The characteristic mountain formations and the unique landscape are so unlike anything you may have seen before, that it feels like you are visiting a different planet. That alien feeling doesn’t diminish when the guide picks up a fossil as large as your hand.
These mountains, filled with old sediments from rivers and swamps, can be read like ancient books - if you know where to look. Most of the major fossils that have been unearthed on Svalbard over the last few decades have been marine reptiles from the Jurassic period, approximately 150 million years ago.
The Jurassic period is most well known for the dinosaurs which inhabited the lands, but the fossils found on Svalbard are marine reptiles, like plesiosaurs, which lived in the ocean. These would have sunk into the seabed when they died, when they have remained for millenia. The Jurassic was the time of the reptiles, and these marine reptiles could be up to 13 metres long, and weigh up to 3 tonnes.
This is the same area where the paleontologist, Jørn Hurum, and his team, have spent the last several years digging out several plesiosaurs. Today we will hunt for fossils here! After a Polarcirkel boat trip, and about an hours hike, we will come to the best spot for fossil hunting.if you are lucky enough to find one - and it doesn’t weigh 3 tonnes - you can take it home with you.
Safety is our highest priority, and the guide needs to be able to give directions you understand. To participate on one of our excursions, it is required that you speak and understand English or one of the Scandinavian languages.
4- Demands good physical fitness, not suitable if you have limited mobility (steep, slippery and uneven terrain)