Whatever your interest might be, from admiring the scenic beauty to watching rare species at work- Svalbard fulfils all your wishes. The sky touching glaciers offer you some of the best scenic views and caves to explore, along with view of rare polar bears and seals.
Svalbard is an archipelago that is located right between the mainland Norway and the North Pole. The islands do not cover much area but the largest of the group is the Spitsbergen. Svalbard is not under direct control of Norway and thus has its own state appointed government. Being dependent on Norway for the most apart from being highly influenced by its culture, it is not regarded as an independent nation either.
Svalbard is indeed one of the best places to visit in the entire nation of Norway. It is almost like an assault on the senses. This wonderful archipelago is one of the most spectacular and accessible part of the polar north region. The gigantic icebergs, never ending ice sheets and barren fields frost the ever lonely silent nights.Well, if one gives a closer look, the harsh natural conditions here in this region reveal the best of what Svalbard has to offer – beautiful lichens, miniature grass and some really delicate rare little flowers.
Even though it is a major tourist attraction, Svalbard is not exactly easily accessible as compared to any other habitable area. Although there have been many cheap flights to Norway introduced, Svalbard still lies at 1000 km flight distance from any of the major airports situated in the Norwegian lands. With the drastic rise in the Norway Tourism sector due to people flocking the lands to catch the glimpse of the Aurora or Northern lights, Svalbard has become quite popular among tourists looking to explore more of nature. Thus, it is almost impossible to find any moderately or low priced accommodation throughout the year.
Coming back to what the region offers you and what is its speciality, we get to know that the harsh environments do support large creatures apart from the miniature ones- walruses, native Arctic foxes, polar bears, squat Svalbard reindeer and whales. In fact, the number of polar bears in the region outnumbers the number of humans currently staying there.
As far as the activities are concerned, you can opt for Svalbard without thinking twice as you are given a choice of some of the most amazing and adventurous things to do in Norway. Hiking is often combined with long boat trips, surging through the ice fields. For the luxurious living and style, you do have cruises to fashion and stay on. Well, if you are a lover of the nature and you happen to visit the place in summers, nothing is better than pitching your tent beneath the warm sun, shining over the beautiful flawless ice covers.
Svalbard is no less a wonder when experienced from a kayak or through the dog sledding on wheels. Watching the ever high glaciers, admiring the ice caves and watching the seals basking on the grounds are some of the things that you just can’t afford to miss.
Thus, if you are planning to visit the Norwegian regions and do want to go through a captivating experience while enjoying the natural beauty at its best, a trip to Svalbard should really be on the cards. Believe it or not, this place is really going to change the meaning of a trip or holiday for you, forever!