Reasons to Visit
Don’t fill up your camera on the first iceberg you see: changing hues with countless shades of blue, icebergs can be stunningly beautiful. Every visitor soon becomes something of an expert in identifying different iceberg types, from low-lying ‘growlers’ that hover about the ship’s waterline to flat-topped tabular icebergs freshly broken from pack ice. Only a tenth of any iceberg can be seen above the water.
Some trips in the European or Canadian Arctic have the chance to see the Northern Lights, although this would be at the end of the summer season when there are some nightimes again after a summer where the sun does drop below the horizon.
The symbol of the Arctic, these magnificent bears, who could kill you with a single swipe of their paw, are the highlight of a trip to Svalbard. Lone males roam around looking for food, and mothers fiercely protect their young cubs. Your sightings of these amazing but endangered creatures will be a highlight of your trip.
A cruise around Svalbard will give you the opportunity for a lot of bird-watching, from the noisy colonies of guillemots and auks to the predatory skuas that patrol the skies around them, plus kittiwakes, glaucous gulls, ivory gulls, puffins and arctic terns to name but a few.
The waters of the Arctic are home to whales such as minke, fin, blue, beluga and bow, and standing on the deck of your boat searching for them is bound to be fruitful.
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