Snowmobiling and dog-sledding safaris are a great way to see Svalbard. These overland adventures take you from Longyearbyen into Svalbard’s frozen interior, staying in remote accommodations far from civilisation. To find out more about these exciting trips, NWS Alice – one of our Polar Destination Specialists – has written a detailed blog which you can read here. Wildlife sightings are hard to come by in Svalbard in October, but if you’re hoping to see polar bears and other such creatures at this time of year, our Arctic Canada safaris offer a fantastic alternative.
Starting in mid-October, polar bears can be spotted in and around the town of Churchill in Manitoba. This is when the bears of the region begin to gather on the shores of Hudson Bay, waiting for the water to freeze and provide a route to their winter feeding grounds further north, where they will feast on seals until temperatures warm again. Cubs will accompany their mothers and it is not uncommon to see large groups congregating in the same area. The waning daylight hours also provide a chance to witness the breathtaking natural spectacle that is the Northern Lights.