Every winter, the Arctic region of Norway embraces two amazing natural phenomena – Polar Nights when the sun never rises, and Aurora Borealis (northern lights). During this trip, you shall experience both. You will journey to the world’s northernmost city Longyearbyen, Svalbard, which is enveloped in darkness 24/7, but residue lights reflected off the sea and snow would bath the surrounding landscapes in an atmospheric deep blue hue. You will also visit the “Aurora capital” of Norway – Tromso, which is ideally located in the zone where aurora borealis is most likely to appear. This trip is also packed with outdoor activities – snowmobile, ice caving, and dog sledding. Let’s have an unusual Winter Polar travel!
Take a post-midnight flight to Oslo, Norway, via one transit stop. Arrival same day around noon, take a train into city center, then check-in to a hotel near Oslo Central train station. Afternoon walkabouts in downtown, sites of interest within walking distance from hotel include the main shopping avenue Karl Johans Gate, the medieval Akershus Fortress, and the avant-garde Oslo Opera House. (*note: those embarking from a third country shall meet the group in Oslo)
Morning flight (3h) to Svalbard. Arrive in Longyearbyen at noon (but darkness all around during Polar Nights season), the main town of Svalbard archipelago located in the Arctic Circle. Upon arrival, take airport shuttle bus to apartment-style lodging; nearby are shops, restaurants, and the only supermarket in town. After lunch, visit Svalbard Church, the world’s northernmost church. Later, do grocery shopping for self-catering dinner.
Wake up in the morning to darkness, yet exciting outdoor activity in the line-up. Ride snowmobile into the moon-lit polar night, zigzag through the snow land to reach an ice cave. Put on helmet and headlight before descending underneath Longyear Glacier. Walk along passages formed by melted water under the glacier, lined with fascinating ice formations. Some paths are narrow that one might have to crawl through. Late afternoon return to the lodge, self-catering dinner or dine out.
Free & easy day, one could follow the team leader to climb a hill in downtown for vantage viewpoint of the city at foothill and the sea beyond. One may also opt to visit museums or art galleries in downtown, or visit the post office to send postcards from the Arctic to family and friends. The main street is lined with a number of souvenir shops and cafés. Dinner self-catering, or dine out at restaurant.
Morning free and easy, last day to admire the atmospheric Polar Nights. After early lunch, take a shuttle bus to airport, take a domestic flight to Tromso, the aurora gateway of Norway. Upon arrival, transfer to bay side cabins in the countryside, en-route stopover at a supermarket for grocery shopping. The countryside cabins are facing the sea and surrounded by hills, a peaceful isolated spot with little light pollution, an ideal place for northern lights sighting.
After breakfast, take a car ride into Tromso city center, followed by a walking tour. Take the Fjellheisen cable car up to Storsteinen Hill for impressive panoramic view of the city. Later, descend back to the foothill and walk to Arctic Cathedral, an iconic building in Tromso. After lunch, free time, members could explore other sights of interest, such as Polar Museum. Before returning to the countryside, do grocery shopping at supermarket. At night, stay up late for northern lights sighting.
Today’s highlight activity is dog sledding, a unique winter transport in the Arctic. Members will dress up in warm winter gear, visit to the kennel and learn how to care for the dogs and set up the sled, followed by a crash course on how to control the sled, and then enjoy racing across the snow land on dog sleds. After the activity, return to bay side cabins, after self-catering dinner, wait for northern lights sighting.
Free and east day. One could explore the surroundings of the cabins, have fun playing with snow or making snowman. Nearby the bayside cabins, there’s a sauna room, you may book in advance to enjoy a steamed bath. At night, let’s have a farewell potluck dinner at the cabin. This is the last night in the Arctic, and one last chance to spot the aurora.
Early morning transfer to Tromso airport, take a domestic flight to Oslo, then connect to international flights to Kuala Lumpur in the afternoon.
Arrival in Kuala Lumpur in the afternoon, end of tour.
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