Nov - Feb
Shhh! Can you hear that? No? It is the sound of absolutely nothing. As you press the gas, the snowmobile starts moving and lights up the dark polar night. But ... the roaring noise from the motor is not there. The only thing to be heard is "the Arctic silence". The sound of absolutely nothing.
Join us on a whole new way to experience the mesmerizing polar night. Hop on an electric snowmobile!
A northern lights safari on an electric snowmobile is one of the most exotic ways you will ever experience Svalbard. You will drive through the Advent Valley, in the search of northern lights. You will quickly be taken far away from the city with all its artificial lights. Now it is only us and the never-ending darkness.
The chance to see the northern lights out in the valley is good. During the polar night (between early November and the end of January) there is actually a possibility to see them around the clock – even in the middle of the day. These daytime northern lights are a little fainter than those in the evening, but with their more reddish tint it is a fascinating sight!
The electric motors of our new snowmobiles are completely quiet. The absence of sound is less disruptive to the wildlife, compared to ordinary snowmobiles. So, do not only look for northern lights! Remember to look around you for animals. The Svalbard reindeer, ptarmigans and polar foxes are something we often see out on tour.
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A valid driver’s licence for car or motorbike is required to drive a snowmobile. Remember to take it with you on the tour.
We recommend that you dress in warm woollen underwear, warm outer pants and a solid woollen jumper under the snowmobile suit. We also recommend that our guests have extra clothes in a backpack, for example an extra jumper, woollen hat and mittens.
Longyearbyen Hospital advises pregnant women to not participate in snowmobile and dog sledding tours, as a blow to the stomach or fall may pose a risk of injury to the mother or unborn child.
We reserve the right to change the route of the tour for safety reasons should the weather or snow conditions require it. This will not be grounds for a change in price. The participants agree to follow the tour leader’s directions and instructions. The tour leader will not drive with a passenger.
The ‘Vegtrafikkloven’’ or Road Traffic Act applies on Svalbard. Driving under the influence of alcohol is not permitted.
Safety is our highest priority, and the guide needs to be able to give directions you understand. To participate on one of our excursions, it is required that you speak and understand English or one of the Scandinavian languages.
Your safety is our priority. Even if you have experience in winter sports, the Svalbard environment is different to that many might have been in before. Taking a tour with a guide who knows the local conditions is the safest way to explore the area outside of Longyearbyen. As a participant on a snowmobile tour, it is important that you follow the guide’s directions underway. This is both for your own safety, and that of the group. Weather and snow conditions are the big factors on Svalbard, and we reserve the right to change the route or destination to one that is safest for you and the group.
Hurtigruten Svalbard’s guides have different backgrounds and experience, but what they all have in common is that they come to work to ensure you will have the best and safest tour. Some have taken the Arctic Nature Guide study, others are certified mountain guides, glacier guides or authorised Svalbard guides who have taken the Svalbard Guide Opplæring (SGO - Svalbard guide training). SGO study includes fundamental requirements for safe travel on Svalbard, as well as education about tourism, field safety and an understanding of environmental and cultural values. In addition our guides take part in internal training and exercises through the year.
2- Suitable for most without any snowmobile experience, very easy and flat terrain
2 snow mobiles
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