|04 Sep - 08 Sep|
Join us on this small group tour to Spitsbergen at the beginning of September, where the sun is now lower in the sky, bathing the autumnal hues of arctic tundra in a wonderful soft light that makes for great photos. Based in world's most northerly town, Longyearbyen, enjoy a number of excursions out including a boat trip to the abandoned mining Soviet town of Pyramiden and a hike in the Endalen valley.
Fly from London to Longyearbyen, the main city on the island of Spitsbergen, in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel for your 4-night stay.
Delve into the history of Longyearbyen with guided visits to the Svalbard Museum and Galleri Svalbard. Learn about the discovery of Spitsbergen and about Longyearbyen, including its wildlife, mining and hunting history. After lunch embark on a hike through Endalen Valley. This two hour, easy to moderate off-road walk provides ample opportunity to see some of the fantastic flora and fauna in the area - you may even spy a polar fox in the mountains! Tonight, quench your thirst with some of the world's most northerly brewed beer at the Svalbard Brewery. Learn how the founder battled to get a 1928 law changed in order to manufacture beer on Svalbard and, most importantly, sample the different drafts made with the 2000 year old glacial water. (B,L)
Spend the morning in the shoes of the coal miners who lived and worked in Longyearbyen over 20 years ago. Travel out of town to Coal Mine Number 3, where you'll venture into the mountain, experiencing the cold humid air and pitch black of the coal mine. After lunch, it's time for something completely novel - experience the joys of dog sledding without the snow using purpose built wagons instead of sleds. Help to harness the excited huskies before speeding off in teams of 2 or 3. In the evening, enjoy a hearty dinner around an open fire in the cosy wooden hut of Camp Barentz and enjoy the views of the arctic tundra and mountains in the evening light. (B,L,D)
Today, you get to visit Russia, but just for the day. Board the hybrid electric catamaran for an eco-friendly and silent cruise on the Isfjord to see the spectacular Nordenskïold glacier and the ghost town of Pyramiden. A visit to this abandoned Russian mining town is like stepping into a time machine and going back to the Soviet Union of the 1980's. Over 1000 people used to live here, until the coal mine was shut down in 1998 and the city was vacated very quickly. Today, only a handful of people remain and a guided tour around the abandoned buildings offers a unique glimpse into the past. (B,L)
This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a spot of souvenir shopping in the tax-free shops of Longyearbyen. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)
|Itinerary Dates||From Price||Single Room Supp.|
04 Sep 2020
08 Sep 2020