Pyramiden Lost Places
Glaciers, Wildlife, Mining, Cultural Heritage Sites – this is Svalbard in a Nutshell!
The tour brings us from Nordenskiöld Land northwards to Dickson Land on the other side of Isfjorden. We leave Longyearbyen and Adventfjorden by ship and sail towards north-east across Isfjorden, where we can see Tempelfjorden and its characteristic mountain slopes in the distance before we enter Billefjorden. From here on, all the area to our right-hand side belongs to the Sassen-Bünsow Land National park. Northern fulmars, seagulls, auks, and puffins are just a few bird species that might pass by the ship. At the end of Billefjorden, we enter Adolfbukta where we slowly proceed towards the glacier Nordenskiöldbreen. Small pieces of ice swimming in the bay remind us that the glacier, in all its beauty, also bears a danger as it slowly but steadily moves and calves into the ocean. Therefore, we enjoy the scenery in safe distance and see if we can spot seals or polar bears.
Lunch will be served on the ship before we make our way towards Pyramiden at the edge of Mimerbukta. Pyramiden, which literally means “the pyramid” is a small abandoned Russian town named by Swedish geologists after the characteristic pyramid-like mountain-top nearby.
We take you on two guided tours in Pyramiden: One given by a local Russian guide who will introduce you to the history of the ghost town. The second tour has its focus on photography and provides the guest with the necessary time to picture the coal mining installations and the old buildings from outside as well as inside. Hundreds of Black-legged kittywakes have taken over some of the buildings and offer shots that might be even too close for the zoom lens! The tour includes one overnight stay in Pyramiden Hotel. Please see the schedule below for more details:
Pick-up at your accommodation place in Longyearbyen09:00 Departure from Longyearbyen harbor with M/S Polar GirlBarbecue on the ship at Nordenskiöldbreen glacierArrival in Pyramiden harbor, Bus transport to Pyramiden Hotel, check-inIntroduction roundTour with the local guide and setting up the groupsGroup 1 starts at the northern part of townGroup 2 starts at the southern partDinner at the HotelExtra time for landscape photography
Breakfast Group 1 and 2 head out to finish the roundLunch at the hotelLandscape tour with photo guideBus transport back to Pyramiden harborArrival back in Longyearbyen harborDrop-off at your accommodation place
This tour includes transport by ship across the open waters of Isfjorden. Wind and strong waves can cause seasickness. We recommend a wind- and waterproof jacket and something warm to put on while on the ship. No credit cards or foreign currency is accepted in Pyramiden Hotel. The hotel is the only building in use, there are no shops. Snacks and drinks as well as souvenirs can be purchased in the hotel and camera batteries can be recharged.
Pyramiden is an abandoned town and consequently Polar bear area: Groups must stay together on both guided tours.
Duration: 2 days, overnight stay in Pyramiden
Included in the price: Transport and accommodation (Pyramiden Hotel), experienced guides with necessary safety equipment, barbecue on the ship, dinner and breakfast, guided tours in Pyramiden
Not inclusive: Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, additional snacks, tips for the guides
Capacity: max 8 persons
Language: English, German, others can be arranged on request
Recommended photo equipment: Binoculars, tripod, flashlight and/or headlights, wide angle lens for lost places, strong zoom lens for wildlife photography from the ship
Activities: Sailing, wildlife photography, lost places photography
Age limit: 14 years
Nature and terrain: Glacier, fjords, mountains, birds, view
Sites: Abandoned buildings, ghost town
Duration: 2 days
Capacity: max 8 persons
Language: English, German
Season: Spring, summer, autumn