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Basecamp Hotel Svalbard | Holidays to Norway
Basecamp Hotel Svalbard | Holidays to Norway
Basecamp Hotel Svalbard | Holidays to Norway
Basecamp Hotel Svalbard | Holidays to Norway

BaseCamp Hotel

Basecamp Hotel (previously known as the Trappers Lodge) has 16 rooms with room for no more than 40 people. Both public areas and rooms are decorated in traditional trapper style with Barent Sea driftwood, sealskin and slate with no two rooms alike. Each comes with a private WC/Shower and either twin, double or bunk beds: there also two suites, with separate bedrooms, lounge, and bathroom. For Aurora watching out over the Longyeardalen valley the hotel has a cognac 'loft' which does what it says on the tin.

Funken Lodge Longyearbyen | Holidays to Norway
Lounge area Funken Lodge Longyearbyen | Holidays to Norway
Twin room at Funken Lodge Longyearbyen | Holidays to Norway
Funken Lodge Restaurant Longyearbyen | Holidays to Norway

Funken Lodge

Entirely re-built and renovated last year (2017) the Funken along with the Trappers Lodge is one of two places in Longyearbyen with both style and authenticity provided, in the Funken's case by historical photographs, paintings, maps and newspaper cuttings. Funktionærmessen the hotel's restaurant with its Funken meat pie tasting as you imagine it would and the fusion menu packed with fresh seafood and King Crab from the Barents Sea would give any half way decent London restaurant a run for its money. Standard twin & double rooms come with an armchair, iron and ironing board, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle, flat-screen TV, hairdryre private WC/Shower and views out over the mountain. In total there rooms and suites, as well as salons, a library and sitting rooms providing cosy nooks in which to rest up after an day of Arctic adventure. ScanFact:the hotel was originally built as  an accommodation & entertaining block for the Store Norske Spitsbergen Coal Company where unmarried office staff, executivers & VIP visitors lived dining hall. 

1st Day UK - Norway (Spitzbergen)

Fly from the UK to Oslo, transfer by the high speed train Flytoget to the city centre and check in at the Hotel Grims Grenka (or an airport hotel if preferred) for the night. (On some days of the week you may be able to fly on to Longyerbyen the same day in which case your itinerary can be re-scheduled accordingly.)

2nd, 3rd & 4th Days Safari Adventures on Svalbard

After beakfast transfer to the airport and take an early morning flight (about 3 hours) to Longyearbyen and check in at either the Funken Lodge or Basecamp Spitzbergen. For the next few days you can safari, watch for the Northern Lights or while away some time in the remote outpost. Although varying through the year around, 60% of Svalbard is covered by ice and with snow filled valleys and gob smackingly beautiful glaciers and with barely 2000 inhabitants outnumbered by polar bears, peace tranquility and an eerie sense of communing with nature settle over you during your stay.

5th Day Norway - UK

Take an early breakfast before transfering to the airport for your return flight(s) to the UK.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flight(s) from London Heathrow to Longyearbyen via Oslo/Tromso
All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes
Complimentary beverages & Pay on Board food service
Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked)
4 nights accommodation at Funken Lodge or Basecamp Spitsbergen  
Lodgings in twin room with private WC/Shower
4 breakfasts
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Departure Dates & Prices:

Jan - April 2019
Guide* 1599pp

*Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are variable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don’t do fancy lead in prices and at the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction-supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.

Isfjord Radio Station Arctic Spa | Holidays to Spitzbergen
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Svalbard Winter Safaris

Safari options are determined by light or lack of it and the date of the first snow falls. The Mørketiden, when the sun is below the horizon, lasts from October 26 to February and the Polar Night, when it's at least 6 degrees below it, from November 11th  to January 30th. During these times it can anywhere beteen eerily bright from the reflected light on the snow from a full moon or direct illumination from the Northern Lights and slate grey or coal black if thick cloud cover occudes any light.
From snowfall until May 20th you can mush huskies from the Trapper’s Station at Bolterdalen which is about 10km from the town; you'll be instructed on how to handle your own dog team and then mush across Spitzbergen's glacial landscape. Up until January 31st you can do this under (hopefully) the Northern Lights; either way the only sound you'll hear is the dogs' breath and the only sights the snow capped tops of Spitsbergen's jagged peaks.

On Tuesdays and Fridays you can also have dinner at Bolterdalen, an atmospheric collection of old trapper's huts where a meal sourced from foraged from local sources is dished up accompanied by an informal lecture on a trapper's life.
If you fancy something a bit more hardcore you can snowmobile over terrain the like of which you can't imagine. Modern 4 stroke machines whether Bombardier Ski-Doos, Lynx or Polaris with their low centre of gravity are easy and safe to drive, controlled for acceleration and braking from the handle bar and having a 'kill switch' to shut down the engine in emergencies.Your guide tows a sled behind his snowmobile packed with petrol, food, an emergency shelter, satellite phone, and a complete change of clothing from boots to hat. 

And if you want the experience that we calll the 'sound of silence' you can snow shoe at more or less anytime, either by day or at night to search for the Northern Lights between snowfall (accumulating gradually from October) and February15th.   

  • Unique Trapper's Style Lodge
  • Snowmobile & Husky Safaris
  • Combinable: Spitsbergen -Tromso or Kirkenes
  • Guide Price 1599 GBP