Norwegians know the polar night – the time when the sun remains below the horizon, from October 26th to February 15th – as mørketiden (the dark period). If you choose to travel to Svalbard in February, your experience will depend on what time of the month you choose to set foot in the Arctic archipelago. Travel in the first half of the month and you will be plunged into darkness, with nothing but a glimmer of twilight to remind you of the passage of time. Travel in the second half of the month and you will at least be treated to a few hours of sunlight each day, from around 1.5 hours at the end of the mørketiden up to almost 7 hours on the final day of February.
Snowmobiling and dog-sledding safaris are a great way to see Svalbard. These overland adventures take you from Longyearbyen into Svalbard’s frozen interior, staying in remote accommodations far from civilisation. To find out more about these exciting trips, NWS Alice – one of our Polar Destination Specialists – has written a detailed blog which you can read here.