This 4-night trip will first take you to Oslo before heading further north - almost 1500km away from the Northern Pole in a place called Svalbard.
The Aurora Nights Svalbard Adventure
This is the perfect location for trying to spot the aurora, as in the height of winter the hours of light are much shorter, in fact in some months there is practically 24 hours of darkness – ideal for spotting the northern lights in the morning, afternoon, and evening!
We’ve compiled the perfect Aurora Nights adventure here in Svalbard, where you will truly feel like a real explorer!
- 5-star hotel stay in Oslo with transfers to/from the airport
- 3 nights in a boutique hotel 1500km from the North Pole!
- Electric snowmobiling searching for the northern lights
- Dog sledding to a magical ice cave
- Experience a snowcat on a trip to search for the aurora
- 1 night accommodation in Oslo with breakfast
- 3 nights accommodation in Svalbard with breakfast
- All excursions listed above
- Oslo transfers
A note on flights
While flights are not included in the holiday price, our team will happily provide a quote and arrange them for you. Simply ask one of our Travel Experts for details of the available options.
Day by Day Itinerary
Arrival into Oslo where you will get the train into the city and overnight in a cental Oslo hotel. From here you will get the opportunity to explore the city which has plenty to offer when it comes to food and culture.
Today you head back to Oslo airport to catch your flight up to Svalbard, travelling almost 1500km from the North Pole. Depending on the time of year, you might encounter nothing but darkness for 24 hours. This might not sound a lot of fun but if you want to maximise your chances of seeing the aurora, then darkness is essential! You’ll get your transfer (locally) to your property for the next three nights, the boutique hotel Funken Lodge. Spend the evening settling into your new hotel and winter environment.
After breakfast you will meet your guide and then head out for a day of husky sledding with a visit to an ice cave too! Before joining the guide to prep the dogs, you’ll gear up in an exposure suit, boots, and mittens. Amidst the initial chaos of barking and howling, a remarkable shift occurs once the sled starts moving. The once-noisy huskies transform into a quiet, determined team, wholly absorbed in pulling the sled through the snowy terrain. As they pick up speed, the surrounding landscape unveils its enchanting beauty. Your destination: the ice cave at Scott Turner Glacier, promising an otherworldly encounter with a frozen wonderland.
Then in the evening you will head out on a Snow Cat Northern Lights Adventure – a vehicle that you certainly won’t miss as it comes to pick you up from your hotel. From there you will head off into the wilderness leaving the town far behind you as you look out for the northern lights.
During the day you will have time to explore a bit of the town and visit the polar musuem. Then get ready for an exciting excursion as your head out hunting for the northern lights with snowmobiles. These particular vehicles are very special – they are electric snowmobiles meaning they are better for the environment and much, much quieter when heading out into the peaceful arctic night searching for the aurora!
After breakfast you will transfer back to the airport to fly home – your journey doesn’t have to end here through as you can look at options to extend your stay either in Svalbard or flying to a new destination such as Tromso. Just speak to one of our experts who will be able to assist you in putting together a tailored itinerary to fit your requirements.
Where You'll Stay
Grand Hotel Oslo
Step into the timeless elegance of Grand Hotel Oslo, Norway’s most iconic establishment since 1874. A harmonious blend of sophistication and comfort, the hotel has played host to international guests, celebrities, and Nobel Peace Prize laureates throughout its illustrious history. Strategically located on Karl Johans Gate, Oslo’s main street, this historic landmark is at the heart of the capital city. A mere stroll away from attractions, Grand Hotel Oslo stands as an ideal base to explore all that Oslo has to offer.
With 283 rooms, including 54 modern suites, Grand Hotel Oslo offers a distinctive experience. Enjoy a meal or afternoon tea in the restaurant, sip on a cocktail in one of the stylish bars, rejuvenate at the spa, or engage in a workout at the fitness room.
This luxury lodge is an Arctic haven of 88 fully renovated rooms, all en suite and all suitably stylish. All rooms benefit from TV, complimentary internet, coffee machines, bathrobe and slippers and full buffet breakfast; suites also have their own private sitting area, ideal for groups or families. Perched on a hillside in Svalbard, it offers unparalleled views over Longyearbyen and the adjacent glaciers. Amidst the backdrop of thrilling nature encounters, you can relax and indulge in exclusive international cuisine and beverages within a luxurious and laid-back ambiance.
From the elegant lobby onward, Funken Lodge ensures a premier stay, providing everything essential for an exceptional experience. Recharge in the expansive rooms and suites, boasting deluxe amenities and heavenly beds. Delight in handcrafted cocktails and inventive cuisine at Funken Bar, where the connected lounge area features an open fireplace, an extensive library of polar literature, and ample workspace.
Revitalize your body with a visit to the gym and sauna, explore Spitsbergen’s famed wilderness, and try some outdoor activities like dog-sledding or ice caving. Funken Lodge has plenty to enjoy indoors too. Relax in the stylish lounge, eat freshly baked waffles by the fireplace, or try the pub for a light meal. For a special treat, try the more formal and Funktionærmessen restaurant which offers a tasting menu and French-inspired cuisine as well as Arctic dishes, all served with fabulous views of the Hiortfjellet mountains.
The hotel also boasts a well-stocked wine and champagne cellar, which can even be enjoyed during a private tasting with their highly knowledgeable sommeliers. A truly unique and exceptional place to stay.
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See what our clients say
Brilliant short break. Hotel Ranga was lovely, excellent food. Managed to see the Northern Lights as well! Iceland on the whole was quite expensive but a lovely place to visit, the people were very friendly.
An amazing trip and excellent service provided by all involved. Great value for money too. Food was excellent. Accommodation was wonderful and the trips booked were outstanding. An amazing trip
We did the aurora nights break and had a great time overall. Everything related to flights, hire car, and hotels ran smoothly. There were a few issues largely relating to the weather and driving conditions (we travelled in mid March), but what we did manage to do was amazing.
The blue lagoon was easy to access from the airport and was a brilliant experience. We booked the standard package and it came with a free drink and face mask. Facilities were clean and organised with free toiletries in the shower rooms, which helps if you’ve gone there straight from the airport.
The drive to Hotel Ranga afterwards was long but fine (check out the road on google streetview to know what to expect). The hotel and staff were great. We were limited to one option as vegetarians on the bar and a la carte menus, but the food was lovely and if you are a meat eater you will see options of unusual dishes like puffin and reindeer.
Our northern lights super jeep trip was cancelled on both nights due to a poor forecast, but we were lucky enough to get an aurora wake up call from Hotel Ranga the first night. We couldn’t use the hottubs as there are only a few and they were always taken in the limited time we spent at the hotel, so don’t go expecting to get lots of time in one and you won’t be disappointed. View them as an add on if you can time it right. We were travelling with an 11 year old, so we didn’t stay up really late. If you are a couple you probably have a better chance of getting one later on.
The glacier/volcano super jeep trip was outstanding. Our driver, Íbí was excellent. She went above and beyond and gave us such an awesome experience. We were also super lucky with the weather the first two days and had great views across Iceland.
The ice cave tour was also incredible and the guides running it were excellent. The group size was much bigger than expected (especially after the more exclusive volcano super jeep tour), but it was broken down into smaller groups that were managed well, with plenty of time factored in for photographs. There were several unexplained delays getting to the cave during the tour that meant we weren’t able to ‘mini tour’ the rest of the South Coast afterwards, so if you plan to do the ice cave don’t overplan for the afternoon as you may not have much time. Not a huge disappointment for us as we got to experience the cave, but I imagine someone who planned a full itinerary afterwards might be frustrated by the estamiated timings not always being right and subject to change with the weather (which was wicked that day).
Driving around Reykjavik was a horrible experience as we arrived around rush hour and weren’t prepared for all the traffic, having only experienced quiet roads along the south coast. It was difficult finding a parking space, so be prepared to drive around a little when you arrive. If you haven’t driven on the right before and are not a confident driver this could leave you feeling stressed. Again, check out the roads into Reykjavik on Google maps to get a sense of what awaits if you aren’t used to self-driving.
We didn’t get to tour the golden circle because of road conditions/ice/road closures, so we spent the day in Reykjavik instead. This turned out okay for us as we did some of the attractions (Lava Centre and Fly Over Iceland – both hughly recommended), but it ended up being an extra expense and we missed out on the golden attractions. Again, not a big issue if you are aware this could happen. The weather is so changeable that having a plan B is a good approach.
Weekend a la Carte sent us a text warning us about the bad weather conditions, which we’d already seen on the Safe Iceland app, but we were grateful for anyway. It was good to know they were looking out for us!
All in all, a remarkable trip, with some unique experiences. If you book this in the knowledge that nature will have her own way, and you may not see everything you want (especially in winter), you will have a great time. Ranga is definitely the best place to maximise your chances of seeing the lights.
Fantastic service, with every detail taken care of and communicated to your agencies and hotels. Would definitely recommend and will be using again.
1. Gourmet Cabins was excellent and Johan was a friendly and knowledgeable host. The food, cabins, hot tub and sauna were brilliant.
2. Dog sledge was a fantastic experience and we were given the opportunity to drive our own sledge
3. Snow Mobile – really got off the beaten track and into the spectacular mountains
4. Saw the Northern Lights twice in two days. There is no description that can really do them justice
Overall very good. Staff excellent and helpful. Accomodation basic but was what we expected. Tour guides very good (nature walks, snow mobiles, dog sleighs). Sky station disappointing as we never got to go up due to the weather and this seem to be a recurring feature.The alternative walk at night and meal was a let down as a result.Overall would recommend to others.
We had five fantastic days in beautiful Iceland, as we had never been before Aurora Nights helped with everything and made the holiday so easy and stress free. We stayed at Hotel Ranga which was amazing, we very much enjoyed the tours and the guides were brilliant, very knowledgable and friendly. We will certainly be returning to Iceland and wouldn’t hesitate to book through Aurora Nights again, special thanks to Abigail as her experience and reccommendations made the trip even better.
We had a fantastic 4 nights that included glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, the aurora borealis and more! Lovely hotels, especially Hotel Ranga. We filled every moment and felt thoroughly invigorated on our return.