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Polar Nights Short Break

The departure of the sun below the horizon marks the beginning of winter and the Polar Night in Svalbard – Norway’s remote island archipelago in the Arctic Sea. The landscape is filtered by a twilight blue and changing skies – from dense stars to Aurora greens and purples. Between the months of October and February, the Polar Night offers a magical time to visit and experience the possibility of the Northern Lights in a destination that is flung more to the North Pole than to Norway itself. This short break package is available from 31 October to 9 February and can be tailored to suit you or combined with a stay in the mainland in Tromso.  

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ITINERARY

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN

DAY 1:

Arrival at Svalbard Airport, Longyearbyen and airport shuttle bus to Basecamp Trappers Hotel. In the afternoon you will be able to explore the sites of Longyearbyen at leisure. We will offer you first-hand recommendations for eating out in Longyearbyen.

DAY 2:

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will enjoy a dog-sledding trip with a local guide from Spitsbergen transferring firstly to the Basecamp Trappers Station where 80 Alaskan huskies eagerly await to take you out for a sled ride. You will get to know the main tasks of dog sledding, helping to harness the dog team and get ready for the trip. Soon the only sound will be the panting of the dogs and the gliding sled on the snow – an opportunity to witness the tranquillity of the Polar Night the local way. You’ll share a sled between two guests with the chance to switch places.

The dog sledding trip will take you across the vast valleys around Longyearbyen enjoying the white landscapes under the dark polar sky and perhaps the Northern Lights blazing above at any given moment.

Afterwards you’ll return to the camp and take care of your team of huskies before sitting down by the fire and enjoying some hot drinks and biscuits as you recount the experience with the others.

Alternatively if you wish to extend your sledding trip, you can join a full day trip (8h) which covers more ground. This trip is suitable for those who wish to have more of a challenge and insight to husky dog handling. On this trip you will be driving your own team through the Arctic tundra. On the way you’ll stop for a wilderness lunch with your guides before continuing your journey. Supplement of £219 per person, available from December onwards.

DAY 3:

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you will enjoy an exciting snowmobile safari into the Polar Night. You’ll head up the glacier at Longyearbreen where you’ll have time to admire and photograph Longyearbyen. If you are lucky you might even see the spectacular Aurora Borealis – Spitsbergen is one of the few places where Northern Lights can be viewed during day time. After a short stop you’ll continue through the valley of Fardalen to the plains at Colessletta where wild Svalbard reindeer are often spotted. You’ll head through the valley of Bodalen and Todalen and further to Bolterdalen. The route will be planned according to weather conditions and snow conditions and may differ from the above. You will need a valid driver’s licence to drive the snow mobiles. Rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 4:

After breakfast you’ll hop on the shuttle bus which will take you back to the Longyearbyen airport as you begin your journey home or extend your stay with extra days or a visit to the city of Tromso on the mainland.

Optional excursions:

Northern Lights Chase by Snow Cat
Glacier walk
Guided walk of Longyearbyen
Ice-caving
Northern Lights walk
Overnight dog-sledding expedition

Please get in touch with us or download the pdf at the link above to find out more.

PRICE

£639 per person (excluding flights) based on two people travelling.

£639.00 GBP roughly converts to: 900 EUR | 997 USD

We accept payment in GBP, USD, EUR and NOK. You will receive a final trip quotation in the currency of your choice. Prices on the website and currency conversions are indicative only.

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Price Includes

  • Return airport transfers (shuttle bus)
  • Three night’s accommodation at the Trapper’s Hotel including breakfast
  • Dog-sled excursion 
  • Snow mobile excursion 
  • Financial Protection
  • Travel support (before your departure and during your trip)
  • Personalised trip notes, kit list, travel documents and pre-trip inspiration

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Additional Info

    This trip has flexible daily departures

    Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.

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