Spitsbergen tour "Polar Nights"

Independent , Northern Lights
Winter adventures and overnight in a cosy wilderness cabin
4 days
Oct - Jan
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Svalbard, or Spitsbergen is located midway between Norway and the North Pole. The islands are renowned for their untouched glaciers and for majestic, craggy mountains. There is a huge variety of wildlife including polar bears, caribou, reindeer, polar foxes, whales, seals, walruses, Humpback whales, orcas, beluga whales, and narwhals. Plus many birds- arctic terns, fulmars, and puffins. Svalbard means "the cold coasts" and was first mentioned in Icelandic texts in the 12th Century. It is a truly unique place of wild nature - over 60% is a protected area, including 3 nature reserves, 6 national parks & 15 bird sanctuaries.  

Winter has a special charm  - by the end of October the sun has shed its last rays for the year and Svalbard heads towards a period of darkness. By day the snow reflects light and at night, it is the time for clear skies and stars and for the Northern Lights. By February as light increases, the blue tones become pink, and the sun hits the local peaks. Experience the Polar night!

Day 1 Arrival: Longyearbyen - Trapper's Station Overnight
Upon your arrival into Longyearbyen, make your own way from the airport to the Trapper's Hotel. Time at leisure -   perhaps visit the Svalbard Museum, the North Pole Expedition Museum and the Svalbard Kirke, or browse the shops for a unique souvenir.  Store your main luggage at the hotel, and take just an overnight bag with you for tonight. This evening, meet your guide at 19:00hrs at the hotel then transfer to the Trapper's Station, about 10km outside of Longyearbyen. Decades ago trappers came here with dreams of freedom and the big catches to be found in the vast wilderness. Enjoy a 2 course dinner, while you listen to tales of hunting and other traditions in the Arctic. Tonight you will sleep in a shared small cabin, decorated in the fashion of a traditional hunter's hut, the originals of which can still be seen scattered around the islands. Sleep well - your guards for the night are the 80 huskies who call the station home and your guides! 

Day 2: Trapper's Station - Longyearbyen:  Dog Sledding or Hiking and Northern Lights
Start the day with a hearty breakfast, then if the snow conditions are good we will harness the dogs for a sled trip in the nearby Bolter Valley. After a brief lesson, it's time to head off - as soon as the dogs start running, all you will hear is the swish of the sled runners, as you drive speedily across the snow. Stop for a break and the chance to switch drivers. If there is not enough snow, we will go for a hike instead. You may also see the Aurora Borealis - Svalbard is one of the few places you can spot the Aurora during the daytime, and as the Trappers Station is in an area with no light pollution, the conditions  are ideal for seeking the Northern Lights. Then time to head back to Longyearbyen, and check in at the Trapper's Hotel for the next 2 nights. 

Day 3 Longyearbyen: Snowshoe Hike
Today, enjoy a guided snowshoe hike in the area surrounding Longyearbyen. You will be provided with a headlamp, poles and snowshoes, and your guide will teach you all the tricks of snowshoeing. Your exact route will depend on the weather and local conditions. Snowshoeing is one of the most ancient methods of transport, and you will be amazed at how quietly you can glide over the snow. Along the way, stop for hot drinks and the breathtaking views of the Advent Valley. Your guide will entertain you with stories about the mining industry which was previously an economic mainstay, and about life in the High Arctic.  2nd overnight at  Trapper's Hotel. 

Day 4 Longyearbyen Departure
Breakfast at the hotel, then check out and end of arrangements. .  

Departures: daily 01 October 2018 to 31 January 2019    Minimum 2 persons

Includes: 1 night at Trapper's Station with dinner and breakfast; 2 nights accommodation at Trapper's Hotel or similar  Longyearbyen including breakfast;  Husky Safari or Guided Hike Day 2; Snowshoe Hike Day 3. Please note is no running water or showers at Trapper's Station, but there is a heated composting toilet. 

Excludes:  arrival and departure airport transfers in Longyearbyen

Please note: the order of the daily excursions will alter according to the day your arrangements start and all excursions are weather dependent. 

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1581.00

Includes: 1 nights accommodation at the Trapper Station including a 2 course dinner and breakfast; 2 nights accommodation at the Trappers Hotel or similar including breakfast (Day 4 only);  Dog Sledding (Day 2); Glacier Snowshoe Hike (Day 3)

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

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