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Longyearbyen: Isfjord Speedboat Safari to Grumant

Longyearbyen: Isfjord Speedboat Safari to Grumant

From $139.08 per person

Speed over the fjord as you head towards the abandoned Soviet town, Grumant. See the remains of the forlorn settlement precariously positioned in a valley between towering cliffs, and catch glimpses of the wildlife surrounding it.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Norwegian
Pickup included
Pick up is only available from: Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen, Funken Lodge, Coal Miners' Cabins, Svalbard Hotell Polfareren, Svalbard Hotell The Vault, Mary-Ann's Polarrigg and Port of Longyear.
Small group
Limited to 11 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the abandoned settlement, once home to 1200 people, abandoned in the 1960s
  • Enjoy an introduction to the mining history of this region, and the hardy souls who came in search of it
  • Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like Arctic foxes and Svalbard reindeer, and whales in the fjord
Full description
Take an expedition out to an abandoned Soviet settlement and step back into the 1960s. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and start with a safety briefing and to get you kitted up. Then take a short drive to the harbor where you’ll board the Polarcirkel speedboat. Once everyone is ready, the guide/captain will manoeuvre out of the harbor, and then increase the pace to ensure an exhilarating ride into the Isfjord. The goal? The abandoned Soviet settlement, Grumant, which lies in a crevasse-like valley between the towering cliffs. Your guide will make stops to share stories from interesting sites and to allow viewing of the local wildlife before making a longer stop near Grumant. Here they will discuss the history of the region, and particularly the mines and their hard-working employees, who were challenged by wind and waves as they struggled to bring the black gold out of the mountains. From here, a course will be set towards Hiorthhamn, on the north bank of the Adventfjord, where another abandoned settlement can be seen. The town here boasted a barracks, blacksmith, stores, kitchen, sawmill, hospital and offices in addition to the mining installations. With a little imagination you can see the bustling settlement from the remnants that remain. The guide will then turn the boat back towards Longyearbyen, and as you return to civilization, you'll realize that you have a new appreciation for those who first settled this region, and the comforts that can be found here today. After a quick stop at the expedition centre to leave your equipment, the guide will drive you back to the hotel, filled with memories and stories from your adventure.
Includes
  • Transport to and from accommodation in Longyearbyen
  • Exposure suit
  • Life jacket and goggles
  • Warm drinks and biscuits
  • Tour leader/captain with safety equipment
  • Search and rescue insurance
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 8 years
    • Pregnant women
    • People with back problems
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    What to bring

    • Warm clothing
    • Warm shoes

    Know before you go

    • Safety is the highest priority, and the guide needs to be able to give directions you understand. To participate, it is required that you speak and understand English or one of the Scandinavian languages.
    • Please note that the tour is in an open boat, and you may experience bumpy seas and sea spray. This tour is not recommended for those with back problems or who are pregnant. Participants are personally responsible for any equipment they bring on board.
    • A waiver must be signed to participate.
    • All tours are subject to weather conditions, and the route may be adjusted.
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    Lovely to be in nature in great weather, close to the sea and with a good guide!

    EVERYTHING worked: Pick up / bring, on & off with equipment, top boat, interesting guiding / storytelling and suitable long landing with blackcurrant toddy!

    September 18, 2019

    September 25, 2019

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