This tailor-made winter break sees you explore the ultimate Arctic outpost of Svalbard – the magical setting for Philip Pullman's epic novel and new 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. It's a truly spectacular setting for all manner of winter adventures – you can mush huskies in search of the Northern Lights, snowmobile across frozen tundra and explore sparkling ice caves. For an extra special stay, we've included a thrilling snow cat tour, a magical evening at remote Camp Barentz and accommodation at Svalbard's finest hotel – the ultra-contemporary Funken Lodge.
Polar Night: Northern Lights in Svalbard
Day by day itinerary
Day 1 » UK to Longyearbyen
Take your flight from London to Longyearbyen (via Oslo), the world’s northernmost airport. Stay at the spectacular Funken Lodge, resplendent as the newest Arctic boutique hotel with extraordinary views over the town and the Lars glacier alongside a stylish lounge, a celebrated champagne cellar and Longyearbyen's best restaurant.
Day 2 » Northern Lights by Snowcat
Following breakfast, you've got the chance to explore the Arctic wilderness with a whole host of optional activities. Board a specially adapted all-weather snowcat vehicle to traverse the mountain plains in search of the Northern Lights. Or, for an equally thrilling adventure, choose a roaring snowmobile or husky safari, mushing your own team of dogs under the star-spangled sky. For more serene activities, there's beer tasting at the world's northernmost brewery or a visit to the Svalbard Museum, a treasure trove of all things Svalbard.
Day 3 » Optional activities & Northern Lights evening at Camp Barentz
Today provides a further chances to embark on excursions in Svalbard's ice-slicked landscapes. 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, the ethereal ballet itself.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 » Depart for home
Transfer to Longyearbyen Airport after breakfast for your flight home.
Stories inspired by Scandinavia
Scandinavia's varied landscapes, icy northern reaches and scenic fjords certainly deliver when it comes to inspiration. Beloved authors have long used them as settings for magical stories, from Dahl's Norwegian summers to Pullman's far-away Svalbard.
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