NORWAY

Svalbard Snowmobile Adventures

Snowmobiling in Spitsbergen
from £2576 4 - 5 nights | Mar - May Inc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Mar - May

Overview

Explore the snowy peaks, ice-locked fjords and mighty blue glaciers of Spitsbergen, largest of the Svalbard islands. Setting off on amazing snowmobile journeys, you’ll experience the magic of winter in the High Arctic, renowned for the blue glow of the polar night and the dancing green lights of the aurora borealis. Both our Svalbard Snowmobile Adventures combines breathtaking landscapes and exciting activities with a chance to stay in some extraordinary wilderness lodges..

Highlights

  • Experience the beauty and silence of the High Arctic during winter
  • Snowmobile across the glaciers and ice-covered fjords of Spitsbergen
  • Witness the blue glow of the polar night and, with luck, the northern lights
  • Stay in Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world
  • Choose from two itineraries staying at Isfjord Radio / Nordenskiold Lodge
  • Discover Svalbard’s legacy of old Russian mining settlements

Two itineraries to choose from
All of our Svalbard Snowmobile Adventures begin and end with a night in Longyearbyen. The five-day At the Rim of the West Coast itinerary includes a visit to Fritjof Glacier and the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, spending two nights at Isfjord Radio, a remote outpost built in 1933 for radio operators that is now a cosy hotel at the end of the world. Also five days in length, True Arctic Story involves snowmobiling to Nordenskiold Lodge, exploring blue-ice glaciers and visiting the Russian ghost town of Pyramiden.

Experience the Arctic town of Longyearbyen
The northernmost town in the world (1,300km from the North Pole), Longyearbyen is the largest settlement in Svalbard. Despite having only 2,150 inhabitants, it is surprisingly lively, with a good range of dining and shopping options. You’ll stay at Basecamp Hotel, its interior decorated in traditional ‘trapper style’ with driftwood, sealskins and maps. All rooms have comfortable beds, private bathrooms and WiFi.

Snowmobiling in Svalbard
With no roads extending much beyond Longyearbyen and its airport, snowmobiles are the locals’ choice of transport during winter. Powerful and exhilarating to drive, they are easy to get the hang of. You will be given full instruction before setting off on your wilderness adventure, careering across frozen fjords, skirting towering snow-capped peaks, exploring glaciers and ghost towns and perhaps even catching a glimpse of a polar bear.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Isfjord Radio
With no road connection to Longyearbyen 90km to the east, the only way to reach Isfjord Radio during winter is by snowmobile. Travelling through dramatic fjord scenery, you’ll feel like Norwegian hero Roald Amundsen as you approach the station. But once inside, you’ll experience levels of comfort undreamt of by the pioneering polar explorer. You’re welcomed with an aperitif in the library before checking in to your room with its luxury bed linen and simple but stylish furnishings. A warm sauna followed by a quick dip in the Arctic Ocean and then it’s dinner time: a delicious three-course meal prepared by top chefs using local ingredients like halibut, reindeer and smoked seal.

Nordenskiöld Lodge
Named after the glacier flowing into Billefjorden, Nordenskiöld Lodge lies about 160km northeast of Longyearbyen. To get there requires an epic snowmobile or dog sled journey, crossing ice-packed Templefjorden and skirting towering snow-covered peaks. The lodge is tucked into the glacier moraine with incredible views towards the great wall of bright blue ice. The northernmost commercial cabin in the world, Nordenskiöld Lodge has no running water or electricity. Wood is used to heat the comfortable five-bedroom cabin (as well as the sauna), while drinking water is obtained from pure glacial meltwater. As well as climbing on the glacier, skiing around the fjord and simply soaking up the Arctic silence, it’s possible to visit the Russian ghost town of Pyramiden a few miles away.

Basecamp Hotel
The 16-room Basecamp Hotel is located in Longyearbyen – Svalbard’s capital and the most northerly town in the world (around 1,300km from the North Pole). To get you in the mood for an Arctic adventure, the interior is decorated in traditional ‘trapper style’ with driftwood, sealskin and slate. Not that you’ll be roughing it: all rooms have comfortable beds, private bathrooms and WiFi. Despite only having 2,150 inhabitants, Longyearbyen is surprisingly lively, with a good range of dining and shopping options. About 10km from the town, Basecamp Trapper’s Station is a treasure chest of hunters’ artifacts and equipment – and home to 80 Alaskan huskies, desperate to whisk you off on a dog sled ride. From Longyearbyen it’s also possible to join snowmobile safaris and glacier hikes.

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary 1: At the Rim of the West Coast – Snowmobile to Isfjord Radio
Day 1: UK – Longyearbyen
Fly to Longyearbyen via Oslo. Spend the night at Basecamp Hotel in the centre of Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world. With just over 2,000 inhabitants, it is surprisingly lively with excellent shopping and dining options. You'll find many opportunities to buy local arts and crafts – gold and silver items (often inspired by the polar bear, walrus or reindeer) are the most popular. Being a tax-free area, goods here are generally better value than on the mainland. Overnight Basecamp Hotel.

Day 2: Snowmobile to Isfjord Radio
At 10:00, meet your guide in the reception of Basecamp Hotel for a short briefing on winter clothing, snowmobiling and your program for the next few days. You will be provided with an all-in-one polar suit and winter boots, before heading outside to the snowmobiles for a safety briefing and instructions on how to drive them. Leaving Longyearbyen behind, you’ll then set off into the wilderness towards Kapp Linne, a dramatic cape on the west coast of Spitsbergen and the location of Isfjord Radio. Surrounded by magnificent Arctic landscapes, you will stop enroute for an expedition lunch, a great opportunity for taking photographs and appreciating the intense silence. Depending on the weather and snow conditions, your guide will choose your route to Isfjord Radio. Before evening falls, you will arrive at the remote boutique hotel, a final outpost before Greenland and the North Pole. After welcome drinks, you will be served a delicious three-course meal before having some free time to explore the area or take a quick dip in the Arctic Ocean followed by a sauna. Overnight Isfjord Radio.

Day 3: Snowmobile to Fritjof Glacier
After breakfast, head out on snowmobiles into the stunning wilderness of Spitsbergen. If the weather is good, your guide will lead you south to Fritjof Glacier. With luck, you might spot the King of the Arctic, a polar bear hunting for seals across the pack ice. You will be served an expedition lunch during your day exploring the glacier. Return to Isfjord Radio, where you will have time to relax before dinner. Overnight Isfjord Radio.

Day 4: Snowmobile to Barentsburg and Longyearbyen
Following breakfast, prepare to leave Isfjord Radio to snowmobile to the coal mining town of Barentsburg – a Russian relic that now sustains a dwindling population of just 500 resilient inhabitants. Exploring on foot, you’ll get a vivid insight into the life of this isolated Arctic town. Many buildings are uninhabited, but the mine is still operational. Continue by snowmobile to Longyearbyen. Overnight Basecamp Hotel.

Day 5: Depart Longyearbyen
Transfer to the airport (not included) for your flight home.

Itinerary 2: True Arctic Story – Snowmobile to Nordenskiold
Day 1: UK – Longyearbyen
Fly to Longyearbyen via Oslo. Spend the night at Basecamp Hotel in the centre of Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world. With just over 2,000 inhabitants, it is surprisingly lively with excellent shopping and dining options. You'll find many opportunities to buy local arts and crafts – gold and silver items (often inspired by the polar bear, walrus or reindeer) are the most popular. Being a tax-free area, goods here are generally better value than on the mainland. Overnight Basecamp Hotel.

Day 2: Snowmobile to Nordenskiold Lodge
At 10:00, meet your guide in the reception of Basecamp Hotel for a short briefing on winter clothing, snowmobiling and your program for the next few days. You will be provided with an all-in-one polar suit and winter boots, before heading outside to the snowmobiles for a safety briefing and instructions on how to drive them. Leaving Longyearbyen behind, you’ll then set off into the wilderness, driving through valleys and across ice-locked fjords towards Billefjorden and Nordenskiold Lodge. Your route will depend on weather and snow conditions. Surrounded by magnificent Arctic landscapes, you will stop enroute for an expedition lunch, a great opportunity for taking photographs and appreciating the intense silence. On arrival at the lodge you will have time to settle in and enjoy stunning views of Nordenskiold Glacier. Enjoy dinner and a sauna. Overnight Nordenskiold Lodge.

Day 3: Snowmobile to Pyramiden
After breakfast, head out on snowmobiles into the stunning wilderness of Spitsbergen. If the weather is good, your guide will lead you to the deserted Russian mining town of Pyramiden, abandoned in 1998 but once a thriving community with houses, schools and the world’s northernmost swimming pool! The Russians took nothing with them when they left. Walking around the ghost town, you’ll find everything from rusted playgrounds to dusty pianos – almost as if they are waiting for the residents to return. You will be served an expedition lunch while out on the snowmobiles. Return to Nordenskiold Lodge, where you will have time to relax before dinner. Overnight Nordenskiold Lodge.

Day 4: Snowmobile to Longyearbyen
Following breakfast, it’s time to get back on the snowmobiles and head back to civilization. Enjoy one last lunch in the wilderness before returning to Longyearbyen.

Day 5: Depart Longyearbyen
Transfer to the airport (not included) for your flight home.

Notes
  • The weather in Norway can be unpredictable and therefore can cause substantial delays which can result in the need to re-arrange or extend your holiday itinerary. Whilst we and our contacts in Norway will do everything possible to minimise any disruption, it is important that you check the details of your travel insurance and allow for some flexibility in your plans.

Accommodation Options

Basecamp Hotel, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Isfjord Radio, Svalbard

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Unique and Boutique

With no road connection to Longyearbyen 90km to the east…

Nordenskiold Lodge, Svalbard

  • Grade: Simple
  • Type: Unique and Boutique

On the moraine shore of the icy fjord, at the edge of th…

Prices & Dates

Itinerary 1: At the Rim of the West Coast – Snowmobile to Isfjord Radio

Departures: Every Sunday and Thursday

Per person prices fromMar - May 2018
Twin £2,661

Twin price is based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double room.

Price includes schedule flights between UK and Lonyearbyen via Oslo/Tromso; 2 nights accommodation at Bacecamp Hotel on breakfast basis; 2 nights accommodation at Isfjord Radio on half board basis; 3 expedition lunches; snowmobile insurance; CO2 investment; Winter thermal clothing (snowmobile suit, boots, helmet and gloves); sleeping bag and airport charges and taxes.

Please note: This package is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18 years. A single room cannot be guaranteed. Drivers must hold a valid licence and be able to show it on request.


Itinerary 2: True Arctic Story – Snowmobile to Nordenskiold

Departures: Every Monday

Per person prices fromMar - May 2018
Twin £2,576

Twin price is based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double room.

Price includes schedule flights between UK and Lonyearbyen via Oslo/Tromso; 2 nights accommodation at Basecamp Hotel on breakfast basis; 2 nights accommodation at Nordenskiold Lodge on half board basis; 3 expedition lunches; snowmobile insurance; CO2 investment; Winter thermal clothing (snowmobile suit, boots, helmet and gloves); sleeping bag; airport charges and taxes.

Please note: This package is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18 years. A single room cannot be guaranteed. Drivers must hold a valid licence and be able to show it on request.


Transfers

These are not included in the price.

Longyearbyen - there is an airport shuttle bus serving the schedule flights between Longyearbyen Airport and the hotels in town. On the return the bus stops at most hotels on route to the airport. Please check with the hotel reception for details. The cost is NOK 75 one way per person.
Taxis are also available locally.

 

Flights

Between UK and Longyearbyen

Our schedule services are operated by Scandinavian Airlines. Full flight details and timings will be provided at time of booking and are subject to availability.

Airfares are based on the lowest available fare - if this is unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement will apply. All holidays and prices are subject to availability.

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