The Svalbard archipelago is synonymous with its largest island, Spitsbergen, which has captured imaginations since the Dutch first spotted its pointed, craggy peaks piercing the sheet ice and the clouds. See itinerary ideas
Here, the town of Longyearbyen serves as a comfortable base. A selection of cosy hotels join the colourfully painted cabins spread along the sheltered shores of Adventfjorden, and the surrounding mountains provide protection from the worst of the wind. Somewhat surprisingly, in an otherwise sleepy atmosphere, the town’s pubs and cafes add real vibrancy, and delicious and exotic Arctic delicacies abound on restaurant menus. Ride out of town on a snowmobile or dogsled and even more excitement awaits in the wilderness.