Experience the sheer magic of summer in Svalbard, when this remote Norwegian archipelago is bathed in the endless light of the Midnight Sun. You’ll fly out to Longyearbyen for a night in a former trapper’s lodge, before embarking on a spectacular adventure by boat to Isfjord Radio – a former telecommunications post, transformed into a luxury wilderness retreat. Here, you’ll enjoy two days of high Arctic adventure, taking in spectacular Isfjorden and the magnificent Esmark Glacier, where you might just catch a glimpse of a passing polar bear. There’s also the chance to unravel the island’s human intrigue with a day at the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, where you’ll enjoy lunch at the local brewery.
Begin your holiday in style with an included chauffeur transfer to your departure airport, where you’ll then be treated to VIP lounge access before your flight, via Oslo, to Longyearbyen. This historic mining town is the main entry point for traveller’s striking out across the island of Spitsbergen, the largest in the Svalbard archipelago. And it’s here that you’ll spend your night, at the delightfully cosy Basecamp Hotel. Here, beneath its slate roof and between its driftwood walls, you’ll find something akin to a museum to the island’s explorer past. Settle into your room before exploring the town. The Nordpolet Liquor Store is a highlight, not least for its champagne tasting evenings, which our specialists will be happy to arrange.
Stay: Basecamp Hotel
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel and a visit to the excellent Svalbard Museum, your adventure gets underway in earnest with a choice of optional activities. Choose between summer dogsledding on wheels, a glacier hike or an ice cave adventure, before an evening boat transfer to Kapp Linné – a remote coastal spit home to Arctic fox, reindeer and your stylish wilderness hotel, a former 1930s telecommunications post. Once you’ve adjusted to your new surroundings, head to the restaurant for the first of your included meals – an Arctic-inspired feast.
Breakfast & Dinner included
Today’s excursions sees you head out by boat to the west coast of Isfjorden for the chance to spot thousands of seabirds nesting on the cliffs of Alkehornet. The journey is truly spectacular, as you trace Spitsbergen’s eastern coastline, before heading ashore for a picnic lunch and the chance to explore the beach at Trygghamna. Then, in the afternoon, you’ll arrive at the Esmark Glacier, where you might catch a glimpse of whales, seals and, if your luck’s in, polar bears.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Your final full day of Arctic adventure brings you out along Grønfjorden to the Russian mining settlement of Barentsburg. Here, amid the bleak Soviet-era architecture, in a town of just 350 residents, you’ll find a hospital, school, culture centre and, most importantly, a brewery. And it’s here that you’ll pause for lunch and the chance to taste the local tipple before your transfer back to Longyearbyen for a final night at the Basecamp Hotel.
Stay: Basecamp Hotel
Breakfast & Lunch included
Check out of your hotel this morning and transfer to the airport in time for your flight to the UK, again via Oslo. On arrival, you’ll be met for your included chauffeur transfer home.
"While Svalbard is rightly famed for its winter adventures and spectacular Northern Lights displays, I wanted to put together this itinerary to showcase the region's summer credentials. To help get a sense of the islands' history, I've included stays at two of their most historic hotels – one a former trapper's hut and the other a one-time communications outpost, both unique and oozing with character. Throw in some outdoor adventure in the form of a boat tour of wildlife-rich Isfjorden and a visit to the remote town of Barentsburg – a Soviet-era mining town – and you've got the quintessential Svalbard summer adventure."
Summer 2019 from: £1,855 pp
Please note activities are weather dependent and may change at short notice.