The Realm of the Polar Bear

Spitsbergen is home to the most iconic Arctic animal: the polar bear. This island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, half way to the North Pole, is where travelers can see polar bears on the hunt, roaming the sea ice for unsuspecting seals. Other arctic wildlife like arctic fox and reindeer can also be seen wandering this majestic land of calving glaciers, vast icefields and towering cliffs.

Spitsbergen Photography:
In Search of Polar Bears

13 Days - 
Starting from $7,895

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Like true arctic adventurers, this voyage has no itinerary but a mission, letting our search for polar bears and other wildlife determine our route and shore landings. You’ll be rewarded with the opportunity to photograph the iconic polar bear in its natural habitat, with guidance by special guest photographers, Sue Flood and Cindy Miller Hopkins. Spitsbergen’s ice-topped mountains, massive glacier fronts and deep-walled fjords soar majestically out of the icy sea, providing breathtaking backdrops for vast swaths of untouched tundra. Talk about picture perfect! See full itinerary »

 

Spitsbergen in Depth:
Big Islands, Big Adventure

13 Days - 
Starting from $7,895

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Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, and on this voyage we’ll attempt a complete circumnavigation in search for the most impressive fjords, glaciers, and wildlife. Lying entirely within the Arctic Circle, Spitsbergen is rugged, wild, unspoiled—utterly unforgettable. When it comes to viewing arctic wildlife, Spitsbergen is known as one of the most prolific destinations. See full itinerary »

 

Intro to Spitsbergen:
Polar Bear Safari

9 Days - 
Starting from $5,795

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This voyage provides the opportunity to get a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. You’ll be treated to daily presentations by your Expedition Team on board the ship, and daily wildlife sightings on land. Hike, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Arctic on your visit to Spitsbergen. See full itinerary »

 

Fair Isle, Faroes, and
Spitsbergen: Birds and Bears

11 Days - 
Starting from $2,995

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Remote means remarkable on this Arctic adventure during the region’s spring awakening. Weave through towering fjords and secluded cliffs blanketed in Atlantic puffins. Visit polar islands accessible only by ship, including the world’s most northern volcano, breeding site of hundreds of thousands of northern birds. Large masses of pack ice still intact provide ample opportunity to spot roaming polar bears and possibly a bear cub, or two. Defined by endless moments of bird and bear sightings, this trip delivers a polar experience teeming with wildlife. See full itinerary »

 

Spitsbergen Highlights:
Expedition in Brief

6 Days - 
Starting from $7,495

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Pack in all the excitement of an epically long arctic cruise into only six days. Yes, in less than a week, you’ll cruise through the pack ice up to 80°N along the west coast of Spitsbergen like an explorer of long ago, on a constant search for wildlife. Though this rocky island is covered in mountains and glaciers, the towering cliffs and fjords play host to a surprisingly thriving and varied ecosystem. Exploring as much of the area as possible will provide optimal opportunities to spot the most iconic arctic wildlife, the polar bear. See full itinerary »

 

Spitsbergen Explorer:
Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

11 Days - 
Starting from $10,595

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If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition cruise, this is it. You’ll get all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas home to polar bears and Walrus. You’ll come across colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands and watch for whales in the water. Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea-kayaking, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the “wildlife capital of the Arctic". See full itinerary »

 

Learn More About Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen Destination Guide
Exploring Spitsbergen: Where & When to Visit the Wildlife Capital of the Arctic
Explore Spitsbergen: The Wildlife Capital of the Arctic
Arctic: Spitsbergen Zodiac Cruising (360° VR)

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2017 Travel Weekly
Magellan Award

Best Itinerary - West Greenland:
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2017 Travel Weekly
Magellan Award

Best Cruise Ship (under 500 passengers) - Ocean Adventurer

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