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Dark Season Campaign: 3-night accommodation + 2 activities

Explore the frozen world! with Gjestehuset 102 and Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

Get the brightest smile in the darkest place! Enjoy a piece of the longest night of the year, discover the delight of Svalbard when the sun leaves, and let the Aurora Borealis shine above the snowy mountains and fjords. 

Admire the beauty among the shapes of the night– the silence, the snow, the starry sky, and find all kinds of beauty in this exotic destination. 

Follow the tunnels underneath the glaciers and get amazed by the ice caves, the city lights flickering on the sea, or visit a ghost town by walking in the moonlight.


This package includes:
• 3 nights in a shared double/twin room
• Breakfast included every day
• Hike to Plateau Mountain
• Hike to visit and explore an Ice Cave 

Travel period: 1. November 2022 to 31 January 2023


Day 1. Arrival

Welcome to the land of polar day and polar night! By taking your feet to Longyearbyen Airport from the aircraft that you have just been, we take this as a sign that you are in complete readiness to a no-sun commitment for a few nights! Yes, long polar nights. The only things that will be above us are the moon, stars and if we are lucky, northern lights! This doesn’t sound scary at all, it is not–  we consider this as the most magical season of the year!

For the transport from the airport to the hotel, please take the shuttle bus which waits outside the airport. It will go as soon as all the luggage is handed in. This costs 100,- NOK per person, one way. Gjestehuset 102 is the last stop.

Upon arriving at the hostel, expect to be greeted with a warm hello at the reception.  After getting your room key, then you have the rest of the day to spend with yourself.

The Polar Bear sign in Adventdalen. Photo by Eirik Lillehugo

if you check in early, you can make use of your time to:

* visit the Svalbard Museum

* visit the town, explore shops and restaurants. A map of Longyearbyen is available for use, take one at the reception for free.

*Look for short, last-minute activities in our Activity Calendar

* or just relax, get a coffee or tea in our coffee room, and entertain yourselves in our TV rooms

Day 2.

Inside the Ice Cave. Photo from Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

1. Breakfast

2. Free time

Frozen World- A hike to visit the Ice Cave

Inside the glaciers in Svalbard, you will find another world–a world filled with ice that has been shaped in the summertime at Svalbard by melting ice and snow through the water melting channels.

We start from the top of town in Nybyen and walk up to the glacier.  After hiking uphill for around 2 hours and covering 350 high meters, we reach the entrance to the cave. Here we will dress ourselves with safety equipment like helmet, spikes, and headlight before we continue down to the cave.

Inside the glacier, we spend time to experience the cave with halls, tight passages, and thick layers of ice crystals.

The trip is moderately difficult, some mountain hiking and some crawling in the cave can be expected. The trip does not fit for guests with back problems and claustrophobia.

In the ice cave, we serve something warm to drink and biscuits.

We recommend bringing a backpack with something to drink during the hike, extra warm clothes, extra space for gear (spikes, helmet, and a headlamp), and solid hiking boots for winter conditions.

Difficulty: Medium to Advanced

Duration: 5 hours

Includes: Transport from/to accommodation, snowshoes, helmet, headlight, crampons, something warm to drink, biscuits, and guide with necessary safety equipment.

4.  Getting back, rest, and coffee/tea/hot chocolate at Gjestehuset 102

5. Free Time


Day 3.

1. Breakfast

2. Free time

3. Longyearbyen Panorama: A hike to the viewpoint at Plateau Mountain

In this activity, we hike to the viewpoint at Plateau Mountain at 424 meters above sea level with a great view over Longyearbyen. This hike during the twilight and dark season makes it quite spectacular!

We hike up to a stone monument, and if the weather allows it, we continue higher. We bring headlamps with us, but only turn them on when we need them. If we are lucky, in the dark period, we can see the Northern Lights dancing above us.

Dark season view of the town from Plateau Mountain. Photo by Polina Bublik

This trip can be steep at some parts of the hike. On the summit, we serve warm drinks and snacks.

We recommend bringing a backpack with an extra warm jacket, drinking water, and of course, some solid mountain hiking boots.

Difficulty: Medium to Advanced

Duration: 4 hours

Included: Transportation to/from the accommodation, snowshoes, headlamps, hot drink, biscuits, and guide with necessary safety equipment.

4. Getting back, rest, and coffee/tea/hot chocolate at Gjestehuset 102

5. Free time

Day 4.

Breakfast Included

Breakfast Included at Gjestehuset 102

1.  Breakfast

2. Free time

3. Check out at 11:00

To those who are checking out, you still can stay at our sitting rooms and wait for your shuttle bus to arrive. The bus usually arrives 2 hours before the departure. Please ask the reception for the time table.

Cancellation policy:

•22 days prior to arrival give a full refund
•8-21 days prior to arrival gives 50% refund
•0-7 days prior to departure gives no refund

Accommodation in a shared double room. Single room supplement = 550 NOK additional for all 3 nights

*Minimum 2 people per booking, single supplement should be paid if traveling alone.

*As an additional option, we can prolong your stay with us and book more activities. Just let us know.

  • Customers get 5% off for other activities under Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions.


  • Customers get 5% off from Arctica AS, one of the leading clothing and equipment shops in Longyearbyen, located at Lompen Center.

Please tag us @gjestehuset102.svalbard and @svalbard_wildlife_expeditions when sharing the memory on Instagram :)

For general information, visit our FAQs page.

For more questions, call us at +47 900 30 321 or e-mail at info@gjestehuset102.no


Only 2895 NOK per person, the program is flexible, and other wished activities can be set in during the free time.

This is definitely the next adventure! Mark your calendars. Visit Svalbard this dark season and feel the magic with us!

Promotion valid until January 31