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See the best of Svalbard between husky sledding, glacier caves and the Northern Lights

» Price from: £1,220 incl. flights

From snow-laden peaks to polar-bear glaciers, the Svalbard wilderness is perhaps the most iconic setting of Philip Pullman’s seminal trilogy – His Dark Materials. And, this comprehensive itinerary showcases the best of it all. You’ll channel your inner Lyra with husky sledding trips and a walk through a secret glacier cave before heading out in search of the Northern Lights with a visit to a wilderness camp. Throughout, you’ll enjoy included touring, hearty dining and a cosy stay in a frontier town.

Day by day itinerary

  • Day 1 » UK/Longyearbyen

    Flying out via Oslo, you’ll swoop in over a cragged archipelago of vast icefields and ominous icebergs to arrive into Longyearbyen – one of the world’s northernmost settlements. This is a true frontier land, where reindeers and polar bears wander freely and the sun doesn’t rise for four months of the year. The welcoming bars and local delicacies of the restaurants are a fitting contrast – as are the saunas and hot tubs of your cosy accommodation.

    Stay: Radisson Blu Polar, Longyearbyen

  • Day 2 » Husky sledding

    Today, you’ll wake to a hearty breakfast before heading out on a dogsledding adventure. Like your very own faithful dæemons, your huskies will be eager to please, bringing you along 12km of icy trails right onto a glacier. It’s a truly evocative experience as you take turns mushing and playing passenger while the bright-white wilderness speeds by. Your goal is a dramatic ice cave; hidden within a glacier, it’s a fantasy world straight out of Pullman’s imagination. After an included lunch, a hot drink and the chance to walk through the icy labyrinth, you’ll retrace your sled tracks home.

    Stay: Radisson Blu Polar, Longyearbyen

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 3 » Northern Lights & wilderness camp

    With a day at leisure, perhaps explore further with a snowmobiling trip, or take in Longyearbyen’s cultural highlights. For an outpost so small, it certainly packs a lot in, from an art gallery to museums on the region’s polar expeditions and unique wildlife. Then, come the evening, you’ll be treated to a true wilderness experience. You’ll be met and brought out to the cabins of Camp Barentz in the remote Advent Valley – the dramatic setting for stories around the campfire, a polar bear presentation and a reindeer dinner washed down with cake and fire-brewed coffee. However, it’s the Northern Lights that are the stars of the show; keep your eyes skywards for their ethereal appearance.

    Stay: Radisson Blu Polar, Longyearbyen

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4 » Depart for UK

    After breakfast, an included transfer will see you to the airport for your flight home.

    Meals: Breakfast

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At a glance…

See the best of Svalbard between husky sledding, glacier caves and the Northern Lights

» Price from: £1,220 incl. flights

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