You simply need to visit Svalbard to grasp just how unique and special it is. If you’ve travelled on a winter holiday previously, but want something different, then look no further. Our short break during the light winter season takes you to this remote wilderness location - the northernmost town of Longyearbyen and beyond with a chance to join memorable excursions, stay in excellent hotels and opportunities to see the elusive northern lights.
- Visit cosmopolitan Longyearbyen
- Great location for northern lights
- Enjoy a wilderness evening away from city lights
- Several thrilling winter activities available
- Return flights from London Heathrow to Longyearbyen via Oslo
- Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom (except at Coal Miner's Cabins)
- Daily breakfast
- Arctic Wilderness evening with meal
During the light winter season (mid-February to mid-May), which follows the Polar night season, the light returns and the energy levels increase with people wanting to get out and experience the great outdoors of Svalbard. The early part of this period still provides opportunities to witness the magical aurora, but soon the days are getting longer and by the end of April, the midnight sun is shining, casting light again on the winter landscape, providing the opportunity to take part in a whole range of daytime wilderness adventures. This is a wonderful time to visit!
The town of Longyearbyen will be the base for your trip. It has a rustic charm, unique atmosphere and international feel with people from many different nationalities residing and working here. The town’s attractions are worth a visit too, such as the Svalbard Museum or Wild Photo Gallery. There are 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 winter short break gives you a taste of what you can do at this time, but 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
|Departures||Duration||Accommodation||Twin price||Single price|
|15 Feb 2020 - 16 May 2020||4 nights||Coal Miner's Cabins*||£870||£952|
|15 Feb 2020 - 16 May 2020||4 nights||Basecamp Hotel||£1,307||£1,753|
|15 Feb 2020 - 16 May 2020||4 nights||Radisson Blu Polar Hotel||£1,066||£1,297|
|15 Feb 2020 - 16 May 2020||4 nights||Funken Lodge||£1,078||£1,453|
* 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 4 nights in rooms with private bathroom (except at Coal Miner's Cabins)
- Daily breakfast
- Arctic Wilderness evening with dinner
- 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
- No surcharge guarantee
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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 remainder of the day is free to explore the town.
There are many possibilities to go out of town on excursions and marvel at the sheer beauty of the landscape, covered in pure white and glowing under the sunlight. A thrilling way to travel is by snowmobile, ranging from shorter trips to full day excursions and visiting many different places like the Russian settlement of Barentsburg or to the East Coast where you may be lucky to see the king of the Arctic, the polar bear.
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. In the evening we have included a Wilderness evening at Camp Barentz, 10km outside of Longyearbyen, you learn about the area 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.
Venture out again and swap the powerful snowmobiles for pure legwork, letting the eager huskies whisk you off into the wilderness on one of the fantastic dog sledding trips. This is a great way to experience nature, the friendly dogs gliding along the trails using the more traditional means of transport. You can also travel by Snowcat, sit back and enjoy the scenery while the guide shares stories about Svalbard and the wildlife in the area. Perhaps visit the glacier and explore the beautiful world inside the Ice Caves, accessible by either the Snowcat or by dog sledding.
Depending on the flight time, you may be able to explore the town further, maybe 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.
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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