Northern lights, Snowshoe and Dogsledding Adventure in Svalbard

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Mixed Winter Activities, Multi Activity Level 1 4 days participants

Overview

This trip runs every friday and monday from 31.october to 31.January. If the date you request is not available to book, please send us an email to hvitserk@norrona.com and we will try to book the trip on your desired date. 

Highlights

  • Dog sledding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Northern lights
  • Experience the dark daytime hours of the winter Arctic
  • Learn about and experience Svalbard culture

Welcome to Longyear City! You can reach the Arctic outpost Spitsbergen from both Oslo and Tromsø. You will find Spitsbergen and Svalbard, between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole, this Arctic archipelago is one of the most spectacular places in the world. The place and scenery will prove to be one of the most unique experiences you've ever had. Longyear City is a family-friendly place, and most of its inhabitants are small Norwegian families working within the community. 

At this time of year, the sun is underneath the horizon, and the Arctic areas have a night sky all day long. Even though the community lack sun this time of year, the kindness of the people and reflections of the snow light up the landscape in the most spectacular way. During your visit, you will get to experience dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and hunting for the northern lights. 

You will stay one night in the Trapper's Cabin outside Longyear City, and all other nights in Basecamp Hotel, situated in the heart of Longyear City. It is the unique hotel in the city, decorated in traditional trapper's style with driftwood, sealskins, pictures and objects that illustrate the past and current trapper's life in the Arctic. Despite its rusticity, this hotel offers high-quality accommodation with a unique style. 

You can book "Northern Lights, Snowshoe and Dog-sledding adventure in Spitsbergen, Svalbard" by clicking the green "Dates and booking" button; please let us know if you have any questions. This tour can also be set up as a private vacation at other dates during the winter. Please contact us at hvitserk@norrona.com.

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • Meals stated in day by day itinerary
  • Professional nature guide
  • All transport within itinerary

See more of what's included and not here.

Contact

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

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Details

Difficulty

Level 1 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. The climate will be cold on this trip, with days mostly in darkness. Being mentally prepared for a new environment will allow you to enjoy this trip. This trip is not suitable for persons suffering form back pains or pregnant women for the dog-sledding portion. However, if you opt out of the dog-sledding portion, you can still join this trip. This is due to safety and your wellbeing. 

What to bring?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You can leave your luggage in the car or at the accommodation each day, so when hiking, you only have to carry what you need for the day. 

How to get there?

Daily flights from Oslo and Tromsø to Longyearbyen, with Norwegian and SAS. 

Accommodation

We stay in unique and welcoming accommodations, double rooms in Longyearbyen. We will also stay in shared gamme (wooden teepee) with other fellow explorers. If you would like a single room, please request this directly for a single, additional payment of 850 NOK. 

Baggage

For the first night at the Basecamp Trapper's Station, you will only need a minimum of personal items. Bigger luggage can be stored at Basecamp Hotel in Longyearbyen. We recommend you bring a day pack to use when hiking for food, water, cameras and layers. 

Insurance

You need a travel and health insurance, which also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

Languages

The guide will speak English.

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions. Because of different capacity at Basecamp Hotel and for the different activities, we may change days for the listed activites. This is to make sure that you get to participate on all the excursions. 

Included:

  • Activities and meals in accordance to the program
  • Transport to and from your hotel/guesthouse in Loingyerabyen for all activites
  • Accommodation in double room at Basecamp Hotel and shared gamme/wooden tepee) with other fellow explorers
  • Sleepingbag and mat for accommodation in the wooden tepee

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to the meeting point in Longyearbyen
  • Drinks and snacks.
  • Single room supplement of NOK 850 at Basecamp Hotel

Note:

The northern lights at Svalbard can appear on a clear sky from September to March. The biggest challenges you will meet are the weather and the solar activity during your stay. Both factors are unpredictable and more time at the destination will increase your chances to see the northern lights. We can never guarantee that you will see the lights, but you are sure to have uniques experience in the Arctic. 

Dog Sledding is part of this itinerary, but should snow conditions not permit us to dog-sled, we will continue on our adventure via foot. 

Day by Day

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1

Arctic Outpost: Longyearbyen

Accommodation Wooden tepee
Meals D
Transportation 20min

After your arrival in Longyearbyen, you can catch the airport shuttle bus or a taxi, into town and Basecamp hotel. This is where your adventure starts at 0700PM and your first night will be at the Trappers Station situated 10km outside Longyearbyen. This is where 100 huskies live and the chances of seeing the northern lights are good due to this dark and remote location. The overnight stay is in a proper wooden tepee shared with other explorers. We sleep in warm sleeping bags and on reindeer skins, and you will be pleasantly surprised how warm and cozy it is. If you want to truly experience Arctic culture, tonight is the night!

When we go outside the center of Longyearbyen you will experience less light pollution, which gives you better conditions for seeing the northern lights. Svalbard is one of the few places in the world you can see the northern lights in daytime because it is dark for up to 24 hours a day. 

 

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2

Adventure in the polar night

Accommodation Basecamp Hotel
Meals B
Duration 9-13hrs

Good morning! After you are served coffee and tea by your guide, we start the day with breakfast inside the teepee (Lavvo in Norwegian). Depending on the snow conditions, we will either go for a dogsledding trip or an exciting hike in the area outside of the cabin. The area around the wildly located cabin is not influenced by unnatural light, and therefore the opportunities for seeing beautiful northern lights are better than in Longyear City. After our adventurous day in the dark wilderness of Svalbard, we head back into Longyear City, and check in to the unique Basecamp hotel. Tonight you have the freedom to explore the local area outside of our itinerary, and we recommend you find a fantastic spot to enjoy a nice dinner. If you have time for it, a visit to the Svalbard Museum is recommended for those who want to more learn about the history of the Arctic one of the days in Svalbard, Spitsbergen. 

 

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3

Snowshoe trip under the Northern Lights

Accommodation Basecamp Hotel
Meals B
Duration 10-15hrs

One of the best ways to move in Arctic winter terrain is with snowshoes. Today, you are going on a hike with snowshoes in the areas outside of Longyear City. Your guide will give you headlamp for light, and help you fix the snowshoes to your boots. After this, you will be taught the principles of snowshoeing, and the conditions determine where we choose to go. Few places in the world are as silent and calming as the polar night. Walking with snowshoes in this terrain is almost like meditation for the normally stressing everyday life. During the hike, you will be served a hot drink, stories from the Arctic, and how the mining activity has shaped Spitsbergen as a community. In the evening, we highly recommend our the local favorite restaurant, Huset. Ask the reception if they can help you with reservations and enjoy your evening!

 

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4

Last day in the Arctic

Meals B

Today is your last day in this magnificent town and landscape and our departure day from the trip. If you haven't had the time yet, we recommend a visit to the Svalbard Museum, and to absorb all you have learned the past few days. The airport bus stops right outside the hotel, or the hotel can help you book a local taxi. Time to fly back into the land of light!

 

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Equipment List

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. 

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.

Please contact us at hvitserk@norrona.com if you have any questions.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

Required:

BASE LAYER

2 layers, Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.

MID-LAYER A thickness wool or fleece top.

INSULATED JACKET

On cold winter days, a warm jacket. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or parka. Something equivalant in warmth is also okay.

SHELL JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood.

WINTER PANTS

Comfortable and room for a wool base layer underneath. Gore-tex preferrably

 

 

GLOVES / MITTENS

1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth.

HATS

1 warm hat, 1 thin hat

HIKING SOCKS

2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness. If your footwear is not waterproof consider a gortex sock option.

HIKING SHOES

Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable. Spacious wioth room for woolen socks

BACKPACK

Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water and needed items. 20-40 liters.

WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBACK

2 liter capacity. Bring a wool sock to have outside the bottle to keep it from getting frozen.

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

 

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra for hiking. No cotton.

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

We recommend having a water proof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy the hiking more when warm and comfortable.

SCARF OR BUFF

A layer to protect your neck or face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.

SWIMWEAR

A bathing suit and small towel if you would like to swim, hottub or sauna depending on your trip. 

TREKKING POLES

Most guests prefer hiking with poles. Helps with challenging terrain and to maintain energy over long days. 

HEADLAMP

Important item to always have in your pack. Emergency back up and useful for long days. 

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

Its important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-hiking time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended for after and before hiking.

Optional:

ANTIBAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EAR PLUGS

If youre a light sleeper.

JOURNAL

In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. All the equipment you need for the glacier hike on day three is also included, also hiking boots that are compatible with crampons.

Dates & booking

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