Svalbard & Jan Mayen


I fell in love with The Arctic the first time I arrived in Spitsbergen. There is something about the cold and remote places that I find incredibly peaceful and it will always be one of my favourite places to visit! The sheer abundance of life in a region that seems so desolate and inhospitable is incredible to see. The highlight is of course seeing the Polar Bears but it is such a beautiful and unique habitat with so many different species and such incredible light throughout the summer months when the sun never dips below the horizon.

  •  A lone Polar Bear hunting in Liefdefjord

    A lone Polar Bear hunting in Liefdefjord

  •  A young Polar Bear tasting the air at Sallyhamna

    A young Polar Bear tasting the air at Sallyhamna

  •  A mother Polar Bear and cub relaxing in Liefdefjord

    A mother Polar Bear and cub relaxing in Liefdefjord

  •  A Close up of a large male Polar Bear

    A Close up of a large male Polar Bear

  •  Polar Bears yawning after feeding

    Polar Bears yawning after feeding

  •  A mother Polar Bear with cub sleeping on the shoreline of Liefdefjord

    A mother Polar Bear with cub sleeping on the shoreline of Liefdefjord

  •  Polar Bears hunting for food in Sallyhamna

    Polar Bears hunting for food in Sallyhamna

  •  A male Polar Bear foraging along the shoreline

    A male Polar Bear foraging along the shoreline

  •  A Large Walrus on the shores of Spitsbergen

    A Large Walrus on the shores of Spitsbergen

  •  A Walrus relaxing on an iceberg in Liefdefjord

    A Walrus relaxing on an iceberg in Liefdefjord

  •  Scratching those hard to reach places

    Scratching those hard to reach places

  •  A Walrus with a broken tusk emerging from the fjords of Spitsbergen

    A Walrus with a broken tusk emerging from the fjords of Spitsbergen

  •  A Bearded Seal on the sea ice of the coast of Spitsbergen

    A Bearded Seal on the sea ice of the coast of Spitsbergen

  •  A Harp Seal (Saddleback Seal) on an iceberg in the North Atlantic

    A Harp Seal (Saddleback Seal) on an iceberg in the North Atlantic

  •  A Bearded Seal returning to the water

    A Bearded Seal returning to the water

  •  A Harbour seal in the fjords of Spitsbergen

    A Harbour seal in the fjords of Spitsbergen

  •  Two Fine Whales surfacing in Raudfjord

    Two Fine Whales surfacing in Raudfjord

  •  A Fin Whale surfacing in Raudfjord

    A Fin Whale surfacing in Raudfjord

  •  A Beluga Whale surfacing in the shallows of Liefdefjord

    A Beluga Whale surfacing in the shallows of Liefdefjord

  •  A Beluga Whale surfacing of the coast of Spitsbergen

    A Beluga Whale surfacing of the coast of Spitsbergen

  •  A male Svalbard Reindeer grazing near Longyearbyen

    A male Svalbard Reindeer grazing near Longyearbyen

  •  A Harp Seal (Saddleback Seal) pup sleeping on an iceberg in the North Atlantic

    A Harp Seal (Saddleback Seal) pup sleeping on an iceberg in the North Atlantic

  •  A Svalbard Reindeer searches for food amongst the rocks

    A Svalbard Reindeer searches for food amongst the rocks

  •  An Arctic Fox molting it's winter coat

    An Arctic Fox molting it's winter coat

  •  A Glaucous Gull gliding through the snow

    A Glaucous Gull gliding through the snow

  •  A Northern Fulmar gliding over the North Atlantic

    A Northern Fulmar gliding over the North Atlantic

  •  A Red (Grey) Phalarope in the shallows of Liefdefjord

    A Red (Grey) Phalarope in the shallows of Liefdefjord

  •  An Arctic Tern diving for food in Kongsfjord

    An Arctic Tern diving for food in Kongsfjord

  •  A Little Auk on the cliffs of Raudfjord

    A Little Auk on the cliffs of Raudfjord

  •  King Eider ducks in the waters of Liefdefjord

    King Eider ducks in the waters of Liefdefjord

  •  Kittiwakes on an iceberg

    Kittiwakes on an iceberg

  •  A Black Gullimot in the waters of Liefdefjord

    A Black Gullimot in the waters of Liefdefjord

  •  An Arctic Glacier

    An Arctic Glacier

  •  The Mountains & Glaciers of Liefdefjord

    The Mountains & Glaciers of Liefdefjord

  •  Reflections of the mountains and glaciers of Raudfjord

    Reflections of the mountains and glaciers of Raudfjord

  •  Antlers in the evening sunlight

    Antlers in the evening sunlight

  •  A large Iceberg in Liefdefjord

    A large Iceberg in Liefdefjord

  •  Dark skies above the sea ice of Ytre Norskøya

    Dark skies above the sea ice of Ytre Norskøya

  •  Harp Seals (Saddleback Seals) hauled out on the sea ice in the North Atlantic

    Harp Seals (Saddleback Seals) hauled out on the sea ice in the North Atlantic

  •  The bird cliffs of Raudfjord

    The bird cliffs of Raudfjord

  •  Tourists crusing near the glaciers of Raudfjord

    Tourists crusing near the glaciers of Raudfjord

  •  Kayaking with Harbour Seals

    Kayaking with Harbour Seals

  •  The sunlight reflecting of the sea ice in the North Atlantic

    The sunlight reflecting of the sea ice in the North Atlantic

  •  Our Arctic Guide keeping a watchful eye out for Polar Bears

    Our Arctic Guide keeping a watchful eye out for Polar Bears

  •  The remnance of a Whaling station at an historical site

    The remnance of a Whaling station at an historical site

  •  Arctic flowers blossoming in the 24 hour sunlight

    Arctic flowers blossoming in the 24 hour sunlight

  •  An old mining train on the ourskirts of Ny Ålesund

    An old mining train on the ourskirts of Ny Ålesund

  •  The patterns created by the waves lapping against an Iceberg

    The patterns created by the waves lapping against an Iceberg

  •  The remote island of Jan Mayen almost appears to float on the mist

    The remote island of Jan Mayen almost appears to float on the mist

  •  The volcanic black sand beaches of Jan Mayen

    The volcanic black sand beaches of Jan Mayen

  •  The summit of the Beerenberg volcano on Jan Mayen peaking above the mist

    The summit of the Beerenberg volcano on Jan Mayen peaking above the mist

  •  The volcanic coastline of Jan Mayen

    The volcanic coastline of Jan Mayen