With more polar bears than people, Svalbard provides an excellent chance to observe these magnificent predators.
This expedition is one of a kind, with a multitude of landing sites and exciting experiences in the Arctic. We aim to sail above 80º N, to take you to the ice edge of the Arctic Ocean. There will also be several excursions including hiking, kayaking, and more on both land and sea. And, there’s a good chance we’ll even see a polar bear – after all, there are more polar bears than there are humans on Svalbard.
Highlights of the Arctic
Starting in Longyearbyen, we sail well above the 80th parallel and place you closer than 600 nautical miles from the Geographical North Pole. This is a great opportunity to explore the great national parks and some of the most spectacular highlights of the Arctic. One might expect it to be unbearably cold this far north; however, thanks to the Gulf Stream, the Svalbard archipelago boasts a surprisingly mild climate in summer. Among a large variety of plants and wildlife are seals, thousands of seabirds, the Arctic fox, and reindeer. And, of course, we hop to see the top predator: the polar bear.
Deep Fjords, Mighty Glaciers, and Pure Wilderness
In the summer, beautiful colors and contrasts provide the frames for dramatic glaciers, majestic mountain formations, deep fjords, buzzing bird cliffs, and endless Arctic tundra with its diverse flora and fauna. The midnight sun makes it possible to fill your days and nights with unforgettable memories on Spitsbergen, the biggest island in Svalbard.
Island Hopping Across the Arctic Ocean
We head across the Arctic Ocean towards Jan Mayen. The cone of Beerenburg volcanic peak rises more than 6,500 feet over the tiny Norwegian station of Olonkinbyen. Coming ashore on this rugged island can be difficult, but if conditions allow, we will attempt a landing.
Following the mid-Atlantic ridge, we encounter Iceland, a land of volcanoes, sagas, and according to some, elves. Sail by the Hornbjarg Cliffs, or enjoy walk in a lava field before visiting the cosmopolitan capital city Reykjavík.