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44 All our holidays are bound by our Terms & Conditions, which can be found on our websiteTromsø & SvalbardThe lure of the north and the magic of the aurora have drawn many to this part of Norway, and further afield to Svalbard. Although just a step away from the North Pole, this island group is easily reached by air from the mainland. Unique and dramatic landscapes and the spellbinding polar night make this a trip to be remembered.Fact File???? Independent short break???? 6-nights (3 Tromsø, 3 Longyearbyen)???? Breakfast basis???? Who for? Those seeking to experience the polar Arctic???? Price per person from £1,198 (based on 2 sharing, including flights)???? Departures November to AprilHighlights Exhilarating winter activities available in both locations. Breathtaking Arctic scenery. Stay in Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world and Svalbard's capital.NORWAY & SVALBARD© nordnorge.com

discover-the-world.co.uk/arctic-experience Talk to the experts 01737 214 257 4545The vibrant coastal city of Tromsø, a mere 350 km north of the Arctic Circle, will be your base for the first three nights. The city spreads across two islands, Tromsøya and Kvaløya and is connected to the mainland by the spectacular Tromsø Bridge. Staying at the centrally located Thon Hotel Tromsø or Rica Ishavshotel, you will be within easy reach of the city's many cultural attractions. Perhaps take the cable car to the Fjelltop and enjoy amazing views over the city and the surrounding islands.During the winter months, Tromsø is often blessed with outstanding displays of the aurora borealis. To experience the full magic of this natural phenomenon, it is advisable to join an escorted northern lights hunt, well away from the city lights. Your experienced guide will seek the best vantage point and sometimes the hunt may even take you across the border into Finland, so come prepared and bring your passport! During the day, there are opportunities for other activities - try a snowmobile ride or test your skills at reindeer sledging and learn about Sami culture and traditions. Fly north from mainland Norway and in just 1½ hours reach the island of Spitsbergen, the largest of the Svalbard archipelago. Longyearbyen, the capital, is your base for the next three nights. Stay at the Radisson SAS Polar Hotel or Spitsbergen Hotel, or alternatively in the more rustic Trapper's Lodge or at Mary-Ann's Polarrigg - contact us or visit our website for details. Being the northernmost town in the world and with just over 2000 inhabitants, Longyearbyen is surprisingly lively with excellent shopping and dining experiences. You'll find many opportunities to buy local arts and crafts; gold and silver items being the most popular, often inspired by polar bear, walrus and reindeer - and being a tax free area, goods here are generally better value than on the mainland. Join a snowmobiling or husky sledging excursion, which take you out of town into the Arctic wilderness. Here you can appreciate dramatic, unspoilt scenery and the unique Arctic light, which provides many inspiring opportunities for photo stops.When travelling as far north as Svalbard in winter, you'll get to experience polar light which can be quite surreal. During the time between dawn and sunrise, then sunset and dusk, when the sun rests just below the horizon, everything is lit by the presence of a distinctive, and strikingly beautiful blue glow. And then there is polar night - from around mid-November to the end of January, Svalbard experiences almost total darkness. Visit during this period for a true sense of life in the Arctic. Day 1 Fly UK to Tromsø via Oslo and check in at Thon Hotel Tromsø or Rica Ishavshotel for a 2-night stay.Day 2 Time at leisure to explore the town or join one of the optional excursions.Day 3 Fly to Longyearbyen and spend 3-nights at your choice of accommodation.Days 4 & 5 Time at leisure to explore the town or join an optional excursion.Day 6 Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK via Tromsø and Oslo.Please note: details of all the accommodation mentioned can be found on our website or give us a call.Transfers in Oslo and Longyearbyen are not included and are payable locally.Trip DetailsScan with your smartphone for more holiday information on our website (see page 4).45Outline Itinerary© nordnorge.comLongyearbyen © Thedor Kristensen/nordnorge.com© Bjørn Klauer/nordnorge.com © Tyler Olson