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Also often known as Spitsbergen, the name of the archipelago's largest and only permanently populated island, Svalbard is an archipelago that could easily be described as an Arctic fairytale of a destination. It’s a dramatic wilderness of glaciers and mountains, ice fields and barren tundras, extremities of light and dark, and home to more polar bears than people, yet people it has – making this a destination in which you can truly experience life in the high Arctic.

Located within the Arctic Ocean midway between Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard is an incredible place with beautiful landscapes and a myriad of mesmerising wildlife. Exploring the archipelago involves gliding through iceberg-strewn seas to the Arctic coast, where large flat plains and mossy tundra dusted with snow contrast against sharp mountains jutting from the earth like icy blades. The landscapes are a delight to behold and a photographer’s dream, with awe-inspiring frozen lands littered with towering icebergs over ten storeys high. Wildlife in the Arctic is hugely diverse and perfectly adapted to the cold. Polar bears are undoubtedly the stars of the show, but accompanied by walruses, seals and whales at almost every turn, you’ll have a hard time picking out a real highlight.

Our team of Antarctica specialists are on hand to help you find the perfect cruise. We work with all the best cruise operators in the region, and can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, itineraries and operators so as to ensure we're finding the perfect cruise for your requirements – taking into account when you want to travel, the wildlife you want to see, the countries you want to visit and the type of ship you want to travel on.

For many, Spitsbergen and the Svalbard archipelago is the quintessential Arctic cruise, but it also combines brilliantly with other Arctic destinations such as Greenland, Iceland and Norway

We work with 20 of the leading expedition cruise operators so as to ensure we'll be able to find your perfect cruise, so get in touch with us today to start planning the adventure of your lifetime!

Ready to find your perfect expedition cruise? Simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch, or call our Polar Specialists directly on 0203 196 1000.

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  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators to find your perfect cruise.

  • Our prices are amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.

  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know the destinations, ships and operators inside out

  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.

  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.

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Why book with Polar Routes?

CHOICE
  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
SPECIALISTS
  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Travel Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Travel Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
VALUE
  • Our prices are the amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.

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