Spitsbergen tour "Introduction to Spitsbergen: Winter"

Independent Touring, Northern Lights & Winter Fun
Explore from Longyearbyen with great day excursions
5 days
Feb - May
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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. Explore this astonishing place over 5 great days. Your tour arrangments include accommodation, transfers and guided excursions from Longyearbyen.

Day 1 Arrival Longyearbyen
On arrival, transfer by coach to your hotel. Time at leisure - relax and enjoy the town. Perhaps visit Svalbard Museum, the North Pole Expedition Museum and Svalbard Kirke, or browse the shops for a unique souvenir. Accommodation at Basecamp Hotel with breakfast.

Day 2 Longyearbyen: Snowmobile Adventure 
Experience the thrill of the Arctic from a snowmobile on this half day excursion,  driving through valleys, getting out of town and into the arctic wilderness. Meet your guide at your hotel then drive to the snowmobile depot, for a briefing about the coming trip, some safety rules and a lesson in how to drive a snowmobile. All the essential equipment you need to keep you warm and enjoy the day ahead is included. Then off we go! Your guide plans a route based on the weather conditions- our goal is to experience the magic of the landscape, the excitement of snowmobile driving, see some wonderful views and hopefully see some wildlife. We stop during the trip and enjoy hot drinks and some biscuits. No previous experience is necessary - your friendly and professional guides will assist you all the way. 2 persons usually share each snowmobile but you can drive solo for a supplement.

 Day 3 Longyearbyen: Snowshoe Walk 
Today meet your guide at your hotel to be fitted with poles and snowshoes and learn the principles of snowshoeing, and to decide on today's route, depending on weather and local conditions- Longyearbreen, Larsbreen and Breinosa are some of the possible destinations. Along the way, enjoy hot drinks and breathtaking silence.  And there’s simply no better way to spot wildlife than padding quietly into snowy covered mountains.

Day 4 Longyearbyen: Dog Sled Adventure to the Ice Cave
The arctic wilderness offers wonderful experiences when you go for a ride with your own dog sled.  Transfer to the kennel outside town to rendezvous with some 4 legged friends, and after a safety briefing and driving instruction we set off! Once we start, the only noise you will hear is the whisper of the sled runners gliding over the ice and snow. Arriving at the glacier we take a closer look inside and explore the fantastic formations of ice and rocks shaped by nature’s own forces. Depending on the weather, we will have lunch either inside the cave, or outside enjoying the beautiful scenery. Then its back to  the husky kennel to say farewell to the dogs, before transferring back to Longyeabyen. 2 persons share the driving of each sled.

Day 5 Longyearbyen Departure
Transfer to the airport and end of arrangements.

Departures: daily February – mid May

Includes: 4 nights accommodation at Basecamp Hotel in Longyearbyen with daily breakfast, guided snowshoe walk 5hrs, guided snowmobile excursion 4hrs, guided dog sled excursion 7hrs, return airport transfers.

Please note the order of the daily excursions will alter according to the day your arrangements start and all excursions are weather dependent. For the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2082.00
Single AUD$ 3053.00

Includes: 4 nights accommodation at Basecamp Hotel in Longyearbyen with daily breakfast, guided snowshoe walk 5hrs, guided snowmobile excursion 4hrs, guided dog sled excursion 7hrs, return airport coach transfers.

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