Arriving in the Arctic during springtime is still a slight shock to the system. As you step outside onto the deck of the ship the cold air hits you, and thanks to the sub-zero temperatures you'll feel like you're stepping inside a giant, frosty freezer! However, with each breath you take, looking across the ice-cold water, you do get the true Arctic experience! After the initial shock you get to jump into a snowsuit (the height of Arctic fashion) that keeps you super warm and cosy - the perfect conditions to sit patiently and wait to spot a magnificent polar bear.
The weather is noticeably warmer in Svalbard during the late season - Mike didn't even wear gloves during any of his zodiac outings...
No gloves in the Arctic? Who would have thought!
Temperatures may even reach as high as 12°C, and although it will feel a little bit cooler once you factor in the wind chill, you'll still be able to sit outside on the deck of your ship underneath a clear blue nighttime sky. You may even be treated to a midnight gin and tonic or a barbecue on the beach, all while enjoying perfect sunshine and a stunning backdrop of snow-topped mountains and glaciers... it doesn't get much better than that!