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Longyearbyen Summer

Explore Longyearbyen and surrounds from your hotel base
Longyearbyen, Svalbard © Shutterbird Production / Hurtigruten Svalbard

The bright and mild polar summer stretches from mid-May to late September. The Midnight Sun won’t drop below the horizon again until late August. In a polar summer, day and night becomes one in the High Arctic, and the light is the same around the clock. Explore this astonishing place from your comfortable hotel base. Your tour arrangements include accommodation, transfers and guided excursions from Longyearbyen.


Day 1 Longyearbyen Arrival and Wilderness Evening

On arrival in Longyearbyen, transfer to Funken Lodge - a boutique hotel with unique views over Longyearbyen and the nearby glaciers. Here you can unwind after thrilling nature experiences, in a relaxed and luxurious atmosphere. Time to explore the town - perhaps visit the Svalbard Museum, the North Pole Expedition Museum and the Svalbard Kirke, or browse the shops for a unique souvenir. Wilderness Evening excursion at Camp Barentz. Drive into the Advent Valley, where the mountains on either side loom over us like giants, bathed in the glow of the short night. Camp Barentz boasts an amazing location at the foot of the mountain, Breinosa, right below Mine 7. One of the buildings at the camp, Barentz Hus, is a copy of the cabin that the discoverer of Svalbard, Willem Barentz, overwintered in on Novaya Zemlya in 1596. At Camp Barentz, we often see Svalbard reindeer, grouse and foxes. Our knowledgeable hosts are also on watch in case a polar bear should appear. Taste a real Svalbard stew in a cosy wooden cabin around the campfire, and learn more about the King of the Arctic. Time to take photos of the stark landscape, before returning to civilisation.

Day 2 Wildlife and Glacier Cruise

Day trip by hybrid-electric catamaran through magnificent landscapes, to Billefjorden and the glacier front of Nordenskiöldbreen. The conditions on Svalbard change a lot throughout the year, and a trip under the midnight sun in May will be different from when the polar night approaches. Regardless of the season, you can expect unique experiences in beautiful Svalbard nature. Early in the season, parts of the Billefjord may still be covered in ice. By the use of only the electric motor, we will then silently follow the ice edge where the opportunity to see wildlife is great! Here we will also enjoy the mesmerising glacier front of Nordenskiöldbreen. In addition, we will see the ghost town Pyramiden from a distance, and drive by the bay Skansbukta. The catamaran's hybrid-electric engine and specially designed propellers minimise the noise and vibration. This not only takes you closer to nature; More importantly, the surrounding wildlife is less disturbed by our presence.

Day 3 Dog Sledding on Wheels

Morning Dog Sledding on Wheels excursion. Meet your guide at the hotel and transfer to the dog kennel at Bolter Valley. Greet the excited Huskies who are eagerly waiting to take you on a trip. After a safety briefing and instructions you are off, enjoying the rich landscape of the Arctic in summer. Expect to see abundant arctic plant life and birds and reindeer in their natural habitat. After the tour, relax with hot drinks in a cosy log cabin. 

Day 4 Longyearbyen Departure

Transfer to Longyearbyen airport and end of arrangements.

2024 Departures: daily May - September


The order of excursions may vary according to your dates of travel

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