At the head of the valley where Longyearbyen lies, there are two glaciers, Larsbreen and Longyearbreen. Over thousands and thousands of years, Longyearbreen has eroded the mountain beds and pushed out rocks and gravel to create a large moraine. In the surrounding mountains, we can find 40-60 million year old plant and animal fossils. Today's trip starts in Nybyen, where with the company of pack dogs, equipped with hammer and safety glasses, you will go in search for fossils.
There is no obvious path to follow as you make our way up towards the glacier, over the moraine area which changes from year to year. It is quite stony and uneven terrain, but the tempo kept at an easy level, so that we have plenty of time to look for fossils. We will also have the company of one of the happy local uskies, and you will learn a little about the role that these dogs have had on Svalbard.
After lunch, you will then go on a quad safari through the wilderness. For four hours, you will drive from Longyearbyen to Adventdalen and then to the top of local mountains with fjord views. You will visit a trapper's station on your return leg, home to 100 Alaskan huskies. Have a hot drink before returning to town. Outer clothing, helmets, boots and so forth included.
On your return to the hotel, you will join a beer tasting session before dinner.