Christmas in the polar night

Min. age 8
per person 11,450 nok
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Christmas in the polar night

Where would be a better place to spend your holiday than in a small town with true wilderness right outside its doorstep? Close to the north pole and in the kingdom of the polar bears with northern lights illuminating the sky. We have created the perfect Christmas adventure for both children and adults. A week full of winter activities and true arctic adventures. Let us give you a taste of Christmas.

Day 1

Welcome to Longyearbyen! At arrival, we recommend using the airport bus to Basecamp Hotel. Tickets are sold onboard, payment by cash or card. The bus leaves when everybody has received their luggage and it is approximately 6 km to Longyearbyen and Basecamp Hotel. Once settled in your hotel room, our host will help you with a map of Longyearbyen and lunch reservation. Spend the afternoon to get familiar with your hometown for the holiday.

No meals included
Basecamp hotel

Day 2

In the never-ending darkness, we will spend the day exploring in the Polar night. After breakfast, at 10.00, our hiking guide will meet you at the hotel reception. Dress well and wear steady shoes for hiking in the snow. Before we head off you get information about the hike, a headlamp, and snowshoes if needed. Always pay attention to the weather conditions on Svalbard, and we recommend to bring a small backpack with some extra clothing. The guide will teach you the principles of snowshoeing and plan the route depending on weather and local conditions in Longyearbyen and surroundings. Expedition lunch will be served during the trip, enjoyed in the mysterious landscape. Retour to the hotel around 15.00.

At 19.00 we will meet in the hotel reception for an evening at Trapper’s Station in Bolterdalen, 10 km outside Longyearbyen.  As we drive into the darkness and leave the artificial lights behind, you can only imagine the steep mountains surrounding us. If we are lucky, the northern lights will follow to the Trapper’s Station where dinner is served with stories from a rich history of trappers in the Arctic.

All meals included
Basecamp Hotel & Trapper's Station

Day 3

The puls of Longyearbyen is calm and the last flight has arrived for the holiday. It is Christmas Eve and there are anticipations in the air. In Longyearbyen, the locals go to the church and walk by the red mailbox by coal mine no. 2 – in December the mine is also named “home of Santa Claus” . If there are good snow conditions, we head out for a 4-hour snowmobile excursion in Adventdalen. We will look for the Northern Lights and perhaps you will spot raindeers looking for food on naked spots of tundra. All visitors in Longyearbyen are welcome to the Christmas service in Longyearbyen church this afternoon. Dress up for the celebration and look forward to a delicious Christmas dinner served at Polfareren Restaurant this evening.

Breakfast and dinner included
Basecamp Hotel

Day 4

Merry Christmas! Wake up to a late breakfast and enjoy a calm morning before the afternoon offers crisp air and dogsledding with headlamps. At noon, your guide will meet you at the hotel reception. Together with the Christmas guests, you head back out to the Trapper’s Station in Bolterdalen. Our 90 friendly Alaskan huskies eager to see you. The guide will introduce the principle of dogsledding and help you to harness your own team. Two persons share one team of 6 huskies and you take turns in driving and being the passenger on the sled. Off we go mushing into Bolterdalen valley. When the Trapper’s station is behind us, we are already in the real wilderness of Spitsbergen. Returning to the station you have gotten to know the dogs and perhaps you already have a favourite team player. Once they are back at their houses and the equipment is tidied up, it is time for cuddles and memories captured in photos. Warm up with hot coffee or tea before heading back to town. This evening Christmas dinner will be served at venerable Huset Restaurant.

All meals included
Basecamp Hotel

Day 5

Memories are created and new friendships have been built. Today is your last day in the Arctic and breakfast is followed by check out. Reflect on the year and make new plans for 2019. Before departure, you might want to have a last look around this small town on the top of the world, covered by white snow under a dark sky. The airport bus starts from the top of town two hours before flight departure, stopping by all hotels on its way. We wish you safe travel and welcome back for a midnight sun adventure.

Breakfast included
December
5 days
Christmas
Min. 2 participants
most meals included
Basecamp Hotel

Price information

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Activities, accommodation in double room, equipment if needed for the day trips and meals in accordance to the program.

ADDITIONAL CHARGES

Personal spendings, drinks with meals, private equipment and travel insurance
Supplement for single room in Basecamp Hotel

MORE THAN TRAVEL

As part of Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen’s efforts to be climate neutral, we add an additional CO2 and enviromental investment of NOK 250 per guest.  This is donated in its entirety to do good projects contributing to a sustainable future in our destinations.

Clothing and equipment

For this holiday adventure, you will need warm outdoor clothing, casual indoor wear and perhaps an even nicer outfit for the celebration.

As a proper local we recommend always to wear wool thermals closest to the body two layers. The mid-layer will be a thick wool or fleece sweater/ jacket and a set of warmer pants. Make sure to top it all up with a wind- and waterproof layer to protect you from the cold wind. It is always smart to bring along a down jacket that will keep you warm in cold temperatures outdoors. At last, warm and steady shoes that can get dirty and are good for hiking. Woollen socks, gloves, buff and a thick are mandatory accessories.

Good to have with you is indoor shoes or extra woollen socks, toilet articles, a backpack of around 35 litres for personal belonging, snacks and water during the day trips. In Svalbard each participant is responsible to dress properly for the adventure. This is for your wellbeing and safety when it comes to hypothermia, frostbite and or other injuries that can occur due to lack of clothing or shoes. Kindly as us for advice if you are in doubt.

Note

In Svalbard, weather conditions can change quickly. This means that we might need to make changes to the planned adventure program. We will always do our outmost to give you a vast experience in the Arctic, and at the same time we must be aware of the destination’s characteristics.

We reserve the possibility to change your days for the different activities in the program. This is due to separate capacity in the excursions.

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