Practical info

Booking

The most economical way to book a trip is to go online, or directly with the company that provides the trips. Some of the hotels in town might take an extra booking fee, and may also only recommend they’re own trips. Use time to find your favorite tour and the company that suits you the best.

There are many companies that provides trips to the same destinations. But there is often a big difference in what you get for your money.

 

Driver license and alcohol limit

All snowmobile drivers must bring a valid driver license. If the driver can´t show a valid driver license he/she will not be able to join the trip. An alternative is to be a passenger on a friend or partners snowmobile. There is no refund if you can’t show a valid license.

The alcohol limit on Svalbard is 0,2. If the guest is not sober enough, the guest is not joining the group. The governor of Svalbard has random alcohol controls out in the field, and we have a zero tolerance for alcohol. There is no refund if you don’t show up sober.

 

Equipment on snowmobile safaris

Better Moments offer all our guests special snowmobile equipment. This is an outer layer that protects you from the strong wind chills that will affect us when we drive.

For your own comfort, you will need to bring your own mid- and base layer. On a really cold day a third layer will make your day.

Better Moments offers:

  • One-piece snowmobile suit
  • Warm snowmobile shoes
  • Warm snowmobile mittens
  • Double balaclava to protect your face
  • Helmet
  • Goggles

You should minimum bring:

  • Thick woolen socks (minimum 80% wool)
  • Thick double woolen underwear (the top should have ha turtleneck)
  • Mid-layer; fleece, down or wool
  • Thin gloves to handle camera on our photo stops

We recommend you to bring:

  • Camera equipment
  • Binoculars
  • Money to buy soft drinks and souvenirs at the destination
  • Hat to put on when we have longer stops
  • Small backpack
  • Contact lenses or goggles with spec lenses

Better Moments will also bring the safety equipment we will need:

  • Emergency communications
    • Iridium satellite phone
    • Emergency beacon
  • Polar bear protection
    • High caliber rifle
    • Signal pistol with flash bang
  • Navigation
    • GPS
    • Paper maps and compass
  • Avalanche safety
    • Shovel
    • Probes
  • Repkit snowmobile
    • Tools
    • Fuel
    • Oils
  • Emergency bivouac
    • Tent
    • Food stove
    • Extra food
  • First aid kit
  • Heat bag
  • Extra clothes
  • Glacier kit (on the trips that requires this)
    • Ropes
    • Anchors
    • Harness
    • Pulleys

 

Boat trips

Our boat is heated inside so wear normal outdoor equipment that suits the arctic climate. It is room to store extra clothes on board. There will be a chance to go out on deck during the day, so warm clothes is nice. On calm days, we will also have a chance to go ashore. We use a dingy to transport you from the RIB boat, so wear good shoes, and make sure your gear is packed waterproof.

 

If you have more questions about what equipment to bring on our trips, feel free to send an e-mail to info@bettermoments.no.