From Longyearbyen to Barentsburg by snowmobile

07/04/1999 

The short snowscooter drive from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg is just the first leg of a four days expeditions in Svalbard, with the purpose of exploring the most remote corners of south-east Spitsbergen.

Preparing the snowscooter
We are preparing the snowmobiles, ready to leave for Barentsburg and for Svea. Today total travel time will be around 8 hours, for about 100 kilometres.
Snowscooters on Longyear glacier Snowscooters on Longyear glacier
Snowscooters on Longyear glacier


We start crossing the Longyear glacier where, from the top, there is a beautiful view.
Svalbard reindeer
We then descent in the opposite valley, where we see also a Svalbard reindeer.
Snowmobile safari to Spitsbergen Snowmobile safari to Svalbard
Snowmobile safari to Spitsbergen Snowmobile safari to Svalbard
We are getting closer to Barentsburg. Parts of the Isfjord fjord are free from ice and we can see the open water in several distant places (bottom-right picture).
Snowmobile safari to Svalbard Snowmobile safari to Spitsbergen
Barentsburg, Svalbard Barentsburg, Spitsbergen
The town of Barentsburg, with an economy based on coal mining. On the right picture, you can see the coal extraction facility, with a big pile of coal in the front of the frozen fjord.

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