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Northern Lights Hunting With Electric Snowmobile

Difficulty level
Suitable for most
3 hours
Age limit
8 years
Nov - Mar
A northern lights hunt on an electric snowmobile is exotic, and at the same time convenient because we are close to Longyearbyen. Outside town and its artificial light pollution, chances are good to get a glimpse of the northern lights.

Your guide will pick you up at the hotel and drive you to our expedition centre. Here you will get equipped with a scooter dress, boots, balaclava, helmet and mittens, before we go to the scooters that are waiting for us outside. The guide will show you how the scooter works and how to drive it – then it’s time to head out into the dark wilderness!

This is a perfect tour if you want to get a taste of scooter riding, without driving a full day. The route is relatively short (40 km) and we drive in easy, mostly flat terrain. The journey goes into Adventdalen (the ‘Advent Valley’), in search of northern lights. The electric snowmobile is easy to manoeuvre and comfortable to drive. The absence of motor noise provides comfort and at the same time the opportunity to get closer to nature experiences and wildlife without disturbing. So, do not only look for northern lights! The Svalbard reindeer are something we often see out on tour.

We make some stops along the way, and the guide will give you interesting information and maybe a story or two. After a nice break with warm drinks and some biscuits, it’s time to head back to Longyearbyen again.

Please note: As with everything in nature, there is no guarantee that we will see the northern lights. It all depends on the weather conditions and solar storms. 

Daytime Northern Lights

Between mid November and late January, it is polar night on Svalbard. This gives you the unique opportunity to see the northern lights even in the middle of the day! The daytime aurora is slightly weaker than what occurs at night, but with its more reddish tint it is a fascinating sight!