Speed Boat Trip to a Walrus Colony on Svalbard
Speed Boat Trip to a Walrus Colony on Svalbard
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Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level
    Beginner
  • Spoken languages
    German, English, Swedish, Norwegian
  • Duration
    7 hrs
  • Opening seasons:
    • J
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Activity description

Svalbard is the Northernmost inhabited place in the world and famous for its rich wildlife, ancient glaciers and all year snow-covered landscapes. On this exciting boat tour, you will head out far into the Arctic Circle to a local Walrus colony.

During the summer months, they love to sunbathe on the beach. And you will get the unique opportunity to observe these funny and fascinating animals from a close distance!

One of their favourite spots close to Longyearbyen is Poolepynten which is located on the island of Prins Karls Forland. You will get there by speedboat! Don't worry, the boats are comfortable as they are closed, heated and dry and equipped with a panorama bar and restrooms.

You will start this day tour by crossing the beautiful Isfjord. On the way, you will get the chance to see Atlantic puffins and other birds which nest on Svalbard during the Summer months.

Trygghamna is located half-way on your way to the walruses and it's the northern entrance of the Isfjord. Rugged mountains rise up to 900 meters above you and below the cliffs, you might be able to spot reindeers and foxes which utilise the fertile landscape here.

This area has been used by trappers and hunters for centuries and your guides can tell you many fascinating stories about them.

Now it's time to leave the Isfjord and head north towards the scenic west coast of Spitsbergen. If the weather conditions are good, you might stop at the beach of Poolepynten in order to stretch your legs.

Finally, you will arrive at the destination. Usually, there are up to 30 walruses in the colony. They are standing on the beach and arguing about the best spots for sunbathing. You will hear them clearly! Don’t forget to bring your camera as you will have perfect opportunities for photos.

If the weather conditions are really poor, you will still be able to see them up close from the deck of the boat.

There will be a light lunch on board before you start heading back to Longyearbyen. On the way back, you will pass the abandoned mining Ghost Town of Grumant, located in the middle of steep mountains.

minimum 4 y/o
Cancellation policy: 
strict1) 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
Activity requirements

The Guide of this tour recommends wearing long woollen underwear, an insulating layer and an additional wind and waterproof shell layer.

Special terms

The guide requires a minimum of 5 people on this trip. That means that there need to be at least 5 individual bookings for this activity.

Please be aware that the guides of this tour can never guarantee to see wildlife. However, it's a popular spot for walruses and your experienced guides for this tour will make sure you get an authentic and unique experience out there in the Arctic! Also, the final destinations can change due to weather conditions. Unfortunately, the weather forecasts are never 100% reliable within this region, therefore, be prepared that the route might be flexible.

 

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

Included
  • Lunch
  • Free drinks on board
  • Pickup,
  • SAR insurance
  • Guide
Do not forget to bring
Do not forget to bring
  • Seasonal Clothing
  • Camera
  • Waterproof boots
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Woollen socks
Meeting point
Longyearbyen (You will be picked up at your accommodation) 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 Get directions
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