Spitsbergen Information

Population: 2,600

Access: Both Norwegian Airlines and SAS fly to Longyearbyen, direct from Oslo or via Tromsø. There is no regular boat transportation between the Norwegian mainland and Spitsbergen. There are no roads between the few settlements on the islands, in winter transport is by snowmobile or dog sled.

Favourite hotels: Trapper’s Hotel, The Spitsbergen Hotel, Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg, Isfjord Radio

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.

Your 'base' will be in Longyearbyen - a pleasant and quirky little town. Free time is never wasted, as there is plenty of exploring to do and there are several small cafés and decent restaurants, many serving traditional Norwegian fare, including Svalbard specialties such as seal and whale. The tax-free status of the islands makes alcohol a lot cheaper than on the mainland - therefore, it's good value...but only by Norwegian standards!  There are a number of good hotels, but do remember how far away from civilisation you are up here - don't expect valet services, plush interiors or five star facilities.  

Outside of Longyearbyen there are some remarkable options - all quite un-expected - which can be integrated as part of your activities. The Ship in the Ice is an experience as memorable as it sounds, the wilderness and expedition lodges are as remote as is humanly possible and converted Isfjord Radio Station is a characterful boutique hotel to rival any in the world.


Spitsbergen Information

Population: 2,600

Access: Both Norwegian Airlines and SAS fly to Longyearbyen, direct from Oslo or via Tromsø. There is no regular boat transportation between the Norwegian mainland and Spitsbergen. There are no roads between the few settlements on the islands, in winter transport is by snowmobile or dog sled.

Favourite hotels: Trapper’s Hotel, The Spitsbergen Hotel, Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg, Isfjord Radio

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.