Svalbard

Svalbard Snowmobile Expeditions

Svalbard Snowmobile Expeditions

Take A Snowmobile Tour On Your Arctic Adventure

Dog Sledding On Wheels

Dog Sledding On Wheels

Drive Your Own Dog Sled On Wheels

Aurora Over Teepee

Aurora Over Teepee

Take One Of The Many Northern Lights Tours On Offer

Polar Bear Warning Signpost

Polar Bear Warning Signpost

The Road From Barentsburg To Longyearbyen

Ship In The Ice

Ship In The Ice

An Overnight Stay On The World's Only Ice-Bound Hotel Ship

 
Follow in the footsteps of many an intrepid Arctic Circle explorer when you visit this extraordinary archipelago renowned for its polar bears and stunning glacial landscapes. Spitsbergen is the largest of Svalbard’s islands and its capital, Longyearbyen, is the most northerly point in the world served by scheduled flights.  Longyearbyen, was once a mining town, and now provides a comfortable base for trips out into the wilderness. It boasts a number of hotels and museums whilst the population of 2000 also enjoys the unique duty free status of the islands with several hospitable bars. 
 
Spitsbergen is a year round destination with each season offering a unique perspective of Arctic life. The short Spring and brief Autumn are replaced with endless daylight and Polar Nights. From April to August the sun never sets, offering daylight round the clock – an experience that will delight wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and those with a spirit of adventure.
 
From mid-October to mid-February the sun never rises above the horizon. The 24-hr darkness is considered a special time, when the only light is from streetlamps, the reflections of the moon on the glistening snow or from the Northern Lights, which can show at any time of the day.
 
Svalbard was once exploited by hunters and miners for its abundance of natural resources, but National Parks and Nature Reserves now protect this largely untouched wilderness. The stunning scenery is a photographer’s paradise, where the majestic landscape makes for dramatic backdrops, whatever time of the year you travel.
 
The fact that the streets have no names, it’s a duty free zone and it is customary to take your shoes off at the door of any establishment, just adds to the frontier feel of the world’s northernmost city.

Tours for this destination

Spitsbergen
(Summer Brochure)

Experience the outdoor thrills of Spitsbergen, home of the Polar Bear. Take a Zodiac cruise to Bird Mountain, hike up a glacier, visit an abandoned Russian mining town, kayak alongside the uninhabited shores of the Arctic Ocean or trek over to Kap Linne, the jumping off point for some of the 19th century Arctic explorers. The fact that the streets have no names and it is customary to check-in your gun at the door (and your shoes), just adds to the frontier feel of the world’s northernmost city.

May - August 

£1195
Polar Bear in Spitsbergen
(Summer Brochure)
These expedition cruises, specifically designed for small groups, allow you to visit the remotest destinations normally only accessed by boat. Experience spectacular scenery, fascinating flora and fauna including polar bears, walruses and a myriad of seabirds. Expert guides are intent on delivering an active shore programme as well as conducting informative and educational on-board lectures.

Selected departure dates July - August

£5185
The schooner Noorderlicht
(Winter Brochure)
Follow in the footprints of the polar explorers, Nansen and Amundsen, in one of the world’s most remote regions. Travel by snowmobile or husky across the vast snow plains of the Svalbard archipelago. You may even catch a glimpse of the majestic Polar Bear along the way. Stay overnight on the Noorderlicht, a schooner frozen in the ice – a truly unique experience. Remaining days are based at the rustic and cosy Basecamp Hotel in Longyearbyen, where your frozen adventure can continue.

Sat, Mon & Fri 01 March - 15 May

£2265
Dog Sledding Spitsbergen
(Winter Brochure)
This break will give you a unique Arctic experience. Fly to Svalbard, the northernmost airport in the world serviced by a scheduled airline, collect your husky dogs and head off with your guide for a 3-day mushing expedition into the polar wilderness. Days are spent immersed in this wild landscape that is home to the polar bear and previously the domain of hunters and trappers. Nights are spent in a comfortable, modern cabin as far away from civilisation as you can imagine.
 
Please Note: No previous experience of husky mushing is necessary but a reasonable level of fitness and a love of dogs is essential.
01st, 07th, 10th, 13th, 16th, 22nd & 28th February 2017
03rd, 09th, 12th, 15th 18th, 24th & 30th March 2017
02nd, 05th, 11th, 14th, 17th, 23rd, 26th & 29th April 2017
02nd, 05th, 08th, 11th & 14th May 2017
£2395
Northern Lights Spitsbergen
(Winter Brochure)
Spitsbergen offers you an authentic Arctic experience in the realm of the Polar Bear. Participate in exciting excursions in spectacular surroundings. Harness your own dogs and mush into the wilderness, track the northern lights by snowcat, snowmobile or husky, delve in ice caves under the frozen glacier. The fact that the streets have no names and it is customary to check your gun in at the door (along with your shoes) just adds to the frontier feel of the world’s northernmost city.

November - May

£1065