Adventure

Longyearbyen: Northern Lights Evening with Dinner

4.4 / 5

31 reviews

Activity provider: Hurtigruten Svalbard AS

Longyearbyen: Northern Lights Evening with Dinner

Activity provider: Hurtigruten Svalbard AS

From US$ 151.86 per person

Enjoy a very special evening meal at Camp Barentz, a wilderness camp 12 km from Longyearbyen, away from the lights of town in the midst of the wilderness. Combine northern lights hunting with a delicious dinner and presentation on the aurora borealis.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pickup by bus from your hotel. Guests should be ready outside. Please ensure we are informed as to which of the listed locations you should be picked up from. The same bus will pick up all guests, and may therefore arrive a couple of minutes later than the planned start time dependent on your pickup location.

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a rustic 2-course dinner and drinks in a cosy cabin with informative local hosts
  • Learn about the discovery of Svalbard, and modern explorers who came here to learn about the aurora borealis
  • Increase your chances for great displays of the northern lights at Camp Barentz, well away from the lights of town
Full description
This tour combines a delicious rustic dinner with knowledgeable local hosts, an informative presentation on the aurora borealis and an excellent location for spotting the lights for yourself. This tour begins with a bus transfer from the hotel, taking you out into the Advent Valley to Camp Barentz, which is literally located at the end of the road. Your host for the evening will meet you at the bus, rifle over their shoulder, and provide a quick safety briefing before you head to the cabin. A shot of akevitt will be offered to warm you up as you enter, and the crackling open fire place will ensure you are comfortable in no time. The evening will begin with a little introduction to Svalbard and the discovery of the archipelago in 1596 by Willem Barentz, the namesake of the camp. One of the cabins here is actually a replica of the cabin he and his crew built on Novaya Zemlaya when they got stuck in the ice there after visiting Svalbard. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be served, and you may start to notice a delicious aroma in the cabin, coming from the pot bubbling over the open fire. This pot contains Bidos, a traditional Sami soup consisting of reindeer and root vegetables. The hosts will serve this at your table—and feel free to ask for seconds! A presentation about the northern lights will follow, including how they are formed and why, as well as local information on research that has taken place in this area. During the evening the hosts will be keeping an eye on the night sky, so don't be surprised if the evening is disrupted by a call to head outside and enjoy the show. A delicious chocolate brownie will be served for dessert, together with campfire coffee. The bus will arrive to collect you at about 9:30 PM, at which point you will return to civilization full of delicious food, interesting facts, and incredible local stories.
Includes
  • Who you’ll be with
    • Live tour guide: English

  • Transport
    • Transport by bus / coach

    • Pickup & drop-off by bus / coach

  • Food & drink
    • Dinner

    • Alcoholic drinks, water, coffee, soft drink

Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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What to bring

  • Warm shoes
  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Safety is the highest priority on this activity. Your guide needs to be able to give directions you understand. To participate in this excursion, it is required that you speak and understand English or one of the Scandinavian languages.
  • Clothes may smell of smoke after the tour.
  • Participants must be able to climb into bus (3 large steps) and over the doorstep at the cabin (about 20cm).
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 31 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5

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Hi, It was a great experience and unique. Many congrats to our guide Raluca (by the way she is also from Romania, like me), she explained to us everything so nice and clearly and we find out so many informations. Unfortunately we couldn't see the northern lights because was cloudy and snowing, but that didn't upset us. The dinner was great and also the cake and the whole atmospfere inside. Thank you so much for this experience and sure we came back as soon as possible!

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March 2, 2020

We did this event - Northern Lights Evening with Dinner - in January. There were several aspects that we liked. First it was very diverse. You will be taken out from Longyearbyen to the wilderness. The guide will tell you the story of Spitsbergen and she will answer everything everything you only are able to ask about. In the Barentz cabin you will enjoy the fire and follow cooking your dinner on it. You will have a chance to taste cold and hot drinks while listening the story-telling. When the meal is ready, you will have an exotic dinner with soup and cookie. The guide will take you out of the cabin to darkness trying to show the Aurora Borealis, If there is nothing to see at the moment, she will make a TV presentation inside the cabin on the screen about the Northen Lights. And ... this all is very intense. You will be taken back to your acommodation after three hours, but you will be full of impressions.

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January 13, 2020

Nice atmosphere in the cabin. Good food and drink.

November 7, 2022

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