Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic, constituting the northernmost part of Norway. It is located about 400 miles north of mainland Europe, midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. The winter season ( November/December- May ) offers many possibilities. Some travellers dream of reaching Svalbard’s tallest mountain peaks by ski, whereas others prefer to experience the winter landscape by dog sledge or snow scooter.┬áIf you’re looking for a travel experience out of the ordinary, Svalbard is about as far off the beaten path as it gets. This is a land of extremes. Depending on what time of the year you visit, you can experience a totally different atmosphere, from the endless daylight of the midnight sun to the peaceful twilight of the polar nights.

Spitsbergen is the largest and only permanently populated island of this archipelago. Here you will find Longyearbyen, the main settlement and administrative centre of Svalbard as well as the perfect starting point for many Arctic adventures! Nothing else in the sky looks like the northern lights. The sun and the moon, the stars and the planets are an eternal, regular and predictable part of human life. The northern lights, on the other hand, are transient, variable and unpredictable. Here the cosmos parades its electrical and magnetic forces, and produces colours and movements that are unique in Nature. The northern lights must be seen and experienced outside, under a still and cold winter sky. Image courtesy of Renato R. Colucci.