While Svalbard could be considered a secret in itself, a destination for in-the-know adventurers and curious travelers, the Norwegian archipelago has plenty of lesser-explored attractions. This is a world of near-endless daylight, where polar bear sightings quicken your pulse, guillemot cries echo from towering cliffs, and beluga whales rise from the sea.
Explore tundra adorned with wildflowers, keep watch for arctic fox, and discover historical camps of explorers and hunters. Push through pack ice to find walrus and bearded seals, and delight in the breathtakingly beautiful fjords.READ MORE +
From GBP £11,795 USD $14,000 pp excl. flights
14 hours 15 mins from London
32 hours 40 mins from NYC
In a land with a higher population of Polar Bears than humans, the opportunity to see the King of the Arctic is a major highlight of this journey. A close encounter with these iconic creatures provides profound insight into the Arctic ecosystem and leaves you with indelible memories of the frozen North. Polar bear sightings occur mostly in the north and eastern areas of the island, and in front of glaciers while they hunt for seals, and so this expedition hugs the Svalbard coastline where more bears are known to live and roam.
Svalbard’s skies come alive with a symphony of avian wonders, making it a paradise for bird enthusiasts. In this Arctic haven, countless bird species, from puffins to Arctic terns, grace the skies and cliffs. Witnessing the elegant flight of fulmars and the playful antics of puffins against the dramatic Arctic backdrop is a sight to behold. The sheer diversity and abundance of birdlife in Svalbard create an ornithological spectacle, painting the Arctic skies with vibrant hues and life.
Cruising through the Arctic waters of Svalbard is a mesmerizing experience, offering a rare glimpse of the sea ice stretching that stretches the North Pole. On this extraordinary journey, travelers navigate through icy passages, surrounded by a serene expanse of frozen wilderness. The sight of the vast sea ice, dotted with seals and polar bears, creates an unparalleled sense of wonder and adventure. This unique encounter with the Arctic’s icy realm promises a once-in-a-lifetime expedition into the heart of the frozen North.
This cruise can open the door to exciting encounters with a range of Arctic wildlife, including the thrill of beluga sightings. These iconic white whales, often called “canaries of the sea” due to their vocalizations, grace the blue waters with their presence. Witnessing these majestic creatures in such close quarters is a rare and captivating experience.
While the crew come with a wealth of technical knowledge and experience – in a range of specialisations, from marine biology, geology and natural history, to wildlife photography, ecology and glaciology – it’s their incredible passion and enthusiasm for sharing their knowledge that makes them so valuable on these trips. Many are multi-lingual, and you’ll always find them onboard, sharing facts and insight and ready to answer questions to make your experience as fulfilling as it can be.
While the temperatures may not run high, the sun is out and shining 24/7. Why? Because the sun rises in Svalbard on the 19th of April and doesn’t set again until the 23rd of August – That’s 126 days! Under the Arctic sun, the polar landscapes transform, bathing the icy fjords and snow-capped mountains in a soft, golden glow. This perpetual daylight grants travellers unprecedented opportunities for exploration, be it observing wildlife, hiking glaciers, or witnessing breathtaking sunsets seamlessly blend into sunrises.
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