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Svalbard, Adventure at the North Pole

Spitsbergen, Svalbard: certainly one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, better still, it's easily accessible from mainland Norway with daily commercial flights. Curious and intrepid visitors alike are able to view some of the most dazzling displays of Aurora Borealis that can be seen anywhere in the world.

During the Polar Night there is 24-hours darkness here, at only 650-miles south of the North Pole, the northern lights in Spitsbergen are technically viewable from September to April. Wait until you see the display we captured on our filmed expedition in a land truly fit for 'wildlings and white-walkers' (as per life 'north of the wall' in the hit TV serices Game of Thrones).

If you don't already know, Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions create incredible tailor-made polar journeys based on first-hand experience. These itineraries include wildlife safaris for animals such as Polar bears, Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, Ringed-seals, walrus, various species of whale and even hundreds of thousands of migratory birds. Of course, you could call your trip a Northern Lights safari - as our guests are often out in search of glimpes of these magical, elusive 'mythical spirits animals' that dance across the darkened skies. 

We invite you to embark on an adventurous multi-day husky dog-sledding trip to the world's most remote fully-serviced hotel, or a snowmobile tour across the pristine Arctic tundra to the world's northern most commercial cabin? It's all possible with Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions - here in Svalbard you are certainly set to discover one of the most remarkable travel destinations in the world.  

Svalbard is quite obviously, a unique destination. Sptisbergen, the main island, offers a genuine and raw beauty with a host of exciting experiences to savour. We highly recommend Svalbard to both the inquisitive tourist and the seasoned adventurer looking for a new and ambitious challenge. Svalbard offers a holiday & adventure destination like no other with experiences for all, be is a 'soft-adventure' sitting within comfort zones or something completely audacious like a multi-da ski-touring expedition from East to West.

For more info visit: and start to plan your Arctic adventure. Alternatively call direct +44 (0) 1764 664236 or email 

More about Svalbard

The archipelago is a Norwegian territory in the high-Arctic. The islands lie roughly 650-miles south of the North Pole and are home to more Polar bears than people (around 3,000 Polar bears).

Visiting this unique polar environment offers a travel experience that is truly unique - welcome to a winter wonderland plucked straight from the realm of a fantasy novel. Svalbard has been thrust into the world's limelight due to the now famous Global Seed Vault (or doomsday vault) and scientists based here are leading co-operative research into global climate change at UNIS (Svalbard University). However people have been living and working in Svalbard for centuries from whalers to trappers and more recently coal miners. Visitors can learn about this incredible human history at interactive museums and even visits to coal mines and old trapper's cabins gaining a real understanding.

Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Spitsbergen is the world's most northern town and since commercial flights have opened the door to tourism has become a hub for the more intrepid and adventurous traveler.

Travelers from all over the world come in search of a incredible polar experiences such as Polar bear sightings and multi-day adventures in the the polar wilderness that are impossible to find elsewhere.

During the summer months the islands are blessed with 24-hours daylight and become the temporary home to hundreds of thousands of visiting birds - a birders paradise awaits!

For more information on how to plan your Arctic adventure call our offices on +44 (0) 1764 664236 or email 

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