Svea snowmobile safari NOK 3.095
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Svea snowmobile safari

We head south. Away from Longyearbyen and towards Svea in Van Mijenforden - we'll be in the kingdom of the polar bear and visit an outpost for coal mining. The adventure begins.

Let the adventure begin...

Sharply winding valleys, wide-stretched plains and beautiful land-locked glaciers - this tour takes you to Svea, the Norwegian mining outpost, now finally open for tourists. This picturesquely located place is surrounded by a stunning Arctic landscape, is the perfect escape. Here, nearly on the east coast of Spitsbergen, you will experience the amazing serenity of the Polar region, contrasted with the industrial history of the region.

A visit to a remote part of Svalbard

Svea is located in the van Mijenfjord, an area well known for its rich and varied fauna. Protected by Akseløya, the sea ice tends to hold longer here, creating a paradise for marine life like the ringed seals, and their hunters - the polar bears. Scientific observations show that polar bear females make dens in this area, and these amazing mammals and their cubs are a not uncommon sight on the sea ice.



The fjord itself runs west to east, nearly spitting Spitsbergen in two. Lofty mountains stretch down to the water on both sides, the Arctic Ocean can be glimpsed to the west, and a ice blue glacier, Paulabreen, meets the fjord in the east. Right in the middle of this beautiful area, we will find Svea, a mining community which has shared the fjord with the wildlife since 1917.



Would you like to explore more of Svea and stay overnight? We do have an expedition here, for 2 days, including a visit at the East Coast. Read about our expedition to Svea here!

Svea

In the heyday of coal mining, up to 350 miners worked in Svea. In 2017 the Norwegian government decided to close down the operation in Svea. The lack of industrial activity provides a new and unique opportunity to visit what was earlier a closed community.


During the visit to Svea, you will be able to gain an insight into day to day life in this isolated outpost, and enjoy a hearty lunch in the messhall, before we head back into the wilderness.This is a trip we know you will remember forever!



Information

Safety is priority


Several of Hurtigruten Svalbard's guides have done the Arctic Nature Guide study and most are also authorized Svalbard Guide, through the Svalbard Guide Education (SGO). The SGO education contains the basic requirements for safe travels in Svalbard Arctic nature. It contains training that the Svalbard Tourist Destination and the authorities in relation to the Svalbard guideline's general knowledge of the archipelago, field safety and understanding of environmental and cultural values. In addition, our guides have training within our company throughout the year. We want you to have fun when you are driving, but safety is number 1 priority.



Difficulty


1. Suitable for all. 2. Suitable for most without any snowmobile experience, very easy and flat terrain. Distance up to 40 kilometers. 3. Suitable for most without any snowmobile experience, through some rugged terrain. Distance up to 160 kilometers. 4. Previous snowmobile experience recommended, long day trips up to 180 kilometers. 5. For those with previous snowmobile experience, very long day trips more than 180 kilometers.



Driving license


You will need a valid driving license for either car or motor cycle to drive a snowmobile. Make sure to bring this along for the entire duration of the trip.



What’s included?


Included in all organised snowmobile tours are: Briefing, snowmobile, fuel, snowmobile suit, snowmobile boots, mittens, helmet, balaclava, goggles, search and rescue insurance and an experienced tour guide with snowmobiles, security equipment and a safety sled.



Clothing


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 a backpack. For example, an extra sweater, hat and gloves.

Pregnancy


Longyearbyen hospital discourages pregnant women to attend snowmobile and dog sled rides, because it involves a risk to harm the pregnant women and the unborn child.



Changes


In the interests of the safety of participants, we reserve the right to change the route in relation to weather and snow. This will not affect the price of the tour. Participants need to follow the tour guide directions and instructions. Our tour leader takes no passengers.



Alcohol


Driving under the influence of alcohol is not accepted.

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Price: NOK 3.095
Facts
Price
NOK 3.095

Driver NOK 3095
Passenger NOK 1595

Duration and distance

Approximately 8 - 10 hours and140 km
Includes warm lunch. 

Participants

Minimum 2 snowmobiles. 

Minimum age

8 years

Difficulty level

3 - suitable for most without any snowmobile experience, though terrain can be uneven. 

We require from participants that they must understand English or a Scandinavian language.

Period

From February to May

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HURTIGRUTEN SVALBARD AS, P.O. Box 548, N-9171 Longyearbyen
Telephone.: +47 79 02 61 00 | Org.nr 951 251 579
Mail: info@hurtigrutensvalbard.com