Highlights

  • Exploring Norway’s hip capital from its coolest hotel
  • Frontier adventure to Svalbard and a Snowmobile safari with a private guide
  • Epic inbound journey to a one-off inn hidden in the wilds of Spitsbergen
  • Polar nights saturated in silence and illuminated by the surreal Northern Lights
  • Arctic cuisine caught and prepared in traditional way

Achieve the perfect balance of culture and adrenaline on this epic expedition to Svalbard. Sample the city delights of Oslo, from its art and architecture to pioneering Nordic cuisine. Then, in the tradition of the trappers who would come to Spitsbergen to hunt, we’ll help you track down the ultimate frontier adventure. Along the way we’ll show you the route to a remote lodge lying halfway between Norway and the North Pole, with an intimate atmosphere and top local guides. We’ve handpicked some of Norway’s most exciting hotels and luxury lodges for you as well, and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to immerse yourself in Svalbard’s unspoiled wilderness.


Day 1

Oslo

Your journey begins well south of the Arctic Circle. After a complimentary chauffeur-driven drive to the airport, you’ll start by flying to Oslo for a night at the city’s hippest hotel. The Thief is new Nordic accommodation at its best, with superb views of the surrounding fjords competing with stylish décor and striking pop art pictures for your attention. See more at the nearby Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, stroll along the area’s attractive waterways and dip into the designer boutiques at Aker Brygge. Back at The Thief, sneak into the concrete-lined spa for a stolen moment or to swim in the candlelit heated indoor pool. Pamper yourself with a Turkish-style hammam or Moroccan rhassoul therapy. Dress for dinner and enjoy a culinary tour of the country in the course of a tasting menu that plunders Norway’s best produce, then kick back in the bar with a concoction conjured by the hotel’s master mixologist.

Stay: The Thief

The Thief Hotel, Oslo

The Thief Hotel, Oslo

The Thief Hotel, Oslo

Balcony, The Thief

The Thief Hotel, Oslo

Bedroom, The Thief


Day 2

Longyearbyen

You’ll then take a morning flight to Longyearbyen, capital of Svalbard, connecting through to the exclusive Basecamp Hotel. Deep within the Arctic Circle, in the heart of the northernmost town in the world, this trapper-style lodge is full of artefacts that hint at the expeditionary past of the island. Soak up the views over the town and towards the snow-capped mountains. Wander around the atmospheric town, stopping to dine at one of the good-quality restaurants close by. Back at base, prepare for your expedition to Spitsbergen by immersing yourself in the pictures, maps and stories of Arctic explorers. Finally, relax with a drink in the Cognac Loft, under a glass ceiling that lets you stargaze or lose yourself in the Northern Lights.

Breakfast included

Longyearbyen in Svalbard, Norway

Longyearbyen

Basecamp Hotel, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Basecamp Hotel


Day 3

Isfjord Radio

The adventure really begins today. After an introduction to your private guide and a briefing on how to drive a snowmobile, strike out west across the frozen ice for more than 50 miles. Along the way you’ll stop for an expedition lunch. Having reached Kapp Linne by the Isfjord, the first indication you are close to your end destination will be the appearance of a giant radio mast and satellite disk, looming over an inn. A one-time communications building from the 1930s, Isfjord Radio has been boldly reimagined as a rustic-chic retreat. After your epic journey, revel in the cosy confines of the inn and take in the where you are. Try an Arctic sauna or simply sit in a comfy chair, snuggled in goatskin blankets to watch the birds wheel above the waves as the sun changes colour and dips below the horizon. If your inner explorer demands more, take a dip in the Arctic Ocean for an unforgettable end to an epic day. In the evening, gather around a large table for a hearty three-course dinner of Norwegian specialities, including meat and fish caught by one of the few traditional trappers still overwintering and hunting on Spitsbergen.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Isfjord Radio, Svalbard, Norway

Isfjord Radio, Svalbard, Norway


Day 4

Barentsburg & Longyearbyen

Spend the day exploring the polar landscape of Spitsbergen. Your private guide will select a route according to the weather conditions and snow. Follow them as they navigate a route a to the Russian mining town of Barentsburg and discover the reality of life in an isolated Arctic town. Meet some of the locals and learn more about the history of mining on Spitsbergen before boarding your snowmobile again and continuing to Longyearbyen. Returning to Basecamp Hotel you’ll now be one of the Arctic explorers who know the secrets of what lies north.

Breakfast included

Snowmobiling in Svalbard

Snowmobiling in Svalbard


Day 5

Longyearbyen

Venture back into the wilderness to look for Arctic wildlife such as seals, fox, reindeer and even polar bear. Choose a day of dog-sledding, snowshoeing or scrambling on a glacier. After the exertions, brush up on your Polar reading from the library in the Basecamp lobby, swap adventure stories with other hardy souls or stride out into town to try the hearty meals at the good-quality restaurant next door. As you make the snowy stroll, experience the Polar night and feel the thick, heavy silence as you search for the magnificent Northern Lights.

Breakfast included

Reindeer in Svalbard, Norway

Reindeer in Svalbard, Norway

Hiking, Svalbard

Hiking, Svalbard

Northern Lights in Svalbard

Northern Lights in Svalbard


Day 6

Depart

Awake in the Arctic one more time. Soak up the final sights and then prepare for your return journey; we’ll whisk you to the airport in time for an onward flight home.

Breakfast included


About the itinerary

"This is a fun-fuelled arctic adventure that takes in everything from polar bear spotting to evening snowmobile rides in search of the Northern Lights. If you're looking for a bucket-list trip then look no further - this is Scandinavia at its wildest and, some may even say, its best. "

Kirsi Jokela

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £3,155 pp incl. flights

Winter 2020 from: £3,155 pp

Included:

  • Chaffeur driven airport transfers in the UK
  • International flights and internal flights in Norway (incl. luggage and tax)
  • 1 night's accommodation at the THIEF hotel in Oslo on B&B basis
  • 2 night's accommodation at Basecamp Hotel in Svalbard on B&B basis
  • Guided snow mobile expedition to the Isfjord Radio incl. guides and warm clothing - all meals as described and accommodation at the Isfjord Radio 
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