Smeerenburg is an old whaling station, dating back to the 1600s when Dutch whales set up a base on Amsterdamoya. Nowadays all that's left are the circular remains of the cauldrons, used to boil the blubber of Bowhead whales. The beaches around Smeerenburg are also popular with walrus, who love to sleep for up to a week at a time!

Map of Smeerenburg

Nearby landmarks

Trips that visit Smeerenburg

Arctic bound: Scotland to Svalbard

Beginning in Scotland and finishing in Svalbard, deep inside the High Arctic, experience the changing habitats as you push into the Land of the White Bear. At every step of the way the richness of the local history and wildlife…

  • 15 Days
  • $9,615
Luxury Spitsbergen

For anyone keen to experience Svalbard’s rich Arctic wildlife and spectacular scenery while travelling comfortably, this is a good option. Travelling in the company of naturalists on board a modern state-of-the-art ship, equal attention is given to your experience both…

  • 8 Days
  • $10,029