Explore the arctic wilderness of Spitsbergen, the jewel of Norway’s Svalbard Archipelago
Join Peregrine on an awe-inspiring journey into Spitsbergen, a veritable Arctic wonderland located midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Part of the Svalbard Archipelago, this remote destination boasts not only stunning glaciers, bluffs and mountain ranges, but also an extraordinary spread of wildlife. Bearded seals, walruses, Arctic foxes and pink-footed geese are known to roam this area, and the prospect of sighting the ever elusive polar bear lends a special excitement into the expedition. With experts on board to provide historical context, and plenty of time for active optional excursions such as snowshoeing and kayaking, Arctic Unveiled strikes the perfect balance between discovery, leisure and intrepid polar exploration.
Uncover the incredible landscape of Spitsbergen, from the quirky northernmost city of Longyearbyen to the brilliant blue glaciers such as the ‘14th July Glacier’ – not to mention stunning fjords, mountains and cliffs
Scour sheets of ice and, with some luck, be rewarded with unforgettable sightings of the ruler of the Arctic – the mighty polar bear
Sightings of Arctic foxes, breaching whales, lounging masses of walruses, and enchanting seabirds on the cliffs of Alkefjellet are all a strong chance on this journey
See the island from a different angle by going snowshoeing, hiking or sea kayaking at your leisure, with all equipment provided
Experience the unique and memorable sensation of 24 hours of sunlight
As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are freezing. Expedition boots are provided, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing as well as a suitable waterproof jacket. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.
Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.
The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.
This trip takes places during the time of year that Spitsbergen enjoys 24-hour daylight. Just one of the benefits of this is that incredible wildlife can be seen at any time of the day – be prepared to be woken at any time so as to not miss out on exciting animal sightings.
Polar bears are one of the most incredible and appealing animals on the planet, but they are also powerful predators with little fear of humans. Therefore it’s necessary to be aware of the guidelines surrounding any contact with polar bears. Follow your leader’s instructions and do not stray from your group – your leader carries equipment to protect you. If you catch sight of a bear never approach it – stay calm and immediately inform your guide. Lastly, never leave food anywhere in an attempt to lure polar bears.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Arctic Unveiled trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.
Kayaking and snow shoeing are available to book on this voyage. This must be booked prior to departure and incurs an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. To participate in kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential.
Your voyage is operated in conjunction with our partner company, Chimu Travel.