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. 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 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 Longyearbyen
Take your flight from London to Longyearbyen (via Oslo), 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.
Please note: Funken Lodge will be closed for maintenance from 3rd–23rd January 2020.
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.
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