Go on a safari and see some of Svalbard's iconic wildlife, including a close-encounter with a walrus colony and Atlantic puffin sightings!
Despite being part of the Arctic desert, Svalbard has a remarkably abundant wildlife. On this boat trip around the archipelago, you will explore all aspects of what makes Svalberg unique, from its ancient glaciers and year-long snow-covered landscapes, to its two tonne mammals and fast-flapping puffins.
Our trip begins with a crossing of the beautiful Isfjord Northbound towards Borebukta. The boat is comfy, closed, dry and heated, with a panoramic view, and includes a bar and lavatories for your comfort.
The many birds that nest along the coast of Svalbard will follow us as you glide across the icy waters, and your guides will try to point out all the different breeds as you sail along.
You will then arrive at the Walrus colony's favourite beach. On a regular day, you find between 10 and 30 walruses chilling by the water, basking in the sun, snacking on clams and fighting over the best sunbathing spots. You will dock and stand quietly on the beach as you observe them. Make sure to bring your camera to get the best shots of these funny and fascinating animals!
Once back onboard, you will be served lunch and head towards the Bore glacier, a stunning wall of blue ice that towers over floating icebers, bergabits and growlers. If you are lucky, you may even see the glacier as it is "calving", dropping massive pieces of ice onto the front.
After a tour of the glacier, you will head back to port at Longyearbyen.
The guide of this tour recommends wearing long woollen underwear, an insulating layer, an additional wind and a waterproof shell layer.
A minimum number of 5 participants is required for this activity to take place.
Wild animals are unpredictable; we cannot guarantee that you will see them during this activity.
Please note that the exact duration and itinerary of the activity are weather-dependent. Moreover, please note that specific weather conditions, such as ice, may render it impossible to access the beach - in these conditions, we will stay on board and observe the walruses from the deck.
Pick-up locations (to specify upon booking):
Radisson BLU Polar hotel
Coal Miners Cabin
Mary Ann´s Polarrigg
Svalbard hotel – Polfareren
Svalbard hotel – The Vault
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