Northern Lights 24-7 in Svalbard

from £913
including flights
3 nights Jan-Feb, Dec


From mid-November to end of January Svalbard enters the dark period, also known as polar season. This is a totally unique time to travel to the Arctic region - perfect for those wanting to maximise their chances for aurora viewings and experience wilderness adventures.


  • Chance to see the northern lights day or night
  • Fantastic choice of restaurants
  • Stay in the world's northernmost town
  • Enjoy a wilderness evening away from city lights
  • Several aurora excursions available

What's Included

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Longyearbyen via Oslo
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom (except at Coal Miner's cabins)
  • All breakfasts
  • Northern Lights Evening with meal included

Full description

It is often asked, where is the best place to see the northern lights and what is the best time. Many people have different opinions and statistically one or two places stand out, but only one location offers the possibility of viewings all day and all night – Svalbard during the Polar season. The sun is at least 6 degrees below the horizon during this period and it is pitch black 24/7, the only light sources outside the towns and settlements are from the moon, the stars and the aurora borealis.

Your base for the winter trip, the town of Longyearbyen has a rustic charm, unique atmosphere and international feel with people from many different nationalities residing and working here. The town’s attractions are still available like other times of the year, with a wide range of activities linked with the northern lights and people’s thoughts switch to socialising indoors with several quality restaurants and bars to choose from. For a remote place, it’s surprising just how much choice is available and you may be surprised that two of Norway’s leading restaurants are located here – Huset and Funktionaermessen.

Svalbard is a hard place to imagine and should be on everybody’s bucket list of places to visit. Our weekend short break gives you a taste of what you can do during the dark season, but of course there are many options at other times if you wish to fully immerse yourself in the Svalbard experience.

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Prices & Dates

Prices from per person based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise

Departure Duration Accommodation Twin price Single price
Dec 2019 - Feb 2020 3 nights Coal Miner's Cabins* £913 £969
Dec 2019 - Feb 2020 3 nights Basecamp Hotel £1,025 £1,123
Dec 2019 - Feb 2020 3 nights Radisson Blu Polar £1,043 £1,260
Dec 2019 - Feb 2020 3 nights Funken Lodge £1,130 £1,371

*Price for Coal Miner's Cabins based on accommodation with shared facilities.

What's Included

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Longyearbyen via Oslo with Scandinavian Airlines
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in rooms with private bathroom (except Coal Miner's Cabin)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Northern Lights wilderness evening with dinner
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive in Longyearbyen

Fly from UK to Longyearbyen via Oslo, and on arrival transfer on the airport coach service to the city centre hotels (payable locally). The afternoon and evening is free to explore the town or embark on an optional northern lights excursion.

Day 2: Northern Lights adventures

There are many possibilities to go out of town on an excursion in search for the aurora – join a snowmobile safari, an exciting snowcat trip, go dog sledding under the starry skies, snowshoeing to an Ice cave or a northern lights boat trip.

Day 3: Time in Longyearbyen and wilderness evening

There are several trips nearer to town, showing the highlights of this area such as a guided sightseeing tour with an expert, Taste of Svalbard city tour, visiting Mine Number 3 and even a beer or champagne tasting tour. If you’re here to see the aurora, then there will be other opportunities to join a specific activity. In the evening we have included an evening at Camp Barentz, 10km outside of Longyearbyen, you learn about the magical lights and enjoy a hearty meal. Being in a remote location you also have the chance to venture outside and if you’re lucky the dancing lights may appear.

Day 4: Depart Svalbard

You have the morning to explore the town further, perhaps some last minute shopping before taking the shuttle coach service back to the airport, which runs in conjunction with all flights. You may prefer to take a taxi for the short journey.


Weekend flights are available departing on Friday for 3 or 4 nights during the Polar season.

Coal Miners’ Cabins, Longyearbyen


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

The Coal Miner's Cabins offer a simpler, yet great value accommodation option with a relaxed atmosphere and fantastic shared facilities including the Coal Miner's Bar & Grill.

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Basecamp Hotel, Longyearbyen


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

At the heart of Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world, lies the home of the modern-day arctic trappers.

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Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Longyearbyen


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

This hotel was completed in March 1995 after a wing from the former Tråseth Hotel, The Americans’ sponsor hotel during the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, which was transported to Svalbard.

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Funken Lodge, Longyearbyen


Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

With modern comfort in historic surroundings, Funken Lodge offers a unique Svalbard experience.

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Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf below and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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