Arrive at the airport and transfer to the Funken Lodge for a 5 night stay.
In the morning board an open Polarcirkel boat trip around the nearby section of the Isfjord. The Arctic wildlife is incredibly diverse both on land, in the air and in the sea and the guides will share their knowledge about the Arctic area. Changes in climate have also led to greater activity in the ocean and you can look for seals and whales on the trip.
In the afternoon let a local guide lead your introduction to Longyearbyen through the Longyear valley, exploring the town before heading out to Adventdalen towards Mine 7. Often, you’ll spot local Svalbard Reindeer along your journey and, in the summer months, thousands of migratory birds converging on the delta. (B)
After breakfast, embark on a boat trip and sail slowly towards Isfjord through the icy seas towards Billefjord and onto the majestic, vast wall of ice that is Nordenskjold Glacier. Keep your eyes open for Arctic wildlife including bearded seals, ring seals, Arctic foxes and, more rarely, even polar bears, before exploring the deserted, perfectly preserved Russian mining town of Pyramiden. (B)
Dog mushing is no longer only for the winter. Experience dog sledding without the snow, driving a specially designed wheeled sled to enjoy the fresh Arctic air and mountain views as you tour Endalen past the cableway turning station and towards the old Gruve 5 mine. (B)
Enjoy a free day to explore the colourful town of Longyearbyen or book an optional excursion. Choose to kayak through the waters of Adventfjorden, one of Svalbard’s most historic fjords, paddling towards the ghost town of Hiorthhamn. Or spend an evening in the atmospheric Arctic Wilderness. Head out into the tundra, 10km from Longyearbyen in the Advent Valley to sample traditional tasty reindeer dishes, coffee and cake around the bonfire and listen to stories of polar bears and life in Spitsbergen. (B)