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4 days - Silent Esledding, Wilderness Safaris & Ice Cave Adventure in Spitsbergen
Experience the adventure of Svalbard in Winter on this 4 day adventure tour. Designed to make it easy to discover the unique winter atmosphere of Svalbard, one of the planet’s last great frontiers, this tour includes four activities taking you out into the wilderness in comfort.
Svalbard (also known as Spitsbergen) offers Arctic experiences on the edge of the inhabitable world, but it’s not as inaccessible as people might think. There are no roads beyond Longyearbyen. Here, you really are on the border of civilization. Outside the city only, the vast wilderness is waiting for you. Despite its history of coal mining and trapping, Svalbard is still mainly pristine wilderness. One of the most fragile ecosystems anywhere on Earth.
Between October and April, the conditions vary drastically weather and daylight wise, from total darkness to wonderful spring sunlight. This program alters accordingly.
- Day 1
- Arrive Longyearbyen, private guided tour then evening Northern Lights Adventure
- Day 2
- Wilderness Safari by silent snowmobiles, eSledding.
- Day 3
- Dogsledding to an Ice Cave and Beer Tasting
- Day 4
- Departure Day
- Start/End Place
- Longyearbyen, Svalbard tours
- Country Visited
- Svalbard tours
- 4 Days
Private transfers in Longyearbyen
- Central, local accommodation in Longyearbyen including breakfast
- Private return transfers to your hotel
- Private guided tour of Longyearbyen
- We have included four activities in this program. Options available from Longyearbyen depending on the season include Northern Lights tracked vehicle, snowmobile safaris, floating sauna and sightseeing in Longyearbyen. We can modify these according to your preferences and when you are travelling.
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
- Book with Confidence- we want you to be confident in booking with 50 Degrees North, and we will always have your best interest and safety in mind. In these times of uncertainty during the COVID-19 crisis, we have put in place further measures to make booking with us easier and more flexible
- International flights and taxes
- Alcoholic and other beverages other than water
- Gratuities and other items of personal nature
- Warm winter clothing
- Return flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen
Day 1 - Arrive Longyearbyen, private guided tour then evening Northern Lights Adventure
Arrive Longyearbyen and private transfer to your hotel. This small hotel, 5 kilometres from the airport, is centrally located, offering 24-hour reception, free WiFi, a terrace and modern rooms with a flat-screen TV. Once you have settled in, you will have a private tour of Longyearbyen.
This evening, experience the magic of being out in the wilderness at 78 degrees north! You will search for the Northern lights during a visit to the Camp Barentz. This fantastic location is at the foot of the mountain Breinosa, and just below Mine 7. Barentz house is a replica of the cabin that Svalbards discoverer Willem Barentz overwintered on Novaya Semlya in 1596. Here, far from the city lighting, you have perfect conditions for to hunt for the northern lights. And you get close to nature! From Camp Barentz you can experience reindeer, grouse and foxes up close if you are lucky. And your hosts will be on guard in case a polar bear should approach.
During your visit, you will be served something good to drink and delicious, homemade reindeer bidos, campfire coffee and dessert. This is a real Svalbard meal! Sit around the fire, hearing stories about the Northern Lights as you wait for them to show, fingers crossed. Return transfer to your hotel.
TransportationPrivate transfer from airport
Day 2 - Wilderness Safari by silent snowmobiles, eSledding.
This is the sound of the Arctic silence. The electric scooter is designed to withstand extreme conditions in polar regions. The absence of engine noise provides comfort and at the same time the opportunity to get closer to nature experiences and wildlife without disturbing. Join us in a completely new way to experience the beautiful Arctic nature - with electric snowmobiles!
Northern lights safari with electric snowmobile is exotic, but at the same time practical because you stay close to Longyearbyen. The journey goes beyond Adventdalen, in search of the Northern Lights. Away from the city and the light pollution, the chances are good. When it is polar night, between early November and the end of January, you have the opportunity to see the northern lights around the clock - even in the middle of the day. The daylight is somewhat dimmer than what occurs in the evening, but with its more reddish tinge it is a fascinating sight!
Day 3 - Dogsledding to an Ice Cave and Beer Tasting
Today is a full 7-hour dogsledding adventure. This tour starts at the dog yard, where nearly 300 eager huskies are waiting for their next tour. Which will be on the lucky ones on your team? Electro, Ginger, Duma or Briz?
You will be equipped with an exposure suit, boots and mittens, before you hop in and help the guide to harness and prepare the dogs. The barking and howling can seem a bit chaotic, but suddenly, it all changes. As soon as the dogs start to run, they become completely silent. The huskies are completely focussed on pulling the sled through the snow, and you can enjoy the magical landscape around you. On this trip, your goal is to reach the ice cave at the Scott Turner Glacier.
The guide will drive first with two guests, and the following sleds will be driven by two guests, who swap between driving and sitting in the sled.You will follow the river bed that heads into Bolterdalen, surrounded by mighty mountains. As you approach the glacier, enjoy a little more up and down between the moraine formations, and then take a break by the ice cave.
A frozen world appears as you make your way down into the ice cave. Stuck in the ice you can see 1000 year old remnants of frozen plants, fantastic ice formations, narrow passages and big caverns. Welcome to an underworld hidden to all who haven’t made their way into the deep. The dogs will have a well-deserved rest while you explore the mystical underground world, and after lunch you will return to the dog yard. After having seen the dogs work hard to pull the sled up onto the glacier, it is a delight to see them run easily downhill. On the flat, mush at an even tempo, and you will have time to digest the impressions from the day, and enjoy the beautiful, untouched landscape.
On your return to the hotel, you will join a beer tasting session before dinner.
Day 4 - Departure Day
After breakfast, private transfer to airport.
All prices listed twin share, per person. Indicative price for 2023/24.
12 Feb 2024
12 Feb 2024
By the end of October the last rays of the sun disappear below the horizon, and Svalbard heads towards a period of darkness. For more than two months, between mid-November and the end of January, darkness prevails around the clock. During the darkest times there is no telling if it is noon or midnight. When the sky is clear, stars light up the sky. The Northern Lights and a full moon bounce their light from the snowcovered mountains, and suddenly the darkness doesn’t seem so overwhelming. By February, the light returns slowly. Light blue, pink, and purple colours light up the scenery. Finally, the sun hits the first mountain peaks.
Please bring wool socks, wool mittens to wear under the scooter gloves, Inner layer: wool, Mid layer: Sweater and pants in fleece or wool for your snow activities. You will also need to bring your drivers licence for the snow mobile trip.
Please note prices for goods in Svalbard are quite expensive, however, due to tax reasons, alcohol is comparatively cheap.
You may like to add snowcat drives or ice cave exploring onto this itinerary.
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Travel Insurance and Safety
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. The safety of our travellers, staff and operators is a major priority of 50 Degrees North. With an operational office in Norway, 50 Degrees North has access to an up-to-the-minute flow of information regarding the countries we work in. We are also in regular contact with the various operators we use. Their in-depth knowledge and understanding of their various areas is vital.
Practical information about Scandinavian Hotels
Practical information about Scandinavian Hotels
- Hotel rooms in Scandinavia are normally furnished with twin beds, which can be moved together to form a double bed or placed separately. Please note that single rooms are generally smaller than doubles, and are often equipped with a shower instead of a bath. Purpose-built triple or family rooms are likewise unusual in Scandinavian hotels. Whilst it is possible for 3 persons to share a room, this will normally be a double room with an extra bed, with correspondingly less space to move about in.
- It is also unusual to have a porter at hotels to carry your luggage.
- There is free wi-fi in many hotels in Scandinavia.
- Unexpectedly, all forms of Scandinavian accommodation rarely provide tea and coffee facilities in their rooms. If you are lucky, a kettle will be supplied but nothing else. Please ask at reception for some provisions when you arrive or just carry a small selection from home.
- Please also note that in Scandinavia - in particular, during winter - the included lunch will often be a hearty warm soup with bread.
- More remote hotels in Lapland will offer dinner at an additional cost. In some spots, there will be limited choices else where. Generally, you get a very nice home-cooked Scandinavian dinner. However, you may sometimes find only one or two choices only for your main course.
- In Scandinavia, it is normal for washing and laundry facilities to be in the basement. If you are staying in apartment type accommodation, check downstairs or ask for assistance.
Practical budgeting information before your departure to Norway
Practical budgeting information before your departure to Norway:
Norway has a few items that typically surprise travellers when visiting Norway for the first time. Alcohol and luxury items are heavily taxed and therefore prices are higher than you would expect. On the other hand, necessities such as bread and milk, are taxed low and therefore are great value.
Alcohol import allowance into Norway:
We recommend that you bring all the alcohol you’re allowed to bring into the country when you arrive. There are many lovely parks and balconies where you can enjoy your duty free. However, be sure not to bring more than you’re allowed!
As of May 2014, the allowances according to Visit Norway are:
Minimum age: 18/ 20*
1 litre of beverages with more than 22% up to and including 60% alcohol per volume as well as 1½ litre with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume or three litres with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume
2 litres of beer with more than 2.5 % or other beverages with more than 2.5% up to and including 4.7% alcohol per volume.
This means that you may for example bring with you five litres of beer provided you do not have any other alcoholic beverages with you.
*For importing alcoholic beverages with more than 22% alcohol per volume the minimum age is 20.
It’s illegal to bring extra alcohol into Norway and can end up costing you. Another thing you should bring and not buy in Norway is razor blades. Good razor blades in Norway are expensive.
Practical Information for travelling and packing for Scandinavian Winter
Recommended Scandinavian Winter Tour Packing List:
- Warm wind and water proof jacket and trousers large enough to fit thick woollen jumper/clothing underneath
- Rain trousers – waterproof and breathable material
- Warm windproof cap/hat
- Warm gloves or mittens. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves.
- Windproof gloves or mittens, which you can pull over the warm gloves
- Warm scarf
- 2 pairs of long woollen underwear (Merino wool in a few different thicknesses is perfect)
- 1-2 warm woollen jumper(s), or one jumper and a warm fleece
- Woollen or fleece trousers
- 2-3 pairs of warm woollen socks
- Warm & sturdy footwear with good grip
- Clothes for indoors, i.e. a shirt, T-shirts and jeans or cotton trousers
- Back pack for day trips (approx. 30 litre)
- Light footwear/trainers (mainly for indoors)
- Sun screen & Lip salve (the sun reflects off the snow and the air is dry)
- Hand warmers
- Nordic Grip anti-slip soles for walking on ice
- Personal medication
- Water bottle - thermo, or include a cover to keep warm (or you can stick it into a warm sock)
- Travel documents (including insurance)
- Photo ID
- Note book and pencil
- Camera, memory cards and charger
- Chargers for other gadgets
- Extra batteries for your cameras as they are used fast in cold conditions.