On this tailor-made holiday to Svalbard you’ll combine the ultimate in Arctic adventure with a stay at one of Scandinavia’s most stylish luxury lodges. Departing in depths of winter, the trip is designed to coincide with the drama and beauty of the polar night, a time of year when the sun never makes it above the horizon and the Northern Lights can be spotted at any time of day of night. To make this adventure more exciting still, we've included a tour by snowcat in search of the aurora, and you’ll have the chance to choose from a menu of optional excursions, including husky and snowmobile safaris. Then, on your final night, you’ll be treated to an evening at remote Camp Barentz for dinner, drinks and even more Northern Lights fun.
As with all of our holidays, you’ll kick things off in style with included UK airport transfers and access to an airport lounge before your flight, via Oslo, to Longyearbyen, the largest permanent settlement in Norway’s remote Svalbard archipelago. On arrival, make your way to your stylish accommodation – the fabulous Funken Lodge. Overlooking the Lars Glacier, this designer hotel boasts stunning views as well as Longyearbyen’s best restaurant, whose menus you’ll explore with your first included dinner; expect the likes of king crab cappuccino soup and dry-aged rib-eye steak, all washed down with a glass or two from the hotel’s celebrated champagne cellar.
Today sees you head out among Spitsbergen’s mountains and glaciers on a snowcat tour, which sees you step aboard a vehicle specially adapted to deal with the icy terrain to go in search of the Northern Lights. You'll also have time for a further optional excursion with a choice of two Arctic classics – snowmobiling and husky sledding – both offering thrilling ways to track down the elusive aurora in true Scandinavian style. There are gentler options, too, including a beer tasting at the world’s northernmost brewery and a visit to the excellent Svalbard Museum where you’ll learn about life in one of the remotest regions on Earth.
Enjoy more free time to either relax or head out on one of the optional excursions you missed the day before, or perhaps try your hand at snowshoeing or head into an eerie subterranean world of stalactites and stalagmites on a tour of Spitsbergen's frozen caves. End your stay in style with an evening to remember at Camp Barentz. Far from any light pollution, this remote outpost provides wonderful chances to spot the Northern Lights as you hear stories of the aurora from expert guides. It’s all paired with a delicious complimentary dinner and drinks before your return to Funken Lodge.
Breakfast & Dinner included
After a final breakfast at Funken Lodge, you’ll transfer back to the airport for your flight home. On arrival, a chauffeur transfer will be waiting to whisk you to your door.
"There's something truly special about a trip to Svalbard in winter. Its a place of action and adventure, and its landscapes are stunning, all blanketed in snow and set alight by the magical glow of the Northern Lights. That's why I've put together this itinerary, which not only takes in these spectacles of nature, explored with our full range of optional excursions, but also includes a stay at the region's finest hotel – Funken Lodge. Expect fine food and excellent wine set to stunning views of the nearby glacier and mountains and paired with a sleek new design that's definitively Scandinavian. "
Winter 2019 - 2020 from: £1,165 pp