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The most popular destination for exploring the Arctic, the Svalbard archipelago, or Spitsbergen as it's more commonly known, is a spectacular landscape of rugged mountains, tundra, ice-covered fjords and glaciers that is located only 900km from the North Pole. Enjoying 24 hours of daylight during the summer months, Spitsbergen offers a dramatic, unspoilt wilderness and excellent wildlife viewing. Spotting polar bears on ice floes is of course the highlight of any trip to the Arctic, but there is much else to see - orca, humpback and minke whales, a diversity of sea birds and on land grey seals, Arctic foxes, walrus and reindeer. Spitsbergen can be explored from your ship, on zodiacs and trekking on land.

Map of Spitsbergen Expedition
On the classic Spitsbergen expedition, you'll fly to Longyearbyen before setting sail on a circumnavigation of the archipelago.

Tours for Spitsbergen: 10 available

Spitsbergen and Greenland
This trip combines exploration of Spitsbergen with a voyage along Greenland's eastern coast - a vast, desolate but striking landscape. The highlight of this region is Scoresbysund, the largest fjord complex in the world.

Tours for Spitsbergen and Greenland: 6 available

Spitsbergen and Norwegian Fjords
Sail to Spitsbergen via the spectacular coastline of Norway, exploring its famous and dramatic fjords and medieval towns. Highlights include the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Geiranger Fjord, the bizarre rock formations at Torghatten, the beautiful Lofoten Islands and the Ring of Brodgar.

Tours for Spitsbergen and Norwegian Fjords: 3 available

Further Exploration for Spitsbergen Expedition

Bradt Svalbard (Spitsbergen) with Franz Josef Land and Jan Mayen

Svalbard (Spitsbergen) with Franz Josef Land and Jan Mayen

May 2013 (5th ed.), 264 pages


Bradt The Arctic: A Guide to Coastal Wildlife

The Arctic: A Guide to Coastal Wildlife

Jan 2012 (3rd ed.), 160 pages