Ole. J Liodden-www.northernorway.com
Calling all wildlife lovers! Simply Sweden is offering a new nine-day "safari" for in Norway's remote Svalbard archipelago, offering the chance to see polar bears, whales and walruses while taking in the beautiful fjordal coastline.
Throughout the "Magic of the Arctic – Svalbard" trip, an expert guide will be on hand to help guests discover the natural history of the islands set between Norway and the North Pole.
A mixture of boat trips and guided walks are on offer, taking visitors to the heart of the natural action, where will also learn about the human history of Svalbard, including the life of the Arctic hunter in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The safari also takes in a visit to the northernmost town in the world, Longyearbyen, where the ice coverage in winter is often used as an indicator of global warming. The price of the trip includes a contribution to a forestry project aimed at reducing the CO2 impact of visitors to the area.
On the nine-day tour, guests will also have time to explore Oslo, Norway's capital, and the city of Tromsø. Accommodation on the trip includes the Royal Christiania in central Oslo and the Clarion Collection Hotel on the quayside in Tromsø. Optional excursions include a husky-drawn carriage ride in Longyearbyen and sea kayaking in Tromsø.
"Magic of the Arctic – Svalbard" costs from £2,295 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights from the UK into Oslo and out of Tromsø, internal flights, airport transfers in Longyearbyen and Tromsø, eight nights' B&B, some meals, and boat safari.