A polar bear in Svalbard, Norway
Iceberg in Svalbard in September
Searching for the aurora by dogsled in Svalbard

Svalbard Holidays

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A harsh but beautiful wilderness within relatively easy reach, this archipelago above the treeline is an Arctic kingdom ruled by polar bears. Go in search of their paw prints when endless daylight melts the fjords, and as temperatures drop, switch to sleds or snowmobiles for a safari across frozen desert.

Svalbard Holidays

Below are some of our favourite Svalbard holiday ideas for inspiration.

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Poster boys for climate change, polar bears are in decline, and Svalbard is one of the few places offering a window into their secret world. Join expedition cruises for the best chance of sightings, encountering walrus haul-outs and sprawling cliff-side seabird colonies along the way.

But don’t let these headline acts steal the show. Wrapped with glaciers and outlined by dagger-edge peaks, the Arctic scenery is also supreme. And at a latitude of 78 degrees north, light takes on magical qualities – casting pink and blue hues during polar sunsets. In winter, the archipelago becomes an adventure playground, with snowmobile rides through steep-sided valleys and the chance to climb into a glacial cave.

Increasingly fragile, it’s an environment demanding great care, but there are ways to minimise human impact. Join an organised beach clean-up or opt for a sustainable sailing trip to help craft a positive future for a truly special place.

We'll send you a complimentary copy of Bradt's Travel Guide Book to Svalbard when you book your trip to this far-flung archipelago with us

Wonderful places to stay in Svalbard

Relaxing area at Funken Lodge in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Funken Lodge

Stay at the most luxurious place in Longyearbyen. Enjoy a culinary experience at the hotel's Functionalism Restaurant, and sample wine from the best stocked cellar in town.

Longyearbyen, Svalbard

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View of Isfjord Radio in Svalbard

Isfjord Radio

Once a solitude outpost, now a boutique retreat at the top of the world. The Arctic silence here is magical, and large glass windows provide a warm place to watch dramatic skies and scenes take shape.

Kapp Linné, Svalbard

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A single bedroom at Basecamp Hotel in Longyearbyen

Basecamp Spitsbergen

This cosy and atmospheric retreat in central Longyearbyen is a well-curated slice of Svalbard. Decorated in an authentic trapper style it's perfectly placed for exploring the surrounding wilderness.

Longyearbyen, Svalbard

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Svalbard in Pictures

Polar bear in Svalbard during Polar Night
The northernmost town, Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard near the North Pole
Searching for the northern lights in Svalbard
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