Spitzbergen Adventures AS


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Hybrid-electric catamaran to Barentsburg

Made for the future – join us today! During the summer of 2021, Hurtigruten Svalbard and Brim Explorer launches a hybrid-electric catamaran to roam the Arctic waters. With our new vessel you can join an exciting and more environmentally friendly boat trip to the exciting Russian settlement of Barentsburg.

A little piece of Russia

Barentsburg is with its 450 inhabitants Svalbard’s second largest settlement. The mining community is located on the beautiful Grønfjord, and is operated and owned by the state-owned Russian mining company Trust Arcticugol. There are own coal-fired power stations, hospitals, hotels, schools, kindergartens and cultural and sports buildings. Although there is still mining in the city, tourism is building up to become the most important industry. It is fascinating to visit Barentsburg and it is an experience to combine untouched nature with Russian culture.

Unique experiences

The conditions on Svalbard change a lot throughout the year, and a trip to Pyramiden during the midnight sun in May will be different than when the polar night approaches in October. Whatever the season, you can expect unique experiences in beautiful Svalbard nature. Early in the season the Bille fjord may still be ice covered, and landing in Pyramiden will then not be possible. The boat will then instead – silently – follow the ice edge where the opportunity to see wildlife is great! We will also enjoy the beautiful Nordenskiold glacier.

MS Bard is equipped with modern design and innovative technological solutions such as underwater microphones and underwater drones, creating a unique platform for exploring the sea, nature and wildlife beneath, as well as over water.

Practical information

MS Bard is one of the first sightseeing boats in the world to run full-day power tours, specially designed for its purpose. When the boat goes over 10 knots on the transport stages to Barentsburg and Pyramiden, a hybrid solution with brand new, fuel-saving technology enters. When the boat approaches glaciers, wildlife or settlements, it will run silently on 100% energy.

  • Level of complexity:

    1 – Suitable for all
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  • Price:

    Children 0-2 year: free
    Children 3-13 year: NOK825,- 
    Adult: NOK1650,-
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