Svalbard, in the Arctic North, is a sweeping archipelago of dramatic peaks and glaciers, icefields and icebergs, and snow as far as the eye can see. One of Europe‘s last great wildernesses, it also boasts a terrain perfect for polar bears and exploration. Come here all year round, but particularly from February – April to ride the snowmobiles led by packs of huskies, go on glacier hikes, or just to feel a sense of unparalleled peace and silence.
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Day 1: Arrival in Longyearbyen
You’ll be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel in Svalbard.
Once you’ve settled into your accommodation you’ll be taken through your forthcoming itinerary.
The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure, giving you time to explore the former mining town of Svalbard which has plenty of restaurants and local bars.
Stay: Basecamp Hotel
Day 2: Longyearbyen Tour
You’ll start your day with a guided walking tour of Longyearbyen and a visit to the Svalbard Museum which showcases the region’s natural and cultural history.
Once familiarised with the area you’ll be taken meet the huskies and start your Arctic Trappers program. Trapper’s Station is home to the Arctic trappers and their 90 friendly Alaskan huskies, eager to take you for a sled ride which whisks you into Bolterdalen valley and the surrounds of Spitsbergen.
Once back at the station, you’ll learn about life as a trapper over lunch.
Stay: Trappers Station
Day 3: Snowmobile Journey To Kapp Linne
This morning you’ll be escorted on a private snowmobile expedition to Isfjord Radio at Kapp Linne. You’ll traverse glaciers, mountains and frozen fjords, and visit thrilling historical sites. If you’re lucky, you may even see a polar bear!
Lunch will be served before you’re driven back to Kapp Linne and returned to your accommodation for the night.
Stay: Hotel Isfjord Radio
Day 4: Snowmobile Journey To Longyearbyen
After breakfast you’ll head into Spitsbergen via a private snowmobile. Weather permitting, you’ll explore the Russian mining town of Barentsburg before arriving in Longyearbyen in the afternoon.
Stay: Basecamp Hotel
Day 5: Full day of dog sledding
Today you’ll set off on a private full-day dog sledging adventure.
You’ll be escorted to Trapper’s Station in Bolterdalen and our guides and dogs will transport you through the beautiful landscape of Spitsbergen.
On this trip, two people share one dog team and you can take turns driving.
You’ll stop off at a glacier to see the incredible rock and ice formations up-close before having lunch outdoors amidst beautiful scenery.
|Day 1:||Arrival in Longyearbyen||Basecamp Hotel|
|Day 2:||Longyearbyen Tour||Trappers Station|
|Day 3:||Snowmobile Journey To Kapp Linne||Hotel Isfjord Radio|
|Day 4:||Snowmobile Journey To Longyearbyen||Basecamp Hotel|
|Day 5:||Full day of dog sledding|
- Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double room with daily breakfast
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- Tours and transfers by private vehicles
- All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
- International airfare
- Visa and airport taxes
- Personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)