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Follow in the footsteps of legendary Polar Explorers like Edward Parry, Roald Amundsen & Ernest Shackleton on our besoke adventure safari trip to Tromso lying 350 miles or so north of the Arctic Circle and Spitsbergen, the largest of the Svalbard archipelago's islands. In each you can design your own safari programme including anything from an evening search for the Northern Lights to a snowmobile out to a former Cold War listening post just 600 miles from the North Pole. And as well as 'better than even chances' of seeing Lady Aurora, in the deep mid -winter you can live through Polar Nights when the sun stays below the horizon 24/7.

Early evening Buffet supper at Hotel With ScanAdventures
 Hotel With Tromso twin room by ScanAdventures
Complimentary afternoon coffee at Hotel With by ScanAdventures
 Hotel With Tromso superior twin room by ScanAdventures

Hotel With

The Hotel With is down close to the quayside in the city centre with Tromso Sound on one side and the city’s historic centre on the other. Close by are the Arctic Botanical gardens, Mack Brewery, Arctic Cathedral and several restaurants and bars. All 76 rooms have air conditioning, telephone, cable TV and private WC/shower. Wherever availablity allows we upgrade Clients to harbour view rooms. Trivia note: it's called the With after a Captain Richard With who started the Hurtigruten.

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.

1st Day UK – Tromso

fly from London Heathrow to Tromso in Arctic Norway and transfer by Flybuss to the Hotel Edge or other selected hotel. Collect your protective clothing pack on arrival or first thing the next morning depending on your arrival time. You'll have time for an optional Northern Lights Safari: even with an early evening arrival you can catch our Aurora Cruise.

2nd/3rd Days Tromso (Safaris Day or Night)

take breakfast in your hotel before your chosen safari of the day, or take things easy with a ride on the Cable Car up Mount Storsteinen for a waffle at the upper station's Fjellstua Café. If you didn’t have time to do an Aurora Search or see them the night before, tonight’s another chance to do so (see the Safaris tab for our different ways of doing so).

4th Day Tromso - Svalbard (Longyearbyen)

take breakfast in your hotel and transfer to Langnes airport for the short (1hr 30 min) flight to Longyearbyen in Svalbard. Transfer to your chosen hotel after which you have time to wander the town before an evening safari of your choice.

5th/6th Day Svalbard (Safaris by Day or Night)

take the safari or safaris of your choice, and particularly think of one out to Camp Tamok where you can mush huskies, go reindeer sledding or do boy racer stuff on snowmobiles.

7th Day Longyearbyen - Oslo - UK

an early morning flight takes you down to Oslo via Tromso for your connecting flight back to Heathrow. Please take note: on certain days the flight schedule is such that you may have to overnight in Oslo.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Direct return scheduled return flight(s) from London Heathrow to Tromso/Oslo
Internal flights from Tromso - Longyearbyen/Lonhyearbyen - Oslo
All airport departure taxes and passenger service charges
CARRIAGE OF LUGGAGE (1 pc Cabin & 1pc Checked)
Complimentary tea,coffee, soft drinks & Pay on Board food service
Return hotel/airport transfers in Tromso
7 nights' hotel accommodation as per itineray
Lodgings in twin room with private WC/ shower
7 Scandinavian Buffet Breakfasts
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Departure Dates & Prices:

Fridays, Sundays or Thursdays December - March 29th 2019/20 
Guide £1250pp 
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.

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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.   

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  • Snow Safaris & Arctic Wildlife 
  • Bespoke Arrangements
  • Guide Price 1250pp