This curated winter holiday to Svalbard sees you explore the ultimate Arctic outpost – the magical setting for Philip Pullman's epic novel and BBC drama, His Dark Materials. In this remote region in the depths of winter, the sun never appears above the horizon, painting the landscape in an eerie blue twilight, known as the Polar Night. For an extra special stay, we've included a thrilling Northern Lights hunt by snowmobile, a magical evening at remote Camp Barentz and accommodation at a choice of hotels – the Radisson Blu Polar or the ultra-contemporary Funken Lodge, Svalbard's finest offering.
Polar Night: Northern Lights in Svalbard
Day by day itinerary
Day 1 » UK to Oslo
Begin your winter adventure with a flight to Norway's capital Oslo, breaking your journey up on the way north to Svalbard. We have selected a conveniently placed overnight hotel here for your flight up to Longyearbyen the following morning.
Stay: Thon Hotel Oslo Airport
Day 2 » Arrive in Longyearbyen
This morning, take your flight to Longyearbyen - the world’s northernmost airport. On arrival, head to your chosen hotel. And, while the Radisson Blu impresses with recently renovated rooms and superb dining, for the ultimate experience, we recommend the spectacular Funken Lodge, with its ultra-stylish interiors and extraordinary views over the town and the Lars glacier. It also features a celebrated champagne cellar and Longyearbyen's best restaurant.
Day 3 » Northern Lights by Snowmobile
Following breakfast, you've got the chance to explore the wilderness and local culture. To get you started, we've included a thrilling snowmobiling trip through the mountain plains in search of the Northern Lights. With near-silent motors, there's less disruption to local wildlife, giving you the chance to spot reindeer and polar foxes. Finish it all with hot drinks and snacks – hopefully under the glow of the aurora. Then, perhaps wind down with an optional beer tasting at the world's northernmost brewery or pay a visit to the Svalbard Museum, a treasure trove of all things Svalbard.
Day 4 » Optional activities & Northern Lights evening at Camp Barentz
Today provides a further chances to embark on optional excursions in Svalbard's icy landscapes, with favourites including a daytime husky ride in search of the Northern Lights. Then, this evening, we've included a wilderness evening at Camp Barentz, located well away from any light pollution, where you'll hear of aurora stories and enjoy a complimentary dinner and drinks accompanied by, luck depending, those colourful, dancing swirls.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 » Depart for home
Transfer to Longyearbyen Airport after breakfast for your flight home via Oslo.
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