Explore the snowy peaks, ice-locked fjords and mighty blue glaciers of Spitsbergen, largest of the Svalbard islands. Setting off on amazing snowmobile journeys, you’ll experience the magic of spring in the High Arctic as it awakens from the polar night. This is a time of renewal as the days lengthen eventually reaching 24-hour daylight in May. In March and into early April you can look out the aurora borealis at night. This snowmobile adventure combines breathtaking landscapes and exciting activities with a chance to stay in extraordinary wilderness lodges.
- Experience the beauty and silence of the High Arctic during spring
- Snowmobile across the glaciers and ice-covered fjords of Spitsbergen
- Look out for the northern lights (Mar-Apr)
- Stay in Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world
- Discover Svalbard’s legacy of old Russian mining settlements
- Return flights from UK to Longyearbyen
- 2 nights at Basecamp Hotel with private bathroom, 2 nights at Isfjord Radio with shared bathroom
- All breakfasts, 2 dinners, 3 lunches
Our Svalbard Snowmobile Adventure begins and ends with a night in Longyearbyen. The five-day "At the Rim of the West Coast" itinerary includes a visit to Fritjof Glacier and the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, spending two nights at Isfjord Radio, a remote outpost built in 1933 for radio operators that is now a cosy hotel at the end of the world.
Experience the Arctic town of Longyearbyen
The northernmost town in the world (1,300km from the North Pole), Longyearbyen is the largest settlement in Svalbard. Despite having only 2,150 inhabitants, it is surprisingly lively, with a good range of dining and shopping options. You’ll stay at Basecamp Hotel, decorated in traditional ‘trapper style’ with driftwood, sealskins and maps. All rooms have comfortable beds, private bathrooms and WiFi.
Snowmobiling in Svalbard
With no roads extending much beyond Longyearbyen and its airport, snowmobiles are the locals’ choice of transport during winter. Powerful and exhilarating to drive, they are easy to get the hang of. You will be given full instruction before setting off on your wilderness adventure, careering across frozen fjords, skirting towering snow-capped peaks, exploring glaciers and ghost towns and perhaps even catching a glimpse of a polar bear.
With no road connection to Longyearbyen 90km to the east, the only way to reach Isfjord Radio during winter is by snowmobile. Travelling through dramatic fjord scenery, you’ll feel like Norwegian hero Roald Amundsen as you approach the station. But once inside, you’ll experience levels of comfort undreamt of by the pioneering polar explorer. You’re welcomed with an aperitif in the library before checking in to your room with its luxury bed linen and simple but stylish furnishings. A warm sauna followed by a quick dip in the Arctic Ocean and then it’s dinner time: a delicious three-course meal prepared by top chefs using local ingredients like halibut, reindeer and smoked seal.
The 16-room Basecamp Hotel is located in Longyearbyen – Svalbard’s capital and the most northerly town in the world (around 1,300km from the North Pole). To get you in the mood for an Arctic adventure, the interior is decorated in traditional ‘trapper style’ with driftwood, sealskin and slate. Not that you’ll be roughing it: all rooms have comfortable beds, private bathrooms and WiFi. Despite only having 2,150 inhabitants, Longyearbyen is surprisingly lively, with a good range of dining and shopping options. About 10km from the town, Basecamp Trapper’s Station is a treasure chest of hunters’ artefacts and equipment – and home to 80 Alaskan huskies, desperate to whisk you off on a dog sled ride. From Longyearbyen it’s also possible to join snowmobile safaris and glacier hikes.
Prices & Dates
Prices from per person based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise
|Departure Days||Duration||Itinerary||Twin Price||Single Price|
|Sun & Thu (March - May 2020)||4 nights||At the Rim of the West Coast||£2,473||£3,170|
Note: This tour is subject to minimum numbers in order to operate. The Twin share price is based on two people sharing a snowmobile, and taking it in turns to swap drivers.
- Schedule flights between UK and Longyearbyen via Oslo/Tromso
- 2 nights at Basecamp Hotel with private bathroom, 2 nights at Isfjord Radio or Nordenskiold with shared bathroom
- All breakfasts, 2 dinners, 3 lunches
- Snowmobile insurance
- CO2 investment
- Winter thermal clothing (snowmobile suit, boots, helmet and gloves)
- Airport taxes and charges
- 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
- No surcharge guarantee
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Itinerary & Accommodation
Itinerary & Accommodation
Fly to Longyearbyen via Oslo. Spend the night at Basecamp Hotel in the centre of Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world. With just over 2,000 inhabitants, it is surprisingly lively with excellent shopping and dining options. You'll find many opportunities to buy local arts and crafts – gold and silver items (often inspired by the polar bear, walrus or reindeer) are the most popular. Being a tax-free area, goods here are generally better value than on the mainland. Overnight Basecamp Hotel.
At 10:00, meet your guide in the reception of Basecamp Hotel for a short briefing on winter clothing, snowmobiling and your program for the next few days. You will be provided with an all-in-one polar suit and winter boots, before heading outside to the snowmobiles for a safety briefing and instructions on how to drive them. Leaving Longyearbyen behind, you’ll then set off into the wilderness towards Kapp Linne, a dramatic cape on the west coast of Spitsbergen and the location of Isfjord Radio. Surrounded by magnificent Arctic landscapes, you will stop enroute for an expedition lunch, a great opportunity for taking photographs and appreciating the intense silence. Depending on the weather and snow conditions, your guide will choose your route to Isfjord Radio. Before evening falls, you will arrive at the remote boutique hotel, a final outpost before Greenland and the North Pole. After welcome drinks, you will be served a delicious three-course meal before having some free time to explore the area or take a quick dip in the Arctic Ocean followed by a sauna. Overnight Isfjord Radio.
After breakfast, head out on snowmobiles into the stunning wilderness of Spitsbergen. If the weather is good, your guide will lead you south to Fritjof Glacier. With luck, you might spot the King of the Arctic, a polar bear hunting for seals across the pack ice. You will be served an expedition lunch during your day exploring the glacier. Return to Isfjord Radio, where you will have time to relax before dinner. Overnight Isfjord Radio.
Following breakfast, prepare to leave Isfjord Radio to snowmobile to the coal mining town of Barentsburg – a Russian relic that now sustains a dwindling population of just 500 resilient inhabitants. Exploring on foot, you’ll get a vivid insight into the life of this isolated Arctic town. Many buildings are uninhabited, but the mine is still operational. Continue by snowmobile to Longyearbyen. Overnight Basecamp Hotel.
Transfer to the airport (not included) for your flight home.
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