Northern Lights, Snowmobile and Snowshoe adventure in Spitsbergen, Svalbard

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Multi Activity Level 1 5 days participants

Overview

Highlights

  • Dog sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Northern lights
  • Experience the dark daytime hours of the winter Arctic
  • Learn about and experience Svalbard culture

Welcome to Longyear City! This holiday 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 Spitsbergen from both Oslo and Tromsø. You will find Spitsbergen and Svalbard looking 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 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 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 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] 

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Professional nature guide
  • All transport within itinerary

See more of what's included and not here.

Contact

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

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Details

Difficulty

Level 1 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. The climate will be cold on this trip, with days mostly in darkness. Being mentally prepared for a new environment will allow you to enjoy this trip. 

What to bring?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You can leave your luggage in the car or at the accommodation each day, so when hiking, you only have to carry what you need for the day. 

How to get there?

Wondering how to get from the airport to Oslo city? Read more here.

Accommodation

We stay in unique and welcoming accommodations within the area. If you are traveling alone, you will share a same-sex twin room. If you would like a single room, please request this directly for a single, additional payment of 3000 NOK. Most nights we will stay in en-suite rooms, but not all. If you want a single room we can't guarantee en-suite room each day. 

Baggage

Due to limited space in the minibus, we ask that you bring one piece of luggage (we recommend a duffel bag, which is easier than a rolling bag to transport on this tour) with your clothes, toiletries and items necessary for when we are not hiking. We require you bring a day pack (hip belt strongly recommended) to use when hiking for food, water, cameras and layers.

Insurance

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

Languages

The guide will speak English.

Changes may occur

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

Minimum: 3 people; Maximum: 7 people.

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to the meeting point in Oslo. We are happy to assist you in booking a hotel in Oslo and give you advice on what to do when you stay in our capital.
  • Drinks and snacks.

Day by Day

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1

Arctic Outpost: Longyearbyen

Accommodation Hotel
Meals D
Transportation 15min

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 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 at 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. In the cabin, we will eat a two-course dinner. The hosts will tell stories from a rich history of trappers in the Arctic. Look forward to learning about the old history in the Arctic regions of Norway and Svalbard. The night is spent like the old trappers did it.

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2

Adventure in the polar night

Accommodation Cabin
Meals B, L, D
Duration 4-6hrs

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. 

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3

Snowshoe trip under the Northern Lights

Accommodation Cabin
Meals B, L, D
Duration 4-6hrs

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. 

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4

Dark snowmobiling

Accommodation Cabin
Meals B, L, D

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. 

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5

Last day in the Arctic

Meals B

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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Equipment List

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

  1. Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
  2. Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
  3. Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.

The video below is for SUMMER gear, despite the snow in the background. Welcome to Norway!

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

Required:

BASE LAYER

Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.

MID-LAYER A medium thickness wool or fleece top.

INSULATED JACKET

A warm jacket for breaks and before after hiking. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalant in warmth is also okay.

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

HIKING PANTS

Hiking pants comfortable for all day wear. Should fit your long underwear beneathe and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is option. 

HIKING SHIRT

Bring 1-2 shirts for daily hiking. 

GLOVES / MITTENS

1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth.

HATS

1 sun hat, 1 warm hat.

HIKING SOCKS

2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness. If your footwear is not waterproof consider a gortex sock option.

HIKING SHOES

Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable. Trails can be wet and rocky. We recommend waterproof hiking boots. 

BACKPACK

Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water and needed items. 20-40 liters.

SUNGLASSES

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost.

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 

WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBACK

2 liter capacity. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

Recommended:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra for hiking. No cotton.

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

We recommend having a water proof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy the hiking more when warm and comfortable.

SCARF OR BUFF

A layer to protect your neck or face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.

SWIMWEAR

A bathing suit and small towel if you would like to swim, hottub or sauna depending on your trip. 

TREKKING POLES

Most guests prefer hiking with poles. Helps with challenging terrain and to maintain energy over long days. 

HEADLAMP

Important item to always have in your pack. Emergency back up and useful for long days. 

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

Its important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-hiking time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended for after and before hiking.

Optional:

ANTIBAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EAR PLUGS

If youre a light sleeper.

JOURNAL

In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

SLEEPING MASK

To cover your eyes when sleeping in 24 hour light. You can aslo use your buff.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. All the equipment you need for the glacier hike on day three is also included, also hiking boots that are compatible with crampons.

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