ATV Safari in The Polar Night

with Svalbard Adventures

We point our compass in the direction of the Advent Valley and prepare to leave the artificial light of Longyearbyen behind. However, most people don’t notice the light until they enter the darkness.

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At this time of year, the sun is below the horizon around the clock. It’s completely dark and there is no difference between day and night. This period is called the Polar Night and lasts from November until late January. The darkness creates the perfect backdrop to experience natural light from the moon, stars and maybe also the Northern Lights.

— Would recommend this trip as a great way of exploring Adventdalen and learning about the local history and culture.

Emma, Dublin (Tripadvisor)

After a briefing about safety and everything you need to know about the vehicle, it’s time to set off into the darkness. Driving our Can-Am Outlander ATVs from Longyearbyen and into the Advent Valley, we make several stops along the way at historical sites where our guides will share interesting stories and personal insights. Cultural monuments and the former airport are also passed on our way to the dog yard at Svalbard Husky. We will fin many great spots to chase the Northern Lights and admire the Arctic silence.

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Per personNOK1,690.00 driver
Per personNOK1,290.00 passenger
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Svalbard Husky

On our drive back to Longyearbyen, we visit the dog yard at Svalbard Husky and have a close-up encounter with the huskies. Hot drinks and biscuits will also be served while the guide shares stories about Svalbard and life in the dog yard.

Please note that all participants must hold a valid driving licence. As off-road motor traffic on ground that is not snow-covered is prohibited pursuant to the Svalbard Environmental Protection Act, we only drive our ATVs on roads where driving is permitted.

Practical Information

  • Transport to and from the accommodation
  • Winter suit, boots, mittens, helmet, googles and balaclava
  • Guide with safety equipment
  • Search and rescue insurance
  • Hot drinks and biscuits
  • We recommend warm clothing to wear under the winter suit such as wool underwear, wool socks, thick sweater and extra mittens
  • A small backpack for extra clothing and other items
  • For participants driving on this excursion, it is required that you speak and understand English or a Scandinavian language

Svalbard has a common grading system so you will find the trip that suits you. Highlighted number is graded for this trip:

1 – Suitable for all

2 – Suitable for most

3 – Average physical fitness

4 – Above average physical fitness

5 – Demands exceptional physical fitness

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