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.
Our Spitsbergen specialist recommends...
"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
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
The leaders, both Naturetrek and Oceanwide, were very professional, knowledgeable and very approachable. Nothing was ever too much trouble. They worked tirelessly to find the animals. The Captain of the ship was so skilled at edging slowly towards the animal which enabled us to watch images of the Polar Bears devouring a Bearded Seal. the Arctic Fox eating a Guillemot, and the stunning scenery will stay with me forever.
I enjoyed seeing the Polar Bears and other wild animals and birds in their own environment. The fantastic colours and formations of the ice, is wonderful scenery. The 24 hours of daylight is an experience, not to miss a minute of it. This was my second visit to Spitsbergen, I look forward to visiting this magical, spectacular place again.
The Ortelius crew were quite outstanding in every aspect. The meals were excellent. Zodiac trips were expertly managed. Very high level of commitment from all concerned. We particularly appreciated the lecture programmes by the on-board experts.