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The Aurora Nights Svalbard Adventure

Credit Marcela Cardenas
Credit Marcela Cardenas

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.

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!

Location Norway
Duration 4 Nights
Available dates Jan - Mar
Price per person (excl. flights)
from £1,350



  • 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

What’s included

  • 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

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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!

Day 5

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.

Funken Lodge

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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