Experience a Polar bear adventure on the remote Norwegian island of Svalbard

Encounter Norway in remote and refined Svalbard near the North Pole

Monday 13 May 2019

If there is anything on this planet that can be labelled as 'unique', this is it! Remote Arctic Svalbard Archipelago is one of the last great wildernesses on earth and is just 1,300km (810 miles) below the North Pole. Bespoke travel company 'Up Norway' offers a variety of exceptional and memorable experiences and have created two enchanting itineraries for the ultimate arctic adventure.

Far Out in Svalbard

The exotic island is remote enough to house the world's biggest seed bank yet refined enough to boast one of the world's most extensive wine cellars.  Your adventure includes inimitable landscapes, wildlife, surprisingly diverse cuisine including the northernmost brewed beer and insights into Arctic permaculture in sub-zero conditions.

Cruise the stunning fjords and conquer glaciers with your new ice-climbing skills. You may even have an 'Attenborough' moment and spot birds, whales, seals or polar bears.  You will also visit the mysteriously abandoned pyramid, an eerie but picturesque uninhabited ghost town which was a former Russian mining establishment.

Duration: Seven days. Best time to visit: June - September. Price: From £2,710 per person

Includes: Airport express transfers to and from the accommodation; Accommodation and breakfast on days 1 and 4, and accommodation and full board on days 2 and 4; Beer tasting at Svalbard Brewery, an instructional tour on Arctic permaculture, a guided cruise and glacier hike excursion; A Co2 investment of approx. UKP 23; Up Norway services and digital travel guide. 

A Taste of Svalbard

One of the world's largest untouched areas of nature and 20,000 bottles of wine awaits you at 78 degrees north. Epic Arctic cuisine, warm local hospitality, an exhilarating dogsledding ride, exploring majestic glaciers and riding a snowmobile are just some of the experiences you will have on this adventure.  This experience is also highly recommended for fine dining and wine lovers

Duration: Three days. Best time to visit: All Year. Price: From £480 per person.

Includes: Two nights accommodation at the Svalbard Hotel; A 4-course seasonal menu at Gruvelageret restaurant which sits beneath a glacier; Half day dogsledding experience and Huset Artic Dining with a 5-course menu; Up Norway services and digital travel guide

About Up Norway: Established in 2016, with a mission of delivering high quality and uniquely Norwegian experiences; the best hosts; local food and drink; a sustainable approach; and a seamless journey that opens up new perspectives.

Up Norway has sourced partners who share these core values. The company takes pride in offering experiences off the tourist trail and offers access to sites and stories that would be a challenge to discover otherwise. Their love and enthusiasm for Norway shine through the experiences offered; over land and sea, they want to expose visitors to Norway's stunning nature.

They'll put guests in touch with native Norwegians who take pride in serving local cuisine, showing off their vibrant culture, from music, art and architecture to winter sports. From Viking ancestry to modern democracy, Up! Norway will tell the story of what has shaped today's successful, happy society based on trust and equality.