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Northern Lights Adventure Break in Svalbard View Full Screen Itinerary

4 NIGHTS, NORTHERN LIGHTS HUNTING, SNOWMOBILING, DOG SLEDDING, HIKING AND SNOWSHOEING 

Spitsbergen is one of the few places on earth where you can see the aurora during daytime as well. During the darkest time of the year - November until January - even the daytime sky is so dark you can see the Northern Lights. 

Longyearbyen where you are based on this Arctic trip, makes for the perfect weekend destination during the polar night season. The quiet small town close to North Pole is surrounded by Arctic silence and the Northern Lights above dance across the constant night sky. What could be better!?

You wil be staying in both Longyearbyen town centre and also at an authentic modern day Trapper's cabin. Built in the style of the bygone days and situated on a working dog yard with over 90 huskies outside, this will be a night to remember away from the main hub of Longyearbyen itself. 

Throughout the trip expect to be wowed from first class service, guiding and accommodation to the landscapes and experience of being in most beautiful Svalbard. 

ITINERARY HIGHTLIGHTS:

  • A chance to see the Northern Lights 
  • Dog Sledding Adventure
  • Glacier hike with headlamps, hiking poles and snowshoes
  • 24 hour darkness - unique to the Arctic circle
  • Visit a true Arctic location and wilderness
  • Dinner and stay at the Trapper's Cabin and working Husky dog yard
  • Snowmobile Adventure across the frozen landscape
  • 3 hour hike up the local Plateau Mountain with armed guide

Please note this trip is only available between October to Janurary (Polar Night season). 

Day 1

Day 1: Arrive in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

On arrival at the airport in Longyearbyen you will be met at baggage reclaim by your driver guide who will be waiting to take you the short drive to your hotel. You will be only in the car about 5 minutes before you arrive in the centre of...

On arrival at the airport in Longyearbyen you will be met at baggage reclaim by your driver guide who will be waiting to take you the short drive to your hotel. You will be only in the car about 5 minutes before you arrive in the centre of Longyearbyen. Once here you will be dropped off at the brilliantly located hotel we have selected for you. 

You will have some time to unpack and freshen up after your long journey to Svalbard before heading out with an armed ranger to tackle the local mountain which towers over the small town of Longyearbyen. This is a wonderful way to begin your trip to Svalbard. You will enjoy approx. 3 hours hiking up what is a stunning mountain giving you fantastic views of the town and across the Longyearbyen fjord. Once back at the hotel relax and pop next door for dinner in the friendly restaurant. 

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Day 2

Day 2: Snowmobile Adventure and Trapper's Station visit

This morning you will be waking up in the brilliant cabin themed hotel in the heart of Longyearbyen. Here you can enjoy a good breakfast before getting ready for your morning snowmobile adventure out into the frozen landscape. Your guide will take you out (in convoy) across the...

This morning you will be waking up in the brilliant cabin themed hotel in the heart of Longyearbyen. Here you can enjoy a good breakfast before getting ready for your morning snowmobile adventure out into the frozen landscape. Your guide will take you out (in convoy) across the icy landscape to see some of the local features by night. The half light, a mix of snow and clear skies will provide all the light you need. This trip really gives a sense of how it is to use these modern alternatives to huskies on a daily basis and with any luck you will have the chance to see the Northern Lights too. 

This afternoon you will have to yourself to explore Longyearbyen more. We can recommend you visit the North Pole Expedition museum and find out about this fascinating histoical story. 

Tonight is spent out at the Trapper's station, you will only need a minimum of personal items for the night. You will be driven to the Trapper's station which is located approx. 10km outside of Longyearbyen. On arrival at the cosy authentic cabin known as the Trapper's hut you will be served a delicous two course dinner. Your guide will also tell stories about the hunting traditions in Svalbard and this is a great time to hear many stories from bygone adventures both of Svalbard explorers, trappers and your guides. 

Accommodation will be in the secondary hut at the dog yard, which is a small hut decorated in the style of a small hunting cabin you would find around the island. Your guide will sleep nearby in another hut and act as your polar bear protection during the night - should the 80 huskies outside not be a suitable deterrant. 

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Day 3

Day 3: Dog Sledding Adventure and Northern Lights Viewing

You will start the day with breakfast in the Trapper's hut. Waking up in this environment is pretty awesome, a unique experience. To wake up in an Arctic, working dog yard is very special. 

If the snow conditions are good today, you harness the dogs for a sledge trip...

You will start the day with breakfast in the Trapper's hut. Waking up in this environment is pretty awesome, a unique experience. To wake up in an Arctic, working dog yard is very special. 

If the snow conditions are good today, you harness the dogs for a sledge trip into the Bolter valley. Your guide will of course give you instructions if you have not driven a team of husky dogs before. With less snow on the ground you will go for a great hike instead into the nearby mountains again offering unique perspective on the local landsacape. With the Trapper's station located outside of Longyearbyen, it means you will experience much less light pollution and this means better conditions for spotting the Northern Lights. Svalbard in one of the few places you can spot Northern Lights during the daytime. After the trip today with the dogs and hopefully having seen the Northern Lights, you head back to Longyearbyen and check-in back at your hotel for the remaining nights.

We recommend dinner at Kroa restaurant next door tonight - a friendly atmosphere, brilliant food and beer. 

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Day 4

Day 4: Night time Glacial Hike

This morning after another fantastic breakfast at your Longyearbyen hotel you will prepare for a real winter adventure out into the Arctic wilderness. 

Today you are going hiking on one of the incredible glaciers close to Longyearbyen. Before you start you are of course given a high-powered headlamp, hiking poles and snowshoes....

This morning after another fantastic breakfast at your Longyearbyen hotel you will prepare for a real winter adventure out into the Arctic wilderness. 

Today you are going hiking on one of the incredible glaciers close to Longyearbyen. Before you start you are of course given a high-powered headlamp, hiking poles and snowshoes. The guide with you will will teach you the principles of snowshoeing and determines the route depending on weather and local conditions.

Along the way with your guide, who will be armed at all time as it the law on Svalbard, you will enjoy a hot drink and the breathtaking, dark silence. On the hike you will have a great view of Advent vallay one of the main local valleys. Your guide will tell stories about the time mining was the main activity in the city. We recommend you to try Huset restaurant for your evening dinner and we can book this for you should you wish.

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Day 5

Day 5: Depart Longyearbyen and Svalbard

Breakfast at the hotel and depending on your return flight departure time, you may have time to enjoy one final trip around the town. Visit to the museum before departure to the airport or pop into the local shopping mall and pick up an Arctic souvenir. The bus to take...

Breakfast at the hotel and depending on your return flight departure time, you may have time to enjoy one final trip around the town. Visit to the museum before departure to the airport or pop into the local shopping mall and pick up an Arctic souvenir. The bus to take you back to the airport departs from outside the hotel.

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Basecamp Hotel

A MODERN DAY LUXURIOUS TRAPPER'S CABIN At the heart of Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world, lies the home of the...

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Trapper's Cabin

AN AUTHENTIC ARCTIC TRAPPER'S CABIN  The Trapper's Cabin is located about 10kms outside Longyearbyen at the very end of the only road...

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Recommended clothing in the Arctic:

Woolen underwear as the base layer, warm wool or flees trousers & sweater on the top, two layers of socks (thin & thick woolen socks), windproof layer on the top (Spacious clothing is recommended since air is the best insulation), gloves (wool is recommended), warm hat (wind proof), scarf or flees- tube.

Good to have with you:

Indoor shoes or extra woolen socks, indoor leisure wear/ casual clothing for dinner, toilet articles, Sunglasses, sunscreen (not water based), binoculars, camera, contact lenses (for those using glasses), small bag/ backpack for personal equipment during the trip. The rest of your belongings you can leave at Basecamp Hotel.

Dog Sledding

This is the traditional way of travelling in the Arctic that can hardly be surpassed in terms of a beautiful, intense and romantic nature experience. A few days of dog sledding, from hut to hut or camp to camp sleeping in tents, will give you a more unfiltered Arctic experience. 

Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions can create and arrange several-day-long tours and journeys for the adventurous. Long dog sledding expeditions are certainly less comfortable than a cruise on board a large ship, but if you are willing to accept this you will be richly rewarded. 

Dog sledding is also extremely enviromentally friendly. The industry on Svalbard creates jobs where they are desperately needed in remote places. It is now estimated that there are between 600 and 700 working dogs on the island of Spitsbergen. 

 

 

What's Included:

Activities mentioned, accommodation and meals according to the program.

Not included:

Flights, airport shuttle, drinks with meals.

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