Where to find it
The Sjuoyane archipelago, Northern Svalbard, just 540 miles from the North Pole.
What is it?
Phippsoya is the largest island in the Sjuoyane archipelago, Sjuoyane meaning seven islands. It is also the most accessible island, the others having incredibly steep cliffs making landing almost impossible. Phippsoya was named after the British explorer Constantine John Phipps, who was part of an expedition trying to reach the North Pole in 1773.
It boasts a spectacular selection of wildlife, and seeing polar bears here is highly likely, as it lies so close to the permanent Arctic ice.
How can I see it?
Explore Phippsoya whilst on a cruise to Svalbard.
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