Snowmobile to Svea

Snowmobile to Svea

2-day airplane and snowmobile trip to the remote mining town Svea.

For the first time in history

For the first time ever, tourists on Svalbard can experience the historical coalmine society of Sveagruva. Lying in the head of Van Mijenfjorden, Svea is located 60 kilometers southeast of Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard, but due to the geology and adverse climate, there are no roads connecting the two places. We will use snowmobiles and airplane to travel to and from Svea, just as the miners did when commuting to Svea during winter season.

By air and snowmobile

The trip will start on day 1 at around 15:00, for both scooter and guests traveling with airplane. Return on day 2 is around 15:00 for for both scooter and guests traveling with airplane. Flights to/from Svea by air is with Dornier 228-202K, a 19 seater propeller aircraft. On the day you are not traveling by air, you will travel by snowmobile.

Mining history in Svea

Day 1


You will be picked up from your accommodation site by our guide. After an introduction and briefing about our journey this day we will head out on snowmobiles or to the airport for the trip to Svea. When we have arrived in Svea we will find our accommodation and get settled in. After a city tour to get to know the settlement, we will have dinner in the miners dining hall.

Day 2


After breakfast we will join our guide to take a 4 hours mining trip into the heart of Svea Nord. Svea Nord is contained in the very coal-rich Central Field and was opened for permanent operation by Parliament in December 2001. The company ran good profits in the period to 2005, when a fire in the mine led to an outage which lasted for 8 months. In 2015 the Norwegian government decided that Svea Nord should have a rest in operation because of low coal prices in the world. Operations was stopped in April 2016. At the end of the tour we will have lunch inside the mine. After lunch we will say goodbye to Svea and travel back to Longyearbyen by snowmobile or airplane.



Included in all organized tours are briefing, airfare, snowmobile, fuel, snowmobile suit, snowmobile boots, mittens, helmet, balaclava, goggles, life insurance and tour guide with snowmobiles, guns and safety sled.


We recommend you to wear warm underwear, warm outer pants and a wool sweater under the snowmobile suit. We also recommend that you have extra clothes in your backpack. Eg. extra sweater, hat and gloves.

Alcohol Prohibition:

Driving under the influence of alcohol will not be accepted.

Driving licenses:

You will need the required driving license for either car or motor cycle to drive the snowmobile. Be sure to bring this along for the ride.

Call +47 7902 6100 or book your trip

Adult: NOK 10 495
Children: NOK 8 995

Duration and distance

2 days
140 km 

Degree of difficulty

3 - previous snowmobiling ecperience recommended.


16-17 March
30-31 March
20-21 April 


Minimum 2 snowmobiles.

Minimum age:
16 years. 



call us +47 79 02 61 00

HURTIGRUTEN SVALBARD AS, P.O. Box 548, N-9171 Longyearbyen
Telephone.: +47 79 02 61 00 | 951 251 579