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Spitsbergen

Wildlife holidays in Spitsbergen

Tell me about Spitsbergen …

Spitsbergen is a dramatic island of huge glaciers, snow-covered mountains and steep-sided fjords, separated from the North Pole by just 965km of frozen ocean.

During the brief Arctic summer Spitsbergen is transformed into a land of perpetual daylight, covered by flower-filled tundra grazed by herds of Reindeer.

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"Our ‘Spitsbergen Wildlife Cruise’ is a once in a lifetime expedition to the high Arctic where we go in search of breeding seabirds, Polar Bears, Walrus and enjoy spectacular scenery. We charter our own vessel so we guarantee that the focus of the cruise will be on the wildlife."

Paul Stanbury
Operations Manager

 

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What’s special about the wildlife?

Towering sea-cliffs crowded with millions of seabirds on land, Polar Bears and Walruses on the pack-ice, seals, puffins, guillemots and much more … Spitsbergen is a truly spectacular wildlife destination.

Naturetrek Tour to Spitsbergen

We offer an 11-day wildlife expedition to the high Arctic, including a 10-day voyage around the island of Spitsbergen in search of breeding seabirds, Polar Bears, Walrus and spectacular scenery.

What might I see?

  • Ivory Gulls, Grey Phalarope, Long-tailed Squa, Red-throated Diver, Arctic Terns, Little Auks, Black & Brunnich’s Guillemots, Snow Buntings, King Eider, Long-tailed Duck, three species of geese & much more
  • Mammals such as Polar Bear, Arctic Fox, Walrus & Beluga Whales, plus Bearded, Harp & Ringed Seals
  • Stunning scenery, a wide variety of arctic flora, glass-like fjords backed by huge glaciers such as the Monaco & Hamilton Glaciers …

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Spitsbergen HOLIDAYS

Although it is hyperbole to say so, this has been the best holiday ever. We were blessed with a huge amount of sunshine which enabled us to see almost every species on the Naturetrek list. The fellow travellers were equally keen and of great company. Led by a most knowledgeable Malcolm Scott whose enthusiasm is infectious and whose dancing has to be witnessed! The only downsides were only 3 polar bears and that we must rejoin the civilised world. But thank you Naturetrek for another excellent holiday.
The whole trip was very well and efficiently organised and the ship's staff were excellent in all respects, as were the three Naturetrek leaders: Nick, Lee and Martin. As with all other Naturetrek holidays we have had, we enjoyed it very much indeed.

R.McC. & S.McC.
Dumfriesshire
Spitsbergen - Realm of the Polar Bear

It was a unique and amazing experience in every way and we both feel privileged to have had the opportunity of exploring this very special part of our planet.