2015 Svalbard Arctic Total Solar Eclipse Overview
|Sunday – Monday||March 15 - 16||Oslo Pre-Nights Option|
|Day 1||Tuesday||March 17||Arrival Oslo, Norway|
|Day 2||Wednesday||March 18||Depart Oslo for Longyearbyen, Svalbard|
|Day 3||Thursday||March 19||Longyearbyen|
|Day 4||Friday||March 20||Total Solar Eclipse – Longyearbyen|
|Day 5||Saturday||March 21||Longyearbyen|
|Day 6||Sunday||March 22||Depart Svalbard for Oslo, Norway|
|Day 7||Monday||March 23||Oslo – Onward|
Arrival Oslo, Norway
Upon arrival in Oslo’s Gardermoen airport (code: OSL), and after you pass through immigration it’s an easy three-minute covered walk from the arrivals terminal to our hotel for the night. Take your time getting settled, then drop by the TravelQuest Hospitality Desk, located in one of our hotel’s meeting rooms, for important information on the next morning’s departure to Svalbard. For the rest of the day you’re free to relax in the hotel or discover Oslo, just 20 minutes away by train – or choose among the many other transport options for exploring this fascinating northern capital.
Overnight: Radisson Blu Airport Hotel
Depart Oslo for Longyearbyen, Svalbard
After your morning checkout, it’s once again a quick walk to the departures terminal for our flight to Svalbard. We arrive in mid-afternoon at Longyearbyen Airport, where your TravelQuest representative coordinates the seamless coach transfer to our hotel. En route, a local expert shares important tips on Arctic travel and explains some interesting customs of the local people we’ll meet.
After checking in, join us for a special Wilderness Evening at Camp Barentz, located in the nearby Advent Valley. The camp is an oasis in the wilderness, its open fireplaces adding to the warm, welcoming atmosphere in a unique collection of buildings. Among them are an authentic gamme, a type of house built by native people in northern Norway, as well as a lavvo, the traditional tent of the Sami. The camp also features a replica of the cabin that Willem Barentsz and his crew made from their ship’s timbers when it became stuck in the ice off Novaya Zemlya following their discovery of Spitsbergen.
Our Camp Barentz hosts greet you with a traditional meal followed by coffee and cake. After an expert presentation on the King of the Arctic – the polar bear – you can meet the camp’s friendly huskies and listen as the hosts share their tales of Arctic adventure, along with some incredible photographs. Then it’s time to join your trip astronomer for an evening viewing of the stars and quite possibly the amazing aurora borealis – with plenty of hot drinks, plus a standing invitation to come inside whenever you feel like warming up a little.
Overnight: Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Spitsbergen Hotel or similar (4 nights)
Total Solar Eclipse – Longyearbyen
After the eclipse we return to our hotel for lunch. The rest of the day you’re at your leisure to enjoy another optional activity or just explore on your own around town. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a celebratory eclipse dinner followed by another night of optional aurora viewing at Camp Barentz.
Today is yours to enjoy Svalbard as you wish. Relax at your lodge with a good book or choose from an array of optional activities (see the box above) that includes everything from ice caving to snowmobile excursions among the fjords and glaciers – or perhaps to an abandoned Russian mining town.
Depart Svalbard for Oslo, Norway
Overnight: Radisson Blu Airport Hotel
Oslo – Onward
IMPORTANT: TravelQuest, working with our partners, makes every effort to follow the published itinerary. However, please keep in mind that it is subject to change at the discretion of expedition staff, depending on weather and other local conditions.
Oslo Pre-Nights Option
Cost: $220 USD per person, per night double occupancy. $345 USD per person, single occupancy and $260 USD per person triple occupancy. Rates include breakfast and tax.