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The northern lights over Camp Barentz in Spitsbergen on Svalbard

Tromsø & Svalbard

Polar Night Adventure

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    Holiday Duration

    7 nights

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    Best Time To Go

    November - January

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    Price From

    £2355 per person

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    Wild Rating

    4 out of 5

Holiday Idea

Combine the highlights of Northern Norway's Arctic capital, Tromso, with the remote island of Spitsbergen located just 814 miles from the North Pole. Maximise your chances of seeing the magical aurora by travelling during the polar night, an incredible period of darkness where the sun remains below the horizon making it possible to see the northern lights not just in the evening but throughout the day. Embark on a silent whale watching cruise, mush your own team of dogs under the moonlight, and search for the aurora by snowcat and snowmobile on this incredible adventure of a lifetime reaching 78° north.


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Dog sledding under the northern lights on Svalbard

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Tromsø in Northern Norway

Day 1 | Arrive in Norway

Arrive in Tromsø and transfer to the fabulous Clarion Hotel The Edge. Offering spectacular views of the majestic mountains and waterfront, this hotel provides the perfect base for Arctic adventures. Hop on the bus to the cable car and travel up the mountain for fantastic views of the city. Later dine in one of the city's wonderful restaurants.

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Silent whale watching cruise aboard the Brim explorer in Tromso, Northern Norway

Day 2 | Silent Whale Watching

Today you'll board the electric-hybrid Brim Explorer silent vessel for a cruise in search of Orcas and Humpback whales as they feed in the herring rich waters surrounding Tromsø. The boat’s hybrid-electric engine makes no noise or vibrations so as not to disturb life under the water. Return to Tromsø later in the afternoon and spend some time at leisure before dinner.

Photo: Halvor Mykleby

View from the restaurant at Funken Lodge in Svalbard

Day 3 | Arrive Svalbard and Longyearbyen

Fly to Svalbard and on arrival transfer to the most luxurious hotel in Longyearbyen. Funken Lodge is set against icy glaciers and mountains that salute the sky. Head to the hotel’s glass-wrapped restaurant, where the international cuisine is as tantalising as the views.  

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Snowcat northern lights hunt on Spitsbergen in Northern Norway

Day 4 | Dog Sledding & Snow Cat Aurora Hunt

Embark on an exhilarating husky sledding adventure beneath the glittering moonlight. Dash across icy plains and pass towering mountains whilst keeping a lookout for the northern lights swirling overhead. Return to the hotel and after dinner head out on an Aurora hunt by snowcat. Drive through the Advent valley enjoying the incredible views back towards the glittering city of Longyearbyen as you search for Mother Nature's most famous light show.

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Inside an ice cave in Svalbard, Northern Norway

Day 5 | Ice Cave Hike & Longyearbyen

Today you head out on a guided hike from Nyben up to the glacier where you enter the ice cave and view this magical world of ice from inside. Walk through narrow passages and marvel at the ice formations and crystals. Time to relax in the afternoon and dine at leisure in Longyearbyen.

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Snowmobile in Svalbard during the polar night

Day 6 | Snowmobile Safari & Wilderness Dining

Today, you'll embark on an atmospheric snowmobile journey through the wilderness. The snowy landscape is home to reindeer and polar foxes. Keep a lookout for the northern lights painting ribbons across the sky which can be seen day or night at this time of the year. During the evening you will dine at Camp Barentz, located in the Svalbard wilderness.

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Northern Lights cruise on the Brim Explorer in Svalbard

Day 7 | Northern Lights Dinner Cruise

Fly back to Tromsø and transfer back to Clarion Hotel The Edge for an overnight stay. Spend some time exploring this delightful city before boarding your final northern lights hunt by boat. Board the brim Explorer once more for a delicious three-course meal as you sail under the stars and hunt for the aurora. Return to Tromsø harbour and take the short walk back to your hotel.

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A beautiful winter view over Tromso in Northern Norway

Day 8 | Departure Day

Rise early this morning and transfer back to the airport for your return flight.

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What's included

  • Return airport shuttle bus transfers in Tromsø and Longyearbyen
  • Three nights at Clarion Hotel The Edge in Tromsø based on a superior double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast
  • Four nights at Funken Lodge in Longyearbyen based on a standard double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast
  • Return tickets for Fjellheisen, Tromsø's cable car to the summit of Mount Storsteinen (duration 4 minutes one-way)
  • Silent whale watching cruise onboard a hybrid electric vessel including local stew whilst sailing. Duration 6-8 hours
  • Guided snowcat excursion to search for the northern lights including hot drinks. Duration 3 hours
  • Guided northern lights dog sledding adventure based on two people per sled (musher and passenger) with the opportunity to swap around mid-way. Includes hot drinks and biscuits. Duration 4 hours
  • Guided polar night snowmobile safari in search of the northern lights based on two people per snowmobile (driver and passenger) with the opportunity to swap around mid-way. Includes hot drinks and biscuits. Duration 3 hours
  • Guided hike to a glacier and inside an ice cave where you walk inside through narrow passages and study ice formations. Includes hot drink and biscuits. Duration 6 hours
  • Guided northern lights evening in the wilderness at Camp Barentz, located at the foot of the mountain, Breinosa. Includes homemade reindeer bidos (stew) plus dessert and hot drink. Duration 3 hours
  • Northern lights dinner cruise aboard their hybrid-electric vessel. Your guides will tell you all about the importance of the fishing industry in Tromsø while you wait for the lights to show. Includes dinner from locally sourced produce. Duration 3-4 hours 

  • All Where The Wild Is customers have complimentary access to their holiday details via our mobile travel app. All travel documents, a detailed travel itinerary, flight information (when supplied), packing lists, resort information, and dining recommendations are stored in our easy-to-use app - an excellent tool for travelling
  • Access to our dedicated 24-hour emergency assistance telephone line, giving you peace of mind that should you need help while travelling, we are just a phone call away

Get in touch today to book your Polar Night experience in Svalbard and Norway.