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Christmas in the Polar Night

(5 days / 4 nights)

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Spend your winter holiday exploring Arctic Svalbard.

Svalbard has a lot to offer travellers seeking adventure, solitude and pristine nature. Booking a trip to Svalbard during Christmas gives you the chance to experience thrilling outdoor activities like snowmobiling, dog-sledding and hunting for the northern lights.

5 days / 4 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 1253 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

Travel style

Partially Guided i

Interest

Active i, Christmas i, Dog Sled i, Hiking i, Northern Lights i, Off the Beaten Path i, Santa Claus i

Season

23 Dec - 27 Dec

Departure

23 December

Attractions Just a few of the majestic sights you’ll take in during your trip.

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your arctic expedition.

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  • Day 1: December 23: Welcome to Longyearbyen!

    Arrive at Longyear Airport in Svalbard followed by a shuttle transfer to your accommodation in Longyearbyen. At the rustic yet modern Basecamp Hotel, the reception staff will help you get familiar with the town by giving you a map and booking a lunch reservation for you. Then prepare for your wilderness adventures by relaxing in the glass-roofed lounge looking up at the sky filled with stars -- and maybe even northern lights -- or by losing yourself in the stories of the arctic explorers.

    In the evening, you will be picked up at the hotel for an evening at Basecamp Trapper’s Station in Bolterdalen, about 10 km outside of town. As you ride out of town, the artificial lights will fade, with only the big mountains and dark sky surrounding you. If you’re lucky, the northern lights will follow you to Trapper’s Station, where dinner will be served.

    Return to Basecamp Hotel in the evening.

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  • Day 2: December 24: Snowmobile Safari & Christmas Eve Dinner

    Christmas Eve is an exciting day, when Santa leaves his North Pole home to visit families around the world. Meanwhile in Longyearbyen, you can get a peek at Santa's hideway by taking a walk up to Mine 2, known as “The Home of Father Christmas”. Later you will join a guided snowmobile excursion with interesting stops along the way, during which you’ll be able to switch off the engine to fully experience the tranquil solitude of the arctic wilderness. If conditions are right, you might get to see some northern lights as well.

    After returning to town you can join the afternoon Christmas service or just relax and get dressed up for your festive Christmas Eve dinner in the evening, served at Restaurant Polfarer. If you're lucky, Santa might drop in before he sets out for his big tour around the world!

    Spend the night at Basecamp Hotel.

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  • Day 3: December 25: Christmas Dog-Sledding Adventure

    Get ready for a thrilling dog-sledding experience on Christmas Day! After breakfast, you will be provided with warm outerwear and then driven to the kennel where 90 Alaskan Huskies eagerly await to dash across the snow. You will learn now to harness and control your team of dogs (with 2 guests sharing a sledge, taking turns driving) and then off you go. Out in the Polar Night, the only sound you will hear is the mushing of paws and the sledge scraping against the snow.

    Back at Trapper’s Station the guide will put the dogs back into their houses and then you'll enjoy a bonfire lunch outside under the stars. You will be back to the hotel in Longyearbyen in the early afternoon, with time to relax before your Christmas dinner at Restaurant Huset.

    Spend the night at Basecamp Hotel.

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  • Day 4: December 26: Mountain Hike and Dinner

    Wake up to a late breakfast and enjoy a leisurely morning. Around noon, your guide will meet you at the hotel for a hike up the Plateau Mountain, an activity which offers a spectacular view of Longyearbyen. An expedition lunch will be served along the way.

    Back at Basecamp Hotel you can warm up and enjoy the evening as you wish. For dinner, the hotel reception staff can offer recommendations.

    Spend the night at Basecamp Hotel.

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  • Day 5: December 27: Last day in the Arctic

    After an adventurous few days, today you will begin your journey home. Before departure, have a last look around this small town, beautifully covered in darkness and pristine white snow.

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Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort

All rooms are of standard category and come with private shower or bath and WC.

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Price per person from

Approx 1253 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

2018

Tour Information

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  • Due to flight times between Svalbard and Norway, travellers are urged to spend the night in either Oslo or Tromsø before and after the trip. 
  • Temperatures in Svalbard between October and February generally range from -2 to -15° Celsius but can reach lows of around -30° Celsius.
 
More information on what to pack to Svalbard:
  • Travellers should bring warm, weatherproof outerwear along with thermal layers and insulated boots. Sunglasses and thick moisturizer for the face are also recommended. A list of necessary personal equipment will be provided before arriving. 
  • In Svalbard, climatic conditions & the weather can change and your safety is our priority. Our tours are therefore designed to be flexible to necessary change. 
  • If conditions are right, the northern lights can be seen on this tour. However, sightings cannot be guaranteed.
  • Norwegian traffic law applies to snowmobiling in Svalbard, so drivers must carry a valid driver’s license at all times. 
  • The itinerary can change without notice due to Arctic weather conditions. 
  • Children under 8 are not allowed on this tour. 
  • Minimum number of participants for this tour: 2
  • Participants should be in good general health to participate in the outdoor activities of this tour.
 
Environmental protection and tourism in Svalbard: 
“You are welcome to return to Svalbard when no one has noticed you’ve already been here.” Svalbard’s vegetation is very exposed, particularly due to the permafrost, and destruction of flora can leave a lasting scar on the landscape. All vegetation is therefore protected and all traces of human activity up to 1945 are regarded as cultural monuments. Svalbard’s Environmental Act strictly regulates travel on Svalbard, so if you are planning a trip alone outside of Administration Area 10 (central parts of Spitsbergen), you must inform the Ombudsman and show proof of insurance.
 
Polar bears and visitor safety in Svalbard: 
The polar bear is probably the foremost symbol of Svalbard’s wildlife and it is a truly exhilarating experience to see them in their natural habitat. Keep in mind that Svalbard prohibits coaxing, pursuing, or disturbing polar bears in such a way that endangers humans or the bears themselves. Attacks on humans, though rare, can be lethal. Therefore, on all guided tours and activities, visitor safety is overseen by experienced guides who carry shotguns at all times and let off warning shots if needed. The authorities in Svalbard, together with the joint travel industry, encourage participation in organised, guided activities in order to protect both visitors and polar bears
 
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day. 
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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