Cruising the frozen waters in an ice-breaker allows you to visit some of the most remote parts of the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Although a part of Europe, Svalbard is the realm of the Polar Bear, and these fearsome animals can be found roaming the pack ice. Generally solitary, this is a good place to see nursing mothers. You might be lucky to spot a mother and two, or even three cubs, although this is very rare.

Svalbard is ruled under a treaty which allows signatory nations to live and work here. The Russians still maintain a vast coal mine, and you can still visit a deserted mine at Pyramiden. The main island of the archipelago, Spitsbergen, is also known for it's Doomsday Seed Vault, created to preserve the world's biological diversity.

The Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic Ocean North of Norway is a unique ecosystem that is home to one of the largest Polar Bear populations in the world. The best way to see them is on an expedition ice-breaker which can take you to remote pack ice where these fearsome predators roam. This harsh environment is one of the truly unspoilt parts of the world, with countless mountains, glaciers and fjords that hardly see any human visitors.

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Cruising for Polar Bears in Arctic Svalbard

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Steve Davey is a writer and photographer based in London. For over twenty years he has travelled to some of the most remote, exotic and spectacular places on earth, photographing and researching a variety of features. Steve is the author of the Footprint Travel Photography and has launched a range of travel photography tours to show people some of the fantastic places he has travelled to whilst improving their photography

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