Everest Base Camp

Thank you for the best experience of my life. I couldn't fault anything on the trek and I had a ball. Our crew lead by Bir Sing were always smiling and helpful and this is what made the experience so great.

I never thought I'd laugh so and much and the bond that formed in such a short time between the crew and trekkers grew stronger everyday so much so that some of us didn't want to leave - it was hard to say goodbye.

Charles Zidkovik | Perth, Australia
 

Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen

Take an adventure holiday in the SPITSBERGEN with World Expeditions, one of the world’s leading travel companies.

The Arctic group of islands known as Svalbard, or Spitsbergen (or even Spitzbergen) was a no-man's land until in the 1920's it became Norwegian through the Svalbard treaty. A barren part of the world, with no permanent or indigenous population, it has for some hundred years been exploited for furs, whaling and coal mining.

The archipelago is located about halfway between Tromsø and the North Pole. The major city of Longyearbyen is the northernmost place in the world that you can visit on a regular scheduled flight. The name Svalbard means "cold coast", and the first written mention of the archipelago appears in 12th century Icelandic texts. Around 60 per cent of the islands in the archipelago are covered by ice.

Even though people have been visiting Svalbard for years, it was not until 1990 that the Norwegian authorities permitted general tourism.  Spitsbergen is Svalbard's largest island, and thanks to the Gulf Stream the 400km long western coast has a rich flora and fauna. In 1596, the Dutchman Willem Barents passed by the peaked mountains on the northwest corner of the island, and this is how the island was given the name "Spitsbergen", which means "pointed mountains".

World Expeditions offers a wide selection of Arctic voyages that take in the best of Spitsbergen. Choose from voyages that circumnavigate Spitsbergen or combine a cruise to Spitsbergen with a visit to Greenland and Iceland.


Featured Adventures

Across the Arctic Circle

A remote cruise through the Scottish Isles, along the Norwegian coastline, and finally the wildlife rich island of Spitsbergen
14 days |

Around Spitsbergen

Explore Spitsbergen's vast beauty and visit the outer islands of the Svalbard Archipelago
10 days |

Jewels of the Arctic

Voyage from Spitsbergen and cruise the magnificent east coast of Greenland
14 days |

North Spitsbergen - Kvit°ya

Explore Spitsbergen's vast beauty and unique wildlife
11 days |

North Spitsbergen Basecamp

Experience the abundant wildlife and majestic landscapes of Spitsbergen
10 days |

North Spitsbergen Explorer

Experience the raw beauty of Spitsbergen
8 days |

North Spitsbergen in search of Polar Bears

Experience the raw beauty of Spitsbergen in search of Polar Bear
8 days |

North Spitsbergen on Ortelius

An ideal short Arctic cruise experiencing the magnificent wildlife and scenery of Spitsbergen
8 days |

North Spitsbergen on Ortelius in search of Polar Bear

Experience the raw beauty of Spitsbergen in search of Polar Bear
8 days |

Northeast Greenland on Ortelius

A journey of discovery encompassing north west Spitsbergen and the stunning eastern coastline of Greenland
13 days |
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The Weather in Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen has Arctic climate, mildened by the northern arm of the Gulf Stream running along its Western coast. The average temperature of March (the coldest month) is -12,6C, and the average temperature of July (the warmest month) is +4,5C. In the winter time (from September to April) the temperature rarely drops below -30C, whereas in the summer time (from June to August) is rarely exceeds +10C.

Frequent changes in temperature, humidity, air-pressure and wind strength are characteristic of Spitsbergen. Perpetual day lasts from April, 21 to August, 21, and the polar night - from October, 28 to February, 20.

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