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Snow mobile tour to the east coast: Mohnbukta

The east coast of Spits­ber­gen is hard to reach in sum­mer, but in win­ter, it is a day trip as a snow mobi­le tour from Lon­gye­ar­by­en. The clas­sic rou­te fol­lows the lar­ge val­leys, Advent­da­len and Sas­senda­len – easy and fre­quent­ly used snow mobi­le rou­tes. The most com­mon rou­te to the east coast takes you from Sas­senda­len up the gla­cier Rabot­breen and across the small but nevertheless very impres­si­ve ice cap of Nord­manns­fon­na and down to Mohn­buk­ta on the east coast.

If the sea the­re is fro­zen solid as it should be in the late win­ter (March, April – but that is not reli­able in times of cli­ma­te chan­ge), then the gla­cier ice cliffs in Mohn­buk­ta are very impres­si­ve: the com­bi­ned gla­cier front of Königs­berg­breen, Hayes­breen and Heu­g­lin­breen is several kilo­me­tres wide and cer­tain­ly one of the sce­nic high­lights of the trip. If you have the chan­ce to spend a while the­re in good wea­ther, then this is an expe­ri­ence not to be for­got­ten! Chan­ces to see a polar bear roa­ming on the ice some­whe­re are good, so keep your eyes open and be care­ful! Kee­ping a respect­ful distance and being able to move quick­ly will make such an expe­ri­ence safe, without any risk of dis­tur­bing the bear.

Tou­rists are only allo­wed to be in that area on the east coast in the com­pa­ny of a gui­de or a local, but the­re are gui­ded tours from Lon­gye­ar­by­en pret­ty much on a dai­ly basis during the main win­ter sea­son. It is a long dri­ve, deman­ding for begin­ners but tech­ni­cal­ly not too chal­len­ging.

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