Getting there & away
Several tour operators do summertime nine- to 10-hour boat trips (adult/child Nkr1190/890) to Barentsburg from Longyearbyen. The cruise, which is half the fun, sails past the one-time Russian colliery of Grumantbyen, abandoned in the 1960s, and also heads across the fjord to the vast Esmark glacier on the homeward journey. The price includes a light lunch and around 1½ hours in Barentsburg, mostly occupied by a guided tour. Most longer cruises also call in at Barentsburg.
In winter, you can belt across the snow and ice on a snowmobile guided tour (adult/child Nkr2150/1200). The record for the trip between Longyearbyen and Barentsburg is precisely 22 minutes but tours stretch the journey to a more leisurely, much more enjoyable three hours each way.