Snowmobile Trip to the Land of the Polar Bear in Svalbard

Snowmobile Trip to the Land of the Polar Bear in Svalbard

Activity Snapshot

  • Sensation Level: Adventurous
  • Spoken languages: German, English, Swedish, Norwegian
  • Fitness level: Everybody welcome
  • Minimum age: minimum 12 y/o
  • Duration: 10 hrs
  • Cancellation policy: 
    strict 1) Cancellation 30 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 30 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 10 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, are considered last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Longyearbyen (You will be picked up at your accomodation) In "special terms" down are the info where the guide can pick you up.
  • Opening seasons:
    • J
    • F
    • M
    • A
    • M
    • J
    • J
    • A
    • S
    • O
    • N
    • D

Activity description

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

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

Roughly 3000 polar bears live around Spitsbergen and Longyearbyen during the winter months. However, it's not easy to find them. The best chances of seeing one are on the east coast in Spitsbergen. That's why your guide will take you there.

Via snowmobile, you will drive through huge valleys and pass ancient glaciers on your way to the east. You will stop at the top of one of the glaciers and enjoy the view of two remote and uninhabited islands: Barents- and Edgeøya.

After a long, but easy ride through the breathtaking Arctic landscape on your snowmobile, you will finally arrive at the destination.

Beware now! This is the territory of the polar bears and you shouldn't get too close. From a safe distance, hopefully, you will get the opportunity to observe one of these majestic creatures with your binoculars.

Activity requirements

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

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

All snowmobile drivers must bring a valid driver's license and you need to be at least 18-years old. If you don't have a valid license, you will not be able to drive the snowmobile. In Norway, there is a zero-tolerance for the influence of alcohol when driving a snowmobile.

You can choose to purchase an optional snowmobile insurance policy for NOK 200 from the guide of this activity. In case of an accident with your snowmobile, you will not have to pay a fee to cover the damages (the snowmobiles are insured up to NOK 6000). If you wish to share a snowmobile as a driver and passenger, then you only need the 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
Do not forget to bring
  • Driver licence
  • Warm clothes
  • Gloves
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Hat
Meeting point
Longyearbyen (You will be picked up at your accomodation) In "special terms" down are the info where the guide can pick you up. Get directions



Average rating
5 / 5
Very good
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.

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