Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. It is a protected area making it one of the best places in the Arctic to find wildlife including polar bears, walrus, arctic fox, reindeer, birds and whales. With ice strengthened hulls, ships will be able to get into the young pack ice on the North and/or East side of Spitsbergen searching for polar bears in their natural habitat. With high chances for seeing wildlife, towering mountains and large glaciers, Spitsbergen makes an excellent first trip to the Arctic. 

Most voyages begin and/or end in Longyearbyen, accessible by flights from Oslo, Tromso or charter flights from Helisinki.