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Christmas in the polar night - Basecamp Spitsbergen

  • +47 79024600
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Can you think of a better place to celebrate Christmas than a snow-covered island in the arctic? Where you can experience wildlife from your doorstep. ​​​​​We have tailored a six-day Christmas adventure for you, your family and friends. A week filled with winter activities and experiences, to make sure you get a memorable vacation.

Can you think of a better place to celebrate Christmas than a snow-covered island in the arctic?
Where you can experience wildlife from your doorstep. ​​​​​We have tailored a six-day Christmas adventure for you, your family and friends. A week filled with winter activities and experiences, to make sure you get a memorable vacation.

Day 1:
Welcome to Longyearbyen!
We recommend that you take the local airport shuttle to Basecamp Hotel. You purchase tickets on board, either with card or cash. The airport shuttle departs from the airport as soon as everyone has received their luggage, and it is about a 6 km drive from the airport to Basecamp Hotel.
At the hotel, our receptionist is looking forward to welcoming you and will be happy to help with recommendations for lunch. Also, a brief of the city including a map. In the afternoon you'll have time to get to know our peaceful "Christmas town".
For dinner, the choice is yours. Our receptionists are happy to give you recommendations.

Day 2:
Breakfast is served from 07-10 AM.
After breakfast you have the day to explore Longyearbyen and enjoy the feeling of being on the top of the world.
We recommend paying a visit to the local museums, galleries, and enjoying a freshly brewed coffee and homemade pastries at one of the cozy cafes in town.

At 7 PM the first activity starts for the Christmas program, Trapper’s Dinner. Pick up starts at 7 PM from Basecamp Hotel. You meet in the reception where the guide will pick you up.
We will drive to our Trapper’s station in Bolterdalen, which is situated 10 km outside of Longyearbyen.
Basecamp Trapper’s Station is a replica of a traditional hunting station in Svalbard, but also a home to our 100 social huskies.
During dinner there will be storytelling and you will get a tour among the trapper's artifacts, and of course get to meet our lovely four-legged friends.

Day 3:
Christmas peace has finally fallen over Longyearbyen.​Today, on Christmas Eve itself, expectations are soaring in the air. Locals join family and friends at the church for Christmas services. Also, a must according to local tradition is to put their wish list in the red mailbox at Mine 2, which in December is also known as Santa's home in Longyearbyen.

If the snow conditions are good we'll go on a 4-hour snowmobile trip in Adventdalen. We will scout for northern lights, and perhaps we are lucky enough to see reindeers looking for food on exposed parts of the tundra. All visitors in Longyearbyen are welcome to attend the Christmas service in the afternoon. Get dressed in your Christmas outfit and join us for celebrations and a delicious Christmas dinner at Polfareren restaurant this evening.

Day 4:
Merry Christmas!
The day starts with a late breakfast between 09-11 AM, where we enjoy the quiet morning hours before the afternoon is filled with crisp air and dog sledding with a headlamp, as it is total darkness 24/7 in Longyearbyen in December.

Our guide will meet you at the reception of you hotel at 12.00. We will head back to the Trapper’s Station in Bolterdalen, where our 100 friendly Alaska huskies are eagerly waiting to join you for a ride.
The guide will give you a quick introduction to dog sledding and to how you harness your own dog team. Two people will be responsible for a dog team with 6 huskies, and you will have the opportunity to be a passenger and a driver on the sled throughout the trip. The guide heads into Bolterdalen followed by the other teams and soon we'll find ourselves out in the Arctic wilderness. Well back at the Trapper’s Station, you'll have the opportunity to get to know the huskies and their different personalities - do you already have a favorite maybe?
We will have a cup of hot drinks, take some pictures and cuddle with the dogs as a thank you for the trip before we return towards the city again. Today it is Huset restaurant that will be serving Christmas Day dinner.

Day 5:
After you have enjoyed your breakfast, we get ready to go on adventures in the polar night.
The guide will meet you in the reception at 10:00 AM.
It’s important to remember to dress in several layers of warm clothing, and choose shoes with good ankle support for a hike in the snow. Before you start, you will be informed about the hike and you will be given a headlamp and snowshoes/crampons if necessary. Since the weather conditions in Svalbard can change quickly, we recommend that you bring some extra warm clothes in a small backpack and a bottle of water. The guide will give you a quick introduction on how to put on snowshoes and will choose the route of the day based on local weather and snow conditions in Longyearbyen.
A delicious expedition lunch will be served along the way and we you will be back at the hotel around 3 PM. 
For dinner, the choice is yours. Our receptionists are happy to give you recommendations.

Day 6:
Memories for life and new acquaintances are made!
This is the last day of your Christmas celebrations in the Arctic, and after breakfast, it is time to check out of the hotel.
It is time to reflect on the past year and make new plans and dreams for the year ahead. There will also be time for a final stroll around town before departure. The airport shuttle starts the round about 2 hours before departure and stops at all hotels on the way to the airport.
We wish you a safe flight home, and welcome you back for a midnight sun adventure!


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Outdoor Activities

Hiking
  • Multi-day (one or more days)

Price

Description Price*
Adults 12,640.00 Per person
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Duration
6 days
Green Travel
The Christmas in the polar night - Basecamp Spitsbergen has obtained certification for their environmental efforts by:
Eco-Lighthouse
Environmental certification of private and public enterprises, also tourism.
Statens Kartverk, Geovekst og kommuner - Geodata AS
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