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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

Duration: 5 days

A classic short-break itinerary, based around four nights in Longyearbyen. With three full days available on the islands you have opportunity to go dog sledding, head out for a full day on a snowmobile safari, explore an ice cave and have a dinner out in the wilderness at Camp Barentz. You also have plenty of time to explore pretty little Longyearbyen as well.

Depending on how intrepid you are feeling, there are safaris which really get you out in to the tundra for full days in the wilderness or, alternatively, more gentle introductions to the respective activities. 

Day 1

Fly to Longyearbyen, via mainland Norway. Take the airport shuttle to your accommodation and spend the remainder of the day relaxing and exploring the settlement. We can give you several recommendations for restaurants in the evening. Overnight in a hotel in Longyearbyen.

Day 2

Full or half day dog sledding safari. We have excursions which range from four hours, up to eight hour epic expeditions. Overnight in a hotel in Longyearbyen.

Day 3

Snowmobile safari to either Templefjorden, Barentsburg or the east coast. Overnight in Longyearbyen.

Day 4

Head out to explore an ice cave. Afternoon at leisure to discover the musuems and galleries on Longyearbyen. Evining dinner in the wilderness at Camp Barentz. Overnight in Longyearbyen.

Day 5

Shuttle bus from the town to the airport and fly back to your home country, via mainland Norway.

Prices vary, depending on when you travel (dark winter is cheaper than the light winter), which hotel you choose in Longyearbyen and the specific activites you choose.

Please get in touch and we will happily prepare a tailor-made itinerary & quote.

1. Get in touch with Different Snow

Whether you wish to plan your trip around one of these sample itineraries or you have other ideas, simply get in touch by phone or online. If using our online form, ideally we would like to still try get in contact with you by phone to discuss your requirements, but this is not essential.

2. Let us create a bespoke itinerary

We have the first-hand knowledge, travel industry experience and local contacts required to put your plans into action. We can answer your questions, offer suggestions and advice to suit your tastes and budget. We will carefully design your trip, creating a detailed itinerary which you will receive via email. We can then refine it until you are completely happy.

3. Confirm the arrangements with us

Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit to secure your trip. Everything is secured once you receive our confirmation invoice. Even after booking, you’ll undoubtedly think of more questions. Feel free to call us at any time!

4. We'll send you your travel documents

Approximately three weeks before travel you will receive your travel documents. We will also provide additional information, such as restaurant recommendations, cultural notes, packing lists and one or two home-spun guides - created through our personal experience.

5. Tell your friends about Different Snow

It is important to us that your holiday exceeds your expectations! Different Snow will continue to grow through personal recommendations and word of mouth and, therefore, it is essential to us that you have a great holiday. We want you to travel with us again. Once you've returned we want to hear all about it and we'll certainly encourage you to tell all your friends!


Day 1

Fly to Longyearbyen, via mainland Norway. Take the airport shuttle to your accommodation and spend the remainder of the day relaxing and exploring the settlement. We can give you several recommendations for restaurants in the evening. Overnight in a hotel in Longyearbyen.

Day 2

Full or half day dog sledding safari. We have excursions which range from four hours, up to eight hour epic expeditions. Overnight in a hotel in Longyearbyen.

Day 3

Snowmobile safari to either Templefjorden, Barentsburg or the east coast. Overnight in Longyearbyen.

Day 4

Head out to explore an ice cave. Afternoon at leisure to discover the musuems and galleries on Longyearbyen. Evining dinner in the wilderness at Camp Barentz. Overnight in Longyearbyen.

Day 5

Shuttle bus from the town to the airport and fly back to your home country, via mainland Norway.

Prices vary, depending on when you travel (dark winter is cheaper than the light winter), which hotel you choose in Longyearbyen and the specific activites you choose.

Please get in touch and we will happily prepare a tailor-made itinerary & quote.

1. Get in touch with Different Snow

Whether you wish to plan your trip around one of these sample itineraries or you have other ideas, simply get in touch by phone or online. If using our online form, ideally we would like to still try get in contact with you by phone to discuss your requirements, but this is not essential.

2. Let us create a bespoke itinerary

We have the first-hand knowledge, travel industry experience and local contacts required to put your plans into action. We can answer your questions, offer suggestions and advice to suit your tastes and budget. We will carefully design your trip, creating a detailed itinerary which you will receive via email. We can then refine it until you are completely happy.

3. Confirm the arrangements with us

Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit to secure your trip. Everything is secured once you receive our confirmation invoice. Even after booking, you’ll undoubtedly think of more questions. Feel free to call us at any time!

4. We'll send you your travel documents

Approximately three weeks before travel you will receive your travel documents. We will also provide additional information, such as restaurant recommendations, cultural notes, packing lists and one or two home-spun guides - created through our personal experience.

5. Tell your friends about Different Snow

It is important to us that your holiday exceeds your expectations! Different Snow will continue to grow through personal recommendations and word of mouth and, therefore, it is essential to us that you have a great holiday. We want you to travel with us again. Once you've returned we want to hear all about it and we'll certainly encourage you to tell all your friends!

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