Svalbard Off The Beaten Path

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  • Lilliehook Glacier - light area is recent ablation
    Lilliehook Glacier - light area is...
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Svalbard Off The Beaten Path

  • Info about "off the beaten track" here:

    For any back country treks, any visits beyond the recreational zone (vicinity of Longyearbyen-Barentsburg-Pyramiden) and for independent expeditions/treks etc., you will need to see the information provided by the Governor of Svalbard and apply to them for permits etc. Outfitters and tour organizers in Longyearbyen will do this for you, certainly,...

  • Compulsory insurance off the beaten path

    If you want to travel beyond the central access zone on Svalbard, you will need a permit from the Governor's Office in Longyearbyen (see other tip). One prerequiste for such a permit is that you have a search- and rescue- insurance. The insurance is tailored for Svalbard's legal regime and conditions. The link below is to one provider of such...

  • Alone on Svalbard

    Alone, without joining a group or an expedition you basically cannot leave the settlement(s) - at least no more than a day trip away from the main settlements. And do not leave the settlement without a 30.06 high-powered rifle or proven polar bear guard dogs. The main security risks are bad and very quickly changing weather, hypothermia/ extreme...

  • No marked trails on Svalbard

    By official policy there are no marked or signposted trails or treks on Svalbard. Thus hiking here may be a quite different proposal from hiking on the mainland.There are marked winter/spring snowmobile trails, though, to limit the transport to the Svea Mines to one main track and to avoid avalanche prone areas.There is a popular hike from...

  • The greenhouse in Barentsburg

    Next to the farm is a greenhouse where they grow tomatoes and other vegetables. They even had a lemon tree!

  • Barentsburg Farm

    The most memorable experience was when we found the northernmost farm on the planet. They have a dozen cows several hundred pigsYou have to look for it to find it. Go left when you come from the boat, away from the centre, it’s one of the last buildings.

  • Barensburg

    Well, I'd say everything at this latitude is off the beaten track but this is definitively the most exotic place I've been to.Barensburg is a Russian mining community of about 800 inhabitants about 40 km west of Longyearbyen. It’s piece of Russia in Norwegian territory at 78 degrees north. We had Russian champagne in the hotel bar and for those on...

  • Check out the back roads

    When I had some free time,We would drive down the road that follows the coastline. There are allot of roads that branch off toward the abandoned mines . if you have a 4x4 , like we rented , cruise down these roads and you will see everything from glaciers to mines and even raindeer. The mourning we left, we saw an artic fox scavaging along the...

  • Northen lights viewing

    Most people visit Svalbard when the day is 24 hours long, missing the wondeful spectacle of the northen lights. Northen lights can be seen at night, between Mid October and early March. In other periods the day is too long and the night too bright. Especially on very cold nights, the sky can be so clear that you can see *millions* of stars.

  • Overnight inside an igloo

    The igoo was used for two consecutive nights and they was our base for the daytrips in the surrounding. The temperature was -12°C inside and -25°C outside but I didn't feel any cold inside the special designed sleeping bag and reindeer skin.

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