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.
Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel