Walrus Safari – Two tons of happiness

Experience Svalbard’s unique wildlife from up close! Everyday we use our closed and comfortable RIB boats to go to a well-known walrus colony. Here we do a landing on the beach. We will then have the opportunity to observe these funny and extraordinary mammals in the arctic landscape. 

The walrus is one of the most intriguing animals in the Arctic. They stay in the same area most of the summer, and love to sunbathe on the beach. One of the best known colonies close to Longyearbyen is on Poolepynten on Prince Karl’s Forland. With our special designed speedboats, we can easily reach this colony on a day trip. Our boat is comfortable, closed, dry and heated, with a panorama view, bar and toilet.

We will start the day crossing the beautiful Isfjord. On the way, we are accompanied by the many different birds that nest on Svalbard. A frequent visitor is the Atlantic puffin. Halfway towards the walruses, we get to Trygghamna, at the northern entrance of the Isfjord. Here, the rugged mountains rise 900m above us, making them a perfect home to many of the sea birds we have already seen. Below the cliffs, reindeer and foxes alike are profiting for from the fertile tundra. This area has beed used by hunters and trappers for centuries and our guides have many stories to share with you.

We then leave the Isfjord and head north along the scenic west coast of Spitsbergen. We pass dramatic mountains, rising high above the sea and massive glacier fronts advancing into it. If the weather allows it, we will do a landing on the beach at Poolepynten to stretch our legs. On a regular day, there are around 30 walruses in the colony. Standing on the beach in silence, we will be able to clearly hear the walruses argue about the best sun beds. You will have many perfect photo opportunities so don’t forget your camera. In case the weather does not allow us to have a landing, we will still be able to see them up close from the aft deck of the boat.

Once back on board, we serve a light lunch and start heading back towards Longyearbyen. On the way, we will pass the abandoned mining settlement Grumant, tucked in between the steep mountain sides. The southern side of the Isfjord features an entirely different geology as what we have see so far on this trip.

We can never guarantee wildlife, however, this is a well-known hauling-out place for walruses. Better Moments has the right to change the route and destination of the trip due to the weather conditions. The weather forecast is never completely reliable in the areas we are travelling in, therefore like on all other boat trips, we always want to go out and see for ourselves if we can reach our destination. In case the weather prevents us form getting all the way, we will spend the day in the beautiful Isfjorden, visiting glaciers and searching for other wildlife. 

We require a minimum of 5 persons on this trip. The minimum age is 4 years. Children under 12 years old: NOK 800 discount.

Please let us know if you have any food allergies or restrictions.


From NOK 2390,-

  • From 01.05.2019 – 05.08.2019
  • Pick up at hotel 09:00
  • Duration 7 hours
  • Suitable for all

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“We saw a large group of male walruses, as well as surrounding scenery and other wildlife. This tour allows you to get off the boat and on the island with the walruses…”
– Knelson126 on TripAdvisor

 

“Professional crew. Good boat. Everything up to date. Tasteful food and drinks. Our guide had a great scientifically and historically approach to most things about Svalbard.”
– Hans T on TripAdvisor

 

“We got close enough to take great pictures, but far away enough to feel like we did not disturb the animal…”
– Helena_Tjambro on TripAdvisor