The Arctic: one of the last great wild places
We were thrilled to have naturalist presenter Steve Backshall lead an intrepid expedition to Svalbard in the Arctic this summer with our guests. Inspired by his experiences, Steve shares his experience and encounters with the magnificent polar bears who call it home.
Drifting past gigantic glaciers and breathtaking snow-capped peaks, our Natural World Safaris’ expedition ship M/S Malmo is able to manoeuvre swiftly through the icy water of the Svalbard Archipelago and place us in the midst of one of the last great wild places. On board our small expedition cruise with expert guides - doubtlessly the best way to explore the striking wildness - we spot Arctic fox darting across a white background, toothy walruses bobbing in and out of crackling slabs of ice and an array of seabirds painting the clear skies.
We take in this savagely beautiful place and the anticipation amongst us is obvious; everyone here would like to see polar bear.