These extended circumnavigations – which include the rarely visited northern islands and picturesque straits of the Svalbard Archipelago – provide the Sea Spirit and its guests more time to seek out Ursus maritimus in its natural habitat.
On this in-depth Arctic wildlife cruise, we’ll also venture to the jumbled, ever-shifting southern edge of the polar ice cap. Here, at the dynamic boundary between implacable ice and bountiful sea, we’ll search for polar bears stalking their prey. Whether it’s of a calving iceberg along the jagged, mountainous coastline or the otherworldly hush of a land where man is an infrequent visitor, your memories of this Svalbard expedition cruise will last a lifetime.
Poseidon Expeditions specializes in polar cruising in icy, remote regions of the world. Our goal is to take you to places few people will ever see and provide you with a unique perspective on the majestic beauty and wildlife of the region — all while you enjoy personalized service in comfortable accommodations. Our experienced expedition team – the curators for your voyage – takes great pleasure in ensuring that your Arctic trip exceeds all expectations.
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Everything you wanted to know about Svalbard and more: useful travel tips, polar bear safety procedures and human endeavor at the northern realms of our planet. Learn about the glaciers and landscapes of Svalbard and the ways you can actively explore this pristine polar wilderness. The guidebook is complete with a detailed wildlife account and a packing checklist.
The unique Arctic ecosystem of Svalbard is almost entirely protected in a network of nature reserves and national parks. Our voyage takes us around Svalbard where a significant part of the land surface is reserved as special protected areas: six nature reserves, three national parks, geological reserve and bird sanctuaries. Each has its own claim to Svalbard’s magnificent natural history.
Whether by land or sea, we’ll encounter a wealth of wildlife — including polar bear, walrus, Arctic fox, reindeer, and a variety of whales and seals — in one of the High Arctic’s most pristine environments. We will also encounter a surprising variety of hardy plant life and striking geological formations throughout the archipelago.
The monumental shifting of ancient ice ages built up the planes and low hills of Kvitøya. The rarely visited island is not always accessible to expedition ships, but it may provide yet another opportunity to observe polar bears in their natural habitat. While exploring Kvitøya, you can see its main attraction – walrus rookeries. The noisy cries of these massive animals drown out everything around, and you will have the opportunity to observe their life as few others will ever witness them.
This rocky island, far from civilization and almost completely covered by ice, became the final resting place of the balloon expedition of the Swedish polar explorer Salomon August Andrée.
Svalbard boasts one of the Arctic’s highest concentrations of polar bears. They are the world’s largest land carnivores and have become a symbol of the imperiled Arctic wilderness. This is one of the best places in the world to view polar bears hunting in their preferred habitat.
During our sojourn we hope to come across this majestic creature employing various strategies to catch seals. These wide-ranging and opportunistic Arctic nomads can be found at many places and times during our voyage.
Svalbard is the ultimate destination for photographers interested in capturing incredible images of Arctic animals and scenery. Our free photography program gives you the chance to learn and practice your skills alongside an experienced expert.
From polar bears to blue whales, Svalbard boasts a range of wildlife not found in other parts of the Arctic. Snowcapped mountains and blue glaciers provide a dramatic background for portraits of these charismatic Arctic creatures.
With a full itinerary of spellbinding destinations and daylight around the clock, your photo opportunities are seemingly endless. Our expert photographer will be there to help you make the most of this bounty in your viewfinder.
The islands and fjords of Svalbard closely guard some of the world’s most magical and unique paddling opportunities. Join us for unscripted kayaking adventures as we explore remote waters that very few paddlers have experienced before.
This pristine Arctic wilderness rewards kayakers with spectacular scenery, unique marine animals, and a range of incredible paddling locations. Svalbard also offers the possibility of kayaking in the vicinity of tidewater glaciers and icebergs.
The protected and picturesque waters of the archipelago offer some of the best paddling adventures in the Arctic. If you enjoy sea kayaking, then do not miss your chance to participate in this exciting optional activity.