Stay 01 OCT - 31 JAN: save up to £115 pp – ends 31 Dec

Highlights

  • Stay at Funken Lodge, Svalbard’s most luxurious hotel
  • Track down the aurora on an included snowcat excursion
  • Enjoy an evening under the Northern Lights at remote Camp Barentz
  • Choose from a curated menu of Arctic excursions

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. 


Please note: Funken Lodge will be closed for maintenance between 03-23 January 2020. For travel during these dates, your stay will be at the Radisson Blu Polar.


Day 1

Depart for Svalbard

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.

Dinner included

Funken Lodge, Spitsbergen

Funken Lodge, Spitsbergen

Funken Lodge, Spitsbergen

Funken Lodge, Spitsbergen


Day 2

Snowcat tour & optional activities

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. 

Breakfast included

Snowcat adventures in Svalbard

Snowcat adventures in Svalbard

Huskies in Svalbard

Huskies in Svalbard


Day 3

Optional activities & Camp Barentz

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

Camp Barentz (Credit: Agurtxane Concellon)

Camp Barentz (Credit: Agurtxane Concellon)

Camp Barentz (Credit: Agurtxane Concellon/Hurtigruten Svalbard)

Camp Barentz (Credit: Agurtxane Concellon)


Day 4

Depart for home

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.

Breakfast included


About the itinerary

"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. "

Kirsi Jokela

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Stay 01 OCT - 31 JAN: save up to £115 pp
Offer ends 31 December

Guide price from £1,085 pp incl. flights

Winter 2019-20 from: £1,085 pp incl. flights — save up to £115 pp

  • Return flights from London to Longyearbyen (via Oslo)
  • Chaffeur airport transfers in the UK
  • 3 nights' in a double room at the Radisson Blu Polar including breakfast
  • Northern Lights excursion by Snow Cat
  • Northern Lights evening at Camp Barentz including dinner and complimentary beer and wine

Special offer: Book by 31 DEC and stay 01 OCT - 31 JAN and receive complimentary Northern Lights evening at Camp Barentz

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