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ADVENTURE IN SVALBARD

Experience magnificent Arctic scenery close up and embark on the journey of a lifetime by snowmobile and dogsled across the remote Svalbard Archipelago, a series of islands closer to the North Pole than to Oslo, from where they are governed. The trip starts at The Thief Hotel in Oslo before flying into the old mining town of Longyearbyen on the island of Spitsbergen. Initially, you will head south towards the mining city of Svea, dining alongside the miners and staying in the same style of accommodation. From there head north-westwards through beautiful scenery to the abandoned communications station, Isfjord Radio on Cape Linnè. Over the course of the next few days you will cover more than 360 kms on snowmobiles, riding over glaciers, mountains and frozen fjords, as well as visiting fascinating historic sites. You will be traversing a landscape in blue and white and experiencing a stillness and light that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. After all, Svalbard is a geological wonder - 60% glacier, 27% rock and 13% land. Perhaps you may even glimpse the "King of the Arctic", the polar bear or many different species of wildlife including walrus, seals, Svalbard reindeer, ptarmigan, snow buntings, terns and eider ducks. The final part of your expedition will be by dog sled to the Scott Turner Glacier. Combined with completely unique (and very warm & comfortable) accommodation, you will enjoy an extraordinarily fascinating and excitement filled journey deep in the Arctic. At the end, you will become part of a very privileged few who have been fortunate enough to witness one of nature's most untouched and pristine wildernesses.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Racing past vast glaciers on your snow mobile.
  • Learning to harness a husky before you 'mush' across the Endalen valley.
  • A night in a working mining city.
£3,994
per person

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Management Team Ed Granville

ED GRANVILLE

Europe Specialist

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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive Norway

    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

  3. Day 2 Longyearbyen - Svea mining city

    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

  4. Day 3 Barentsburg - Isfjord Radio

    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

  5. Day 4 Arctic Wildlife - the Fridjof Glacier

    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

  6. Day 5 Scott Turner Glacier

    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

  7. Day 6 Longyearbyen - Depart

    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.

  8. Depart

Currency
Low £ 3,994 $ 5,578 € 4,725
Mid £ 4,357 $ 6,085 € 5,154
High £ 4,981 $ 6,957 € 5,892

BOOKING NOTES

  • Price is person based on four people travelling together.
  • Restrictions apply with regards to driving snow mobiles. Speak to our consultant for full details.

INCLUSIONS

  • Return flights from London.
  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Internal flights where detailed in the itinerary.

EXTRAS

  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary).
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Travel insurance or visa fees.
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