Spitsbergen, a Dutch word meaning "pointed peaks", is the largest and only permanently inhabited island in the Svalbard archipelago. Although 60% of the island is covered by glaciers, it is a quite diverse wilderness, home to over 4000 polar bears, as well as walrus, artic fox, reindeer, seals and whales. But no penguins! You'll only find them south of the equator.
Longyearbyen offers regular flight connections to mainland Norway, a number of excellent hotels (including a 4-star Radisson) and restaurants, as well as a wide range of activities to suit all types of tastes during all seasons. Summer activities include hiking, fossil hunting, polar cirkel trips, an Isfjorden safari and summer dog-sledding. Winter activities include exploring glaciers and ice caves, snowmobile safaris, dog sledding and aurora watching.
A range of cruises are available, from luxury expedition ships Lindblad , Ponant and Silversea to Quark Expeditions and Hurtigruten. Most have 1-2 sailings, although Hurtigruten (click name to see itinerary to the left) has 5.
Other lines including Costa, Fred Olson, Holland America, MSC and Princess Cruises make a stop in Spitsbergen as part of a Norway or multi-country itinerary.
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