The largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, Spitsbergen makes up over half of it's total landmass. The majority of the population live in Longyearbyen, whilst animal company around the island includes polar bears, the indigenous Svalbard reindeer, and, during the summer peak, Arctic fox, seals, whales, walrus, and thousands of migratory birds.
The town is small yet host to a number of hotels, eateries and the Svalbard Museum itself – where you can discover more about the island's history. Throughout the summer you can also book local activities like guided hiking tours, kayaking, fossil hunting with sled dogs, and boat trips.
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Map of Spitsbergen
Trips that visit Spitsbergen
Quest for the Ice Bear
Explore the fjords and ice of Svalbard keeping a close watch for polar bears onboard a choice of three truly exceptional small expedition ships. Spend time on deck, on land and in zodiacs with the hugely experienced guides learning about…
- 9 Days
Svalbard & Greenland Ice Adventure
Explore Svalbard and sail north to find the pack ice where bears spend the summer months hunting. Cruise the ice edge before heading south along the east coast of Greenland where Scoresbysund awaits, whales swim among the ice and small…
- 12 Days
Iceland to Jan Mayen and Svalbard
What a taste of the Arctic this is! Explore the jagged coastline of Iceland and spot whales on your way to the most northely active volcano. Beerenberg dominates the tiny island of Jan Mayen and makes for a spectacular backdrop…
- 11 Days
Svalbard Wildlife In-Depth
Travelling at the height of summer this 14-day trip is the longest of any Svalbard cruise - providing the best possible conditions for wildlife encounters. This circumnavigation of Spitsbergen includes huge glaciers, bird cliffs and ice choked channels. There's even…
- 14 Days
North Pole in Luxury
Reach the top of the world in serious comfort onboard a state of the art luxury, hybrid-powered ice breaker. The route which includes Svalbard and East Greenland maximises the wildlife, scenery, big ice and culture of this fascinating…
- 16 Days