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
- 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
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.
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.
- 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
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Itinerary & Accommodation
Itinerary & Accommodation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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