Snowmobile to the Wild Fjords
with Svalbard Adventures
You don’t need to travel far from Longyearbyen to achieve unique nature-based experiences. By driving approx. 35 km to Elveneset, you will be rewarded with views of several arms of the fjord and majestic mountains.
Dress for the cold
We always start our snowmobile safaris with a briefing about safety and how to drive a snowmobile and then dress warmly before it’s time to set off. On this safari, you will experience much of Svalbard within a short space of time. We drive from Longyearbyen to Elveneset, a viewpoint at the top of the De Geer valley. While warming up with a hot drink, you can enjoy the wonderful views of three fjords – the Sassenfjord, Tempelfjord and Billefjord.
“World’s most beautiful mountain”
Standing on the headland, we are surrounded by wild fjords in the mountain landscape. Across the fjord, we can see the mountain Templet, which local trappers often refer to as the “world’s most beautiful mountain”. The lines and shape of this mountain, which is reminiscent of a colossal temple, tell us about the history of Svalbard’s climate. The fjord arms surrounding us are the routes to areas of important historical significance for Svalbard.
After exploring the terrain at Elveneset and visiting a frozen waterfall, we head back to Longyearbyen. The total driving distance is approx. 70 km. This trip offers an excellent introduction to your Svalbard experience.
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Difficulty: 2 of 5
Time: 09:30:00 – 15:30
Minimum participants: 2 drivers
Age limit: 8 years
- Transport to and from the accommodation
- Winter suit, boots, mittens, helmet, googles and balaclava
- Guide with safety equipment
- Search and rescue insurance
- Warm lunch, hot drinks and biscuits
- We do not recommend this tour if you are pregnant or have back problems
- We recommend warm clothing to wear under the winter suit such as wool underwear, wool socks, thick sweater and extra mittens
- A small backpack for extra clothing and other items
- For participants driving on this excursion, it is required that you speak and understand English or a Scandinavian language
- For safety reasons, the route may change due to weather, wind and snow conditions
Svalbard has a common grading system so you will find the trip that suits you. There are no snowmobile trips that suit everyone, therefore it’s no grading 1. Highlighted number is graded for this trip:
2 – Suitable for most without any snowmobile experience, very easy and flat terrain
3 – Suitable for most without any snowmobile experience, through some rugged terrain
4 – Previous snowmobile experience recommended, long day trip
5 – This activity demands previous snowmobile experience, very long day trip
To drive a snowmobile on Svalbard, you must have a driver’s license for passenger car/class B. The driver’s license must have been issued in a country that is a party to the Geneva Convention of 1949 or the Vienna Convention of 1968 on road traffic. The driver’s license must be valid in the issuing country. Here you’ll find a list over countries not eligible for driving snowmobiles at Svalbard.