Spitsbergen

There is no better or more accessible place in the world to see wild polar bears than in the spectacular scenery of Spitsbergen's coastal mountains

A world out of the ordinary

  • Polar Bear
  • Walrus
  • Polar Fox
  • 24 hrs Midnight Sun
  • Glaciers and snow peaked mountains

Sail along sculpted glacier fronts, through breathtakingly scenic fjords and amongst sparkling ice caps lit by the midnight sun. The wildlife watching around Spitsbergen is exceptional with Arctic foxes, bearded seals, walrus, beluga whales and the King of the Arctic – mighty polar bear.

Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen offers exceptional Arctic scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities. And, there is no better or more accessible place in the world to see polar bears in the wild than in the spectacular scenery of Spitsbergen's coastal mountains, massive glaciers and ever-shifting pack ice.

The name Svalbard, mentioned in Viking sagas and meaning ‘island of the cold shores’ and refers to all the islands in this archipelago: Spitsbergen, Prins Karl Forland, Nordaustlandet, Barentsoya and Edgeya. During the period of the midnight sun, especially in June and July, the sun remains above the horizon at midnight and the temperature drops only slightly at night.

Polar bears are the world's largest non-aquatic predators and top the food chain in the Arctic. They prey primarily on ringed seals. Biologists estimate there are 20,000 to 25,000 bears left in the Arctic. Sami (or Lapp) people refuse to speak the polar bear's real name for fear of offending him. Instead they call him ‘God's dog’ or ‘old man in the fur cloak'

Edward J Fox

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Spitsbergen

A wilderness adventure you'll never forget!

Puffins flap in with beaks full of fish. A million little auks rise like smoke and darken the sky. Polar bears hunt seals to fatten their cubs and whales swim north to feed.

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Svalbard Adventure

A small group of travellers have the chance to experience a trip of a lifetime with the highlights of the Spitsbergen Archipelago. Diving, Snorkeling, Hiking and zodiac cruising. Polar bears, Walrus and pack ice. A true Arctic experience !

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