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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 1096 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

Type

Partially Guided

Interest

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

Season

22 Dec - 26 Dec

Departure

22 December

Highlights It’s a highlight just being in Svalbard, but here’s more to look forward to…

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: December 22: Welcome to Longyearbyen!

    Arrive at Longyear Airport in Svalbard followed by a shuttle transfer to your accommodation for the night. At Basecamp, the walls are covered with driftwood, sealskins, maps, pictures, and objects that illustrate the past and the present way of life in the Arctic. This is the basecamp for your expedition in Spitsbergen, decorated in authentic trapper’s style down to the very last detail. Here, reception will help you get familiar with the region with a map of Longyearbyen and will book a lunch reservation for you. Prepare your mind and body for the wilderness by relaxing in the glass-roofed lounge looking up at the sky filled with stars and hopefully northern lights, or losing yourself in the stories of the arctic explorers., and dine next door at one of its best restaurants. In the evening, you will be picked up at reception, for an evening at Basecamp Trapper’s Station in Bolterdalen, which is 10 km outside of Longyearbyen. As you are driven, 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 23: Dog-Sledding Adventure, Bonfires and Leisure Time

    After breakfast, get ready for a thrilling dog-sledding experience! You will be provided with warm clothing before you drive to the dog yard where 90 Alaskan Huskies are eager to search for both northern lights and father Christmas. You will harness your team of dogs and 2 guests will share a sledge, driving together. At night, the only sound you can hear is the paws and the sledge against the snow. Back at Trapper’s Station, the guide will put the dogs back into their houses, before you enjoy a bonfire lunch outside, under the stars. You will be back in Longyearbyen in the early afternoon, and before dinner, we recommend a visit to the Svalbard Museum.

    Spend the night at Basecamp Hotel

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  • Day 3: December 24: Day of Leisure and Christmas Eve Dinner

    Today is Christmas Eve – the exciting day when Santa begins his annual trip from the North Pole to visit families around the world. In Longyearbyen, while the locals go to church, you can take a walk up to mine 2 – the “home of Father Christmas”, or maybe enjoy a short snowmobile ride into Adventdalen, looking for the northern lights and arctic silence (optional activity – not included).

    In the evening, enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner served at Restaurant Polfarer. If you are 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 4: December 25: Christmas Day Hiking and Festive Dinner

    Wake up to a late Christmas Day breakfast and enjoy a leisurely morning. At noon, your guide will meet you at reception for a hike up the Plateau Mountain which offers a spectacular view of Longyearbyen. An expedition lunch will be served along the way.
    Back at Basecamp Hotel it’s time to relax and warm up before Christmas dinner is served at our next door restaurant.

    Spend the night at Basecamp Hotel

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  • Day 5: December 26: 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, on the top of the world. You can choose to participate in the local torchlight walk around the upper part of town before leaving for the airport.

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Map

Here’s a map of Svalbard, 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 / On a cruise: Room with full ensuite washroom and ..

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Price per person from

Approx 1096 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

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

2017

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 6 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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