Hiorthamn; Hike to a historical mining settlement
Arranged by Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions
Join us for an exciting adventure, out of town, into the polar night to feel the darkness and silence in Svalbard.
If we are lucky, and the night is clear, we can see nature’s own magical lights: The northern lights. From a distance, we will see lights from the only urban settlement in the Arctic.
If the weather permits it, then we cross the frozen Advent river and head towards Hiorthamn. Hiorthhamn is an abandoned mining settlement located on the east side of Adventfjorden, across the fjord from Longyearbyen.
Hiorthamn served as a coal mining site from 1917 to 1921.
There lies one of the places on Svalbard with the highest amount of cultural heritage, and it’s an exciting place to visit where the raw nature of Svalbard meets the cultural impact of human activity in the Arctic.
This is an easy hike which suits almost everyone. The landscape is flat, but you will still experience to walk on ice and snow on the Arctic tundra.
We recommend that you bring a backpack with some extra space for equipment, headlamps, something cold to drink and extra warm clothing.
We recommend you wear wool clothing as a base layer. Bring a neck buff, warm hat / cap and warm gloves – and worn in hiking boots..
Included in this activity is transport from your hotel, headlamps, spikes or snowhoes, biscuits and something warm to drink and a guide with necessary safety equipment.
Children, if used to Cold weather from 12 years old.
If the snow conditions demand, we use snowshoes.
Start time: 10:00
Duration: 5 hours
Age limit: 12 years
Price: NOK 1190,-
Price includes: Transportation to/from accommodation, snow shoes, headlamps, hot lunch, hot drinks, biscuits and guide with necessary safety equipment.