from colourful Long¬yearbyen towards the ghost town of Hiorthhamn. Kayaking is a great way to explore the Arctic, and our knowledgeable guides will soon make you feel at home in the sturdy double kayaks. They will provide a briefing on the equip¬ment and safety rules, before you head away from Longyearbyen. As we paddle across the Adventfjord, our guide will be on the lookout for interesting wildlife. During the summer over 100 species of migratory birds visit these islands, and they can often be seen in this area. Occasionally we may meet a curious seal in the water! When we reach the far side of the fjord, we will make our way up the beach for lunch and a little historic sightseeing in the ghost town of Hiorthhamn, before we return to the kayaks to continue our paddling adventure back towards Longyearbyen.
PHOTO TRIP: WILDLIFE EXPLORING IN AND AROUND LONGEYARBYEN
We bring you out to the local wildlife in and around Longyearbyen. Our primary focus is the Arctic fox, Svalbard rock ptarmigan, Svalbard Reindeer, little auk and to find the good views for eyes and / or camera. Our focus depends on the season and which species that are in the area at the moment. On this trip we will go to the areas close to Longyearbyen and look for animals and birds at different locations, to seek the best lighting conditions and the best experiences. This trip focuses on watching and photographing and the guide is also an experienced nature photographer. We move between different locations, by car and carry out stops and walk from a few hundred meters up to 2/3 kilometres one way.
THE ARCTIC CHALLENGE - KAYAK AND HIKING TO HIORHFJELLET
From Longyearbyen, you see the majestic mountain Hiortfjellet. Many feel attracted to this mountain and this is your opportunity to ascend it. But it is a tough trip. First, we need to get across the fjord in kayaks, then we scale a 1000 meter high mountain. On the summit of Hiortfjellet we are rewarded in a great view. Your nature guide will give you all necessary safety instructions. You do not need any previous kayak experience to join this trip. The trip is demanding.
Visit Svalbard AS is the official tourism board for Svalbard and Longyearbyen. It is a member based organisation and a neutral development and coordinating organ of the local tourism industry. They are also responsible for the tourist information centre, and the official travel portal for Svalbard. Visit Svalbard compiles and analyses tourism statistics, and are also responsible for the Svalbard Guide Training Course.
The company’s tasks include:
Read more on www.visitsvalbard.com.
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