Experience the chilling beauty of windswept polar deserts, vast cliff-lined shores and fjords shimmering with ice on this Arctic trip that takes you around Spitsbergen, the largest island in the icy Svalbard Archipelago. From flower-filled tundra to secluded, frosty beaches, there is no shortage of terrain to explore on this icy land. If you’re after a polar bear sighting or two, there are plenty of chances to spot these majestic giants hunting along the ice sheets, not to mention walruses, reindeer, Arctic foxes and vast colonies of rare seabirds. Hike, kayak or strap on some snowshoes – however you choose to explore it, Spitsbergen is brimming with possibilities for a breathtaking adventure.

Start
Longyearbyen, The Arctic
Finish
Longyearbyen, The Arctic
Countries
Themes
Polar, Wildlife
Code
BQMS
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 117
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip

Relish the icy mystique of Spitsbergen, Svalbard's largest island


Highlights

  • See spectacular Arctic landscapes
  • Visit the hunting grounds of the polar bear
  • Spot the lumbering giant of the Arctic, the walrus
  • Watch for whales in the Arctic Ocean
  • Discover hidden valleys by snowshoe
  • Kayak into secluded coves

Itinerary

Begin this Arctic adventure in Svalbard’s largest settlement. Situated at the base of a valley, the town is known for its spectacular surroundings and mountainous backdrop blending with the deep blue of the Arctic Ocean.
Succumb to the mystique of the Arctic as you explore the nooks and crannies of Spitsbergen. This is the largest island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago and is home to spectacular rugged landscapes and a treasure trove of wildlife. Each day, embark on expeditions around the island, from vast rocky coasts and silent fjords to tundra filled with colourful wildflowers. Hike the stunning 14th July Glacier, discover the ghost towns of early whaling stations in Smeerenburg and watch for prowling polar bears on the ice sheets of Phippsoya. Be on the look out for Arctic foxes, walruses, whales and a rich array of seabirds such as barnacle geese and snow buntings. Spitsbergen is known as the wildlife capital of the Arctic and an astonishing bouquet of animal life waits at every turn. There is no fixed schedule for these eight days; weather conditions are highly changeable, but each day is packed with possibilities for adventure, whether it’s walrus-spotting on the coast of Torellneset, venturing snowshoe-clad inland to Ny-London or taking a sea kayak to seek out remote coves.
This Arctic expedition draws to a close in the place it began, in the quirky, colourful town of Longyearbyen.
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Inclusions

Meals
10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
Transport
Ship, Zodiac
Accommodation
Cruise ship (10 nights)

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