Take a week to explore the stunning coastline, astonishing landscapes and spectacular wildlife of Spitsbergen, the largest wilderness area in Europe.
This itinerary will provide an intoxicating mix of stunning coastline, astonishing landscapes and spectacular wildlife including huge colonies of seabirds, seals, walruses, whales, Arctic foxes and – most memorable of all – polar bears! During the short summer window of opportunity, the days seem to last forever, offering maximum time to appreciate this breathtaking land of ice to the full.
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.
A typical North Spitsbergen itinerary is shown below, however we offer a choice of itineraries, expedition vessels and cabin types to suit your requirements.
Some departures are designated 'polar bear specials': these spend more time sailing along the edge of - and even through - pack ice in search of polar bears on ice floes, rather than following the coastline.
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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