North of mainland Norway, surrounded by the Arctic Ocean as well as the Barents, Norwegian and Greenland Seas, is Svalbard Archipelago. The largest (and only) permanently populated island is Spitsbergen, whose capital is Longyearbyen. While cruising in the summertime, there is a good chance to see wildlife including whales, walrus, polar bears, reindeer, Arctic fox and many birds. Travel across the barren tundra to see spectacular fjords, isolated islands and icy mountains. In winter, enjoy the vast ice fields - try snowmobiling, dog sledding or search for the Northern Lights.
Explore the town of Longyearbyen as you visit Svalbard Museum, the North Pole Expedition Museum, the Svalbard Kirke or browse the shops for a unique souvenir. Choose from a range of winter activities such as dogsledding, a trip to the ice cave, snowshoe walking in search of the Northern Lights, snowmobile safari (day and night) and more.
From your base in Longyearbyen you can travel to Isfjord Radio or Nordenskiöld Lodge. Isfjord Radio at Cape Linnè, is a former radio station situated at the outermost part of the Isfjord with its majestic mountains overlooking the Arctic Ocean. From here you can experience a safari along the coastline to Kapp Starostin, the bird cliffs of Alkehornet Esmark Glacier, Trygghamna and the Esmark Glacier in Ymerbukta. Sample some food from the Arctic such as smoked seal, whale, halibut with roe butter and reindeer sausage. Or from your base in Nordenskiöld choose from a range of summer activities such as glacier walking, hiking or paddling a kayak through glacier ice.
There a number of ways to explore this mighty country and you can select your ideal tour type. You may prefer to be part of a group, travelling by coach on an Escorted tour or on a Partially guided tour, where your overnight accommodation is pre-booked and each excursion is guided – the remainder of the time you’re free to do as you choose.