Apr - May
Take the whole family along on a fun snowcat trip to enjoy the midnight sun over Longyearbyen. The snowcat is impossible to miss when it rolls up, but as soon as you have exchanged the town for the wilderness, the vehicle will seem very small, and the wilderness very big. The trip is not physically demanding, and is also suitable for children.
The goal for the tour is the excellent viewpoint, ‘Linken’ part of the way up the side of the mountain ‘Hiorthfjellet’ on the other side of Adventdalen. Our first stop will be at the polar bear sign at the edge of town, where the striking sign reminds us that we are visitors in the realm of the polar bear.
From here we cross the Adventdalen, heading towards Hiorthhamn. This was one of the first Norwegian mining towns on Svalbard, and in the early 1900s there were barracks, a blacksmith, stores, kitchens, a sawmill, hospital, housing, offices and a series of mine constructions to be found here. You will have to use a bit of fantasy to imagine the bustling outpost of days gone by. Just before we reach the old town, which is now a popular spot for local cabins, we will swing north, and the guide will navigate the snowcat up through Telegrafdalen.
Once we arrive at the amazing viewpoint, ‘Linken’, we will take a break and enjoy the fabulous views towards Longyearbyen while our guide serves hot drinks. Hopefully clear skies will allow us to see the town bathed in the midnight sun, and the views will inspire you to plan new adventures in the magical Arctic wilderness. You can also look across to the Svalbard satellite station on Platåberget - the plateau mountain. This station is used by NASA amongst others, to download information from satellites in polar orbit, and it is the northernmost satellite station in the world. From Linken it sort of looks like a group of giants have left their golf balls behind, but is in any case an impressive sight.
Please note that participants should dress warmly, with winter outerwear and solid winter shoes. This tour may be adjusted due to weather conditions, and the route and destination may be changed if required.
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