From Northern Norway travel north and further north towards the
archipelago of Svalbard - next stop, the North Pole. This is true
Arctic wilderness. On the island of Spitsbergen a couple of so
called 'towns', Longyearbyen and Ny Alesund, house scientists and a
few intrepid visitors.
Occasionally as you explore by sea you might glimpse a small hut
left by whalers, trappers or a scientific mission. Once or twice, a
ship might appear on the horizon. But apart from that, day after
day is filled with extraordinary scenery, and amazing wildlife;
although sightings are never guaranteed, there's no doubt in our
mind that Svalbard is the best place in the world to see polar
bears in the wild.
On board your expedition ship, lectures cover such diverse
topics as the race to the North Pole, the fight for ownership of
the sea bed beneath, the nesting habits of Arctic birds or the life
of the polar bear. All are fascinating in the context of this
Day by day, your expedition leader plans how to make your
adventure as stimulating as possible. Guests are divided into
groups to minimise queuing when you set forth to explore by zodiac,
or for a hike ashore.