Green sky

Travel in 2019: 20% discount when booking before 1.NOV
Min. age 10
per person 6,000 nok 7,500
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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

At arrival in Svalbard we recommend using the airport bus to Basecamp Hotel. This is where the adventure starts and you’re the first night will be at our Trapper’s Station situated 10 km outside Longyearbyen. This is where our 100 huskies live and the chances of seeing the northern lights are good because it is dark. The overnight is in a proper wooden tepee shared with other explorers. We sleep in warm sleeping bags on reindeer skins.

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

Pick up 19hrs
Shared wooden teepee
Dinner included
Trapper's Station

Day 2

This morning you will crawl out of a warm sleeping bag and enjoy an easy breakfast in the trapper’s hut solely heated by firewood. If the snow conditions are good, we harness the huskies for a sledge ride in the valley. If there is lack of snow you will still spend time outdoors with your guide until 1PM. When returning to Longyearbyen your room at Basecamp Hotel is ready and the hosts will offer you a warm drink. Settle in and explore Longyearbyen on your own this evening.

Dogsleddinng 9-13hrs
Breakfast included
Basecamp Hotel

Day 3

This day our aim is to visit an ice cave or find a great view on a mountain top and the route will be planned to depend on weather. All participants will be given head lamps and snowshoes or crampons depending on ice and snow conditions and you can look forward to a day outdoors.

Hiking 10-15hrs
Breakfast included
Basecamp Hotel

Day 4

This final morning you will have time to relax and visit sites that you have discovered during your stay. Enjoy breakfast in the environment of the trapper and perhaps will visit Svalbard Museum before departure to the airport.

During your stay with us the reception hosts will become your new best friends. For any information about Svalbard, clothing, where to dine and place to see, they will always give you their best advice. Welcome to Svalbard and Basecamp Explorer.

Breakfast included
Mon, fri
4 days
October-January
min. 4 participants
Basecamp Hotel & Trapper's station

Price information

What’s included?

Activities and meals in accordance 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
Sleepingbag and sleepingmat for acoommodation 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 woollen socks, leisure wear and casual clothing for dinner, toilet articles, a backpack of around 35 litres 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 wellbeing, and Basecamp Explorer can unfortunately not to take responsibility for health problems if this advice is neglected.

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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