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    Spitsbergen wilderness…

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.

With no roads joining the few historic settlements, alternative transport options become the norm. Snowmobiles are the most common and there is no better place on earth to get to grips with and enjoy these vehicles. Wild tundra, no trees and large distances – there is no better place on earth to open up the engine and explore glaciers, mountains and frozen fjords. There are also several large husky kennels on the islands and, you can actually tell, they absolutely love it up here! Also, with peaks of around 700 - 900m, back-country skiing is easily accessible and varied – from alpine descents to slower open flanks that are perfect for big swings.

"Longyearbyen was a fascinating place - but the treeless, frozen wilderness was utterly enthralling!"

Anne Hodgson (Caerleon, Wales)

We can offer day trips from Longyearbyen, or there are longer (and tougher) expeditions where nights are spent under canvas. Sitting somewhere between the two, overnight trips are possible to wilderness lodges, a remote boutique hotel at Isfjord Radio and the Ship in the Ice; the world’s only ice-bound floating hotel. In all instances, you will be following the footprints of the polar explorers such as Nansen and Amundsen and at any juncture, and if you are very lucky, you may even glimpse the “king of the Arctic” – the polar bear.


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.