• Atlantic Puffins

Svalbard! with Hurtigruten

Ivory Gulls, Auks and Polar Bears

Svalbard – which literally translated means “cold shores” – used to be better known by its Danish name, Spitsbergen. The Norwegians renamed it when they took over sovereignty of the islands in the 1920’s. Svalbard is an archipelago midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. The largest of the Svalbard islands is actually called Spitsbergen.

Visiting this part of the world is a spellbinding experience. Expect staggering landscapes, incredible wildlife and interesting urban birding in Longyearbyen and Barentsburg.

Tour overview

After flying into Longyearbyen we will start our Svalbard experience with a bit of urban birding around this capital settlement. We will also check out the urban wildlife situation in the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, as well as taking in some of the traditional culture.

We will board Hurtigruten’s MS Nordstjernen and for the next few days voyage around some of the islands and fjords of the archipelago enjoying the stunning scenery and wildlife.

Expected birds

  • Arctic Skua
  • Arctic Tern
  • Atlantic Puffin
  • Barnacle Goose
  • Black-legged Kittiwake
  • Brünnich’s Guillemot
  • Common Eider
  • Dunlin
  • Glaucous Gull
  • Great Skua
  • Grey Phalarope
  • Ivory Gull
  • King Eider
  • Little Auk
  • Long-tailed Duck
  • Long-tailed Skua
  • Northern Fulmar
  • Pink-footed Goose
  • Pomarine Skua
  • Purple Sandpiper
  • Red-throated Diver
  • Ringed Plover
  • Rock Ptarmigan (Svalbard endemic race)
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Snow Bunting
  • Whooper Swan

Mammals

Minke Whale and other possible cetaceans, Polar Bear, Arctic Fox (if we are really lucky!), Walrus, Ringed Seal, Bearded Seal, Harp Seal, Reindeer.

Book now

8 July 2018 to 14 July 2018

This unforgettable experience could be all yours From £2,599 per person (including flights).

Led by David Lindo

For more details on the itinerary and to book visit the Hurtigruten: www.hurtigruten.co.uk

Or phone: +44 203 733 9405