Spitsbergen

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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Trips that visit Spitsbergen

Getting to Svalbard

Getting to Svalbard

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Svalbard Cruises

Svalbard Cruises

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Svalbard Landing Sites

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When to visit Svalbard

When to visit Svalbard

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