Ship in the iceSvalbard, Norway
It seems pointless forking out a fortune for a night on a motionless ship. Not so with the Noorderlicht. From spring to autumn this 100-year-old Norwegian schooner sails the world, but in winter she returns to the fjords of Svalbard, north of the Arctic Circle, and the embrace of enclosing ice.
With Temple Mountain as a backdrop, the Ship in the Ice offers travellers a taste of life as a polar pioneer, without forgoing modern comforts like electricity, hot water and a bar. You will need them after your epic adventure to get here. From Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world, it’s a 60-kilometre slog on a snowmobile or dogsled through a wonderland of fjords and mountains in –30°C, plus wind chill. When you arrive, the Dutch couple living on board will welcome you into one of 10 cosy cabins, fill your belly with a three-course meal and bring you up to date on sightings of the King of the Arctic, the famed polar bear.
There are daily two-hour flights to Svalbard and from Tromsø in mainland Norway. It’s also possible to fly there directly from other countries including the UK with SAS.
- 10 twin cabins
- A saloon below deck
- Bunk beds
- Hot and cold water
- Communal showers and toilets
Basecamp Explorer runs overnight expeditions to the Ship in the Ice from mid-February to mid-May for about US$1070 a person.