Longyearbreen Grotte

Longyearglacier Caves


Useful Information

Location: Longyearbyen, Spitzbergen Island.
Open: Svalbard Wildlife Service: Only in winter, by appointment.
Spitsbergen Travel: FEB to snowmelting daily 10.
[2005]
Fee: Svalbard Wildlife Service: Per Person NOK 590.
Spitsbergen Travel: Per Person NOK 690. Children under 10 not allowed.
[2005]
Classification:  Glacier cave
Light: provided.
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Guided tours: D=4h.
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Address: Svalbard Wildlife Service AS, Næringsbygget, Pb. 164, N-9171 Longyearbyen, Tel: +47-7902-5660, Fax: +47-7902-5661. E-mail: contact
Spitsbergen Travel AS, P.O. Box 548, 9171 Longyearbyen, Tel: +47-7902-6100, Fax: +47-7902-6101. E-mail: contact
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
Please check rates and details directly with the companies in question if you need more recent info.
Last update:$Date: 2015/08/30 21:57:37 $

History


Description

Longyearbreen Grotte is the only  Glacier cave listed on showcaves.com, as it is the only of those cave which is commercially toured. The problem with glacier caves is generally the danger of water and collapse. This is why they are too dangerous for spelunking tours. But Spitzbergen is located so far north, in winter the ice is frozen and stable, the danger is minimal. The average temperature is -10°C. But the weather may change rapidly, temperatures range from above 0°C to -30°C.

Glacier caves are formed by enormous melting water currents in ice, a material which is not soluted but melted. Ice caves change extremels between years. New passages are formed, old ones are filled with ice. This caves looks different every year it is visited.

This is probably the most impressive tour we have listed. Spectacular glacier caves with formations of ice and stone. Fantastic ice crystals, walls of ice and the strange colour of the ice walls are unique.

Obviously this is a very cold trip! Warm clothes, especially fleece and functional underwear are a good idea, because of the minus grades. The visitors should bring sturdy shoes, probably of the warm kind, and clothes to change afterwards. Helmets and head lights are provided. There are several crawls, this trip is not for people with bad knees, back problems or claustrophobia.

This trip is offered by two different companies. Also, the caves are not their property, so it is possible, although not liked by the tour operators, to visit the cave on your own. We tell you this for completeness sake, but recommend to take a tour for your own security.


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