The Polar Night is a particularly atmospheric time of year, and dog sledding under starry skies, dancing aurora or glittering moonlight is an experience not to be missed.
After helping to harness the dogs your guide will lead the way out from the yards. The dogs will yelp and bark with impatience, but as soon as we get going a beautiful silence will sink over us. The eager dogs will set off at a cracking pace, but after a couple of kilometres they will settle into a comfortable speed. The guide will drive first with two guests in their larger sled, and the group will follow in two person sleds. Participants will be able to swap between mushing and enjoying the scenery from the sled.
In the period between November 14 and January 29 each year, a remarkable phenomenon occurs on Svalbard - The Polar Night. During these weeks the sun is at least 6 degrees under the horizon and therefore never shines on Spitsbergen.
While the sun is hidden under the horizon, Longyearbyen becomes a magical place lit only by streetlamps, the northern lights and the moon which glitters in the snow. The atmosphere is completely unique, and as you soak in the mystical darkness you will know you are a long way from the beaten track. Don`t forget that during the Polar Night you have double the chance of seeing the Northern Lights!
In Svalbard due to the polar nights, we can see dayside Aurora. This is Northern Lights that occur during the day! Typical features of the dayside aurora is that they are less intense than nightside aurora. This is because the particles that enter directly are slow and have less energy, than those coming in from the nightside. The dayside aurora appears green to the naked eye, but in reality it is red. However, the human eye is much less sensitive to red than green light, so seing the red light with the naked eye is very rare. Cameras, on the other hand, can capture it!
Out in the dark we will turn off our headlights, and after a short time the contours of the mountains will appear. Looking south, we can see that it is lighter towards the horizon. The snow covered landscape reflects light from the moon, stars and, if we are lucky, the northern lights – and it is astonishing to note just how much you can see in this magical period.
Meeting point: In front of the main entrance where you will be picked up.This tour includes transport to/from hotels/guesthouse, clothing and boots, guide with security equipment.
+47 7902 6100
NOK 1290 adultNOK 645 children u/13 years2018NOK 1350 adultNOK 675 children u/13 years
End of November - mid February
3 - average physical fitness
We require from participants that they must understand English or a Scandinavian language.
HURTIGRUTEN SVALBARD AS, P.O. Box 548, N-9171 LongyearbyenTelephone.: +47 79 02 61 00 | Org.nr 951 251 579Mail: email@example.com