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  • Swimming polar bear with Zodiac, Spitsbergen
  • M/V Ortelius
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  • Massive glacier in Spitsbergen
  • Polar bear on melting sea ice, Spitsbergen
  • Collapsed Swedish camp of the 1898 surveying expedition, Spitsbergen
  • Exploring Spitsbergen
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Arctic Cruise: Spitsbergen Cruises

Spitsbergen Cruises

Spitsbergen Cruises

Why Travel with Us?

Our experience in organizing, leading and selling trips to the Arctic extends more than 30 years, covering the Canadian, Russian and Norwegian Arctic, as well as Greenland!

Our knowledge of this vast region ensures that we'll help you pick the right trip for you!

A Spitsbergen cruise to this high Arctic archipelago in summertime, offers 24 hours of daylight and the near-certainty of seeing polar bears as well as whales, walruses and enormous colonies of seabirds. Spitsbergen is also famous in history for being the launching stage for numerous successful as well as failed attempts to the North Pole. On our Spitsbergen cruise you'll visit some of the very bases used by explorers such as Amundsen and Perry. This is an Arctic cruise you'll not forget.

Our Spitsbergen cruise programs offer three ships of expedition quality: ice-strengthened hulls, superb expedition staff and crews experienced in polar navigation. 

Want to see what an actual Spitsbergen cruise is like? Visit our Spitsbergen Cruises Log or our Spitsbergen Gallery in our blog!


 

 


 

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Spitsbergen Polar Bear Cruise Primer


Polar Bear Cruises

SpitsbergenWhile land-based polar bear tours tend to offer the best chance of seeing and photographing polar bears up close, venturing further north into the High Arctic during the summer on a polar bear cruise can yield spectacular views of the bears on the floe edge. One of the best areas is archipelago of Spitsbergen (also known as Svalbard), a protectorate of Norway, far above the Arctic Circle.

An expedition-grade ice-strengthened ship allows visitors to explore the edge of the polar ice cap where polar bears and other marine animals such as walrus and seals haul out on the ice. With luck, you'll find polar bears actually hunting these natural prey, something that is relatively rare during the fall Churchill polar bear season.

Scoresby SundGreenland is another choice for an expedition cruise to see polar bears. Like Spitsbergen, rugged cliffs hold staggering numbers of nesting seabirds and actively calving glaciers create an endless supply of giant icebergs.

In addition, the islands of Spitsbergen offer exceptionally beautiful scenery of enormous tidewater glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, huge colonies of countless seabirds and remains of camps left by whalers hundreds of years ago. Spitsbergen was the main supply and launch point for most Arctic exploration during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Explore the haunting ruins of bases built by Amundsen, Scott and others.

 

 

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