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Longyearbyen Explorer

(4 days / 3 nights)

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Discover one of the world’s northernmost settlements

Experience the Arctic without sacrificing all the comforts of civilization! This short yet invigorating break is a great way to discover the unique highlights of Svalbard, one of the planet’s last great frontiers. Spend some time relaxing in Longyearbyen, one of the world’s northernmost settlements, and enjoy Svalbard’s pristine nature and rugged landscapes with activities such as dog-sledding and ice-caving.

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Season

1 Feb - 15 May

Departure

Daily

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: Welcome to the Arctic!

    Arrive at Longyear Airport in Svalbard followed by a shuttle transfer to your accommodation for the night. After check-in, the rest of the day is free time to explore Longyearbyen as you wish, perhaps with a visit to the Svalbard Museum to learn more about Svalbard‘s history as a hunting and mining outpost.

    Spend the night in Longyearbyen.

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  • Day 2: Natural Ice Sculptures

    After breakfast at your hotel, you will have the rare chance to step inside a glacier! For a fascinating, close-up look inside of an ice cave, you are taken to Lars Glacier just outside of town, where you will traverse an incredible landscape created by challenging conditions from ice and erosion. The hike to the cave, which is moderately challenging in terms of fitness, shows the vastness of the glacier and unforgiving landscape. Before entering the cave, you will be equipped with a head-lamp and a helmet for a guided tour through frozen melt-water channels under the glacier surrounded by interesting ice and stone formationas as well as amazing ice crystals. To enter the cave, guests need to climb down a rope ladder, and once in the cave, the group will take a break and enjoy a hot drink served with a snack.

    This evening, reward your efforts with a mouth-watering feast! We recommend the four-course Arctic dinner at the legendary Huset Restaurant.

  • Day 3: Leisure Day in Longyearbyen

    Take some time to get to know Longyearbyen with a stroll around town, a visit to the Svalbard Gallery, a bit of souvenir shopping, or a leisurely break at a cafe. Or, if you’re in the mood for more outdoor adventures, you can book an optional activity from your hotel. For a satisfying dinner this evening, we recommend the charming Kroa restaurant.

    Spend the night in Longyearbyen.
     

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  • Day 4: The Art of Mushing & Departure

    Before saying goodbye to this extraordinary place, you will have time for one more arctic adventure – a dogsledding tour over the frozen scenery. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before you are picked up and taken to the husky kennel, where 90 Alaskan huskies eagerly await to take you on a thrilling sled ride. After a brief lesson by your guide on how to handle your team of huskies, the reins are yours and the journey begins! With only the sounds of the dogs and the scraping of the sled against the ice, this is sure to be an experience to remember. Back at the kennel, un-harness your hard-working dogs and enjoy a hot beverage and light snack before returning to Longyearbyen in time to freshen up for your departure. In the afternoon, take the shuttle bus to Longyear Airport for your return flight to Oslo, from where you will continue to your final destination.

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Map

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

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Nordic Visitor - for a tour to Longyearbyen, Norway

I wanted to go to Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world, on an island about 1,000 miles north of Oslo, Norway, in December. I knew nothing about preparing for a trip like that, including what to wear for the Arctic cold weather.
 
Luckily, I found Nordic Visitor. Kolbrun helped identify a number of activities for me to do (including dogsledding), and arranged for a great hotel, airport pickup, etc. She was very patient with me (I had tons of questions) and gave me great guidance on how to dress and prepare for the trip in general and the specific activities.
 
I received a great itinerary in advance, detailing where to meet tour guides every day, etc., which made it very easy. The trip went without a hitch. One activity (snowmobiling) was cancelled due to weather, and I received a very prompt refund for the activity shortly after I got back.
 
I plan to go to the Arctic again, and I will definitely use Nordic Visitor.
 
I recommend them without any hesitation at all; you won't be disappointed!
 

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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Tour Information

Our travel consultants can assist with booking air travel between Oslo or Tromsø and Longyearbyen. If needed, we can also book accommodation in Oslo or Tromsø.
 
This tour can be customized, including additional nights in Oslo, Tromsø, or Longyearbyen on request. We can also combine this tour with other tours in Norway. Contact us for details. 
 
Other 
  • 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. 
  • Average temperatures in Svalbard between March and May are -3 to -12° Celsius but can reach as low as -30° Celsius.
  • 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. More information on what to pack for Svalbard
  • If conditions are right, the northern lights can be seen until the end of March. 
  • The ice cave tour is not suitable for people with claustrophobia. 
  • 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 15 not allowed on this tour. 
  • Minimum number of participants: 2 
  • Participants should be in good general health for 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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