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Snowmobile Safari to Tempelfjorden

with Svalbard Adventures

Experience the feeling of cruising through valleys, between high mountains and out to the cold coastal landscape by snowmobile. Our destination is the Tempelfjord, where the legendary trapper Hilmar Nøis spent 26 winters.

We head east from Longyearbyen over the frozen river delta through the Advent Valley before driving through the valleys of Eskerdalen and Sassendalen. We then drive north to Fredheim, the trapper’s cabin and home of one of Svalbard’s most famous trappers, Hilmar Nøis (1891-1975).

Fredheim was different from the other trapper’s cabins. With a cream jar and nightgown placed by the ammunition and tablecloths and pot plants on the table, his wife Helfrid left her feminine touch on the cabin. Consequently, the well-kept home in the middle of the wilderness became known as Villa Fredheim. The mountain Templet towers behind the cabin, almost like a Gothic cathedral.

Lunch with a view

When the sun returns and spring approaches, if we are lucky, we may see seals on the ice. If the conditions permit, we drive out onto the sea ice to take a closer look at the terminus (front) of two glaciers, the Tunabreen and Von Postbreen. We stop for a well-earned lunch break in a majestic setting beside the glacier front, a nature-based lunch experience you will long remember. If it’s possible, we will continue to our lavvu in the Brattlidalen valley, a hidden valley formed by the meltwater that flowed through here over a period of several thousand years.

Snowmobile Safari to Tempelfjorden
  • 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 base-layer of wool or an equivalent is essential
  • A valid driving license for a car or motorcycle must be carried during the whole trip to drive a snowmobile. The passenger does not need to have a driver’s licence.
  • Total distance: Approximately 150km
  • Total driving time: Approximately 5 ½ hours
  • Pickup: At your hotel at approximately 08:00, every day
  • 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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