Introduction to Spitsbergen: Summer

Great fun from your hotel base in Longyearbyen
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Jun-Sep
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Svalbard or Spitsbergen means "the cold coasts" and was first mentioned in Icelandic texts in the 12th Century. It is a truly unique place of wild nature, glaciers & polar bears. Over 60% of Svalbard is a protected area, including 3 nature reserves, 6 national parks & 15 bird sanctuaries. Austfonna, the world's 3rd largest icecap, is here and has a glacier front of over 200 km.

After mid-May the snow quickly disappears. Small flowers start to appear along the mountainsides and the sounds of bird life replace the quiet of winter. You can hear glaciers calving, and see vast blue fjords filled with floating ice. This is summer time on Spitsbergen. The midnight sun makes it possible to explore Spitsbergen over long days and even into the night. Explore this astonishing place from your comfortable hotel base. Your tour arrangments include accommodation, transfers and guided excursions from Longyearbyen.

Day 1 Arrival Longyearbyen
On arrival transfer to your hotel. Accommodation at Basecamp Hotel with daily breakfast. Time at leisure.

Day 2 Longyearbyen: Dog Sledding On Wheels
Husky dogs in the summer need just as much love, attention and exercise as in the winter so in Spitsbergen there is summer dog sledding on wheels, where the dogs pull you along in small wooden wagons. Meet your  guide at the hotel then transfer to the dog kennel at Trappers Station, about 10 minutes from town at the foot of Breinosa Mountain. There you can greet 90 excited Huskies who are all eagerly waiting to take you on a trip. After a safety briefing and instructions you are off, with two people to a wagon so that whilst one is driving the other can enjoy the rich countryside of the arctic in summer. You can expect to see abundant arctic plant life and birds and reindeer in their natural habitat. After the tour help the guide settle the dogs back into the yard before enjoying lunch.  

Day 3 Longyearbyen: Day at leisure or Optional Hikes
Day at leisure - perhaps visit the Svalbard Museum, the North Pole Expedition Museum and the Svalbard Kirke, or browse the shops for a unique souvenir. Or you can choose between 2 great optional guided hikes.

The first shorter hike takes you from your hotel to explore the nearby mountains of Longyearbyen. We start the hike from the old cable way station, hiking upwards until we reach the top of Plateau Mountain. From the top you will get a spectacular view over the city, the surrounding mountains, Adventfjorden and Isfjorden. We follow the mountain range and make a longer stop with warm drinks and snack on the way, before going  back down by the Longyear glacier, and into the town on the road.

The second longer hike starts with a trip in a RIB boat all the way to Billefjorden and Adolfbuta. There is plenty of wildlife around the fjord at this time of the year, so we have chances to see arctic birds, walruses, belugas or even polar bears. Nordenskiöld Lodge lies right inside the glacier moraine with a fantastic view right towards the bright blue glacier. Here we have lunch. Then after a short safety briefing we head out to the nearby glacier, where we will hike up and down, and enjoy the magnificent ice around us, before returning by boat to Longyearbyen

Day 4 Longyearbyen: Departure
Transfer back to the airport and end of arrangements.

Departures: daily June- September 

Add extra nights and actvities- hiking, kayaking, boat safaris, fishing and more.

Includes: 3 nights accommodation at Basecamp Hotel with daily breakfast, return airport/hotel transfers, guided dog sledding on wheels 3.5hrs including lunch. For the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.

Excludesoptional excursions

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 989.00
Single AUD$ 1359.00

Includes: 3 nights accommodation at Basecamp Hotel with daily breakfast, return airport/hotel transfers, guided dog sledding on wheels 3.5hrs including lunch. 

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.