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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Svalbard

If you haven’t been to the Polar regions, Svalbard is the perfect place to start, it offers everything from incredible wildlife, fascinating human history and some of the most spectacular glaciers and Arctic landscape on the planet.

It is 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 fairy-tale of a destination. It’s a dramatic wilderness of glaciers and mountains, ice fields and barren tundra’s, extremities of light and dark, and is 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.

Polar bears

Search for the mighty Polar Bear – also known as the King of the Arctic - There are now estimated to be around 3,000 bears in the area of Svalbard and Franz Josef land. Polar bears hunt on sea ice, and with over 100,000km of total coastline plus no roads, the best chance of seeing a polar bear is in Svalbard, from a ship.

Follow in the footsteps of famous explorers

Robert Peary was an American explorer, most famous for being the first person to claim they reached the North Pole - a feat that happened in his Arctic expedition between 1908-1909. His claim is still hotly contested today, with some historians estimating Peary may have actually been 60 miles away from the geographic North Pole. Regardless of his disputed claim, Peary is still undoubtedly one of the greatest polar explorers in history.

Witness the midnight sun

From mid-April to late August, the sun doesn’t set in Svalbard creating 24 hours of daylight. This means there are opportunities for wildlife viewing every hour of the day – don’t expect to get much sleep!

Spectacular Scenery

Around 60% of Svalbard is covered by ice, although this varies throughout the year, the best time to visit is April – June when the glaciers crevasses are still full of snow and the melts have not fully started yet.

Visit the northernmost town on earth

Longyearbyen - The North Pole is only 800 miles away.


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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 Polar Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
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  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Polar Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Polar Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
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  • Our prices are amongst the best you'll find, plus look out for Polar Routes exclusive offers!
  • 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.