Our adventures

Celebrate the day's after Christmas, with an adventure vacation in the land of polar bears and northern lights!

Welcome to Longyear City! This is a Northern light vacation for both children (8+ years) and adults. A week full of winter activities and true Arctic adventures awaits you. You can reach the Arctic outpost from both Oslo and Tromsø. Situated between the Norwegian mainland and the north pole, this Arctic archipelago is one of the most spectacular places in the world. This place and scenery are to be one of the most unique experiences you have ever had. Longyear City is a family-friendly place, and most of its inhabitants are small Norwegian families working within the community. 

At this time of year, the sun is underneath the horizon and the Arctic areas literally have a night all day long. Even though the community lack sun this time of year, the kindness of the people and reflections of the snow lights up the landscape in the most spectacular ways. During your visit, you will get to experience dog sledging, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and hunting for the northern lights. 

During your stay, you will stay one night in the Trapper's Cabin outside Longyear City, and all other nights in Basecamp Hotel, situated in the heart of Longyear City. It is the most unique hotel in the city, decorated in traditional trapper's style with driftwood, sealskins, pictures and objects that illustrate the past and current trapper's life in the Arctic. Despite its rusticity, this hotel offers high-quality accommodation with unique style. 

You can book the Adventure Tour in the menu to the right, please let us know if you have any questions. This tour can also be set up as a private vacation at other dates during the winter. Please contact us at [email protected] 

DIFFICULTY           

This trip is for children 6 years of age, their parents and others. Spend the holidays like a real adventure. No previous skills from the activities needed.

WHAT TO BRING?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. 

HOW TO GET THERE

Daily flights (3-4 hours) from Oslo to Longyear City. Please send us an email at [email protected] if you have any questions. 

ACCOMMODATION

We stay in Basecamp hotel, situated in the heart of Longyear City. It is the most amazing hotel in the city, decorated in traditional trapper's style with driftwood, sealskins, pictures and objects that illustrate the past and current trapper's life in the Arctic. Despite its rusticity, Trappers Hotel offers high quality accomodation with unique style. 

INSURANCE 

You need a travel and health insurance, that also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

LANGUAGES         

The guides speaks English.

CHANGES MAY OCCUR

The weather on Spitsbergen might necessitate that our boat departure from Longyearbyen is postponed or canceled. Guides and the staff present are the ones responsible for taking this decision, and we reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS & Age limit             

You have to be a minimum of two persons in your group, and the age limit is 6 years. 

INCLUDED

The price includes activities, equipment, accommodation in Longyearbyen, and meals according to the program. 

NOT INCLUDED

Flights, airport shuttle and alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks. 

OTHER INFORMATION

This is a trip that we organize in collaboration with our partner Basecamp Spitsbergen. 

DAY 1: Arctic outpost: the city of Longyear

After your arrival in Longyearbyen, you can catch the airport shuttle bus or a taxi, into town and Basecamp hotel. Here, the reception will help you with a map of Longyearbyen. Leave your luggage at the hotel, and go for a walk into one of the most unique cities in the world. In Longyear City, you will find many restaurants or cafe's that can serve you a healthy lunch. 

In the evening, you are picked up in the reception, at 7 pm for an evening at the authentic Trapper's Station in Bolterdalen, 10 km outside of Longyearbyen. Driving into the darkness, as artificial lights leave us, you can only assume the big mountains surrounding us. If we are lucky, the Northern Lights will follow you to Trapper's Station, where a two-course dinner is served with stories from a rich history of trappers in the Arctic. The night is spent like the old trappers did it. Look forward to a fairytale-like night on warm reindeer skin in your sleeping bags. Your guide will stay close to your accommodation at all times, and together with the 90 Alaskan Huskies outside, they will be your polar bear guards for the night. 

Accommodation Hotel Meals D

DAY 2: adventure in the polar night

Good morning! In the morning, you will be served coffee and tee by your guide, and we start the day with breakfast inside the cabin. Depending on the snow conditions, we will either go for a dogsledding trip or a exciting hike in the area outside of the cabin. The area around the wildly located cabin is very little influenced by unnatural lights, and therefore the opportunities for seeing beautiful northern lights are better than in Longyear City. Svalbard, Spitsbergen is one of the very few places in the world where you can see northern lights during daytime. Back in Longyear, we check in at the unique Basecamp hotel, and we recommend that you book dinner. If you have time for it, a visit to the Svalbard Museum is recommended for those who want to more learn about the history of the Arctic one of the days in Svalbard, Spitsbergen. 

Accommodation Hotel Meals B

DAY 3: snowshoe adventures in the silent Arctic

One of the best ways to move in Arctic winter terrain is with snowshoes. Today, you are going on a hike with snowshoes in the areas outside of Longyear City. Your guide will give you headlamp for lightning, and help you fix the snowshoes to your boots. After this, you will be thought the principles of snowshoeing, and the conditions determine where we choose to go. Few places in the world are as silent and calming as the polar night. Walking with snowshoes in this terrain is almost like meditation for the normally stressing everyday life. During the hike, you will be served a hot drink, stories from the Arctic, and how the mining activity have shaped Spitsbergen, Svalbard as a community. In the evening, we highly recommend our the local favourite restaurant, Huset. Ask the reception if they can help you with reservations. 

Accommodation Hotel Meals B

DAY 4: SNOWMOBILE adventures in the polar night

Never tried snowmobiling before? It is only a total of 40 kilometres of roads in Longyear City, and because of that, the snowmobile becomes the car for the locals. Driving in the polar night gives you a feeling of a real adventure, as only the headlamps and stars guide your way into this enormous landscape. If you are lucky, you might spot a polar fox or reindeer while driving. Your guide will make some interesting stops along your way, and when you turn off your snowmobiles, you will feel the Arctic silence for real, a type of silence we dear to say you have never experienced before. 

Back in town, you can enjoy a warm drink at the Basecamp hotel reception as you plan tonight's dinner. Maybe you end the evening at the award-winning Karlsberger Pub? The tiny bar has served local miners for numerous years, and have one of Europe's most impressive selections of whiskey and cognac. 

Accommodation Hotel Meals B

DAY 5: last day in the arctic

Today is your last day in this magnificent town and landscape. If you haven't had the time yet, we recommend a visit to the Svalbard Museum. The airport bus stops right outside the hotel, otherwise the receptions helps you with a taxi if you prefer that option.

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Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring with you everything you need. This list is intended to give you a guideline, so that we have everything we need on the trip, regardless of the weather. The weather in Spitsbergen in this period are most often dry, but seldom warmer than 10 Celsius plus. We don’t want you to buy a lot of new stuff, so please bring what you have, or maybe you can borrow from someone. Bring as little as possible, you don’t have to dress up for anything on this trip. Please contact us at [email protected]com if you have any questions.

Underwear

Preferably synthetic or wool.

Base Layer

Wool or synthetic, we recommend wool.

Fleecejacket

Bring a good Mid Layer.

Hiking pants

 

Insulated jacket

Down or synthetic. To put on at the mountain tops, and in the evening.

Thin gloves/mittens

 

Socks

Wool is the best, two pairs.

Cap/hat

Bring a warm cap, and something to protect you from the sun is also smart.

Head over/skarf

 

Backpack / Rucksack

You only need a small one

Toiletries

 

Camera

 Remember a lot of free space on your memory card.

A smile

Lightweight, and good for the group dynamics

Backpack or small bag

 30L is more than enough. Preferably water resistant.

Indoor clothing

casual clothing for dinner, and maybe something a bit more formal for the big night

Indoor shoes

It is customary to take off your shoes indoors and wear slippers instead

 Drivers license and passport  Bring a drivers license in case you choose to rent a snowmobile