Tromso and Svalbard

from £1307
including flights
6 nights Nov-Apr

Overview

During winter, the lure of the frozen north and the magic of the aurora borealis draw many travellers to the far reaches of Norway and even further afield to the Arctic wilderness of the Svalbard archipelago. This exciting six-night holiday combines the vibrant city of Tromso (350km north of the Arctic Circle) with Spitsbergen – largest of the islands in Svalbard, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole.

Highlights

  • Experience the beauty and silence of an untouched Arctic wilderness
  • Witness the ‘blue twilight’ of a polar night and, with luck, the aurora borealis
  • Fly to Svalbard’s Longyearbyen the northernmost town in the world
  • Visit Tromso, a hotspot for aurora hunting trips in the surrounding mountains
  • Feel like a polar explorer on exhilarating activities available in both locations

What's Included

  • Return flights from London to Tromso and Svalbard
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast

Full description

The Arctic city of Tromso

Surrounded by fjords and mountains, and linked to the mainland by a graceful whaleback bridge, Tromso hugs the shorelines of two islands, Tromsoya and Kvaloya. The city’s streets are lined with historical buildings and plenty of cafés, bars and galleries. Must-see attractions include the striking cathedral and the Polar Museum with its fascinating exhibits on Roald Amundsen.

Chasing the aurora

During the winter months, Tromso region is often blessed with outstanding displays of the aurora borealis. To experience the full magic of this natural phenomenon, we recommend you join an escorted northern lights hunt, well away from the city lights. Your experienced guide will seek the best vantage points for witnessing the aurora. Sometimes the hunt may take you across the border into Finland, so come prepared with your passport!

Spectacular Svalbard

From Tromso, it’s a 90-minute flight north to Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Based in a comfortable hotel, you’ll have the opportunity to try exciting activities such as snowmobiling and husky sledding, travelling across frozen fjords and exploring huge, blue-ice glaciers. This far north, winter days may be short but you’ll get to experience the surreal blue glow of the polar night, the tantalizing prospect of the northern lights and a deep, spiritual Arctic silence. From around mid-November to the end of January, Svalbard experiences almost total darkness. Visit during this period for a true sense of life in the Arctic.

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Prices & Dates

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

Departure Duration Twin Price (PP) Single Price
Nov 2018 - Apr 2019 6 nights £1,307 £1,791

What's Included

  • Return flights between London and Tromso, and Longyearbyen via Oslo
  • Internal flight between Tromso and Longyearbyen
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Depart for Tromso

Fly to Tromso and make your own way to the city centre (payable locally), either by the regular airport Flybus service or by taxi. Spend three nights at the centrally located Scandic Ishavshotel within easy reach of the city's many cultural attractions. Perhaps take the cable car to the Fjelltop and enjoy amazing views over the city and the surrounding islands.

Days 2-3: exploring Tromso

Time at leisure to explore the town or join one of the optional excursions - try an exhilarating snowmobile ride or test your skills at reindeer sledging and learn about Sami culture and traditions. In the evening, join one of the northern light chases in search of the elusive phenomenon.

Day 4: Tromso - Longyearbyen

Make your way back to Tromso airport (payable locally) for the flight to Svalbard's largest island Spitsbergen and Longyearbyen your base for the next three nights. There is an airport bus service which stops at all hotels (payable locally). Stay at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, or alternatively opt for the more rustic accommodation at Coal Miner's Cabins; the authentic and unique Basecamp Hotel or the stylish Funken Lodge. Being the northernmost town in the world and with just over 2,000 inhabitants, Longyearbyen is surprisingly lively with excellent shopping and dining experiences. You'll find many opportunities to buy local arts and crafts; gold and silver items being the most popular, often inspired by polar bear, walrus and reindeer - and being a tax free area, goods here are generally better value than on the mainland.

Days 5-6: at leisure time

At leisure to explore the town or join an optional excursion such as snowmobiling, husky sledging or northern light searches, which take you out of town into the Arctic wilderness. Here you can appreciate dramatic, unspoilt scenery and the unique Arctic light, which provides many inspiring opportunities for photo stops.

Day 7: depart Spitsbergen

Transfer to the airport (payable locally) for your flight home.

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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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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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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Spitsbergen Hotel

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

With modern comfort in historic surroundings, Spitsbergen Hotel offers a unique Svalbard experience. Situated on…

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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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Excursions

Other Information

The Arctic city of Tromso
Surrounded by fjords and mountains, and linked to the mainland by a graceful whaleback bridge, Tromso hugs the shorelines of two islands, Tromsoya and Kvaloya. The city’s streets are lined with historical buildings and plenty of cafés, bars and galleries. Must-see attractions include the striking cathedral and the Polar Museum with its fascinating exhibits on Roald Amundsen.

Chasing the aurora
During the winter months, Tromso is often blessed with outstanding displays of the aurora borealis. To experience the full magic of this natural phenomenon, we recommend you join an escorted northern lights hunt, well away from the city lights. Your experienced guide will seek the best vantage points for witnessing the aurora. Sometimes the hunt may take you across the border into Finland, so come prepared with your passport!

Spectacular Svalbard
From Tromso, it’s a 90-minute flight north to Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Based in a comfortable hotel, you’ll have the opportunity to try exciting activities such as snowmobiling and husky sledding, travelling across frozen fjords and exploring huge, blue-ice glaciers. This far north, winter days may be short but you’ll get to experience the surreal blue glow of the polar night, the tantalizing prospect of the northern lights and a deep, spiritual Arctic silence. From around mid-November to the end of January, Svalbard experiences almost total darkness. Visit during this period for a true sense of life in the Arctic.

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