Lonely Planet (UK) - - Winter Experiences -

The world of po­lar ex­plor­ers seems im­pos­si­bly re­mote to most of us. Thank­fully, the is­lands of Sval­bard of­fer an easy(ish) way in. This Nor we­gian ar­chi­pel­ago is the north­ern­most place in the world reached by a reg­u­lar com­mer­cial air ser vice, and lies closer to the pole than al­most all of Green­land. You only need to go a short dis­tance out of the main town of Longyear­byen to see signs warn­ing of po­lar bears, and glacial land­scapes to ex­plore only in the com­pany of ex­perts. The Trap­per’s Sta­tion is one of the lodges run by ad­ven­ture tour com­pany Base­camp Ex­plorer on Sval­bard’s main is­land, Spits­ber­gen. Come here for din­ner to gain an in­sight into the lives of peo­ple who braved this en­vi­ron­ment over a cen­tur y ago, then sleep on rein­deer skins be­side a warm­ing fire in a tipi- type hut. The 90 Alaskan huskies in their ken­nels out­side might make 40 winks or more a chal­lenge, but they’ll be rar­ing to go when it comes to head­ing out on a half- day sled trip. Overnight stays from £120pp; base­cam­p­ex­

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