Boat safari to Barentsburg and Isfjord Radio

Open RIB boat safari to Barentsburg and Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel

Every Day
Min. 2 partisipants
Lunch included
Isfjord Radio
Min. age 12
per person 2,250 nok


Join us on an open RIB boat safari to Barentsburg and Isfjord Radio

Experience magnificent Arctic scenery, history and a pice of Russia at Svalbard. The historical Isfjord Radio Station is situated at the outermost part of Isfjord with majestic mountains overlooking the Arctic Ocean. This is the last stop before Greenland. Hop on!


The day starts early at 8AM, when your guide picks you up from the hotel. We will quickly go through todays program, destinations and activities. Once the survival suit has been put on and zipped shut, we will head down to the harbour. We travel across Isfjorden with open RIB boat, and make our first stop by Grumant, an old abandoned Russian minting town. There are plenty of wildlife around the fjord at summertime, and we may get to observe arctic birds, walruses, seals, belugas or bigger whales, or even the polar bear.

We continue our journey towards Barentsburg, a Russian mining town that still operates today. There are around 400 inhabitants and here you might even spot the only cat living on Svalbard. 270 steps will lead you from the harbour to the main street of this distinct town created with colourful houses in a naked landscape. We spend around an hour to 90 minutes here before heading even longer west, to Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel.

Basecamp Isfjord Radio hosts will greet us as we arrive, and a warm 2-course lunch awaits. The old radio station has been transformed to a luxurious hotel with a gourmet kitchen, far into the arctic wilderness. This is the untouched home to walrus, fox, reindeer and polar bears, and you are welcome to visit.

After lunch and warming up fingers and toes, we explore the area around the station then learn more about the history of this historic outpost. Around 15 hrs, we dress back into rescue suites and return to Longyearbyen.

This trip can be extended to an overnight at Isfjord Radio, and you can choose your day- or half-day excursions from the wildest hotel location at Svalbard. We do recommend two nights or more, to make sure you get into the right soft pace. Ask us about an offer!

Please note that Isfjord Radio is a wilderness hotel and to move outside you need a guide with rifle for polar bear protection.

Lunch included
Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel

Price information

What’s included?

Boat safari from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg and Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel
Warm lunch at Isfjord Radio, coffee and tea
Station walk and story telling
Sightseeing in Barentsburg
Transport to and from hotel/guesthouse in Longyearbyen
Car transfer to harbor and back
Equipment: Flotation suits, hats and goggles
Guide with emergency and safety equipment
Search- and rescue insurance

What’s NOT included?

Personal travel insurance, drinks and own spendings

Recommended equipment

Recommended clothing in the Arctic: Woolen underwear as the base layer, warm wool or flees trousers & sweater on the top, three layers of woolen socks (thin & thick woolen socks), windproof layer on the top (spacious clothing is recommended since air is the best insulation),  gloves, warm hat (wind proof), scarf or flees- tube. Also sun glasses for the boat ride is warmly reccomended.


This trip is not suitable for persons suffering from back pains. Pregnant women cannot participate on any snowmobile, dog sledding or boat safaris arranged by Basecamp Spitsbergen. Basecamp takes no responsibility to any health issues, due to neglecting this advice.

In Spitsbergen, weather conditions can change quickly. We can meet heavy winds, snowstorms or thick fog, crevasses and lack of snow or ice. This means we might need to make changes to the planned route, and this might lead up us not arriving to the planned destination. It can also mean that we need to use a different transportation style or accommodation than what was described in the program. We will always do our outmost to give our guests a great experience in the Arctic, but we must be aware that characteristics of the destination.

It is required to understand English or travel in company with someone who understands English and follow the guide information. This is of security reasons when operating in the Arctic.

Extend your boat safari to an overnight adventure at Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel. At summer time we have daily boat safaris from Longyearbyen to Isfjord Radio form 1. JUN to 30. SEP.

Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel

Included: Overnight in double room, 5-course dinner, two lunches and breakfast. Arctic Spa with polar bear guard for sea bath and sauna with a view.

22 rooms
All meals INCLUDED
Starting from 2000 NOK
per person/ night

Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel offers unique wilderness accommodation 90 km from Longyearbyen. There are no roads connection from Longyearbyen, so you need snowmobile or boat transfers to get here. This 1933 built solitude outpost for radio operators doesn’t look like much from the outside. As you enter, though, you’ll discover a different world. The contrast between the surrounding rough coastal landscape and the modern luxury hotel inside is a sight to behold. It is easy to forget where you are, but a quick dip in the Arctic Ocean will bring you back.

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