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Longyearbyen in Svalbard, Norway

Svalbard

A land of polar adventure

Svalbard holidays and cruises

Introduction

The Svalbard islands are Norway's Arctic Ocean outpost, a hostile but breathtaking wilderness of ice caps and glaciers, mountains and coalmines. Polar bears outnumber humans in this untamed landscape 650 kilometres from the mainland and seeing these powerful creatures in their natural habitat, surrounded by snow and ice, is the main draw for visitors.

The archipelago is reached via a flight into the frontier town of Longyearbyen, the capital, or by sea on an Artic expedition cruise. Svalbard cruises are especially recommended for travellers interested in wildlife - with exceptional opportunities for seeing polar bears and other animals at a close, but safe distance. Sightings of reindeers, Arctic foxes, walrus, whales, seals and seabirds birds can often be had when exploring Svalbard by cruise ship, and talks by expert guides and naturalists make the experience even more rewarding.

Some cruises continue on to Greenland and Iceland, while shorter cruises concentrate purely on Svalbard itself. These typically take in parts of the main island of Spitsbergen and a few outlying islands such as Nordaustlandet, which is dominated by the immense hulk of Austfonna, the world's third largest icecap.

Boat tours operate during the summer months, while the winter season is a time for guided snow mobile safaris, skiing and dog sled tours amid the frozen Svalbard terrain, and witnessing the spectacular Northern Lights.

Special offers in Svalbard

Svalbard & Tromso

6-day itinerary from £970 pp

Special
offer

Free fat bike excursion or top Svalbard restaurant voucher! – Save up to £75 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

This twin-centre break is a superb introduction to the Arctic region, pairing the fun of a stay in Tromso with high adventure in Svalbard, just a short hop from the North Pole.

Svalbard Explorer on Silversea

13-day expedition voyage from £8,060 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Special tailor-made fares
Book by: 31 August 2018

This spectacular expedition voyage discovers the remote reaches of Norway's isolated and unspoiled north, from Svalbard's polar bears to Bear Island's rugged bird cliffs. You'll spot an abundance of wildlife that thrives among these mountains, glacial fjords and dominating icy expanses.

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Top itineraries in Svalbard

Svalbard & Tromso

6-day itinerary from £970 pp

Special
offer

Free fat bike excursion or top Svalbard restaurant voucher! – Save up to £75 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

This twin-centre break is a superb introduction to the Arctic region, pairing the fun of a stay in Tromso with high adventure in Svalbard, just a short hop from the North Pole.

Svalbard Expedition Cruise

12-day cruise from £6,835 pp incl. flights

The Akademik Sergey Vavilov – designed for polar research – has been transformed into a modern, safe and supremely comfortable Arctic cruise ship and it's onboard this ice-strengethened vessel that you'll undertake this brand new Svalbard cruise.

Ultimate Arctic on Scenic Eclipse

12-day luxury cruise from £10,315 pp incl. flights

Enjoy the latest and greatest in ultra-luxury cruising in one of the world’s last true frontiers – Svalbard. Enjoy the latest and greatest in ultra-luxury cruising in one of the world’s last true frontiers – Svalbard.

Svalbard Explorer on Silversea

13-day expedition voyage from £8,060 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Special tailor-made fares
Book by: 31 August 2018

This spectacular expedition voyage discovers the remote reaches of Norway's isolated and unspoiled north, from Svalbard's polar bears to Bear Island's rugged bird cliffs. You'll spot an abundance of wildlife that thrives among these mountains, glacial fjords and dominating icy expanses.

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Top places to stay in Svalbard

Basecamp Trappers Hotel, Spitsbergen

Small & intimate lodge

Soak up the atmosphere of staying in the centre of the Arctic Circle, in a traditional trapper’s lodge style property

Radisson Blu Polar, Longyearbyen

Contemporary hotel

Situated on Longyearbyen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago (with a smidgen over 2,000 inhabitants), the Radisson Blu Polar has sweeping vistas of the dramatic Arctic coastline, including the Isfjorden and Adventdalen valley

Silver Cloud Expedition

Luxury cruise ship

Silversea’s inaugural ship, recently fully refurbished, is the most spacious and comfortable ice-class vessel in expedition cruising.

Silver Explorer

Luxury cruise ship

Silversea’s purpose-built expedition ship Silver Explorer is designed specifically for navigating the waters of some of the world’s remotest destinations; it’s just as comfortable in the earth’s polar regions as it is here in the tropical waters of the Caribbean.

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Where to go in Svalbard

Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen, with a population of around two thousand, is Svalbard's main town, with colourful wooden houses and a distinctly frontier feel. Accommodation is in cosy guesthouses and former trapper lodges full of furs and Arctic memorabilia, or upmarket hotels with modern comforts.

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