The land of the midnight sun, of snow and ice, offers some of the finest scenery and wildlife experiences in the world. Visitors can witness enormous colonies of seabirds thronging the cliffs and shores, and enjoy the thrilling antics of whales at sea, and seals and walruses hauled out on ice-floes. The proximity of the pack-ice offers spectacular ice cruising. You may even encounter the very symbol of the Arctic - the Polar Bear!
With its rugged mountains, sweeping tundra, ice-caps and glaciers, Spitsbergen is a true high-Arctic archipelago, and only 1000 kilometres (600 miles) from the North Pole. It is still today a virtually unspoilt wilderness with abundant wildlife. Imagine a place the size of Ireland with only about 50 kilometres (30 miles) of road.
Land of snow and ice
About a 1000 kilometres of pack-ice separates Spitsbergen from the North Pole. The proximity of the pack-ice often offers spectacular cruising between ice-floes. On land about 60 % of the surface is covered by glaciated. Glaciers force their way down to the coast where towering glaciers calve with a thundering noise into the sea.
As Spitsbergen lies far within the Arctic Circle, it experiences the midnight sun from April to August. At this time of year the sun is above the horizon for 24 hours a day!