Once a whaling colony and mining town, Svalbard’s awe-inspiring wildlife has remained unchanged by the region’s storied history.
Described as the ‘Realm of the Polar Bear’, Svalbard is famous for spectacular array of biodiversity – from kittiwakes to bearded seals and reindeer. Cruise on ice-strengthened ships through the archipelago’s stunning fjords, stopping to explore former trapping sites and preparing for wildlife at every turn. Make the most of opportunities to hike mountains on shore and always keep one eye on the lookout for the elusive, and powerful, polar bear.
Our Arctic tours in Norway and Svalbard
Highlights of Norway and Svalbard
Excursions and experiences
Each of our tailored itineraries offer what we call ‘Peregrine Moments’. These experiences are shared yet highly personal, reflecting the candid style of our trips. Here are a few moments from a polar expedition to the Canadian Arctic.
- Cruise through the remarkable west coast of Spitsbergen, a region made up of six national parks, three nature reserves, one geotopical protected area and 15 bird sanctuaries.
- See polar bears in Phippsoya – a popular hunting ground for the elusive creature.
- Witness the magnificent Monaco Glacier, another major iceberg producer in the region.
- Learn about Spitsbergen’s whaling history and how it has turned around as a whale sanctuary with many frequenting the waters.
The Peregrine difference
Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the polar regions. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, and advanced navigation equipment. The newly-refurbished vessel is also the only polar expedition ship focused on health and wellness, offering newly-designed health and fitness features like a gym, spa and yoga classes.
Each day brings the possibility of new wildlife sightings including thousands of nesting birds such as puffin; land-dwelling caribou and Arctic fox; humpback, minke and fin whales; bearded, harp and ring seals; and, of course, the mighty polar bear.