The only permanently inhabited island on Svalbard, the Norwegian Arctic archipelago renowned for being home to more polar bears than people, Spitsbergen is an unrivalled Arctic destination. Ideal for those short on time – thanks to its ease of access from Europe – Spitsbergen can be visited all year round.
Remote and untouched, the ‘wildlife capital of the Arctic’ is home to Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes, colonies of walruses, whales, seals, thousands of migratory seabirds nesting on coastal cliffs and in excess of 3,000 polar bears. If the scenery and wildlife are not draw cards enough, Svalbard also offers a fascinating history, the staging post for many expeditions to the North Pole in the 16th century due to its close proximity.
Most popular: Shorter, classic itineraries with ca. 7-8 days duration are the most popular. However, we recommend 9-10 day itineraries to increase the chances of seeing wildlife.
Wildlife: polar bears, reindeer, seals and whales (including beluga and bowhead) , Arctic foxes, seabirds, walruses
When to go: June - August, ca. 10 °C
How to get there: Travelers from Australia typically fly via Oslo to Longyearbyen