Svalbard, Norway

polar bear svalbard

Svalbard, Norway

Svalbard, Norway

Polar bears are the prime draw to this remote cluster of islands in northern Norway, along with other cold-weather denizens such as walrus, reindeer, seals, whales, Arctic foxes and a wide variety of sea birds. Traveling by ship is by far the best way to experience this region, as land accommodations are in short supply and camping can be a dangerous proposition in a place where 900-pound polar bears roam. Cruises typically focus on the island of Spitsbergen, and are offered by Hurtigruten, Quark Expeditions and Lindblad Expeditions, among others.

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