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Spitsbergen is a Norwegian Arctic archipelago. The Norwegian name is Svalbard.

Svalbard, the land of the Polar Bear is an Arctic archipelago about 650 kilometres (400 miles) north of Norway and only a 1000 kilometres (600 miles) south of the North Pole.

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Zodiac cruising, wildlife spotting © Arjen Drost-Oceanwide Expeditions

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  • Zodiac cruising, wildlife spotting © Arjen Drost-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • A so called 'wet' landing at Diskobukta, Edgeøya, Sptisbergen © Arjen Drost-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Wildlife spotting during a zodiac cruise © Erwin vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Perfect day for a zodiac cruise © Erwin vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Fuglesangen (Spitsbergen) © Rinie van Meurs-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Rusty remains of the mining history © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Rusty remains of the mining history © Leica Akademie-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Bear footprints © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Swimming Polar Bear © Erwin vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Some interaction with the Polar Bear © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Mother bear with 2 playing cubs © Rinie van Meurs-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Polar Bear © Erwin vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Bog Saxifrage © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Yellow tundra flowers © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Svalbard poppy growing on a whale bone © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Svalbard Poppy. The flower is considered as Svalbard's national flower © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Purple Saxifrage on Spitsbergen © Rinie van Meurs-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Group of lounging Walruss © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • More Walruss in a stunning scenery © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Walrus © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Minke whales are sometimes spotted © Rinie van Meurs-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Humpback whales are seen more often © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Brunnich's Guillemot on an icefloe © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Guillemots on a cliff © Rinie van Meurs-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Arctic Tern © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Arctic Tern with a little snack © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • King Eider duck © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • King Eider duck taking off © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Little Auk couple © Rinie van Meurs-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Ivory Gulls © Rinie van Meurs-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Bearded seal © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Bearded Seal showing its beautiful tail © Rinie van Meurs-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Svalbard Reindeer © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Old trapper's hut on Blomstrandhalvoya © Leica Akademie-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Zodiac cruising among the icebergs © Leica Akademie-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Blue iceberg © Leica Akademie-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Hiking on rugged underground © Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Returning to the vessel from a zodiac landing © Rinie van Meurs-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • The Arctic Fox © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Arctic Fox with  Pink-footed Goose on the menu © Rinie van Meurs-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Polar Bear warning © Erwin vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions

It is by far the largest wilderness area of Europe and offers some of the finest scenery and wildlife experiences in the world. Its rugged mountains and rolling tundra offer plenty of opportunities for hikers, climbers and skiers while the often ice covered seas are great for polar diving.

The Highlights

These are the things one must definitely see in Spitsbergen.

Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen

​Longyearbyen is our embarkation and disembarkation port for our Spitsbergen voyages.

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An Amazing Range of Activities

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Practical Information

What you need to know about traveling to Spitsbergen.

Weather on Spitsbergen

The temperatures vary then between about 5 and 10 °C (41ºF and 50ºF).

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How to get ashore?

We make use of zodiacs. These are inflatable rubber boats.

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What to wear?

Waterproof trousers and jacket against wind, rain and salt spray coming into the zodiac.

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