Svalbard, NORWAY) Off the Map Travelhas boosted your chances of viewing the Northern Lights with a new Arctic adventure, a multi-day, all-day Northern Lights hunt program. Available from November through January, the All Day Aurora itinerary takes guests to Svalbard, Norway, the northernmost area of the country located at 78° North. On the island of Svalbard, the skies are dark 24-hours a day, providing a clear, light-free setting. With this new program, visitors will have the opportunity to search for the Aurora in a variety of ways, while snowshoeing to the ice caves, on a Snowcat, and when dogsledding through the darkness. Accommodations are in the new luxury Funken Lodge in Svalbard with dining at Funktionaermessen Restaurant.
“Since the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, they are never guaranteed,” notes Jonny Cooper, Arctic travel expert and founder of Off the Map Travel. “To have the best chance of seeing them, you need a setting without any light pollution, and you will more than double your chances of getting that when the sun never rises above the horizon.”
In contrast to other Arctic destinations further south, the sun in Svalbard’s winter is at least six degrees below the horizon. This means that it can be dark all day, giving visitors the chance to experience the Northern Lights at any hour. Svalbard is an area of contrasting seasons: in the summer the midnight sun brings a riot of color, while in polar winter Svalbard becomes snow-covered arctic tundra with permanently dark skies, bringing with it the optimal sky for Aurora hunting.
“This new trip is an Aurora chaser’s dream. You have the possibility of seeing the lights any time of day, and the experience of going to a destination where the sun doesn’t rise makes this trip feel otherworldly, like you’ve been transported to another planet,” Cooper added.
As with any itinerary from Off the Map Travel, every adventure can be tailor-made to fit the wishes and requirements of any guest. As an example, the 4-day, 3-night Aurora All Day itinerary with Off the Map Travel, is priced starting at £1249 ($1,613.70 USD at the time of this writing) per personbased on double occupancy, including transfers, three nights at the new Funken Lodge on a B&B basis, dog sledding, a snowshoe and ice cave tour, Northern Lights dinner, and a Snowcat Northern Lights adventure. Flights are additional.
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Arrive in Longyearbyen, Svalbard and transfer to the Funken Lodge. Evening at leisure to enjoy the restaurant.
Head out on a dog sledding adventure. The wintertime in Svalbard offers the unique chance to spot the Aurora even in the daytime. Evening at leisure. A private Champagne tasting in the cellar can be arranged.
Snowshoeing to the ice caves for an exploration of the wondrous structures beneath the glaciers. Dinner and aurora hunting at Camp Barentz,10km from Longyearbyen.
A Snowcat adventure to search for the Northern Lights
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Off the Map Travel
Off the Map Travel is a team of travel experts who work with experiences and destinations that allow people to explore hidden wonders of the world. Specializing in soft adventure and viewing of the Northern Lights, Off the Map Travel creates tailor-made itineraries that offer a distinctive vacation based on first-hand experience. Off the Map Travel vacations anticipate all travelers’ needs with pre-planning and customization. Each bespoke itinerary is tailored to the ages of participants, creating experiences for families, groups, couples and singles that are comfortable and luxurious, with activity levels appropriate for all participants. www.offthemap.travel
Interreg Nord and Visit Arctic Europe
This project is supported by Interreg Nord and the Visit Arctic Europe project, developing travel to the Arctic Europe region.