• Svalbard, Kris Grabiec

Svalbard Points of Interest

The northernmost human settlements on earth are found here, specifically on the largest island of Spitsbergen, where the ‘cold edge’ of Svalbard (its literal meaning) is tempered by the moderating Gulf Stream, making it a more habitable environment. It is nonetheless estimated that here there are more polar bears than there are humans, making this prime territory for some enthralling polar bear quests and the starting point for your frozen adventure.

The Svalbard archipelago is Europe’s largest wilderness, a fascinating collection of islands within Norway that are closer to the North Pole than they are to the capital city of Oslo. 

Best Places in Svalbard to See...

  • Arctic Fox. They are easily seen in Spitsbergen, especially near the scientific community of Ny Alesund.
  • Polar Bear. The further north, the better for sightings of the King of the Arctic. Summer in the Svalbard archipelago is best when you can navigate further north to the Hinlopen Strait.
  • Reindeer. Can be seen readily throughout, but best seen in Longyearbyen. 
  • Walrus. These fanged mammals are best seen on Moffen Island where you can find huge haul outs.

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Parks & Attractions of Svalbard

Svalbard, Lorna aboard the M/S Freya

Alkefjellet

Known as 'Bird Mountain', these cliffs feature an overwhelming number of birds, and are often a surprise highlight of Svalbard.

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Ice landscape, Svalbard

Kvitoya

The most remote island in the Svalbard archipelago, Kvitoya is home to walrus and polar bear, and is great for photography.

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Houses in Svalbard

Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen is the starting point for all of our Svalbard polar bear safaris, and is well worth exploring if you can.

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Walrus, Svalbard

Nordauslandet

In the northeast of the Svalbard archipelago, Nordauslandet is a captivating area with beautiful icebergs.

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Arctic tern, Svalbard

Ny Alesund

A historical research town, Ny Alesund rewards travellers with beautiful photos, as well as some wildlife encounters.

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Walking polar bear, Svalbard

Pack Ice

One of the best places to see the polar bears is on Svalbard's pack ice where they roam, hunting for seals.

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Swimming polar bear, Svalbard

Seven Islands (Sjuøyane)

An area made up of seven individual islands, this is a well-known location for spotting walrus and polar bears.

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Landscape, Svalbard

Spitsbergen and Around

Part of the Svalbard Archipelago explored best by expedition ship on the look out for polar bears, walruses, whales and more.

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