Reindeer, Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen Holidays

Lying about halfway between Norway and the North Pole, Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. The best way to visit the Arctic is on-board an expedition cruise, and our experts can help you decide which type of vessel and holiday is most suitable.

Polar Bear, MS Quest, Spitsbergen

Why Cruise?

Spitsbergen cruises offer a fantastic variety of landscapes and wildlife. You’ll see walruses, polar bears, reindeer, whales, and numerous species of bird on your trip to Spitsbergen and Svalbard. The best way to explore Spitsbergen is arguably by boat, as expedition cruises allow passengers to witness dramatic scenery, ice-choked fjords and a myriad of wildlife around the entire archipelago.


What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Polar Bear on Ice, Spitsbergen, Arctic

Polar Bear Watching

Observe Polar bears in their natural habitat with Spitsbergen being one of the best places in the Arctic to see these creatures.

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Walrus, Spitsbergen

Spot Spitsbergen’s Walruses

Observe walruses, an iconic species of the Arctic, frequently seen hauled out on icebergs and beaches.

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Dog Sledding, Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Husky Experience

Mushing your own team of huskies is a thrilling way to experience the high arctic.

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Northern Lights, Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Glaciers and Northern Lights

Experience spectacular scenery, ice blue glaciers and the mesmerising northern lights.

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Fjord, Spitsbergen, Norway

Valleys and Fjords

Drive through Glacial valleys and across frozen fjords.

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Snowmobiling, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Snowmobiling Adventures

Navigate across the ice and snow on your own snowmobile, staying in unique lodges such as the Isford radio boutique hotel.

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Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway

Arctic Cruise

Explore the Arctic by boat, a true expeditionary experience.

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Arctic reindeer, Spitsbergen

Wildlife in Spitsbergen

Discover a variety of land mammals such as the Arctic fox, reindeer, hares and prolific birdlife.

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Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Sue Grimwood

Having visited Spitsbergen on three occasions, Sue has seen the changes in flora and fauna throughout the seasons. Amongst her favourite memories are numerous polar bears sightings, zodiac cruises with walruses and watching blue and a bow head whales.

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Roxy Dukes

With a passion for all things bears, Spitsbergen is a destination Roxy adores. She recommends a longer journey of 12 days or more on the expeditionary boats to really immerse yourself in this incredible high Arctic region.

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John Faithfull

My love affair with travel began in a vintage Italian train carriage at sunset on a hot and sticky September evening in 1983. Sardined into a two-bench compartment, I’d spent five hours sharing sweaty thighs, broken-Italian pleasantries and furtive glances while rattling towards Turin, stopping at every wisteria-draped village along the way.

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What can I say – Sue knew everything there was to know about Spitsbergen. The number of options can be overwhelming, but from my first conversation with Sue I knew we would be pointed in the right direction.

Destination: Spitsbergen
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue knew how important it was to me to spot polar bears and did everything she could to ensure we had the best chances possible. We were even lucky enough to see Arctic foxes and walruses.

Destination: Spitsbergen
Travel Expert: Sue

Thank you, Sue, for arranging our family snowmobiling trip, which was simply out of this world. We left with memories to last a lifetime.

Destination: Spitsbergen
Travel Expert: Sue

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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