Small Group Safari

Lofoten Islands and Svalbard Northern Lights Safari

This safari combines the peaceful fjords of the Lofoten Islands with the dramatic glaciers and mountains of Svalbard, while the mystical aurora borealis illuminates the night skies. Experience dogsledding and snowmobiling across vast snowy plains, keeping an eye out for Arctic wildlife.

Duration 8 days
Price From $6,818
When Mar
Destination Norway & Svalbard

Safari Overview

Discover the tranquil fishing villages of the Lofoten Islands and traverse the icy wildernesses of Svalbard by snowmobile and dogsled, travelling at the best time of year to witness the natural phenomena of the aurora borealis. On this safari, you will have the opportunity to see the best of the Arctic from land and sea with a one night expedition sailing from Lofoten to Norway, before heading to the Spitsbergen archipelago for an adventurous journey exploring ice caves by day and looking out for the spectacular northern lights by night. 

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Go dogsledding and snowmobiling through the Arctic landscapes.
  • View the beautiful mountains, fjords and villages of the Lofoten Islands.
  • Look out for Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes, polar bears and other wildlife.
  • Explore the glistening ice caves of Svalbard and the fascinating formations within them.

stare up at the clear Arctic skies, as you witness the green and purple hues of the greatest light show on Earth.

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Lofoten Islands

Arriving in Oslo, you will catch a flight to Bodo (price not included) where you will be met and taken to your light aircraft for your short, scenic flight over the sea and islands of the Norwegian coast. Upon your arrival to the stunning Lofoten Islands, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your lodge. Staying in a comfortable cabin overlooking the sea, this is the perfect location for watching the northern lights.

Overnight: Nyvagar Rorbu Hotel D

Day 2

Lofoten Islands

After breakfast at your lodge, you will embark on a boat trip exploring the Lofoten Islands by sea. Sail past the impressive mountains of the Vest Fjord towards Trollfjord, one of the most beautiful and renowned places on the islands, looking out for local wildlife such as the protected white-tailed eagle. Continue on to Henningsvaer, a unique arctic fishing village spread across several islands linked by bridges. Enjoy a traditional lunch in a local restaurant, before returning to your lodge to relax in the outdoor hot tub and sauna before dinner.

Overnight: Nyvagar Rorbu Hotel B, D

Day 3

Lofoten Islands

Today you will take another scenic tour of the islands, this time exploring on land. Travel along the panoramic coastal roads of the islands, stopping to admire the pristine beaches, glacier valleys and granite mountains. Visit the small picturesque fishing village of Nusjford, partially built on wooden platforms over the sea in the foothills of the mountains, and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. After dinner, you will be transferred to your ship, the Coastal Steamer, where you will spend the night as you travel from Lofoten to Tromso.

Day 4

Lofoten Islands - Tromso

This morning, you will continue your journey north from the Lofoten Islands to Tromso, enjoying the dramatic landscapes from the top deck of your ship. After lunch on board the ship, you will arrive and disembark at Tromso harbour and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy some leisure time in the 'Arctic Capital'; enjoy the cafes and bars in the town, visit the polar museum with your guide, and taste some Arctic speciality cuisine in one of the best restaurants in town.

Day 5

Tromso - Svalbard

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Svalbard archipelago. Upon your arrival into Longyearbyen, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, you will travel by snowmobile to the nearby mountains, accompanied by an expert guide, in the hope of sighting the Aurora borealis, the Northern Lights. Travel across the icy landscapes searching for these mystical lights, and enjoy dinner out in the wilderness, before returning to your hotel.

Overnight: Basecamp Hotel B, L, D

Day 6

Dogsledding in Svalbard

This morning you will head out on a dogsledding expedition to the fascinating Svalbard ice caves. Meeting your team of Huskies at Trapper's Station, you will learn how to prepare the sleighs before setting off through the mountains of the Bolterdalen valley. After several hours of sledding across the snow, you will arrive at the ice caves. Explore the glistening caverns, filled with intricate ice formations that are illuminated by the light from your head torch. After an expedition lunch, return to Trapper's Station to bid farewell to your dogs and enjoy a well-deserved cup of tea around the bonfire, sharing stories and anecdotes from the days adventure.

Overnight: Basecamp Hotel B, L

Day 7

Snowmobiling in Svalbard

Today you will enjoy a full day snowmobiling expedition into the Svalbard wilderness. Ride through the pristine white landscapes, passing snow-capped mountains, blue glaciers and icy seas. In the evening, enjoy your final night in Svalbard sampling the gourmet menu at a restaurant in Longyearbyen, before returning to your hotel to relax before tomorrow's flight.

Overnight: Basecamp Hotel B, L, D

Day 8

Depart Longyearbyen

After breakfast, bid farewell to your guides and fellow travellers and have a last wander through the town, before being transferred to the airport for your international flight.

Trip Details

SMALL GROUP SAFARI

This is a small group departure based on set departure dates. All passengers driving a snowmobile must have a valid driving licence. 

Dates and Prices

2018 Departures

Date   Room Price 
 Mar 8 - 15  Double/Twin shared  £4,995
   Single £5,795 

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