Our adventures

What would be a better place to spend your Christmas holidays, than in the middle of the true wilderness, close to the Santa's home of the north pole - in the land of polar bears and northern lights?

Welcome to Longyear City, and take part in the northernmost celebration of Christmas by families, in the world! This is a Christmas adventure for both children and adults. A week full of winter activities and true Arctic adventures await 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. Join us celebrating the holidays in a Arctic Norwegian manner, this place and the experiences you will have are to be one of the most unique experiences you have ever had. The 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 litterally have 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, your family or friends will get to experience dogsledding, hunting for the northern lights, and exploring the surrounding landscape by foot. Most importantly, being such a short distance from the north pole, this is the first place that Santa comes visiting on Christmas Day. 

During your stay you will 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. 

 

DIFFICULTY           

This trip is for children 6 years of age, their parents and other. 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 info@hvitserk.com 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 gge 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: 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 and lunch reservation. In the evening, you are picked up in the reception, for an evening at Basecamp 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 dinner is served with stories from a rich history of trappers in the Arctic. In the evening we return to the authentic Basecamp hotel. 

Accommodation Hotel Meals LB

DAY 2: Dogsledding in the polar night

In the never-ending darkness, we will spend the day driving into the Polar night. After breakfast, you are picked up for a dogsledding experience. You will be provided with warm clothing before we drive to the dog yard. 90 Alaska Huskies are eagerly waiting to get the chance to go out on a search for both Northern Lights and Father Christmas. You will harness your team of dogs. The only sound you hear from the sledge is the paws and the sledge sliding on the snow. This is the true quietness of the polar night, an experience few people get to experience in their life. Back at Trapper's Station, we put the dogs back at their houses before we have a bonfire lunch outside under the stars. A visit to the Svalbard Museum is recommended for those who want to get to learn about the history of the Arctic. 

Accommodation Hotel Meals BLD

DAY 3: Christmas Eve

This is the exciting day when Santa starts his trip from the North Pole to visit all the families around the world. With anticipation in the air the families of Longyear city go to the church, take a walk up to one of the old coal mines.

Accommodation Hotel Meals BLD

DAY 4: Christmas day

We wake up to a late Christmas Day breakfast. At noon, your guide will meet you at the reception for a hike up to Plateau Mountain. From here it is a spectacular view of Longyear City, and we will eat a true expedition outside. Back at the hotel, it is time to relax and get the body heated before Christmas Dinner is served at our next-door restaurant. 

Accommodation Hotel Meals BLD

DAY 5: last day in the arctic

Today is your last day in this magnificent town and landscape. Before departure, you might want to have a last look around this small town, covered in darkness, on the top of the world. You might want to participate in the local torchlight walk around the upper town before leaving for the airport. 

Meals B

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 info@hvitserk.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