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Wildlife Locations

Travel beyond areas of usual human habitation and you will find yourself in some of the wildest and most intoxicating landscapes. Although snow and ice reign in the kingdom of the Polar bear, there is an abundance of wildlife both on land and in the surrounding Arctic waters.

3 recommended locations:

North East Greenland National Park

North East Greenland National Park is the world’s largest. Although the park is part of the Greenland Ice Sheet, there are large ice-free areas of green mountains with beautiful wild flowers, long fjords, precipitous cliffs and hot springs. Off shore, huge icebergs in fantastic shapes float on the deep blue sea.

  • Ideal for viewing: bearded seal, musk ox, ringed seal, walrus, polar bear
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Whale watching


High above the Arctic Circle lies the remarkable archipelago known in Norwegian as Svalbard. Spitsbergen, the main island, means 'jagged peaks' and befits this remarkable land with its spectacular coastline, littered with glaciers flowing into the sea, and high cliffs with endless opportunities for viewing wildlife.

  • Ideal for viewing: Arctic tern, bearded seal, beluga whale, narwal, polar bear
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Whale watching, Polar bear watching

Wrangel Island

Remote Wrangel Island with its desolate, primitive landscapes has an abundance of Arctic wildlife: polar bears, musk oxen, and birdlife such as Steller’s sea eagle, and the endangered spoon-billed sandpiper. Located north of the Bering Strait, the cold waters are home to grey whales.

  • Where: Russian Far East
  • Ideal for viewing: polar bear, Arctic fox, musk ox, Pacific walrus, lemming
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Wildlife photography, Mark Carwardine wildlife holidays, Whale watching, Bear watching, Polar bear watching, Birdwatching

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Wildlife trips

The Arctic is one of earth’s last pristine regions. With Greenland and Baffin Islands, the frozen Arctic Ocean is an expanse of fjords, jagged peaks, glaciers and icebergs. This is the realm of the polar bear, and is home spectacular wildlife that have adapted to the extreme conditions.

6 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Around Spitsbergen

Sail through a wonderland of mountain and glacial scenery and enjoy spectacular wildlife encounters in this polar bear and birding paradise. Highlights include an exhilarating ride along the spectacular 14th of July Glacier, where large numbers of kittiwakes and Brunnichs guillemots nest on the nearby cliffs.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 10 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £5,525 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Festival of Wildlife Spitsbergen

The Festival of Wildlife returns once again – this time we venture to the Arctic and the captivating island of Spitsbergen for a true wildlife expedition on board the Ocean Adventurer. Travelling at the start of the season, we will go in search of some of the Arctic’s most iconic wildlife.

  • When to go: May
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

North Spitsbergen

This one week voyage provides an intoxicating mix of astonishing landscapes, stunning coastline and spectacular wildlife, including huge colonies of seabirds, walruses, whales, Arctic foxes and polar bears. The long daylight hours offer maximum time to appreciate this breathtaking land of ice to the full.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 8-10 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £4,275 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Wrangel Island with Mark Carwardine

Explore the remote wilderness of Wrangel Island in the Bering Strait with its prehistoric landscapes and phenomenal wildlife. This 14-night cruise aboard the Kapitan Khlebnikov takes you right to the top of the world between Russia and Alaska in the company of renowned explorer Mark Carwardine.

  • When to go: Jul-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £12,875 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

East Greenland

Sailing north from Reykjavik, this voyage explores Greenland and its surrounding waters, home to an impressive array of wildlife – you will undoubtedly be accompanied by fulmars, kittiwakes and rafts of guillemots. The autumn scenery is dramatic, with vivid colours by day and the spectacular northern lights by night.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 8 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £3,695 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

Sailing amid awe-inspiring scenery of fjords and glaciers, this comprehensive itinerary starts in Spitsbergen, home to the world's highest population of polar bears. Continuing across the Greenland Sea, orcas and dolphins follow in your wake, and there are chances to see walrus, Arctic hare and musk ox.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 13-14 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £6,345 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Central Spitsbergen

This one week voyage combines Spitsbergen’s rich wildlife and impressive glaciers. Some trips depart during the onset of winter, when you can observe the extraordinary phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis, when the night skies glow green and red with one of Mother Nature's finest displays.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 8 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £2,345 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

When to go

There are two seasons in the Arctic, but summer (not winter), falling between the spring and autumn equinoxes, when daylight virtually round the clock, is the best for visiting.


  • Summer

    Apr to Sep: Truly the land of the midnight sun – the further north, the longer the light
  • Winter

    Oct to Apr: The sun disappears for months at a time, and the icy cold returns

Wildlife events

  • May to Sep: Arrival of the Arctic summer
  • Jul to : Beluga whales in estuaries around Churchill
  • Sep to Feb: Northern Lights visible
  • Oct to Nov: Polar bears wait for pack ice to form

Wildlife cruise vessels

When travelling to an extreme destination like the Arctic we want to ensure you travel safely and in a good level of comfort. You may choose your trip based on your preferred vessel or vice-versa: either way you can be assured that our vessels and crew will endeavour to make it a trip to remember.