About us

We at 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 were 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 have been extending our summer offer since.

Better Moments have a maximum of 6 snowmobiles on our winter 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

Meet our Team

For current job vacancies, see here.

Eivind Aksnes

Owner/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

Owner

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.

Alexander Hovland

Office

Alexander has been living on Svalbard since 2011. He has a masters degree in Physical Geography, but has been working as a summer- and winter guide, as well as working in administration for the last 5 years. Outside work he runs his own dogteam (#TeamVillspor) and pretty much lives outside.

Vivian Jessen

Office Trainee

Vivian is from the northern part of Germany and is currently studying Tourism Management. After having several internships in the tourism sector, she thought that it is a great job to create and give guests an unforgettable experience in a unique environment. While spending six months in Swedish Lapland, working in a big hotel, she fell immediately in love with the Arctic – its nature, culture and wildlife. That is why she decided to go even further North to experience adventurous Svalbard.

Aríen Ramnefjell

Guide

Aríen has been enthralled by the extreme and breathtaking Svalbard since 2012. With a wide experience, affection and dedication for her work, she will ensure that you get a piece of the magic that Svalbard has to offer, too. She has been exploring the Arctic regions of the world since the age of 20, and her thrill for adventures and nature has brought her much knowledge and a story (or two) to tell. In her spare time she is usually sitting out on the tundra in front of a bonfire (preferrably with a cup of bonfirecoffee), or with her nose deep in a book telling tales of old Arctic adventurers, at least, for as long as her restlessness allows it. Aríen is working for us all four seasons. On the snowmobile in winter, where she safely guides the way for our guests through the white tundra. And during summer she guides on our hiking, boat and kayaktrips. She will make sure you get all the facts you want to know, get the close experiences and the better moments. And just maybe, if lucky, some wildlife.

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.

Marielle Holmbom

Guide

Marielle is the typical example of a person who has been bitten hard by the Arctic bug. Since the first time she set foot on Svalbard she’s been in love. The nature, the society, the adventures and the amazing light you can experience here, year around, is something really special. She has been travelling the world and seen many places but this is the place she decided to return to several times. This will be the third season she is working on Svalbard. Between the seasons she is a student at Uppsala University, Sweden, doing a masters programme of chemical engineering, with environmental science as a major. Hiking, skiing, kayaking and scuba diving are all things she really enjoys doing in her spare time, along with reading and cooking. With a passion for nature and with a will to spread awareness of our fragile ecosystems she will guide you through the beautiful scenery of Svalbard, hopefully encountering some of the spectacular wildlife along the way.

Matts Ekman

Guide

Matts was born and raised in Uppsala, Sweden. After living and working most of his lifetime in a big city, he decided a few years ago to focus more on his outdoor passion and living closer to nature. As a former high-school teacher for adventure tourism and physical education, he started in the following years working as a kayak instructor and further, as a guide on skis, snowmobiling, rafting and climbing. He has always been fascinated by the North and consequently decided to take the next step in going to Svalbard, the high Arctic. With his experience in guiding for many years and his desire to give guests the best outdoor experience they could have, he will safely guide you through your next Arctic adventure.

Noora Peteri

Guide

Noora is a passionate adventurer who was born and raised in Finnish Lapland. Being outdoors, respecting and learning about nature has always been one of the most important things to her. In 2014, during her studies to become Youth worker and being a downhill ski instructor, she decided to help one local Safari Company in her home town Levi, doing mostly snowmobile safaris and  hiking trips. That time changed her life and when her studies were done, she started to work as a full time wilderness guide and has been more than happy to made that decision. It has lead her to many new adventures, new countries, taught her a lot and given her a unique way to meet people from around the world and to share stories with them. She is looking forward to show and guide you through the beautiness of the Arctic.

Lea Fisel

Guide

Lea first moved from the German Alps to Northern Norway in 2018 where she studied Friluftsliv at the Arctic University of Norway. Since she worked as a guide on Lofoten during summer, she has been attracted to the Norwegian culture and nature. Therefore, she decided to take a step even further North and come to Svalbard. She will always be happy to share exciting stories and facts about Svalbard’s unique landscape, wildlife and history. With her background in teaching, she is passionate about giving people an insight into the fascinating past of the north. In her free time, she is enjoying the silent and vast High Arctic on foot, ski or kayak. Furthermore, in showing guests the beauty of Svalbard’s wilderness, she likes to encourage everyone to slow down once in a while to revive one’s connection to nature.

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.

Chris Różański

Captain

Chris first came to Svalbard in 1995 and since then he has spend many summer seasons up here, gaining experience with maritime transport of both scientific and tourist expeditions around Spitsbergen. As a true wild nature lover, he feels at home here (along with the Białowieża Primeval Forest, where he lives in Poland). Chris also graduated Polish Naval Academy and worked as officer of a sail training ship and small vessels on offshore projects. He is now a PhD student in Polar research. He will be very happy to share his passion and experience to give you the Better Moments in the Arctic.

Hans Martin Tonne

Captain

After twenty years as a real estate agent in the Oslo area, Hans Martin became a licensed helicopter pilot and boat captain. Born and raised close to the famous Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen’s old home outside of Oslo, he is considered just as adventurous and curious. He has served in the Norwegian army by the Russian border, lived part time on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, and enjoys the wilderness both on land and in the ocean, preferably in a comfortable way. When he first visited Svalbard in 2017 he immediately felt attracted to this archipelago. Hans Martin is an explorer and will safely and respectfully show you the fascinating sights of Svalbard.

 

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E-Mail: info@bettermoments.no

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