This adventure-packed summer break takes in the very best of Svalbard’s wild remotes. Combine stays in traditional log cabins and converted telecommunications posts with RIB boat safaris to towering bird cliffs and remote shores home to walruses and polar bears. You’ll explore the islands’ human intrigue, too, with a brewery lunch at the Russian mining town of Barentsburg. It’s all paired with included gourmet dining and the services of expert naturalist guides.
Day 1: Fly to Svalbard
Fly out to Longyearbyen on the island of Spitsbergen and transfer to Basecamp Hotel –a delightfully cosy lodge, roofed in slate, its driftwood walls a museum to the island's explorer past. This evening, why not treat yourself to a champagne tasting at the historic Nordpolet liquor store.
Day 2: Isfjord Radio
After a hearty hotel breakfast, spend the day exploring Longyearbyen. At the excellent Svalbard Museum, trace the islands’ unique history through a range of exhibits on geology, wildlife, mining and hunting. Or, book onto one of our many optional excursions; there’s everything from ice caving to summertime dog sledding. Then, in the evening, you’ll be met by your guide for a spectacular boat transfer to Kapp Linné, a barren coastal spit home to Arctic fox, reindeer and vast numbers of seabirds. It’s also the setting for your luxury lodge, a 1930s telecommunications post turned wilderness retreat. After getting acquainted with your surroundings, head to the restaurant for the first of your included meals – a three-course Arctic feast.
Day 3: Fjord safari
Your Arctic adventure continues today as you head out on a boat safari to the west side of Isfjorden. Tracing the eastern coastline, you’ll arrive at remote Kapp Starostin and the towering cliffs of Alkehornet, home to thousands of nesting seabirds. Head ashore for a picnic lunch on the beach at Trygghamna before heading on to the mighty Esmark Glacier where you might observe whales, seals and polar bears.
Day 4: Barentsburg
After breakfast and check out, you’ll set off on today’s excursion, which brings you out along Grønfjorden to the Russian mining settlement of Barentsburg. Home to just 350 hardy residents, it’s facilities are none the less impressive, with a hospital, school, cultural centre and research station dotted among the town’s colourful apartment buildings and Soviet-era architecture. Stop for a light lunch at the Red Bear Brewery before setting a course south to Longyearbyen where you’ll check in at the Basecamp Hotel for a final night.
Day 5: Depart for home
Head to the airport this morning for your flight home.
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