Trip reference number: 153465

Trip Operator: Best Served Scandinavia

Svalbard Summer Adventure

From: £1085.00

Holiday overview

Come summer, Svalbard – that great wilderness archipelago flung out towards the North Pole – opens up for all sorts of high-Arctic exploration. Truly unique flora adds extra colour to the tundra, while now-sailable fjords bring adventurers between mighty glaciers, Soviet outposts and evocative wildlife-viewing opportunities. This is after all, the home of polar bears and walruses. Then, back on land, there’s everything from hikes to dogsledding on wheels. Whatever you choose, however, it’s all made that bit more beautiful by the Midnight Sun, which never once dips below the horizon between mid-April and mid-August.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1: UK/Longearbyen

Flying up to Svalbard, you’ll arrive at the world’s northernmost commercial airport; it’s just 650 miles from the North Pole. An included transfer will then bring you to your hand-picked accommodation. While the open fires and modern cut of the Radisson Blu offer exceptional value, we highly recommend an upgrade to Funken Lodge. It’s the place to stay in Longyearbyen, featuring Svalbard’s finest restaurant, a champagne cellar and sweeping views over the town and onto the Lars Glacier. There’s also some time today to wander through the streets to take in the frontier-town atmosphere.

Days 2-3: Optional excursions

As things change rapidly in the high Arctic, we’ve given you two days free, so we can tailor your trip to your tastes. If you’re travelling over May – considered as light winter by the locals – you can still snowmobile, go dogsledding and walk inside a glacier. Otherwise, those travelling over summer can expect a full range of fair-weather excursions. Perhaps get active, exploring the Arctic wilderness with a glacier hike, fossil hunt, fjord kayak expedition or an electric fatbike trip. Otherwise, cruises reward with spectacular views of the island’s cragged coast, walruses and icy fjords, while an eco-friendly hybrid speedboat trip reveals mighty glaciers and a fascinating Soviet-era town. There’s even the chance for some summertime dogsledding, swapping snow for wheels. For further details on any of these options, see our full list of excursions.

Day 4: Depart for UK

After a final breakfast, an included transfer will bring you to the airport for your flight home.

Holiday pricing

    • Return flights from London to Longyearbyen (via Oslo)
    • Return airport shuttle transfers in Longyearbyen    
    • 3 nights at the Radisson Blu Polar in a standard room on a B&B basis
    • Electric hybrid catamaran trip to Pyramiden



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