Discover Travel are one of the few true specialists in New Zealand in arranging trips to the Arctic. “The Arctic” – from the Greek Arktikos – ‘Country of the Great Bear’ because it sits underneath the constellation Ursa Major. This is very apt, because the most famous resident of this… Read the rest

Polar Bears in Spitsbergen by Peter Dunne

I joined Peregrine Adventures on a 10 night journey from Longyerbyen return aboard the Akademik Sergei Vavilov with 64 other passengers. We explored incredible terrain and I have to say this is a fantastic way to see some incredible wildlife in their natural habitat. We have just had 2 of… Read the rest

Cruising the Canadian Arctic and Greenland by Ian Collier

In 2005, I was fortunate to join an expedition cruise aboard the Akademik Ioffe from Churchill in Manitoba for 12 days, through Hudson Bay and across the Davis Strait to the fabled ‘iceberg’ alley of Illulisat in Western Greenland. It remains one of my most treasured travelling experiences, starting even… Read the rest

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Spitsbergen Explorer

12 Days From NZD $15,035 pp
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If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition, this is it. You’ll get all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some outlying northern areas home to polar bears and walrus. You’ll come across colonies of seabirds numbering into… Read the rest