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Svalbard: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Longyearbyen: Hybrid-Electric Catamaran Cruise to Pyramiden

    1. Longyearbyen: Hybrid-Electric Catamaran Cruise to Pyramiden

    Take a cruise to Nordenskiöld Glacier and visit the abandoned town of Pyramiden on an eco-friendly catamaran trip, with lunch included. Get picked up and drive to the harbor to board the boat. See the highlights and listen to expert commentary as you speed across Isfjord towards the ghost town. Arrive at Pyramiden and take a guided tour of this unique town, abandoned in the 1990s. Visit the swimming complex and other interesting buildings to get a sense of what life was once like. Head back to the boat and sail towards the glacier in complete silence. Listen to the ice as it pops and crackles in the water, before heading back towards Longyearbyen. Along the way, learn about wildlife beneath the surface, with a hydrophone to listen for whales and an underwater camera.

  • Longyearbyen: Northern Lights Evening with Dinner

    2. Longyearbyen: Northern Lights Evening with Dinner

    This tour combines a delicious rustic dinner with knowledgeable local hosts, an informative presentation on the aurora borealis and an excellent location for spotting the lights for yourself. This tour begins with a bus transfer from the hotel, taking you out into the Advent Valley to Camp Barentz, which is literally located at the end of the road. Your host for the evening will meet you at the bus, rifle over their shoulder, and provide a quick safety briefing before you head to the cabin. A shot of akevitt will be offered to warm you up as you enter, and the crackling open fire place will ensure you are comfortable in no time. The evening will begin with a little introduction to Svalbard and the discovery of the archipelago in 1596 by Willem Barentz, the namesake of the camp. One of the cabins here is actually a replica of the cabin he and his crew built on Novaya Zemlaya when they go...

    Hi, It was a great experience and unique. Many congrats to our guide Raluca (by the way she is also from Romania, like me), she explained to us everything so nice and clearly and we find out so many informations. Unfortunately we couldn't see the northern lights because was cloudy and snowing, but that didn't upset us. The dinner was great and also the cake and the whole atmospfere inside. Thank you so much for this experience and sure we came back as soon as possible!

  • Longyearbyen: Northern Lights Hunt by Snowcat

    3. Longyearbyen: Northern Lights Hunt by Snowcat

    This northern lights hunt by snowcat is the perfect way to get off the beaten track and look for the aurora in comfort, as your guide drives you over the frozen, snow-covered tundra. Tracked vehicles, such as the specially built snowcat, can visit areas that are otherwise only accessible by snowmobile, dogsled, or skis. The snowcat will pick you up at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen, conveniently located in central Longyearbyen. After a quick safety briefing from the guide, your adventure begins as the snowcat makes its way straight out of town, away from the light pollution from the street lights and houses, and into the Advent Valley. Did you know that between mid November and January, you can catch the northern lights at any time of day? Svalbard is the only place in the world you can easily visit to experience the Polar Night, when the day is as dark as night. This means a...

  • Longyearbyen: Historic Coal Mine Tour at Gruve 3

    4. Longyearbyen: Historic Coal Mine Tour at Gruve 3

    Start with pickup at the hotels and guesthouses in town before a short drive to the outside facility of Mine Number 3. On the way there, you will pass the world-renowned Global Seed Vault where over 1 million seeds from around the world are stored. The first seed bank on Svalbard was opened in Mine no. 3 in 1984. This is where the ideas to build the Global Seed Vault on Svalbard started — by storing seeds in the permafrost with no need for electricity.  Enter the facility and explore maps over Longyearbyen and Svalbard. Enjoy a historic coal mine and listen to the stories and anecdotes of what was the last mine in town where thin-seam production was applied. Expect in-depth information about the town’s history and why some men decided to settle here some 100 years ago. A model of the mine is used to illustrate how the coal was extracted using thin-seam techniques. Walk through the work...

    A fascinating overview of local history and industrial archeology. You really appreciated the hard lives the miners led. The tour was made by our lovely and knowledgeable guide.

  • Longyearbyen: Wilderness Evening Experience with Dinner

    5. Longyearbyen: Wilderness Evening Experience with Dinner

    Your Arctic adventure begins with pickup from Longyearbyen and travels out into the Advent Valley to Camp Barentz, in the midst of the tundra. Upon arrival, meet your friendly guide and listen to a brief safety induction about the camp before heading inside the cozy log cabin where an open fire creates the most blissful atmosphere. Enjoy a delicious welcome drink, then settle in for story time as you listen to your hosts share unique tales and anecdotes about life in the Arctic. Learn about the discoverer of Svalbard, Willem Barentz, then watch an informative and interesting presentation about the King of the Arctic, the polar bear. Throughout the evening, the smells of a traditional reindeer and root vegetable soup will fill the cabin as its cooked over an open fire. When it’s ready, tuck into this hearty dish and don’t be afraid to ask for second servings! Beer, wine, and soft drinks...

  • Longyearbyen: Northern Lights Hunt by Electric Snowmobile

    6. Longyearbyen: Northern Lights Hunt by Electric Snowmobile

    Venture out into the darkness on a 3-hour snowmobile exploration from Longyearbyen. Leave civilization behind and follow the light from your snowmobile to see the path ahead. In complete silence, speed through the wilderness on the first electric snowmobile tours in Scandinavia. An environmentally friendly way to explore, the batteries are charged by wind and solar power. Witness the nuances in the polar night, and sense the mystical darkness suddenly change as the glow of the aurora borealis is revealed. Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel and drive to the Expedition Center, where you'll receive a full introduction to the tour. Here, in the modern briefing rooms, see a snowmobile and understand how to drive it, while also receiving information on where the tour will take you and what to expect. After this, kit yourself out in a warm snowmobile suit, boots, mittens, balaclava, a...

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What people are saying about Svalbard

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 48 reviews

Great tour from the heart of Longyearbyen out into the rough nature. We had a great tour with wonderful Northern Lights that evening. Our guide was very good and gave us good information. The snowcat is great, the interior is pleasantly tempered. But you also need that if you want to take photos outside at -35 degrees. The sections of the journey are then intended for thawing. We made 4 stops at different places and then we went back to the starting point on time. Great tour.

A very good excursion, well worth the cost! Comfortable and nice way to move around, nice and knowledgeable staff who could tell you about places we passed and also answer follow-up questions that came afterwards. The guide in the Pyramid was really interesting, an experience! At the Nordenskiöld Glacier, we were lucky enough to see a polar bear with two cubs, which really counts as a very positive bonus!

The catamaran was clean, spacious and comfortable. The guides were professional; biologists and knew birds and animals. Getting to know the Pyramids was more interesting than I expected. Lunch was served on the outward journey, there was no possibility to dine on the return journey and there was little hunger.

Everything was very good. Nice people and the weather made the trip fantastic

Cosy Intresting stories Perfect intro too Spitsbergen