This is a very exciting period, the ice cover on the Fjords is breaking up and the snow is retreating. Flowers and green meadows suddenly appear and the predominantly rocky landscape presents itself in all its finery. A wide variety of birds can be seen, a source of enormous pleasure for any ornithologist.
Spitsbergen is the biggest island on Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, which straddles the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans.
The summer, viewed this close to the North Pole, is simply timeless. The sun shines day and night and you can feel free to plan your polar hikes however it suits you best. Even in the summer the weather is essentially chilly, but overall it stays dry. Temperatures are between 5-15°C during these months, so it’s simply perfect for extensive and demanding tours.
If you prefer an exciting boat trip at the edge of the north pole, you should try the excursion with the Polarcirkel Boat, which brings you to Isfjord Radio or the Van Post Glacier. At Isfjord Radio you have the possibility either to stay overnight or just for lunch. In either case you must be sure to enjoy the sheer beauty of the absolute silence. The MS Polargirl and the MS Langøysund should most definitely be part of your plan for day tours through the spectacular icescape. The vessels offer day trips to Barentsburg – a Russian mining settlement at the Isfjorden and to Pyramiden – once the largest Russian coal mine in the Arctic. Barentsburg is the only remaining Russian community on the island, while Pyramiden was abandoned in 1998 and is now a ghost town with a veritable trove of history and stories. On this day trip you will have a very good chance to see a variety of marine mammals like whales or seals – and if you are very lucky, even a polar bear.
The Newtontoppen, the highest mountain of the island, is a breathtaking experience and should not be missed if hiking is your passion. The trip takes several days, depending on your particular plans. A trip to one or other of the glaciers will not disappoint you and the unique view of the stunning forces of nature will leave you speechless. Longyearbyen, with its population of about 2,000 people, is the biggest town at the North Pole. It, too, boasts a diversity of attractions; for example the world’s northernmost Beer Brewery, where you can take a guided tour and enjoy the beer tasting.
Spitsbergen has become home to about 30 different breeds of birds. The majority are seabirds which have established huge breeding colonies, like the crab diver birds and glaucous gull: But also each of the four European birds of prey, plus many, many more. On top of all that you can also see polar bears, arctic foxes and the reindeer which are unique to Spitsbergen, being smaller than those on the mainland.
We really look forward to welcoming you.