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.
Tours for Spitsbergen: 10 available
Tours for Spitsbergen and Greenland: 6 available
Tours for Spitsbergen and Norwegian Fjords: 3 available
Svalbard (Spitsbergen) with Franz Josef Land and Jan Mayen
May 2013 (5th ed.), 264 pages
The Arctic: A Guide to Coastal Wildlife
Jan 2012 (3rd ed.), 160 pages