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Spitsbergen, Iceland & the European Arctic

Experience the Rugged, Icebound Beauty of the Scandinavian Far North
From massive glaciers and drifting icebergs to boiling mud pots and spouting geysers, the European Arctic is an awe-inducing natural realm. It’s also home to a wondrous array of wildlife—polar bears, caribou, whales, seals, huge colonies of nesting seabirds, and more. The short, intense summer sees the greening tundra abloom in wildflowers, and waterfalls thundering from sheer peaks. Inuit and Viking heritage have also shaped this daunting land, with human habitation going back centuries. Depending on the itinerary you choose, your European Arctic cruise may include Norway’s fjord-rent coast; ice-clad Svalbard, home to numerous polar bears; the geothermal wonders of Iceland, and remote Greenland, one of the world’s last truly wild places.

Natural Habitat Adventures offers departures aboard a carefully chosen selection of independently operated small ships. Please visit the Ships page for details on the ships that made the grade! 
We recognize that different people have different tastes and budgets, so we provide a wide variety of vessels, itineraries and price options for independent travelers that are ensured to suit your needs. Our experienced Adventure Specialists are unbiased and have collectively embarked on a great number of Antarctica expedition cruises. Allow us to help you explore the many options to determine which is right for you. Call us at 1-800-543-8917.

Trip Highlights

  • Cruise narrow fjords, crane your neck to view waterfalls pouring from on high, and watch icebergs calve from the face of towering glaciers 
  • Keep watch for polar bears—there are 2,500 of them on Spitsbergen—and look for walrus, bearded seal, arctic fox, reindeer and extraordinary seabird colonies
  • See remnants of ancient Norse and Inuit heritage, and learn about contemporary life in far-flung Arctic settlements

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Longitude Books has created a custom comprehensive listing of Spitsbergen: The European Arctic adventure travel books for this trip.

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