Svalbard Summer Adventure

from £1053
including flights
5 nights May-Sep

Overview

Svalbard in the summer has it all – and if you’re looking for an adventure then look no further. With dramatic and impressive landscapes; diverse and remarkable wildlife; endless vistas to hike amongst; thrilling outdoor pursuits and to top it off, the midnight sun so you can make the most of your time here. This is a truly unique place situated on top of the world!

Svalbard is a hard place to describe. Magnificent. Isolated. Wild. Inspiring. Rugged. Captivating. To name just a few, but it also has a very welcoming and international feel to it. Especially in the main town of Longyearbyen, which will be the base for your adventure here.

Highlights

  • Land of the midnight sun
  • Experience stunning scenery
  • Wonderful nature and wildlife spotting
  • Huge choice of action packed activities
  • Discover cosmopolitan Longyearbyen

What's Included

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Longyearbyen
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities
  • Daily breakfast

Full description

Wildlife and Nature thrives

Nearly two thirds of the surface of Svalbard is protected and consists of several nature reserves, national parks, bird sanctuaries and even a geo-topical protected area. The Polar summer here stretches from mid-May to late September, with the midnight sun dominating the sky until the end of August. Day and night becomes one in the Arctic.
After a long winter, the archipelago is invaded by migrating birds and the surrounding waters are nutritious offering plenty of food, encouraging an abundance of walruses, seals and whales to enter the fjords. At ground level plants and fungi emerge under the warming midnight sun, creating colourful life on the barren land. Many plants are especially adapted to the harsh conditions and in some cases Svalbard is the only place you can experience them. From late August, the landscape changes quickly again – the migratory birds prepare to head south and the plant life prepares for another long winter. The midnight sun disappears and the evenings become darker once again. This period is known as golden autumn and landscapes are filled with the most beautiful colours imaginable.

 

Longyearbyen – the northernmost city in the world

Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, about midway between Norway and the North Pole. The island of Spitsbergen is the largest of these islands and Longyearbyen is the largest settlement, in fact the northernmost city in the world and the main base for your stay. 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 hotels there are more authentic places to stay like Basecamp Hotel and there are cafes, coffee shops, restaurants and shops throughout the town.

 

Wilderness adventures

The wilderness awaits outside of town taking advantage of the long daylight hours at this time of year. Many people visit to experience the nature on foot, by boat or a combination of both. There are many optional excursions on offer, from easy walks to tough mountain hikes, searching for fossils to safaris focussing on wildlife, or a trip on the fjords by kayak or on one of the sightseeing boats. It is also possible to visit the Russian settlement of Barentsburg or the ‘ghost town’ of Pyramiden, and even go dog sledding on the mountain. All activities include equipment, English speaking guides, transportation and clothing. The excursions operate on different dates, so please ask one of our Sales team for more information.

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Prices & Dates

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

Departure Duration Accommodation Twin Price (pp)
May - Sep 2019 5 nights Coal Miner's Cabin £1,053
May - Sep 2019 5 nights Radisson Blu Polar £1,301
May - Sep 2019 5 nights Basecamp Hotel £1,292
May - Sep 2019 5 nights Funken Lodge £1,441

Please note, accommodation at Coal Miner's Cabins include shared bathroom facilities.

What's Included

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Longyearbyen via Oslo
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities (except Coal Miner's)
  • Daily breakfast

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1 - arrive in Longyearbyen

Fly to Longyearbyen via Oslo and on arrival take the airport shuttle coach to your chosen hotel (payable locally).

Days 2 - 5 exploring Longyearbyen and outdoor activities

Spend time visiting the towns attractions and head outdoors on one of the many optional activities available to pre-book.

Day 6 depart Svalbard

Take the airport coach service from the hotel to the airport (payable locally) for your flight home.

Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Longyearbyen

Svalbard

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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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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Funken Lodge, Longyearbyen

Svalbard

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

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

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Coal Miners’ Cabins, Longyearbyen

Svalbard

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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