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Snowmobile to the Land of the Polar Bear in Svalbard

Snowmobile to the Land of the Polar Bear in Svalbard
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Activity description

Did you know that there are more polar bears in Svalbard than people?

Enjoy this 180 kilometer snowmobile tour on the untouched, icy East Coast of Svalbard and see the island's native polar bears!

Far up in the North, between the North Pole and Norway, are the Svalbard islands. Discover complete wilderness and experience unique wildlife during this incredible snowmobile activity!

Roughly 3000 polar bears live around Spitsbergen and Longyearbyen during the winter months. The best chances of seeing one are on the East coast in Spitsbergen, which is hard of access without guides due to its immense desert valleys.

On this adventure, our expert guides will pave the way Eastwards by snowmobile, across glaciers and seemingly eternal glossy white valleys of ice. The ride is long but easy, and accessible to all levels of fitness. You will experience breathtaking Arctic landscape as you glide through the cold climate of the Svalbard archipelago. From the top of the glaciers, we will stop in the midst of deafening silence and magnificent nature and take in the views. The two remote and uninhabited islands of Barents and Edgeøya will be visible from the ice summits we reach. 

Beware now! This is the realm of the polar bears and we must remain on guard. We are not permitted to track down the White Bears, so we will use our binoculars to observe these majestic creatures from a safe distance.

In this region, where we are mere guests to the polar bears who roam the ice, surrounded by wild sea and ancient glaciers, we get to experience the real Svalbard. Book now for one of the most awe-inspiring experiences of raw wilderness in the Arctic North. 

Course of events

An approximate itinerary of our snowmobile excursion will have us leave from Longyearbyen in the direction of the glacier of Königsbergbreen on the East Coast. We will travel through the ravines of Eskerdalen and Sassendalen, as well as the glacier of Rabotbreen.

Activity requirements

Drivers must bring a valid driver's licence and be at least 18 years of age. 

In Norway, there is a zero tolerance for the influence of alcohol when driving a snowmobile.

Passengers must be at least 12 years of age. 

It is recommended by the guide of this activity to wear a base layer in 100% wool, a mid-layer in wool, down or fleece and thick woollen socks. It is possible to bring a small backpack.

Special terms

You can choose to purchase an optional snowmobile insurance policy for NOK 200 from the guide of this activity. With this option, you will be insured in any case of an accident. If you wish to share a snowmobile as a driver and passenger, then you only need insurance for one person. The minimum required age for passengers is 12.
This guide has 6 snowmobiles available. In case you are booking as a group, please be aware that there can be only 6 drivers. Each snowmobile can fit the driver and passenger. The driver and passenger can switch through during the activity.

The only locations the instructor can pick up in Longyearbyen is as follows:
Radisson BLU Polar hotel
Basecamp Hotel
Gjestehuset 102
Coal Miners Cabin
Funken Lodge
Cruise port
Mary Ann´s Polarrigg
Svalbard hotel – Polfareren
Svalbard hotel – The Vault
Tourist Information center

  • Snowmobile
  • Suit
  • Shoes
  • Goggles
  • Helmet
  • Mittens
  • Balaclava
  • Mask
  • Pick up
  • Insurance (see special terms)
Do not forget to bring
  • Driver licence
  • Gloves
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Thermal underwear
  • Thermal fleece
Meeting point
Svalbard Tourist Information or please contact your instructor for a pickup from the other locations provided. Pickup locations are listed in the "special terms" under the activity description. Get directions



Average rating
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Una experiencia inolvidable
  • 5 / 5

La expedición a la costa este de la isla es una experiencia única e imprescindible en Svalbard

Polarbear Trip
  • 5 / 5

Wir hatten das große Glück auf unserer Tour eine Eisbären Mutter mit ihrem junge zu beobachten. Für uns ein einzigartiges Erlebnis das wir so schnell nicht vergessen werden. Eli war ein Top guid und hat uns vorab über die Route und den Ablauf informiert. Wir waren eine kleine Gruppe von 4 schnee mobilen und das war perfekt. Eli hat uns ein perfektes Mittagessen serviert, Curry Hühnersuppe mit Olivenbrot. Zum Vergleich, bei anderen Anbietern wird häufig Trockenfutter gereicht. Als kleinen zwischen Snack gab es Rentier Herz. Man konnte auch richtig erkennen was es auch für den Guide für ein glücksmoment war diese Eisbären Mutter zu entdecken. Echt menschliche. Vielen Dank für diesen faszinierenden Tag. Unvergesslich

East coast snowmobile excursion
  • 5 / 5

Fantastic trip to the east coast of Spitsbergen. Certainly got the adrenaline flowing at times. Fast moments on the vehicle across this magnificent terrain. Fantastic views and quite ‘hairy’ at times. Highly recommended.