The rugged and fragile Arctic is a fairytale of a destination, and an expedition cruise to Svalbard is the quintessential Arctic cruise to discover its many wonders. Also often known as Spitsbergen, the name of the archipelago's largest and only permanently populated island, 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.
If you want to explore other highlights of this captivating region, there are many cruises that take in multiple destinations on one voyage, and Svalbard combines brilliantly with other Arctic destinations such as Greenland, Iceland and Norway.
Polar Routes work with all the best cruise operators in the region, ensuring we have the very best selection of ships, itineraries and operators to offer our clients, and our team of Polar Specialists are on hand to help you plan this outstanding trip of a lifetime. Just let us know 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, and we will find the perfect cruise just for you.
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