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    4 days - Make this Thanksgiving unforgettable in Svalbard, Arctic Norway.

    Experience the adventure of Svalbard this Thanksgiving on this 4 day adventure tour. Designed to make it easy to discover the unique winter atmosphere of Svalbard, one of the planet’s last great frontiers, this tour includes four activities taking you out into the wilderness in comfort.

    Svalbard (also known as Spitsbergen) offers Arctic experiences on the edge of the inhabitable world, but it’s not as inaccessible as people might think. There are no roads beyond Longyearbyen. Here, you really are on the border of civilization. Outside the city only, the vast wilderness is waiting for you. Despite its history of coal mining and trapping, Svalbard is still mainly pristine wilderness. One of the most fragile ecosystems anywhere on Earth.

    Day 1
    Arrive Longyearbyen, transfer to hotel then evening Northern Lights Adventure
    Day 2
    Hiking and Northern Lights Safari by silent snowmobiles
    Day 3
    Visit to the Coal Mine Number 3 and Nordic Tasting Dinner
    Day 4
    Departure Day
    Start/End Place
    Longyearbyen, Svalbard
    Country Visited
    Svalbard
    Duration
    4 Days
    Start Date
    Flexible
    Travel Style
    Independent
    Suitability
    Independent holiday with moderately active activities and no luggage handling included
    Code
    50DN1310

    Please note that all our itineraries, inclusions, dates and prices displayed on this website may change at any time. If you book an itinerary today and have this confirmed it will be the itinerary that is delivered to you. However, the online itinerary on our website may change in the meantime.

    As a Certified B Corporation, 50 Degrees North has designed this tour using handpicked local hoteliers and suppliers who share our ethos of delivering services and activities of high social and environmental standards.

    The CO2-e per person per day of all tours is carefully measured following each season. We fully offset all emissions of our tours on your behalf, and we constantly look at ways to reduce emissions where possible.

    Details

    Transportation

    Private transfers in Longyearbyen

    Included
    • Central, local boutique accommodation in Longyearbyen including breakfast
    • Private return transfers to your hotel
    • Northern Lights Evening
    • Northern Lights hunting with Electric sled
    • Hiking up to a view point with guide
    • Visit to the Coal Mine Number 3
    • Huset Restaurant Nordic Tasting Menu
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees
    Not Included
    • International flights and taxes
    • Alcoholic and other beverages other than water
    • Gratuities and other items of personal nature
    • Warm winter clothing
    • Return flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive Longyearbyen, transfer to hotel then evening Northern Lights Adventure

    Arrive Longyearbyen and private transfer to your hotel.

    This evening, experience the magic of being out in the wilderness at 78 degrees north! You will search for the Northern lights during a visit to the Camp Barentz. This fantastic location is at the foot of the mountain Breinosa, and just below Mine 7. Barentz house is a replica of the cabin that Svalbard's discoverer Willem Barentz overwintered on Novaya Semlya in 1596. Here, far from the city lighting, you have perfect conditions for to hunt for the northern lights. And you get close to nature! From Camp Barentz you can experience reindeer, grouse and foxes up close if you are lucky. And your hosts will be on guard in case a polar bear should approach.

    During your visit, you will be served something good to drink and delicious, homemade reindeer bidos, campfire coffee and dessert. This is a real Svalbard meal! Sit around the fire, hearing stories about the Northern Lights as you wait for them to show, fingers crossed. Return transfer to your hotel.

    Meals
    1 Dinner
    Transportation
    Private transfer from airport
    Accommodation
    Funken Hotel

    Day 2 - Hiking and Northern Lights Safari by silent snowmobiles

    Today, hike to the summit of Platåfjellet at 424 meters above sea level with a great view over Longyearbyen. This hike is during the twilight and dark season making it quite spectacular. Hike to a stone monument, and if the weather allows it, you can continue higher.

    This trip can be steep at some parts of the hike. On the summit, enjoy warm drinks, cookies and nuts. You may need to use crampons and snow shoes if the conditions require it.

    This evening, you will also head out for a Northern Lights hunt on electric scooter. This is the sound of the Arctic silence. The electric scooter is designed to withstand extreme conditions in polar regions. The absence of engine noise provides comfort and at the same time the opportunity to get closer to nature experiences and wildlife without disturbing. Join us in a completely new way to experience the beautiful Arctic nature - with electric snowmobiles!

    Northern lights safari with electric snowmobile is exotic, but at the same time practical because you stay close to Longyearbyen. The journey goes beyond Adventdalen, in search of the Northern Lights. Away from the city and the light pollution, the chances are good. When it is polar night, between early November and the end of January, you have the opportunity to see the northern lights around the clock - even in the middle of the day. The daylight is somewhat dimmer than what occurs in the evening, but with its more reddish tinge it is a fascinating sight!

    Meals
    1 Breakfast

    Day 3 - Visit to the Coal Mine Number 3 and Nordic Tasting Dinner

    The ice cave changes from year to year, and you never know what type of formations the glacier may have created this time around. You will be picked up by snowcat, and head up onto the ‘Longyear Glacier’, right above Longyearbyen. Longyearbreen is a landlocked glacier, filling the valley between two mighty mountains. It is not a long drive, but once you make your way up onto the glacier, you will be rewarded by stunning views over Longyearbyen and the imposing Hiorthfjellet on the other side of the fjord. The entrance to the ice cave is difficult to find, but the guide knows exactly where it is. In the middle of the white landscape, you will suddenly see a little opening and a stair leading you down into the magical world of ice and snow.

    On your return to the hotel, you will have a Nordic tasting menu for dinner.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner

    Day 4 - Departure Day

    After breakfast, private transfer to airport.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    All prices listed twin share, per person. Prices are indicative due to the current uncertainty across Europe with increasing energy and volatile fuel costs. For last minute bookings: prices are subject to availability.

    We can add a two-night stopover in Oslo before this tour, or as preferred.

    You can travel throughout November on this itinerary.

    Dates
    Valid From
    Valid To
    From Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    26 Nov 2024
    29 Nov 2024
    26 Nov 2024
    29 Nov 2024
    EUR 1,377
    On request
    Standard
    26 Nov 2024
    29 Nov 2024
    26 Nov 2024
    29 Nov 2024
    EUR 326
    On request
    Extra for Single

    Important Information

    By the end of October the last rays of the sun disappear below the horizon, and Svalbard heads towards a period of darkness. For more than two months, between mid-November and the end of January, darkness prevails around the clock. During the darkest times there is no telling if it is noon or midnight. When the sky is clear, stars light up the sky. The Northern Lights and a full moon bounce their light from the snowcovered mountains, and suddenly the darkness doesn’t seem so overwhelming. By February, the light returns slowly. Light blue, pink, and purple colours light up the scenery. Finally, the sun hits the first mountain peaks.

    Please bring wool socks, wool mittens to wear under the scooter gloves, Inner layer: wool, Mid layer: Sweater and pants in fleece or wool for your snow activities. You will also need to bring your drivers licence for the snow mobile trip.

    Please note prices for goods in Svalbard are quite expensive, however, due to tax reasons, alcohol is comparatively cheap.

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