Spring Short Break in Spitsbergen

After the dark Polar Night season, the sun starts peeking above the horizon again casting its glow over the Arctic tundra in Spitsbergen. For locals, this anticipated moment marks the beginning of their ‘winter-spring’ from mid-February to May. As the days on this remote Arctic archipelago draw out, the possibility for winter adventures increases and the Northern Lights continue to blaze in the sky during clear nights. This short break package brings together the best in accommodation and day tours taking you to valleys, fjords and glaciers within reach of the main settlement in Longyearbyen. Customize your stay in Spitsbergen with your selection of adventures or combine it with a stay on the mainland in Tromso. 




DAY 1:

Arrival at Svalbard Airport, Longyearbyen and airport shuttle bus to Basecamp Trappers Hotel. In the afternoon you will be able to explore the sites of Longyearbyen at leisure. We will offer you recommendations for eating out in Longyearbyen.

DAY 2:

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will enjoy a dog-sledding trip with a local guide from Spitsbergen transferring firstly to the Basecamp Trappers Station where 80 Alaskan huskies eagerly await to take you out for a sled ride. You will get to know the main tasks of dog sledding, helping to harness the dog team and get ready for the trip. Soon the only sound will be the panting of the dogs and the gliding sled on the snow – an opportunity to witness the tranquillity of the Arctic tundra the local way. During this trip it is very common to encounter some of the wild Svalbard reindeer. You may also see walruses and Arctic foxes. You’ll share a sled between two guests with the chance to switch places.

Afterwards you’ll return to the camp and take care of your team of huskies before sitting down by the fire and enjoying some hot drinks and biscuits as you recount the experience with the others. Tour duration - 4 hours.

Alternatively if you wish to extend your sledding trip, you can join a full day trip (8h) which covers more ground. This trip is suitable for those who wish to have more of a challenge and insight to husky dog handling. On this trip you will be driving your own team through the Arctic tundra. On the way you’ll stop for a wilderness lunch with your guides before continuing your journey. Supplement of £185 per person.

DAY 3:

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you will enjoy a snowmobile safari in the unique landscapes of Svalbard. You’ll head to the Helvetiadalen valley and over the Isfjord and arrive in Elveneset. Here the valleys open up fantastic views of Isfjorden towards the Tempelet mountain, towering across the water. You will make a stop at this viewing point to enjoy some hot drinks whilst being surrounded the awe-inspiring silence of Arctic tundra (total duration 4 hours). You will need a valid driver’s licence to drive the snow mobiles. Rest of the day at leisure or join an optional guided excursion.

Optional activities

Full day snow mobile tours to Isfjord Radio Station, Tempelfjord, Barentsburg, Pyramiden and the East Coast
Overnight husky sled tour to Foxdalen
Northern Lights excursions
Glacier hiking
Snow shoe tours

Please get in touch with us to find out the full range of tours available and prices or download our pdf brochure at the link above.

DAY 4:

After breakfast you’ll hop on the shuttle bus which will take you back to the Longyearbyen airport as you begin your journey home or extend your stay with extra days or a visit to the city of Tromso on the mainland.


From £1190 per person (excluding flights).

£1190.00 GBP roughly converts to: 1,369 EUR | 1,559 USD

We accept payment in GBP, USD, EUR and NOK. You will receive a final trip quotation in the currency of your choice. Prices on the website and currency conversions are indicative only.


Price Includes

  • Airport transfers in Longyearbyen
  • Three night's accommodation at Basecamp Hotel in Longyearben
  • Breakfast
  • Dog-sledding excursion
  • Snow mobile excursion


All our trips include:

  • 24/7 emergency line and concierge service
  • Personalised travel documents
  • Exclusive access to our client website at www.arctic-collection.com where you'll find destination guides, practical tips, Arctic Library and pre-trip inspiration

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Optional activities

Additional Info

This trip has flexible daily departures

Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.


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