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!

Contact us

Phone: +47 400 95 965

E-Mail: info@bettermoments.no

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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Sabrina Kerth

Office

Sabrina studied in the Netherlands and was looking for a change of scenery. Norway, the country of mountains and forest seemed like the perfect place to go on hiking and skiing adventures, things she loves to do in her free time. Although falling in love with the Norwegian nature on the mainland, it didn’t take very long before she decided she wanted to go further North and discover the distant island of Svalbard. She is currently finishing her Bachelor in Leisure Management and working at the office of Better Moments. She is working with bookings, sales and logistics.

Valentine Delahaye

Office/Intern

Valentine is our new intern from France, currently finishing her second year of Bachelor Management in Tourism, she has a lot of work and travel experiences despite her young age. Just coming back from the Mongolian steppes and seeking adventures and extreme conditions, she always dreamed about living the arctic life and fell in love at first sight with Svalbard. After spending a year working in Melbourne in hospitality, she was looking for a different experience and is now working at the office, helping for customer services and tours logistic.

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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Aríen Fausa Ramnefjell

Guide

Since the first meeting with Svalbard in 2012, Aríen 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.

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.

 

Frode Stefanussen

Captain

Frode grew up in Arctic Norway spending most of his time enjoying the outdoors. His fascination for nature and for boats started at early ages. Now he is one of our boat drivers with experience from four seasons driving zodiacs along the west-coast of Svalbard for researchers. Frode lives in Longyearbyen year-round and have previously made many visits to enjoy the outdoor activities the archipelago provide. His skills spans a variety of activities from alpine and cross country skiing to dog-sledging and kayaking. His long experience driving boats will contribute to giving our guests the best experiences at sea.

Maarten Van Halteren

Guide

Maarten grew up in the Netherlands and started travelling after university. After travelling all over the world, Maarten ended up on Svalbard working as a dogsled guide. After a few years, he wanted to make a change and work as a nature guide. He has always been fascinated with flora and fauna and is looking forward to sharing the excitement with his guests.

Kjetil Saeve

Captain

Kjetil, is from Voss, western Norway. He has been working as a boat driver and hiking-guide in the Norwegian fjords for many years. In the winter, he runs his own ski-school in Sierra Nevada, Spain. His passion for nature made him go to Svalbard. When not working he is probably skiing or kiting.

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E-Mail: info@bettermoments.no

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