Combine Spitsbergen’s dramatic scenery, rich wildlife and, on some departures, the chance to see the extraordinary phenomenon of the Northern Lights, one of Mother Nature's finest displays.
Lying some 650 kilometres north of Norway, the Spitsbergen archipelago (or Svalbard, as it is known in Norwegian) covers an area of around the same size as Ireland, much of which lies under icy glaciers; some 3,000 people live in just four settlements, and there are only 50 kilometres of road. The name – given by Dutch explorer Willem Barents, who discovered it in 1596 on a mission to find a sea route to the fabled land of Cathay – refers to the jagged peaks in the north-west of the island.
The onset of winter from late-September to mid-October is an ideal time to observe the unforgettable spectacle of the Aurora Borealis when, due to a solar wind of charged particles colliding with atoms in the upper atmosphere, make the night skies glow.
A typical itinerary to South Spitsbergen is shown below, on board Noorderlicht.
The full itinerary detail is available on our website.
You should note: Exact itinerary and duration will depend on your chosen vessel, departure date and local conditions.
This is a group trip with fixed departure dates. Please refer to our website for further information.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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