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Moonlight Safari

(4 days / 3 nights)

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See how the arctic sparkles under polar night

Svalbard´s Polar Nights make for a truly magical winter experience! By the end of October, the sun has cast its final rays and Svalbard enters into a period of darkness. But not to fear—the glow of the moon and stars reflecting off the snow means you may not even need a head lamp as you travel by dog sled and snowmobile over the frozen landscapes. And if conditions are right, your adventures may be accompanied by brilliant displays of the northern lights!

4 days / 3 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 693 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

Type

Partially Guided

Interest

Active, Christmas, Dog Sled, New Year´s, Northern Lights, Snowmobiling

Season

Dec - Jan

Departure

Daily

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 next 3 nights in central Longyearbyen . The rest of your day is free to explore the town as you wish, perhaps with a visit to the Svalbard Museum to learn more about Svalbard‘s history as a hunting and mining outpost or a visit to the local shops. Dinner is also up to you this evening though we recommend the charming Restaurant Kroa.

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  • Day 2: Northern Lights Husky Safari

    After breakfast, your guide picks you up and takes you to the Basecamp Trapper’s Station, where 90 Alaskan huskies eagerly await to take you on a thrilling sled ride under the stars and northern lights.* After a brief lesson from the lead musher, 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 at the Trapper’s Station before returning to Longyearbyen in the afternoon. This evening, reward your efforts with a mouth-watering feast! We recommend the 4-course Arctic dinner at the legendary Huset Restaurant.

    * Please note that the northern lights (aurora borealis) are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed. 

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  • Day 3: Snowmobile Safari in the Arctic Wilderness

    Enjoy a good breakfast and meet with your guide at the hotel for your next adventure: a thrilling snowmobile adventure. After a basic driving lesson, it’s time to suit up and take off into the wild! This amazing journey takes you over the Longyearbreen glacier, which offers extraordinary views over Longyearbyen. The tour guide then leads you through the valley of Fardalen to the plains at Colessletta, where reindeer are often spotted. Finally, the route takes you through the valleys of Bødalen and Todalen and further to Bolterdalen before returning to Longyearbyen. Back in town, enjoy a delicious dinner at a restaurant of your choice and make the most of your last night near the North Pole!

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  • Day 4: Departure

    Today, you have some spare time to stroll around Longyearbyen and visit the Svalbard Gallery or do some last minute souvenir shopping. If you want to squeeze in one more adventure before you leave, you can join in an optional northern lights hiking tour in the morning. 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 Svalbard, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

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

Wonderful trip

All of my activities and accommodations were wonderful! 

Great information for first arctic trip

Excellent all the way around. Kolbrun gave me great information to prepare for my first arctic trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will definitely use Nordic Visitor again for my travels. I cannot say enough great things about Nordic Visitor.... 

Smooth and hassle free

We booked our Moonlight Safari trip through Nordic Visitor and from the word go they were brilliant. The emails regarding deposits, itineraries and assistance were prompt and very detailed.

On arrival in Svalbard we were picked up by a pre-arranged taxi and our accommodation and tours lived up to the explanations on the website.

Nordic Visitor are the tour company to travel with when visiting the Svalbard region of Norway.

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 693 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

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

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Everything about this tour

  • Our Travel Consultants can assist with booking air travel between Oslo or Tromsø and Longyearbyen and with booking accommodation in Oslo or Tromsø if needed. 
  • 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. 
Optional 
  • Upgrade to a solo snowmobile. 1500 NOK additionally for one person per snowmobile.
  • Additional night(s) in Longyearbyen.
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. 
  • Temperatures in Svalbard between October and February generally range from -2 to -15° Celsius but can reach lows of around -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 to Svalbard
  • 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 15 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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