Svalbard Polar Night Adventure

from £1340
including flights
4 nights Nov-Jan, Oct

Overview

Imagine a land immersed in an eerie darkness where the sun doesn't rise above the horizon for several weeks. Imagine the possibility of witnessing a display of the northern lights at any time of the day. Imagine venturing into the wilderness on a dog sledding trip, your headlamp the only way to light the path ahead. Imagine listening to stories of how trappers lived in days gone by, sleeping on reindeer skins by an open fire. This is Svalbard on our Polar Night Adventure – a truly authentic experience in a magical and mesmerising place.

Highlights

  • Northern lights viewing 24/7
  • Stay overnight at Trapper’s Station
  • Meet the huskies and go dog sledding 
  • Amazing views of Advent valley

What's Included

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Longyearbyen
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 1 dinner at Trapper's Station
  • Excursions as per itinerary

Full description

Svalbard is a difficult place to visualise unless you have actually been there and only then, can you begin to understand what makes it tick. That is especially true during the polar night and aurora season. This is a unique place and should be on everybody’s bucket list. Our short break gives you a taste of what you can do, and there are plenty of other options should you wish to extend your stay and fully immerse yourself in the Svalbard experience.

Travelling options to Svalbard can be limited so we have included an overnight stay in Tromso on the Norwegian mainland the first night, allowing a better choice of flights the following day. It is also possible to fly to Oslo and stay overnight in Norway's capital before continuing the following day to Svalbard.

Longyearbyen

Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, about midway between the mainland of Norway and the North Pole. Spitsbergen is the largest of these islands and Longyearbyen is the main settlement, in fact the northernmost city in the world and the primary base for your stay. Situated 350km above the Arctic Circle, this fascinating city is the perfect place to get acclimatised to polar conditions and is well worth exploring.

Longyearbyen used to be a mining community, everywhere in town you can see traces of its heritage – from the memorial by the church to the wooden scaffolds that once carried buckets of coal through the valley. Now it has become a small but functional town with a hospital, university, post office, supermarket and even the world’s most northerly brewery and chocolatier. Tourism has transformed the town into an Arctic adventurer’s gateway. As well as high quality accommodation there are more authentic places to stay like Basecamp Hotel as well as a surprisingly good selection of cafes, coffee shops, restaurants and shops throughout the town.

Trappers Station

Situated a short distance from the town and away from city lights, Trapper’s Station is home to nearly a hundred Alaskan huskies, all eager to welcome you to their patch. The cabin is warm and inviting, where hot meals are served and stories told about the history of the trappers on Spitsbergen, and the fascinating lives they lead. With very little light pollution, there is good chance to catch a display of the northern lights if the sky is clear – stay up and keep watch for the aurora or head for the heated wooden tepee and a good nights' sleep on reindeer skins in cosy sleeping bags. There is no running water or showers, but the outdoor toilet will be heated for comfort. Accommodation is on a shared basis in the cabin, with a maximum of 10 persons.

Wilderness adventures

The wilderness awaits outside of town taking advantage of the silent darkness with two outdoor pursuits included – if the snow conditions are right, help harness the dogs for a thrilling sled trip into the Bolter valley. The following day, don snowshoes and after a brief lesson, head out of town enjoying the great view of Advent valley.

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Prices & Dates

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

Departure Duration Twin Price
Oct - Dec 2018 4 nights £1,370
January 2019 4 nights £1,340
Oct - Dec 2019 4 nights £1,380

What's Included

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Longyearbyen via Tromso and Oslo
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 1 night at Thon Hotel Tromso and 2 nights at Basecamp Hotel on breakfast basis, 1 night at Trapper's Station with evening meal, sleeping bag and breakfast (shared facilities)
  • All breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Dog sledding safari (weather permitting)
  • Snowshoe hike with hot drink and snacks
  • Flight from Tromso to Longyearbyen
  • Transfer from Basecamp Hotel to Trapper's Station
  • Transfer to Longyearbyen
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1 - Arrive in Tromso

Fly to Tromso and make your way (payable locally) either by regular airport coach service or a taxi to the city centre. Check in to your hotel for overnight stay on breakfast basis. The rest of the day and evening is free time for you to explore the city, perhaps even take an optional activity on a northern lights trip.

Day 2 - Your Adventure begins

Make your way back to the airport (payable locally) in time for the flight to Longyearbyen. On arrival, take the airport coach service to town (payable locally) and alight at Basecamp Hotel. You will have some time to have lunch, or do your shopping before meeting the guide at 7pm for the start of the adventure. Please note, you will only need an overnight bag on this night, your luggage can be stored at the hotel. You are transferred (15 minutes) to Trapper's Station for a night in the wilderness, looking out for the aurora and meeting the Alaskan Huskies in their kennels. A hot meal is served in the cabin.

Day 3 - Northern Light Dog Sledding

After breakfast, and if the snow conditions are right, you can help harness the eager dogs before setting off on a thrilling 3-4 hour trip in the Bolter valley. Driving in pairs, you have the chance to swap drivers on route. On return to the camp, collect your things and transfer back to Longyearbyen, checking in to Basecamp Hotel for a two night stay on breakfast basis. The afternoon and evening is free to explore the town and decide on which restaurant to eat I that evening. There are many high quality eateries in town, the hotel can help recommend and make a table reservation for you.

Day 4 - Snowshoe trip

Meet the guide at 10am for a snowshoe hike. After a brief introduction to the equipment, head into the wilderness, stopping along the way for hot drinks and snacks. The trip lasts for about 5 hours in total, arriving back mid afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 5 - Depart Svalbard

The morning is free before making your way (payable locally) back to the airport for your onward flights. If you wish to stay longer, we can add additional nights.

Basecamp Hotel, Longyearbyen

Svalbard

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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