The remarkable islands of the Svalbard archipelago are part of Norway, lying far to the north of the Norwegian mainland and high above the Arctic Circle. Together, they total an area of about 62,000 square kilometers, about the same size as Ireland or Tasmania, mostly in the form of three larger islands, as well as a number of smaller outcrops. Wild and rugged mountains covered with ice and snow jut skyward on the larger islands, including Spitsbergen, the largest of all, and will leave you spellbound when you first glimpse their majestic beauty.
Our aim on this expedition is to undertake a complete circumnavigation of the major islands of the group, making frequent shore stops to hike, bird, photograph and admire the spectacular scenery. Zodiac cruises take you close to sea cliffs and abundant wildlife. Your exact course will be dependent on the prevailing sea ice conditions, though we hope for smooth sailing along the west coast of Spitsbergen as a result of the comparatively warm North Atlantic current. Here, amongst these fjords, you’ll witness wonderful scenery and often prolific wildlife.
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