Hiking Spitsbergen

Home to many of the Arctic’s most iconic animals and landscapes, Spitsbergen is one of the best places to explore on foot

Hiking Spitsbergen

Region: Arctic

Destinations: Svalbard

Spitsbergen’s ideal Arctic environment

Snow-covered mountains, berg-studded bays, and rugged tracts of rolling tundra make Spitsbergen the ideal Arctic spot to employ humanity’s oldest method of transportation. This island, the largest in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, is also among the best places to view Arctic wildlife, including Arctic foxes, reindeer, a multitude of seabirds, and the beloved polar bear.

Special Spitsbergen warning: polar bears

Naturally, Svalbard’s much-lauded abundance of polar bears demands appropriate caution. None of our hikes in the area occur without the supervision of rifle-wielding expedition guides. There is also no turning back once the hike has started, so please be aware of your abilities before signing up.

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