Its latitude means that Svalbard can experience extremely cold winter months, but in spite of this there is a surprising range of Arctic wildlife. The polar bear is undoubtedly a highlight of any Svalbard wildlife holiday and in many cases this will be the main reason for visiting the region, as it scours the icy tundra looking for its favourite food source of bearded seals.
How many polar bears are there in Svalbard?
It is thought that there are around 3,000 polar bears in Svalbard, and numbers have steadily increased over the past few decades. This, combined with the fact that the great white bears are relatively fearless of humans, means that your chances of an encounter on one of our specialist expeditions remain high.
The best time to see polar bears in Svalbard is during in the summer months, as the ice melts enough for ships to navigate the icy waters. A variety of polar bear holidays and expeditions are available throughout Svalbard as well as Arctic Canada, so please do discuss this with one of our specialists to see which will best meet your requirements.