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A ghost town polar bears and a night in the camp

Spitsbergen, Norway
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icon3 days  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Discover the stunning beauty of the Svalbard islands during this 3-day small-group camping trip from Longyearbyen towards the Nordenskiöldbreen glacier. Spend your time searching for polar bears and other animals, admiring the picturesque fjord scenery, and exploring an abandoned Russian mining town—Pyramiden—over the course of three days. This tour is an opportunity to learn more about the islands of Svalbard and their ecosystems.
  • Take a 3-day camping trip in the Svalbard islands from Longyearbyen
  • Visit the Nordenskiöldbreen and explore the abandoned Pyramiden
  • Learn about the ecosystem of the area and try to spot polar bears
  • Enjoy a personalized experience with a maximum of 8 guests per tour

What's Included

3 days, overnight stays in camp/tents and in Pyramiden Hotel
Binoculars, tripod, flashlight and/or headlights, wide angle lens for lost places, strong zoom lens for wildlife photography from the ship
Details
English, German, others can be arranged on request
Transport and accommodation (camp / tents, Pyramiden Hotel), food, camping-kitchen equipment, experienced guides with necessary safety equipment, barbecue on the ship, dinner in Pyramiden Hotel, guided tours in Pyramiden
max 8 persons (minimum age of 14)
Personal camping equipment (sleeping bag etc., see packing list), Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, additional snacks, tips for the guides
Practical Information
Pyramiden is an abandoned town and consequently Polar bear area: Groups must stay together on both guided tours.
This tour includes transport by ship across the open waters of Isfjorden. Wind and strong waves can cause seasickness. We recommend a wind- and waterproof jacket and something warm to put on while on the ship and on our hikes. Good hiking boots are necessary and you need to be in good physical condition. No credit cards or foreign currency is accepted in Pyramiden Hotel. The hotel is the only building in use, there are no shops. Snacks and drinks as well as souvenirs can be purchased in the hotel and camera batteries can be recharged there after we are back from camp.
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

we pick you up at your hotel

Departure Time

7:30 AM
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What To Expect

At the end of Billefjorden, we enter Adolfbukta where we slowly proceed towards the glacier Nordenskiöldbreen. Small pieces of ice swimming in the bay remind us that the glacier, in all its beauty, also bears a danger as it slowly but steadily moves and calves into the ocean. Therefore, we enjoy the scenery in safe distance and see if we can spot seals or polar bears.

Lunch will be served on the ship before we make our way towards Pyramiden at the edge of Mimerbukta. Pyramiden, which literally means “the pyramid” is a small abandoned Russian town named by Swedish geologists after the characteristic pyramid-like mountain-top nearby.

We leave Pyramiden shortly after arrival and start hiking towards the camp, approximately 8 km west of the town. We walk through Mimerdalen until we reach our camp at a small lake, where we set up our camp and introduce you to the polar bear safety basics for camping in the wilderness. After that we hike up the slope of Yggdrasilkampen in order to get the view over the area: Odindalen, Munindalen, Mimerdalen, Pyramiden, and the glacier we passed by with the ship earlier that day. It is worth bringing the tripod up here as the view invites you to compile some panoramas. From here we can also see some of the places we are going to visit the next day. Please see the schedule below for more details.

On day three, after we had breakfast, we will leave and hike back to Pyramiden where we will have dinner. Then we take you on two guided tours in Pyramiden: One given by a local Russian guide who will introduce you to the history of the ghost town. The second tour has its focus on photography and provides the guest with the necessary time to picture the coal mining installations and the old buildings from outside as well as inside. Hundreds of Black-legged kittywakes have taken over some of the buildings and offer shots that might be even too close for the zoom lens!
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 09:00 Departure from Longyearbyen harbor with M/S Polar Girl
  • Arrival in Longyearbyen, bus transport back to accommodation places
  • Arrival in Pyramiden, introduction round and safety instructions
  • Barbecue on the ship at the glacier Nordenskiöldbreen
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Bus transport from Hotel back to Pyramiden harbor
  • Bus transport to the centre, hike to camp (8 km)
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Demount of the camp, hike back to Pyramiden
  • Departure from Pyramiden with M/S Polar Girl back to Longyearbyen
  • Dinner in Pyramiden Hotel
  • Dinner with expedition food in Odindalen
  • Evening-hike to the viewpoint at the north-western slope of Yggdrasilkampen
  • Guided tour Lost places (focus on photography)
  • Hike to the northernmost extension of Jotunfonna glacier
  • Hike towards Odindalen, crossing Mimerelva in Mimerdalen
  • Late-night-supper in camp
  • Lunch with cookies and coffee in “Odincabin”
  • Meeting the local guide, guided tour through Pyramiden (Background information)
  • Overnight stay in camp / tents (Polar bear watch)
  • Overnight stay in camp / tents (Polar bear watch)
  • Pick-up at your accommodation in Longyearbyen
  • Setting up the camp, overnight safety instructions
  • Supper in camp
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Cancellation Policy

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