Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. It’s often called “The land of the midnight sun.” It’s also known as “The Wildlife Capital of the Arctic.” Spitsbergen, about 1,300 kilometers from the North Pole, is dark four months of the year, but when the sun returns in April, the days lengthen until sometime in June when the sun never sets—all the better for viewing the wildlife that has made Spitsbergen so popular with travelers on a quest to observe polar bears and other wildlife, such as walruses, reindeers, arctic foxes, beluga whales, seals and seabirds.
Best Time to See Polar Bears
May to August. The ice melts sufficiently during this period for ships to navigate the still icy waters. Polar bear sightings are common as the majestic creatures follow the pack ice on the hunt for food. The round-the-clock natural lighting is ideal for photography.
- To witness the iconic Arctic resident - Polar Bear
- To see the remarkable array of creatures including whales, walruses, Svalbard reindeer, puffin and other seabirds by the thousands
- Explore the vast tundra, appreciate the natural beauty of the surprisingly colorful Arctic wilderness by hiking and zodiac cruises
- Some of the earth’s most stunning glaciers and ice sheet
May - Aug is the warmer season and polar bears are actively looking for food