This exclusive February half-term break sees you explore the ultimate Arctic outpost of Svalbard under its most magical spell – the polar night. In this remote region in the depths of winter, the sun never appears above the horizon, painting the landscape in an eerie blue twilight. You'll have the chance to take it all in on a series of optional adventures, from mushing a team of huskies to snowmobiling across frozen tundra. For an extra special stay, we've included a magical evening at remote Camp Barentz, where you'll tuck into a delicious wilderness dinner as, with luck, the Northern Lights dance overhead. What's more, alongside a stay at the ultra-contemporary Funken Lodge, you'll be treated to a three-course gourmet dinner on arrival as well as a VIP shutter transfer complete with champagne.
Svalbard's Polar Night: Exclusive Departure
Day by day itinerary
Day 1 » UK to Longyearbyen
Fly out to Longyearbyen and the world’s northernmost airport, where you'll be met for a champagne shutter transfer to the spectacular Funken Lodge. As Svalbard's newest and most luxurious hotel, you can expect the ultimate in Scandi-chic design showcased in a stylish lounge and Longyearbyen's best restaurant, where you'll be treated to a three-course dinner on your first night. After tucking into the likes of king crab cappuccino soup, dry-aged rib-eye and crème brûlée, why not take advantage of the hotel's celebrated champagne cellar to celebrate your arrival in the Arctic?
Day 2 » Optional activities
Following breakfast, you'll have the chance to explore with a whole host of optional excursions. Perhaps board a specially adapted all-weather snowcat vehicle to cross mountain plains in search of the Northern Lights. Or, enjoy the thrill of driving your own snowmobile under the star-spangled sky. For something a little slower paced, there's beer tasting at the world's northernmost brewery, or a visit to the Svalbard Museum, whose exhibits showcase the region's unique natural and human history through a series of immersive exhibits. In the evening, the adventure continues with a further choice of activities and the chance to delve into Longyearbyen's restaurant scene.
Day 3 » Optional activities & Northern Lights evening at Camp Barentz
Today provides a further chances to embark on excursions. You might consider a husky adventure across Bolterdalen, taking the chance to mush the pack, or sit back to enjoy views of the frosty landscape, keeping your eyes peeled for reindeer, grouse and Arctic fox. Then, this evening, you'll head out into the Advent Valley where you’ll be indulged with hearty food, drink and some good-old-fashioned storytelling. Relax in front of a crackling fire as your hosts serve a hot dish of local reindeer, brew some revitalising coffee and entertain you with tales of the island and its polar bears.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 » Depart for UK
After breakfast, self-transfer to the airport in time for your flight back to the UK.
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