Green sky

Child 4,590
Min. age 10
per person 6,490 nok
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Green Sky

There are few phenomena that capture your imagination in such a way as the northern lights, but the green lady can only appear on a dark, clear sky. We recommend studying the northern lights forecast for Longyearbyen, which indicates the likelihood of northern lights the next three days. Svalbard has more to offer than solely seeing the lights. We have designed a 4-day adventure filled with popular activities combined with extraordinary accommodation. Discover Svalbard in the polar night and ensure that you go home with a thrill to come back and explore more of the Arctic.

Day 1

Welcome to Svalbard! When arriving in Longyearbyen airport we recommend using the shuttle bus to Basecamp Hotel. This is the starting point of your adventure.

Basecamp Hotel is located in the center of Longyearbyen. The bus stops right outside our characteristic hotel, and here you are met by the receptionist who welcomes you and shows you around. Everywhere in the hotel you will find historical objects and information on human activities on Svalbard through the ages.

During the dark season, the northern lights can be seen in clear weather throughout the day. Therefore, check the weather forecast for your stay, it gives a good indication of when the magical green light is dancing across the sky.

We recommend a a walk in Longyearbyen to get to know this Arctic city. There are cosy café’s and bars,  maybe stop for a drink? The receptionist is also helpful in recommending and reserving tables at one of Longyearbyen’s many good restaurants.

Basecamp Hotel

Day 2

Has the Northern Lights danced across the sky while you slept comfortably? The rooms at the Basecamp Hotel are warm and cozy, but now it’s time to dress in warm clothes and eat a tasty breakfast before today’s adventure – dog sledding.

Your guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you to our dispatch room, where you will receive clothes adapted to the trip. Fangststasjonen is located about eight kilometers outside Longyearbyen, and here you will be greeted with eager dog joy. Our Alaska huskies are excitedly waiting to join today’s trip.

The guide gives a good introduction to how we harness the dogs and how the sleds are driven. Everyone is involved in rigging the dog teams, and we promise a fun experience with a lot of energy.

Outside the dog yard lies the Arctic wilderness waiting. With head touches and a lot of speed we drive out into the Arctic darkness. Outside the city there is no light pollution, so the conditions are optimal for taking in stars and northern lights.

We end the trip with a hot drink around the bonfire at Fangststasjonen, where the guide tells stories from the time when hunters sought happiness on Svalbard.

After hours in the company of dogs and nature, it is nice to return “home” to the Basecamp Hotel. Maybe relax with a book or a game before dinner. We are happy to help with reservation of tables.

Breakfast included
Basecamp Hotel

Day 3

A tasty breakfast is served from 7AM.

Today our aim is to visit an ice cave or to find a mountain top with a view. The route will be determined by the snow- and weather conditions. All participants will be given a head torch and snowshoes/crampons depending on the ice- and snow conditions. It is time to get ready to explore the outdoors! Duration is about five hour and we return to the hotel around 3PM.

This evening we recommend visiting Huset restaurant, and the reception hosts will be happy to help out with table reservation.

Breakfast included
Basecamp Hotel

Day 4

Breakfast is served from 7AM and latest check out is at 11AM.

This morning we recommend a visit to Svalbard Museum to learn more about the history of Svalbard before your flight departure. There will also be time for a last stroll through the center of Longyearbyen, or perhaps you prefer a steaming and comforting mug of hot chocolate in one of the local cafes? The moment has arrived to say goodbye, but hopefully you are already thinking of visiting us again once the midnight sun has arrived.

The airport shuttle bus stops outside your hotel approximately two hours before your flight departure. Ask the receptionist for the correct departure time.

 

Breakfast included
Every day on request
4 days
October-February
min. 4 participants
Basecamp Hotel & Trapper's station

Price information

What’s included?

Activities and meals according to the program
Transport to and from your hotel/guesthouse in Longyearbyen for all activities
Accommodation in double room at Basecamp Hotel and shared gamme (wooden tepee) with other fellow explorers
Sleeping bag and sleeping mat for accommodation in the wooden tepee

ADDITIONAL Expenses

Personal spendings, drinks with meals, private equipment, travel insurance and airport transfer.
Single room supplement of NOK 850 at Basecamp Hotel

MORE THAN TRAVEL

As part of Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen’s efforts to be climate neutral, we add an additional CO2 and environmental 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 your 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.

Keep warm for the whole northern lights show. If you go inside to warm up, you can bet the northern lights dance across the sky the seconds you are inside. In Norway, we have a saying “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.” We dress in layers and always use wool. Our packing tips:

  • Spacious shoes with room for two layers of woolen socks. Air is the best insulation!
  • Two layers of woolen underwear as base layers.
  • A woolen sweater, fleece jacket or light down jacket and pants are excellent mid layers.
  • The outer layer shall protect you from the strong cold wind.
  • On cold winter days, a thicker down jacket or parka will make you the winner in crisp air.
  • Warm buff for your neck, warm and windproof or lined hat, warm and windproof mittens or gloves.
  • If you want to take photos it is essential to have a pair of thinner gloves to care for your fingers.

Good to have with you is indoor shoes or extra woolen socks, leisure wear and casual clothing for dinner, toilet articles, a backpack of around 35 liters for personal belonging, snacks and water during the day trips.

Note

The adventure program can be tailor made to families with a min. number of 4 persons and min. age 6 years. This trip is not suitable for persons suffering from back pains or pregnant women. This is due to safety for your safety and well-being, and Basecamp Explorer can unfortunately not to take responsibility for health problems that arise as a result of neglecting this advise.

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 for sure looking forward to a different kind of holiday.

Because of different capacity in Basecamp Hotel and for the different activities, we may change days for the listed adventures. This is to make sure that you get to participate on all the excursions.

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