tn Winter Snowmobile Barentsburg Russian settlement Svalbard

Snowmobile Safari to Barentsburg

with Svalbard Adventures

A few hours southwest of Longyearbyen lies Barentsburg, a Russian settlement with a culture very different from ours.

After picking you up outside your hotel, we will give you a briefing about safety and how to drive a snowmobile and provide you with extra warm clothes and footwear. It’s then time to set off on an adventure through Svalbard’s unique landscape. We drive across the endless, bare snow-covered landscape and master the art of snowmobiling. As we drive along, you may spot the Svalbard reindeer grazing on the little vegetation they can find here in the wintertime.

— The architecture is a melting pot of different eras and cultures.

After a few hours on the snowmobiles, the pristine nature meets the industrial settlement of Barentsburg. We quickly notice this contrast as we drive past decorated, colourful and dilapidated buildings. The architecture is a melting pot of different eras and cultures. With an estimated population of 400-500, Barentsburg is Svalbard’s second-largest settlement. Whaling and mining used to be the cornerstone of the Barentsburg economy, but tourism and scientific research now prevail. We take a journey back in time and immerse ourselves in Barentsburg’s rich history.

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Per personNOK 3,190 driver
Also available as:
Per personNOK 1490 passenger

Difficulty: 4

From: 09:00 – 18:00

Minimum participants: 2 drivers

Age limit: 12 years

tn Winter Snowmobile Barentsburg Svalbard Adventures Vemund Solli
  • Transport to and from your hotel
  • Touring snowmobile and fuel
  • A snowmobile suit, boots, mittens, helmet, goggles and balaclava
  • An expedition lunch, hot drinks and biscuits
  • Search and Rescue Insurance
  • A local and experienced guide with a snowmobile and safety equipment
  • A valid driving license for a car, snowmobile, or motorcycle is required throughout the whole trip.
  • We do not recommend this tour if you are pregnant or have back problems
  • Participants are responsible for evaluating whether they are physically and mentally prepared for participation on in the booked activities. Participants must obey and adhere to all instructions issued by our tour guides. Svalbard Adventures reserves the right to refuse participation on trips if the participant is considered a threat to safety. Snowmobiling and ATV driving requires a valid driver’s license, and the driver cannot be under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants.

    This trip requires minimum 2 drivers. We may also need to change the number of drivers and passengers in terms of safety on the trip.

  • We recommend you wear warm clothing
  • On colder days an extra set of gloves as a liner to our mittens
  • A mid-layer consisting of a sweater and pants in fleece or wool is advisable
  • Down jackets, or other heavily insulated clothing, are not recommended beneath the snowmobile suit
  • Our snowmobiles do not have a storage compartment, so a small backpack could be useful for cameras, extra jackets, and other small items
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