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Longyearbyen: Northern Lights Hunt by Snowcat

1. Longyearbyen: Northern Lights Hunt by Snowcat

This northern lights hunt by snowcat is the perfect way to get off the beaten track and look for the aurora in comfort, as your guide drives you over the frozen, snow-covered tundra. Tracked vehicles, such as the specially built snowcat, can visit areas that are otherwise only accessible by snowmobile, dogsled, or skis. The snowcat will pick you up at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen, conveniently located in central Longyearbyen. After a quick safety briefing from the guide, your adventure begins as the snowcat makes its way straight out of town, away from the light pollution from the street lights and houses, and into the Advent Valley. Did you know that between mid November and January, you can catch the northern lights at any time of day? Svalbard is the only place in the world you can easily visit to experience the Polar Night, when the day is as dark as night. This means amazing chances for aurora viewings, no matter what the time. Before and after this period, the sky is lighter, but the long night still offers exceptional chances for catching the northernmost northern lights. Your guide will look for the best viewing locations and make stops to tell you about the area, the aurora, and why Svalbard is an important base for researching the northern lights. Feel free to ask questions about the northern lights, or Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, and Svalbard. Hot drinks and biscuits will be served during the tour. At the end of the tour, the snowcat will turn back to Longyearbyen, where you will be dropped off at the Polar Hotel.

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Longyearbyen: Northern Lights Hunt by Electric Snowmobile

2. Longyearbyen: Northern Lights Hunt by Electric Snowmobile

Venture out into the darkness on a 3-hour snowmobile exploration from Longyearbyen. Leave civilization behind and follow the light from your snowmobile to see the path ahead. In complete silence, speed through the wilderness on the first electric snowmobile tours in Scandinavia. An environmentally friendly way to explore, the batteries are charged by wind and solar power. Witness the nuances in the polar night, and sense the mystical darkness suddenly change as the glow of the aurora borealis is revealed. Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel and drive to the Expedition Center, where you'll receive a full introduction to the tour. Here, in the modern briefing rooms, see a snowmobile and understand how to drive it, while also receiving information on where the tour will take you and what to expect. After this, kit yourself out in a warm snowmobile suit, boots, mittens, balaclava, and helmet, and off you go! Head out into the wilderness with your guide on the touring snowmobiles, which can be booked for 1 or 2 people. After a short drive, the guide will make a stop to check how the participants are doing and to share a Svalbard story or two. Watch the starlight and moonlight glitter in the snow, or make patterns in the clouds, then continue on your snowmobiles as your guide scours the skies for nature's own fireworks. Biscuits and hot drinks will be shared during the tour. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel.

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Longyearbyen: Hybrid-Electric Catamaran Cruise to Pyramiden

3. Longyearbyen: Hybrid-Electric Catamaran Cruise to Pyramiden

Take a cruise to Nordenskiöld Glacier and visit the abandoned town of Pyramiden on an eco-friendly catamaran trip, with lunch included. Get picked up and drive to the harbor to board the boat. See the highlights and listen to expert commentary as you speed across Isfjord towards the ghost town. Arrive at Pyramiden and take a guided tour of this unique town, abandoned in the 1990s. Visit the swimming complex and other interesting buildings to get a sense of what life was once like. Head back to the boat and sail towards the glacier in complete silence. Listen to the ice as it pops and crackles in the water, before heading back towards Longyearbyen. Along the way, learn about wildlife beneath the surface, with a hydrophone to listen for whales and an underwater camera.

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Longyearbyen: Hybridelectric Catamaran Cruise to Barentsburg

4. Longyearbyen: Hybridelectric Catamaran Cruise to Barentsburg

Take an eco-friendly catamaran cruise from Longyearbyen to discover the Russian town of Barentsburg. After pickup, head to the harbor to board the boat. Sail into Isfjord as you keep an eye out for whales in the icy water. Listen to your guide's commentary as you pass through Grønfjord, to arrive at Barentsburg. Climb the stairs to the town and admire the traditional architecture of the chapel and the statue of Lenin. Stroll through the town and visit the brewery, stop at a handicraft center, or shop for souvenirs. Return to the harbor to board the ship for the trip back to Longyearbyen, passing under the bird cliffs of Fuglefjella. Listen to marine life with the boat's hydrophone, and watch the scenes below with an underwater camera. You'll be transferred back to your hotel at the end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Longyearbyen

Great tour from the heart of Longyearbyen out into the rough nature. We had a great tour with wonderful Northern Lights that evening. Our guide was very good and gave us good information. The snowcat is great, the interior is pleasantly tempered. But you also need that if you want to take photos outside at -35 degrees. The sections of the journey are then intended for thawing. We made 4 stops at different places and then we went back to the starting point on time. Great tour.

A very good excursion, well worth the cost! Comfortable and nice way to move around, nice and knowledgeable staff who could tell you about places we passed and also answer follow-up questions that came afterwards. The guide in the Pyramid was really interesting, an experience! At the Nordenskiöld Glacier, we were lucky enough to see a polar bear with two cubs, which really counts as a very positive bonus!

It was awesome! The guide was really great. He told us so many exciting things. The ride in the Pisten Bully was also great. Unfortunately, we only saw the northern lights very faintly. But it was still unique !!

A well organized and interesting tour. The boat trip is comfortable and the Pyramiden experience was well worth the effort.

Everything was very good. Nice people and the weather made the trip fantastic