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Svalbard: Next to the North Pole

Welcome to Svalbard, an island realm with ice-covered fjords, glaciers, soaring mountains and unique wildlife – including polar bears. A perfect location for aurora hunts, with a wide range of northern light experiences.

The Svalbard islands are located in the Arctic Ocean halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Here, you will find untouched arctic wilderness and unique wildlife in a setting that is both rugged and fragile. In addition to approximately 3.000 polar bears, the islands are home to almost 2.500 people, of which 2.000 live in Longyearbyen, the administrative centre and largest settlement on the islands.

From early spring until autumn, the midnight sun makes for an eternal day. But during the polar night from November to February, there is no daylight in Longyearbyen. This attracts people from all over the world to experience the unique northern lights dancing across the sky. Svalbard is actually the only place on the planet where you can experience the aurora borealis in the daytime.

Marcela Cardenas
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Roy Mangersnes/wildphoto.no/www.nordnorge.com
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Marcela Cardenas
Marcela Cardenas / www.nordnorge.com / Longyearbyen
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Marcela Cardenas
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Björn Klauer/www.nordnorge.com
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Top things to do in Svalbard

  • Choose from a selection of northern light excursions
  • Go dog sledding and snowmobiling
  • Try glacial ice caving and snowshoeing
  • Go aurora hunting in the Arctic wilderness

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Northern lights offers

Explore the northern lights with Basecamp Spitsbergen

Dog sledding in Spitsbergen is a special experience. During the polar night, it is an adventure of a lifetime. Drive your own dog sledge and join Basecamp Spitsbergen for a 2-day trip under the northern lights.

Price: NOK 9.990 per person
Included: Your own team of dogs, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, warm thermo clothing, 2 lunches, 1 breakfast and dinner, one night in tent, and an experienced guide with all the necessary safety equipment.

Book your dog sledding adventure

Northern lights package with Spitsbergen Travel

Spitsbergen Travel offers an adventurous package for those who wish to experience the Arctic region and search for the aurora borealis. Experience the silence of the Arctic, striking landscapes and the amazing aurora, all from your own sled.

Price: NOK 3.065 per person (twin share)
Included: northern lights dogsledding safari, sightseeing tour, and 3 nights at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen with buffet breakfast.

Book your northern lights polar adventure

Ice cave trip – a frozen adventure

Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions offers an adventurous package for those who wish to explore Svalbard’s glaciers and ice caves. Experience the glacier underworld with halls, tight passages, and thick layers of ice crystals.

Price: NOK 730 per person
Included: Transport to and from the accommodation, snowshoes, helmet, head light, harness, crampons, something warm to drink, biscuits, and guide with all the necessary safety equipment.

Book your ice cave adventure

See the northern lights in Svalbard

Getting here

By plane:
  • SAS and Norwegian operate flights to Longyearbyen (LYR) from Oslo Airport (OSL) and Tromsø Airport (TOS). Be aware of mandatory ID-control at the Schengen border – all non-Norwegian citizens must show a valid passport.

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Things to do

Where to stay

Northern lights forecast


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