Svalbard

Explore the Svalbard archipelago, located halfway between Norway and the North Pole.

Polar Bear, Svalbard

Set in the High Arctic a few hundred miles from the North Pole, the archipelago of Svalbard is a silent wilderness of jaw-dropping beauty. This is a realm of pristine fjords and jagged mountain peaks where polar bears are known to roam. Sailing on an expedition cruise here in summer increases your chances of possibly spotting polar bears along the shores or across the ice. Free from winter’s snow, the tundra should also be painted with patches of colourful arctic flora.

Our long experience of sailing here since 1896 means we know these waters well, from the must-see highlights to the lesser-known gems. You’ll be accompanied by our expert Expedition Team, there to guide you through the in-depth history and behind-the-scenes science of what makes Svalbard such a fascinating place.

Top experiences

When to see

Best time
Good time
may
jun
jul
aug
sep
Polar bears
Polar bears
Whale watching
Whale watching
Walrus and seals
Walrus and seals
Svalbard Reindeer
Svalbard reindeer
Birds
Birds
Midnight sun
Midnight sun
Typical best value
Typical best value
No service to Svalbard from oct - apr