Svalbard Holidays

Tailormade, expert-led Arctic expeditions on the extraordinary and elemental wilderness of Svalbard.

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About Svalbard

The first sight of Svalbard is one you’ll never forget; crisp white mountains appear from the deep Prussian Blue of the Arctic Ocean, heralding an intense arctic wilderness of wind swept peaks and valleys, fjords and teal blue glaciers.

Svalbard is an extraordinary and elemental wilderness just a short flight from Norway. At 80 degrees north Svalbard and its surrounding islands represent the final frontier before the ice pack and the North Pole. The chance to explore this remote wilderness, out of your comfort zone, in safety and style is a remarkable opportunity.

Svalbard has the largest density of resident polar bears in Europe. Our private expeditions in the spring and summer give you a stellar experience of Svalbard and all its Arctic wildlife. All trips are planned and executed to the highest degree and in accordance with the regulations to protect the environment and its resident wildlife. 

We take you far from the beaten track using personal, heated expedition tented camps in the Spring, or from a private ice-breaker during the summer months. We only work with our expert and well-established guides in Svalbard with the safety of our travellers being of paramount importance.

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Top Reasons To Visit Svalbard

Often the best adventures involve looking beyond the obvious highlights. It’s about the myriad exhilarating encounters that will make your heart sing. These are encounters that nobody could ever predict, but that make your travels genuinely unique.

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Svalbard in the spring

Svalbard in the spring

Strike out along Svalbard’s east coast to explore Arctic fjords, coastline and the sea ice of the Barents Sea.

This time of year in Svalbard will take you up the east coast in search of polar bears, led by expert natural history film unit guides. Travel overland by snowmobile, far from the beaten track using personal, heated expedition tented camps.  

Svalbard in the summer

Svalbard in the summer

From May to September, the midnight sun takes effect and the sea ice begins to melt allowing for an extraordinary adventure aboard a private ice-rated vessel.

Travelling with a crew of the world’s top Arctic wildlife guides you will explore the coastline and islands of the Svalbard archipelago to see polar bears, walrus and the many whales that frequent these seas during the summer months.

 

 

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Svalbard’s Polar Bears Expedition

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Our Favourite Camps & Lodges

Built for elements, accommodation on Svalbard ranges from private expedition camps to ice rated vessels and cosy boutique hotels and hostels.
Private Expedition Camp

Your private expedition camp in Svalbard is designed and built to provide warmth and comfort as you explore the extreme wilderness on the east coast of the island.

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Isfjord Radio Hotel

Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel offers unique wilderness accommodation about 90 km from Svalbard’s Longyearbyen.

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SVALBARD (FAQs) Need to Know

Where is Svalbard?

Svalbard and its surrounding islands represent the last frontier before the ice pack and the North Pole. Svalbard is a short flight from Norway. Situated halfway between the Scandinavian peninsula and the North Pole. Lying at 80 degrees north, the island two thirds the size of the UK is 500 miles inside the Arctic Circle. 

When is the best time to see polar bears in Svalbard?

The summer months of June to August are splendid months to be exploring Svalbard’s coastline aboard an ice rated vessel. It is this time of year the ice begins to melt allowing the small boats to navigate closer to the coastline and shallower waters. The polar bears are often more concentrated in the remaining icy areas.

As per Svalbard wildlife regulations, we never actively track polar bears. Ours is a respectful and calm approach to witnessing any encounter with this majestic predator from a safe distance. If you are dedicated and a bit lucky it is our experience that Svalbard’s most famous inhabitant might reveal itself in all its splendour. 

Do I need to be experienced to go on an expedition in Svalbard?

No. All of our trips to Svalbard are planned and executed to the highest degree and in accordance with the regulations in place to protect the environment and its resident Arctic wildlife. We only work with our expert and well-established guides in Svalbard with the safety of our travellers being of paramount importance.  

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