Spitsbergen (Svalbard / Longyearbyen) is one of the most remote European locations any traveller can visit. The Norwegian island is far up north in the Arctic Ocean and getting there is usually quite expensive. Currently, Star Alliance member SAS offers cheap nonstop round trips from Oslo and Tromsø for prices as low as €111 (~NOK 1,260). If you are lucky enough to be under 26 years old, you can fly from Oslo for as low as €81 (~NOK 920).
Unfortunately, the fare only includes a small personal item. Adding a carry-on bag costs €16 for the two flights. If you book through an OTA, you can add it after booking on the SAS website. The Smart Fare on SAS’ website costs €156 (~NOK 1,771) and includes one checked-in and one carry-on bag.
You can find the following fares:
Through online travel agencies (OTAs):
Our Go2 search mask will forward you to either the Travel-Dealz flight search or SAS’ website. You can use the availability calendar, which shows all nonstop round trips at the lowest fare for trips up to fourteen days.
SAS operates these flights with Airbus A320neo aircraft. They come with the usual 3-3 seating pattern in economy class. Even though it’s a domestic flight, you’ll need to clear passport control when leaving the mainland.
Search & Book
Our calendar above will show you availabilities. Once you select your travel dates, it will forward you to SAS’s website or to the Travel-Dealz.com flight search. You can also use Google Flights (instructions) to search for flights and then use our Go2 browser extension to book your flights.
SAS is pretty friendly with OTA bookings, so it may be worth saving €30 by booking through an online travel agency. However, the judgement is yours and you should be aware of the downsides of OTAs. We also suggest checking reviews.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, you may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
Baggage and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.
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Hotel prices in Spitsbergen usually start at roughly €100, depending on the hotel category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:
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