About us

The people of Better Moments have years of experience from living in Svalbard. We have worked for different companies in town, but are now doing things our own way. The fall of 2013 we started Better Moments AS. Brand new equipment and new snowmobiles was purchased. In 2016 we decorated the old Dynamite storage at Kuhaugen outside Longyearbyen and are now welcoming our scooter guests here.

After a great first year, we decided to start with closed RIB boat trips along the west coast of Spitsbergen. And 2015 was our first year we offered summer activities. Summer 2016 we got our new boat and will offer more of everything.

Better Moments have a maximum of 6 snowmobiles on our online trips, and a maximum 12 persons on our boat trips. We do this so our guests get the best experience possible. More private and less hectic than the big groups in the larger companies. If your group is bigger than this, or you want a private experience, we recommend to contact us by mail or use the contact form below.

We hope to see you soon!

Eivind Aksnes

Manager/Guide

Eivind worked his first season as a snowmobile guide the year of 2006. Before that he had visited the island many times. He worked a couple of years in the Norwegian army, before migrating to the north. In addition to bringing guest safely around on snowmobiles in the winter, he also take them out on ATV’s, and Rib-boat Safaris in the summer. Now he is the manager of, and a guide at Better Moments. His experience will bring you out and about on exiting routes, and his knowledge of Svalbard will give you many, many stories.
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Niklas Gerhardsson

Guide/Mechanic/Office

Niklas is our most experienced guide. After finishing his two year long nature guide study in Sweden, he moved up to Svalbard in 1998. He successfully started his own dog yard, taking guests out on guided dog sledding-trips. He has worked as a snowmobile guide, and in summer as an expedition guide on several boats sailing around Svalbard, and Antarctica. Now he is the captain on his own sailing yacht “Aleiga”, taking guest out on cruises around Svalbard. With his versatility, tons of experience and many good stories, he hopes to give you Better Moments.
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Sara Borchgrevink Madsen

Office

Sara first visited Svalbard in February 2016, and has since then been amazed by the place. After finishing her bachelor degree in Tourism Management, by writing a bachelor thesis about tourists’ satisfaction on Svalbard, she didn’t hesitate to leave Oslo and move to Longyearbyen. Sara is passionate about the factors leading to the best possible experiences, and how to achieve great value for the money spent. Sara is working at Better Moments’ office with booking, sales, marketing and logistics.

Ida Olsson

Guide

Ida was born in Sweden and is a high school teacher in physical education and history. During her time in school she worked as a white water rafting guide. After some time as a working teacher, she began to work fulltime as a guide. She has been working as a wilderness and adventure guide in the northern most part of Sweden. She has been driving snowmobile in different environments and talked about northern lights. During summer time she has also been out with guests who wants to drive off-road in the Swedish forest on an endure bike. At the moment she lives in Longyearbyen on Svalbard and guide people in kayak, snowmobile, hiking and boat trips. With 10 years of guiding she`s never happier than when she experience and discover the nature, and give the guests the experience that will give them an adventure of a lifetime.

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Renè Olsen

Guide

Renè has a diverse background, with guide study in Norway and USA, experience in different areas from Hunt-guiding and trapping in Canada, gunsmithing, to deckhand and boat steering in the Norwegian fjords, working on fish farms and inspection vessels. As an avid outdoor enthusiast and a hunter, he found his home quickly on Svalbard. With his wide interest in culture, traveling, history and nature, he has accumulated a broad field of expertise, and a fair share portion of stories, which he is more than willing to share with you.

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Erlend Øian

Guide

Erlend is from the middle part of the mainland of Norway, among fjords and mountains. His strong interest in outdoorlife and nature made him choose Longyearbyen as his home base in 2015. Coming from an outdoor equipment shop, he had his first season guiding on Svalbard by foot and in his kayak in 2016. He got a great deal of experience from his own adventures on the mainland of Norway, and Svalbard, which is of good use when traveling in the high Arctic. While living on Svalbard, the winters has been used for gaining experience and knowledge about the archipelago, so that he can assure the safety for his guests. Erlend’s greatest cause when guiding, is to help experience the beauty of the nature and wildlife, while giving you a personal adventure at this northern latitude. As one of our full-time snowmobile guides, he is always happy to be giving you Better Moments.

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Ane Fausa Ramnefjell

Guide

Since the first meeting with Svalbard in 2012, Ane has had a strong affection for this island. She was born and raised among the alps on the west coast of Norway, but always had the draw towards the high Arctic. The Svalbard life therefore fell naturally to her, and here she feels like home. Her burning passion for nature and outdoor life has, among other things, led her on expeditions through the wilderness of Alaska. For years she worked in sport equipment stores, both on the mainland and on Svalbard, where she dressed and equipped other adventurous people. With a wide experience and dedication for wilderness and nature, she loves to meet people and bring them on adventures so they can discover, feel and enjoy the arctic themselves. These are moments to remember.

Larissa Beumer

Guide

Larissa grew up in Berlin, Germany, but instantly felt at home in Svalbard when she first arrived in 2012. Writing her master thesis about climate change impacts on Svalbard reindeer, she got more and more fascinated by the Arctic ecosystems. Concerned with the impacts of climate change and industrial developments in the Arctic, she worked as an Arctic expert for Greenpeace the past two years. She has been guiding for several companies in Svalbard, both on land and on expedition cruises around the archipelago, and has been involved in many research projects. Larissa is looking forward to sharing her experiences and passion for the Arctic with you and hopes to make you fall in love with the Arctic just like she did.

Ola Ullern

Guide

After spending some of years studying ourdoor experiences in Alta in Norwegian Lapland, Ola in 2013 felt it was a natural next step going to Svalbard to do the Arctic Nature Guide Study. While compleeting the one year study program, he found himself falling more and more in love with the place, and did not want to leave. Since then he have been working as a nature guide and boat driver on Spitsbergen.

Ismael Beltran

Guide

Ismael is a sailor who has sailed all the way to Svalbard from Galicia in Spain. Worked on Aquatic sports like water ski, wake board, parasailing and more in the beaches of Mallorca, before embarking on the Dutch Tallship fleet. The same way as the old Baske wailers embarked the old Dutch wailing ships in the XIV and XV centuries.

After many years of sailing in the north of Europe, Baltic sea, North sea, Atlantic Ocean, onboard several diferent Tallships, Ismael got the oportunity to sail to Svalbard onboard the tall ship Antigua in 2010. Ever since he has come back in the summer to enjoy the sea life in the Arctic. Since 2014 he has lived in Longyearbyen also in the winter, working in the tourist industry, only not at sea in the winter.

Eli Gunnemark

Guide

When Eli was traveling in his early twenties and ended up working as a guide in the jungle of Borneo and realized that guiding was the perfect job for him. A job that allowed an opportunity to convey the amazement that nature brings and to create unforgettable experiences for guests from around the world. Back his home country of Sweden, Eli went to a school at the border of Finland, and completed a two year nature guide study. After the studies he worked for three years at a small hotel in Swedish Lapland called Tree Hotel. Eli worked as a guide and guided a lot of different tours in the deep forests between Jokkmokk and Boden. With his experience of guiding and enthusiasm Eli will create adventures and unique experiences that only can be found here in Svalbard.

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Phone: +47 400 95 965

E-Mail: info@bettermoments.no

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