Fly to Oslo, Norway. Met on arrival and transferred to The Thief Hotel. Afternoon at leisure to explore the lovely city of Oslo.
Overnight: The Thief Hotel
Early breakfast and departure to the airport for the three hour flight to Longyearbyen. On arrival, our guide will meet you at the airport and drive you to Trapper's Hotel with a short orientation of the town en route. Following lunch at the hotel, your guide will brief you about the snowmobiles, weather conditions, route selection as well as clothing and the programme for the next few days. Afterwards, you will be taken to the stores to be kitted out with helmets, mittens, boots, arctic suits and balaclavas. Once kitted up, you will be instructed on driving techniques and the safe operation of a powerful 600cc Lynx snowmobile before setting off down the old airport runway towards the mining city of Svea. Several interesting stops will be made en route. On arrival, you will check into your accommodation just as the miners do, staying in functional single dorms in the city. You end the day with a buffet dinner, served alongside the miners.
Overnight: Svea mining city
After breakfast meet your guide and once again head out into the winter landscape and travel northwest by snowmobile towards Isfjord Radio, an abandoned government communications station on Cape Linne. This will be an exciting and sometimes testing journey, passing through valleys, up and down steep mountain tracks and across the odd frozen lake or fjord. Providing the weather and snow conditions are favourable, the journey might take you through Barentsburg, an extraordinary 1950's style Russian mining settlement. An expedition lunch will be eaten along the way. Tonight there will be a three-course dinner served in Isfjord Radio's cosy dining room. Depending on the time of year, and for the seriously brave, there may be an opportunity to take a 'dip' in the freezing waters of the Arctic.
Overnight: Isfjord Radio
A substantial breakfast is served from 08:00 Hrs. Afterwards you will once again head into the stunning landscape of Svalbard. As normal, the guide will select the day's route depending on the weather and snow conditions. However, before heading into the interior, your route will likely take along the coastline in search of the island's wildlife. You may see eider ducks, ptarmigan, seals or maybe even a polar bear. The journey across the mountains via the Fridjof Glacier is simply magnificent and you cannot help be struck by the complete absence of any noise whatsoever. Lunch will be taken in the field with expected arrival in Longyearbyen during the afternoon. Perhaps enjoy the delicious 5-course Arctic menu tonight (not included) at Huset, the best restaurant in town neatly positioned between the old miners and management quarters.
Overnight: Trapper's Hotel
Accompanied by huskies and an experienced guide you will be transported through the beautiful landscape of Svalbard on a full day of dog sledding to visit to the ice cave. The guide will give you a brief introduction in the principle of dog sledding and help you to harness your team of six Alaskan huskies (2 people share one dog team, and take turns in driving). After a 12km 'mush' to the glacier you will be provided with a headlamp and helmet, before moving further down inside fromwhere you will be able to explore beautiful formations of snow, ice and rocks shaped by the forces of nature. Based on the day's weather conditions, lunch will be eaten either inside the cave or on the glacier itself. Back at the husky kennel you will take care of your dog team before ending the trip with a short visit to an authentic Trappers Cabin. Dinner in one of the excellent local restaurants (not included).
Overnight: Trapper's Hotel
After breakfast the morning will be at leisure to wander around Longyearbyen and visit the museum or some of the boutiques and shops close to the hotel. Early afternoon departure to the airport for your flight home.
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|Mid||£ 4,357||$ 6,085||€ 5,154|
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