Spitsbergen Winter Family Adventure

Northern Lights Over The Arctic Landscape

Northern Lights Over The Arctic Landscape

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Socialise With The Huskies

Socialise With The Huskies

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Spend A Night With Your Family At A Wilderness Camp

Spend A Night With Your Family At A Wilderness Camp

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Stay At The Rustic Trapper’s Style Hotel

Stay At The Rustic Trapper’s Style Hotel

Photo Credits: Basecamp Explorer

A Night's Sky Filled With The Aurora

A Night's Sky Filled With The Aurora

Photo Credits: Basecamp Explorer

Spitsbergen Winter Family Adventure

Experience winter in Spitsbergen on this ultimate family adventure. Fly to the world’s northernmost city and spend 4 nights in the realm of the polar bear. This tour has been specifically designed for adventurous families, who will experience 24-hour darkness, an overnight stay in a wilderness camp, an introduction to 90 Alaskan huskies and exploration of the local shores. Our thrill-seeking families will soak up the unique atmosphere of this Arctic outpost, just 800 miles from the North Pole.

USEFUL TO KNOW

  • This tour has been especially crafted to suit families and the activities have been tailored accordingly. There is no minimum age, however to fully enjoy this trip, we recommend that children should be aged 6 and over.
  • Due to local weather and conditions, a degree of flexibility may be required. It could be that the order or duration of excursions may change. Any such decision is made with your comfort, health and safety in mind.
  • Any appropriate equipment and outer thermal clothing for the excursions will be provided. A suggested packing list will be provided. Please also bring a sense of adventure and a flexible attitude!
  • Excursions are taken with other families. We can arrange this as an exclusive experience with a supplement.
  • Expedition Day: You will need a rug sack in order to carry your overnight items. We advise packing lightly as remaining luggage can be stored at the hotel. Accommodation is a shared wooden tepee . There is an ‘eco toilet’ but no shower facilities.  
  • It is rare to encounter a polar bear. During your excursions, you will be accompanied by a professional guide at all times. They will be equipped with the latest safety equipment each and every time you leave Longyearbyen and enter the wilderness.
  • It is easy for us to extend your stay as Svalbard holds many exciting attractions and activities. Age limits do apply, so please do enquire as to the suitability of each tour, depending on the children’s ages. 
DAY 1 Oslo
Fly to Gardermoen airport, Oslo and self-transfer to the Comfort Hotel Runway, located just 7 minutes from the terminal. An airport shuttle service runs every 15 minutes (charge applies/pay locally). Depending on your flight arrival, you may wish to head to Oslo, just 20 minutes away by train from the airport terminal.
DAY 2 Longyearbyen and Trappers Station
Wake up relaxed and enjoy breakfast before returning to the airport for a morning flight to Longyearbyen. The 3 hour flight over Norway only serves to remind you just how far north you are travelling. On arrival, take the airport shuttle bus transfer the short distance to Basecamp Hotel where reception will show you where your luggage will be stored and where you can leave your overnight bag for tonight’s adventure. Familiarise yourself with your surrounds, there is a choice of bistros and restaurants where you can enjoy some local cuisine and the Svalbard museum is a family friendly and informative introduction to life here in the Arctic. At 19.00 meet your guide and fellow travellers. After a programme update, you will head to the Trappers Station, around 10km from the town. On arrival you will be served a 2-course meal, along with exciting and entertaining stories as to Svalbard’s history and what it is like to live in this Arctic outpost. Home for the night is the wooden tepee, where the beds are made of reindeer skins and fire will keep you warm. Look out to the skies, devoid of any light pollution and one can only hope that the Northern Lights will further entertain you with a dazzling display tonight. 90 huskies and your guide will be on polar bear watch as you settle down for the night.
DAY 3 Huskies and Longyearbyen
The 24-hour darkness probably makes it a little difficult for you to distinguish night from day but after a restful night, breakfast will be prepared in the tepee. Then the whole family will help with the day to day chores that are demanded by the huskies. Feed and socialise with the dogs and play with the puppies in the snow, before a wilderness lunch served around the campfire. Returning to Longyearbyen, check-in to your cosy and rustic family accommodation at the Basecamp Hotel. The remainder of the day and evening is at your leisure. The reception are more than happy to recommend a local restaurant. We particularly enjoyed the adjoining Kroa and the Northern Lights lounge in the hotel is a favoured place to relax for the evening.
DAY 4 Shore hike
Today’s excursion involves a hike by the sea-shore. Donning headlamps walk along the shore whilst on the look-out for fossils and treasures that have been exposed and washed up along the coastline. Your experienced guide will give you an insight to how these gems came to be here as well as point out the tiny creatures that manage to survive in this harsh environment.  A wilderness lunch is served around a campfire on the beach. Return to Longyearbyen and the Basecamp Hotel, where once again the remainder of the day is at your leisure. We recommend dining at Bistro at Huset.
DAY 5 Return to the UK
Enjoy breakfast and check-out. There may be time for some additional shopping before you continue on to the airport, ensuring you are there in good time for your return flight home, after having bagged bragging rights to what has to be one of the most unusual and adventurous family breaks.
Basecamp Hotel
Basecamp Hotel
Built with reclaimed driftwood in a traditional, rustic trapper’s style and furnished with arctic bric-a-brac, the Trappers Lodge is a warm and welcoming retreat. All rooms have private WC/shower and are adorned with driftwood, sealskins and slate. In keeping with the trapper’s style there are no TV’s in the rooms. There is a well-stocked library of books to borrow and the Cognac lounge offers the opportunity to view the Northern Lights through the panoramic windows. Complimentary tea/coffee and small snacks are available in the lobby all day. Breakfast is served in the adjoining restaurant.
16 rooms • rustic and cosy • Snug Cognac Lounge for Northern Lights viewing