Summer Vacation Idea: Sleep on a Glacier and Watch Polar Bears in Norway

Travel Takes You Up Close to Svalbard’s Most Famous Residents

Looking for a new way to travel this summer? The adventure travel company Off the Map Travel is offering a new way to make the most of your summer where you can spend a night on a glacier, in a prime viewing area of Norway’s polar bears. Through their "Night on a Glacier" package guests will hear the ice creaking and cracking as the glacier moves along its slow journey as well as have the chance to observe the island's variety of wildlife including its most famous residents, the polar bear.


Offered from May – September 2019 on the island of Svalbard, high up in the Arctic Circle guests will stay at the exclusive Nordenskiold Lodge located at the foot of the blue glacier where they will enjoy true peace and quite.

 On the island of Svalbard, high up in the Arctic Circle guests

From Longyearbyen, the arrival point on the island, guests begin their Arctic journey with a summer dogsledding expedition before joining a guide on a Zodiac boat cruise around the coast to search for walrus, whales and polar bears on the way to the Nordenskiold Lodge. The adventure continues at the lodge with a guided glacier climb to the source, kayaking, and a photo walk among spectacular scenery where a chance for wildlife encounters is possible around every turn. In the evening, guests enjoy camaraderie and meals at the lodge, a traditional sauna experience, and further opportunities for wildlife viewing from the indoor coziness of the lodge. 

An example of a five-day “Night on a Glacier” itinerary with Off the Map Travel costs from £6599 ($8353 USD per person at the time of this writing), based on double occupancy. Included are all transfers, three nights in Longyearbyen on a B&B basis, two nights at Nordenskiold Lodge exclusively booked on a full board basis, kayaking, Zodiac boat safari, glacier climb, and summer dogsledding. All itineraries can be customized to add additional days and nights.