Svalbard - The Midnight Sun

Svalbard - The Midnight Sun overview

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Prices from: £1,355.00
Duration: 6 days
First available departure: 17 Jun 2017
Last available departure: 13 Aug 2017
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Svalbard - The Midnight Sun

Journey into the wilderness of Svalbard. It is for those with a love of nature, an appreciation for spectacular scenery and special locations and will appeal to anyone looking for a holiday with a difference. Svalbard is an environmentally sensitive location and the ice coverage in winter is often used as an indicator of global warming.

Svalbard photo:Roy Mangersnes wildphoto.no/www.nordnorge.com
Longyearbyen photo:Frank Andreassen www.nordnorge.com

Last few dates available for Svalbard.

There are just 5 departure dates left for the midnight sun in 2017 .... 16th to 21st July 23rd to 28th July 30th July to 4th August 6th to 11th August 13th to 18th August

Book for summer 2017 before it's too late!

History

Svalbard has a complicated history dating back to the 12th century. Whaling, hunting and fishing have played an important role and many countries tried to claim Svalbard during the 16th and 17th centuries, including Britain, France and Denmark. Following WWI, the 1920 Svalbard Treaty granted sovereignty to Norway and Svalbard became an economic free and demilitarized zone. Today Longyearbyen and Svalbard have an established, low-key tourism industry.

Geography

Glaciation covers 60% of Svalbard and the highest point is 1700m above sea level. Longyearbyen is the world’s most northerly town and has just 2700 residents and this northerly latitude means the midnight sun shines from the end of April until the end of August – leave your body clock at home. There are no roads on Svalbard outside the settlements, so villages are connected by boat, snowmobiles and aircraft.

Nature

Polar bears are the symbol of Svalbard and one of the main tourist attractions. You will also find reindeer and a myriad of bird and marine wildlife. It is not unusual to see whales and seals during your stay on Svalbard, and this holiday includes options for some wonderful wildlife experiences during boat safaris around Isfjord. There are approximately 3000 polar bears on Svalbard, 7 national parks, 15 bird sanctuaries and 6 nature reserves, all allow these animals to thrive in the Arctic.

Departure Dates

16th to 21st July 23rd to 28th July 30th July to 4th August 6th to 11th August 13th to 18th August