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The Golden Compass

(5 days / 4 nights)

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Discover a whole new world in Svalbard!

Join us on this thrilling journey and discover one of the world’s final frontiers—a vast world of snow and ice. Here, the only thing between you and nature is your snowmobile! This adventurous getaway features possible polar bear sightings, immense glaciers, free time to explore the town of Longyearbyen, and a guided 3-day snowmobile safari with overnight at the remarkable Isfjord Radio!

Departures 2017
07.03.2017-11.03.2017
21.03.2017-25.03.2017
13.04.2017-17.04.2017
27.04.2017-01.05.2017 - Fully booked

Contact us for availability

Type

Partially Guided

Interest

Active, Best Seller, Snowmobiling

Season

1 Mar - 15 May

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: Journey to Isfjord Radio

    After an energizing breakfast at your hotel, meet with your tour leader to go over the details of the snowmobile safari and receive your loan of additional outerwear and equipment. Then, after a basic lesson on how to drive a snowmobile, the journey begins! Today’s route takes us to the outermost reaches of the Isfjord, past Barentsburg, the Russian Settlement, and through wide valleys surrounded by steep mountains and majestic glaciers. End the day at the cosy Isfjord Radio, a former radio station in a remote setting, where you can relax in the soothing sauna before enjoying a well-deserved three-course dinner with the group.

    Spend the night at Isfjord Radio.

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  • Day 3: Day of Exploration

    Enjoy your breakfast with great views of the arctic landscape. After a hearty breakfast, it´s time to explore the beautiful landscape of Spitsbergen. The guide selects the day’s route depending on the weather and snow conditions. If the weather is favourable, we will head south to Fritjof glacier. If we are lucky we might even see the King of the Arctic, the polar bear, hunt for seals on the ice. Lunch will be served in the afternoon and we will return to the radio station and have some time to relax before dinner.

    Spend another night at Isfjord Radio

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  • Day 4: Return to Civilization

    Spend your second morning at Isfjord Radio, getting ready for the day´s adventures by enjoying a wonderful breakfast. After breakfast, the guide will pick the day’s route depending on the weather and snow conditions. If the weather is good, you can visit the Russian mining town Barentsburg, which is a home to about 300 people. You will have the chance to explore the life of an isolated arctic town and visit some Russian buildings to feel the history of Spitsbergen. The tour will arrive in Longyearbyen during the afternoon.

    Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure in Longyearbyen, where you will spend the night. 

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  • Day 5: Departure

    Before departing this amazing place, the early part of your day is free for a stroll around Longyearbyen, a visit to the Svalbard Gallery, some last-minute souvenir shopping, or an optional dog-sledding tour. 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.

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.

An outstanding visit

I have just arrived back in Canada after an outstanding visit to Spitsbergen and Basecamp Isfjord Radio. Everything has gone very well with my trip including flight reservations, the Basecamp hotel, hotel Spitsbergen and of course the staff at Basecamp Isfjord Radio. It was a fantastic visit and I was very sorry to leave. Spitsbergen is a very beautiful place and I hope to return someday. I also very much enjoyed spending a few days in Oslo - you have a great country and I very much enjoyed my stay there as well.

On a personal note, I also want to especially thank Line Natten Espeland especially for all her hard work in organizing my itinerary on such short notice. I really appreciate the effort she put into it. Thank you so much!

 

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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Everything about this tour

This is an independent, self-guided tour. All accommodations, rental car and train or cruise travel (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor, but travellers are ultimately responsible for getting to hotels and to any train or cruise departure points by the specified times.
 
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.
  • Due to limited space on the snowmobile, travellers may only bring one small rucksack (preferably waterproof) of personal items on the snowmobile tours; the remaining luggage will be securely stored in Longyearbyen.
  • Daily driving times for the snowmobile tour are set to 7–9 hours per day. It is recommended that the participants upgrade to a solo snowmobile since driving is actually easier and more comfortable than being a passenger for several hours.
  • Norwegian traffic law also 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 18 not allowed on this tour.
  • Minimum number of participants: 4
  • 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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