May - Oct

7 hours

Made for the future - join us today! In the summer of 2021, we launched a hybrid-electric catamaran to roam the Arctic waters. With our new vessel you can join an exciting and more environmentally friendly boat trip, to the Nordenskiöld glacier, and the fascinating Russian town Pyramiden.

An Arctic ghost town

While the new green technology is something for the future, visiting the town of Pyramiden is like entering a time machine and returning to the Soviet Union. In the 1980s, over 1000 people lived in the city, and it was considered a successful community with school, kindergarten, swimming pool, sports fields and coal mining. In 1998, the Russian mining company Trust Arktikugol closed the coal mine, and the city was vacated in a very short time. Coffee cups are left behind on the tables, books are shattered in the classroom, and the sheet music lies ready on the piano - waiting for someone to play. These days only a handful of people work and live in the city, and for visitors it is a very special experience to get a guided tour around the abandoned buildings.

Practical information

MS Bard is a hybrid-electric catamaran. When the boat approaches glaciers, wildlife or settlements, it will run silently on electric propulsion. At higher speeds we use a hybrid solution, where we run both an electric motor and diesel engine at the same time. In that way, we get the speed up whilst reducing the diesel consumption.

Unique experiences

The conditions on Svalbard change a lot throughout the year, and a trip to Pyramiden during the midnight sun in May will be different than when the polar night approaches in October. Whatever the season, you can expect unique experiences in beautiful Svalbard nature. Early in the season the Bille fjord may still be ice covered, and landing in Pyramiden will then not be possible. The boat will then instead - silently - follow the ice edge where the opportunity to see wildlife is great! We will also enjoy the beautiful Nordenskiöld glacier.

MS Bard is built with modern design and innovative technological solutions. This creates a unique platform for exploring the sea, wildlife and the breathtaking Arctic landscapes.


  • Transfer to/from the harbour in Longyearbyen
  • Boat trip to Pyramiden with a guide on board.
  • Bus transfer and guided tour of Pyramiden when landing is possible.
  • Light dish, vegetarian lentil soup
  • All necessary safety equipment

MS Bard - Program 2022

Departure every day
• Kl 08:15: Picking up guests
• Kl 08:30: Departure
• Kl 11:30: Arrival Pyramiden
• Kl 13:30: Departure
• Kl 16:00: Arrival Longyearbyen

Departures 5 times per week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday:
• Kl 15:45: Picking up guests
• Kl 16:15: Departure
• Kl 17:45: Arrival Barentsburg
• Kl 19:15: Departure
• Kl 20:45: Arrival Longyearbyen

Dinner cruise
Twice a week, Wednesdays and Saturdays:
• Kl 17:45: Picking up guests
• Kl 18:00: Departure
• Kl 21:00: Arrival Longyearbyen

May - Oct

7 hours

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