Snowmobile Safari to Ice Cave
with Svalbard Adventures
We travel east from Longyearbyen, through the Advent Valley and the neighbouring Helvetiadalen valley to the Tellbreen glacier. Along the way, we stop to gain impressions of the nature and historical landscape. Here in Svalbard, we don’t need to travel far to find exciting and beautiful places to explore.
— A world of narrow passageways, glittering snow crystals, icicles and art formations created by Mother Nature.
On arrival at the Tellbreen glacier, we switch off the snowmobiles, put on our headtorches and head down into the cave. The meltwater channels during the summertime create unique formations and passageways we can explore. These channels change from year to year, adding to the unique experience. An ice cave can tell us about the history of the climate from the time when Svalbard was free of ice. Some of the layers of ice in the cave contain air bubbles, the ice in some places is as clear as glass, while the layers are often filled with sediments.
There is a hidden world down here in the cave; a world of narrow passageways, glittering snow crystals, icicles and art formations created by Mother Nature.
|Per person||NOK2,290.00 driver|
|Per person||NOK1090.00 passenger|
Difficulty: 3 of 5
From: 10:00 – 15:00
Minimum participants: 2 drivers
Age limit: 8 years
- 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
A light in the dark
The guide will explain about Svalbard’s fascinating geology. The temperature inside the ice cave is generally around -3 ˚C. Down here, away from the elements, there is no wind and it’s completely dark. We use headtorches to light up the underground landscape to fully appreciate the details in the ice and the enormous ice masses surrounding us. We will serve lunch in the ice cave or up on the glacier, depending on the prevailing weather conditions.