Barentsburg excursion by snowmobile from Longyearbyen

14/02/2001

Snowscooter trip to Barentsburg from Longyearbyen. Barentsburg is a little russian mining town, living on coal mines. The snowscooter trip takes about two hours each way. Barentsburg can be reached also by ship, when icing conditions in the fjord allows.

Driving the snowmobile from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg Driving the snowmobile from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg
Driving the snowscooter from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg Driving the snowscooter from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg
En-route by snowmobile from Longyearbyen to Barentsurg, driving into valleys and along beaches. The sky is not clear, but the light is beautiful and pleasant. As the temperature of both air and water has been higher than normal on December and January, Isfjord is almost totally free from ice, a situation quite different from what I saw here two year ago.

 

The guided snowmobile trip on Svalbard
My guide and my snowmobile.

 

Barentsburg, Svalbard
Barentsburg, Svalbard Barentsburg, Svalbard
A nice building in Barentburg and the fjord. The ice is still very thin and sparse, only the inner part of the fjord is actually covered by ice and snow. For additional pictures about Barentsburg and the surrounding landscape, please see my April 1999 trip.

 

Longyearbyen from top of Longyear glacier
Back to Longyearbyen. It's getting darker, with some blue light. The bottom-right picture shows the lights of Longyearbyen seen from the top of Longyear glacier.

 

Hotel room in Longyearbyen Hotel room in Svalbard
Back in my beautiful hotel room in Longyearbyen.

 

Dogsled trip near Longyearbyen
Dogsled trip near Longyearbyen The kennel, the dogs and the sleds, a very interesting experience !

 

Dogsled trip near Longyearbyen
The sled is almost armed and ready to go.

 

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