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Svalbard Winter Adventure

from £860 including flights

  • 4 nights
  • Feb-May

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Highlights

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Enjoy optional excursions such as snowmobiling and husky sledding

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Enjoy a wilderness evening at Camp Barentz

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Discover Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world

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Chance to see the northern lights (Feb to mid-Apr)

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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Off-the-beaten-track

This holiday showcases places and experiences away from the usual tourist routes

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Activity based

This itinerary features a range of optional activities during your stay

Overview

This short break takes you to the world's northernmost town, Longyearbyen, during the light winter season into spring as the days draw longer. Stay in comfortable accommodation in this remote wilderness location and enjoy a range of exciting excursions as well as opportunities to see the elusive northern lights.

This short break offers a taste of life in Svalbard. During the light winter season (mid-February to mid-May), which follows the polar night, daylight returns to the High Arctic as well as chances to explore the great Svalbard outdoors taking part in a range of wilderness adventures. The early part of this period still provides opportunities to witness the magical aurora, but as the days extend through April, the midnight sun shines perpetual light on the still snowy landscape making it a wonderful time to visit!

Longyearbyen

The town of Longyearbyen is the base for this 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.

Itinerary

Day 1 arrive in Longyearbyen

Fly from UK to Longyearbyen via Oslo, and on arrival transfer on the airport coach service (payable locally) to the city centre and your accommodation. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town.

Fly from UK to Longyearbyen via Oslo, and on arrival transfer on the airport coach service (payable locally) to the city centre and your accommodation. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town.

Day 2 winter adventures

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 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.

Day 3 at leisure in Longyearbyen

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.

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.

Day 4 winter adventures

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.

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.

Day 5 depart Longyearbyen

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.

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.

Accommodation Options

Choose from a selection of properties in Svalbard to suit your personal preference. From the superior comfort of Funken Lodge in its historic surroundings to the simple, yet great value accommodation at Coal Miner’s Cabins.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £860 including flights

What's Included

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Longyearbyen via Oslo with Scandinavian Airlines
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Arctic Wilderness evening with dinner
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Prices from per person

Based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise

Departures Duration Twin price
Feb - May 2021 4 nights £860

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nordic team alex minnis bw
One of our specialists
Meet Alex

5 Aurora with a full moon

5 Nordic film/TV locations visited

40 Degrees below zero experienced

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