New Year’s in the polar night

Min. age 8
per person 12,450 nok
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New Year’s in the polar night

Longyearbyen is a quiet small town surrounded by arctic silence and stunning scenery. Even if it is dark 24 hours a day, the snow, stars, moon and northern light will brighten up our surroundings. Celebrate New Years in a different place this year.

Day 1

After your arrival in Longyearbyen you can catch the airport shuttle or a taxi into the town and the Basecamp Hotel. Here, the reception will provide a map of the town and arrange for lunch reservation. In the evening you are picked up in the reception for an evening at Basecamp Trapper’s Station in Bolterdalen, 10 km outside Longyearbyen. Driving into the darkness, leaving the artificial light behind you sense the big mountains surrounding us. If we are lucky the northern lights will accompany us to the Trappers Station, there dinner is served along with the rich history of the trappers in the arctic.

Trapper's
Dinner
Dinner included
Basecamp Hotel

Day 2

It’s New Years Eve!

After a tasty breakfast you are met by your guide in the reception of the Basecamp Hotel. We invite you to join in on a snowmobile excursion into the polar night. Driving into the night with only the head lamps and stars guiding your way is quite an adventure! We make interesting stops along the way and turn off the snow mobile to hear the arctic silence that the locals love so much. If we’re lucky we might spot some of Spitsbergen’s wildlife in the dark.

We return to town in time to get ready for a New Year celebration with bubbles, an arctic menu and fireworks at midnight. Happy New Year!

Snowmobiling
Breakfast and dinner included
Basecamp Hotel

Day 3

Basecamp Hotel serves a late breakfast this first day of 2019. At noon our guide will meet you for a hike up to Platou mountain. The mountain has a great view of Longyearbyen and its surroundings, but also a tragic story close to town. We enjoy an outdoor lunch.

After a long day outside it’s nice to get back to the Basecamp Hotel where you can warm up with something hot to drink. We invite you for dinner in our next-door restaurant in the evening.

Hiking
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Basecamp Hotel

Day 4

In the never ending darkness we will spend the day driving into the darkness with the polar dogs of Basecamp Explorer. After breakfast you are picked up for a dog sledding experience into Bolterdalen. You will be provided with warm clothing before we arrive at the dog yard. 90 Alaska Huskies are eagerly waiting to get out and search for the northern lights. You will harness your own team of dogs and two guests will share a sledge, driving together. In the night the only sound you hear is the sledge and paws against the snow. When we turn off the head lamps out here, nature’s own light reveals itself.

Back at Trapper’s Station we let the dogs back into their houses before we have a bonfire lunch outside under the stars. You will be back in Longyearbyen in the early afternoon. Dinner on your own in the evening.

Dogsledding
Breakfast and lunch included
Basecamp Hotel

Day 5

Breakfast served from 8am. This is the last day at Spitsbergen. We recommend a walk in town, maybe a coffee at a local café and buy a souvenir. The shuttle bus will stop right outside Basecamp Hotel in time for your flight departure.

Departure from Longyearbyen airport with a suitcase full of memories.

Breakfast included
December
5 days
New Year's
Min. 2 participants
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 the New Years’ 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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