A journey around Spitsbergen gives you ample opportunity to explore all the aspects of this fascinating arctic island.
We aim at taking you well above the 80th parallel and placing you closer than 600 nautical miles from the Geographical North Pole. The expedition starts in Longyearbyen, a prime destination for adventure travellers. This Norwegian settlement is a unique place, where the arctic dominates all aspects of life in what has grown to become a surprisingly cosmopolitan town.
A truly untouched wilderness
During this voyage you will see some of the most spectacular fjords of Spitsbergen. The eastern part of Svalbard is divided into two large nature reserves. Combined, they represent one of the last largely untouched wildernesses in Europe. Traversing the large fjord east of Spitsbergen will give you spectacular views of the island’s east coast with hundreds of glaciers and mountains. If we are lucky we’ll meet some of Svalbard’s marine mammals like seal and walrus, and wherever there is ice there is a strong chance of spotting polar bears during this voyage!
More polar bears than humans
Within the Svalbard Archipelago there are about 2500 humans and 3000 polar bears. These solitary predators wander to wherever they can expect to find food. Whenever we are close to drift ice, there is a chance that a polar bear will use this as a platform when at sea. The polar bear is a marine mammal, so you are most likely to spot them close to water. In very rare occasions, dead whales or walrus drift ashore on Svalbard beaches. These tend to attract all kinds of wildlife – including polar bears. We often observe polar bears on our expeditions, but as with all things in nature, there are no absolute guarantees.