Arctic eco-adventure in Norway
The majestic nature of Norway and variety of landscape keeps visitors flocking
to this European country in the north for a variety of adventure holidays. Whether browsing through the stores in Oslo or just a 2 and a half hour flight away – is an escape to the arctic wilderness, where lies a fascinating curiosity for those seeking a different kind of vacation.
For those looking to head as close to the North Pole as possible, Svalbard – a whaling base in the 17th and 18th century, is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean (Barents Sea). It constitutes the northernmost part of Norway and also lies north of mainland Europe. It’s the perfect vantage point for an eco-friendly arctic adventure, complete with a variety of winter sports, snowmobile trips, and stunning glacial backdrops that will take anyone’s breath away.
Additional adventures include cross-country skiing, boat excursions, and even the chance to spy on polar bears. A bit further north than Longyearbyen is the city of Ny Alesund and the Magdalena Fjord. A must-see is the beautiful Lilliehöök Fjord and Glacier, stunning snow-capped mountains and pristine clean waters, this place will take anyone’s breath away – you can only get here by boat.
Dog-sledding excursions (season normally lasts from February to May) spanning from a few days to a week are one of the top activities around these parts, along with skiing, hiking and kite training. Hiking takes place from around June to November. By keeping old traditions in Svalbard, the land has remained pristine and environmentally friendly. A simple walk along Longyearbyen provides the perfect chance for a photo safari (proper precautions should be taken as polar bears do roam in this area). Visit the Longyear Glacieri to gaze at stunning ice and rock formations.
Local foods in Svalbard include can prove slightly slightly more
exotic for certain palates, including seal, whale, reindeer, grouse and the occasional polar bear meat. This may prove squeamish for some but consider food just part of the adventure.
a doubt, a trip to this side of the world will be full of lifetime memories, combining an adventure streak with a strong commitment to conserving the environment.