Good enough for Prince Harry
As Prince Harry pulls his own supplies towards the North Pole, we look at easier ways of enjoying the delights of the Svalbard archipelago, commonly known as Spitsbergen.
Don't know about you, but I really admire Prince Harry for what he's set out to do in Svalbard. I know he's not going the whole way with the wounded warriers, but to endure five days of harsh weather (it's only VERY early spring, if that) and the physical demands which that plus pulling all his own supplies on a sled is quite amazing. I really hope the effort highlights the charity which he is representing and benefits it hugely.
I don't know how much he'll see of the Svalbard which we know and love because it's too early in the season for the seabird colonies and the flowers. But there will definitely be Polar Bears emerging from hibernation - and probably hungry, so watch out Harry.
I checked with Oceanwide Expeditions the other day and, although most of their voyages are well booked if not full, they have a few cabins still available. The best time to go is late June through to late August. The earlier trips just cover the north of the island because sea ice prevents circumnavigation. Later in the season it's usually possible to go all the way round. Polar Bears, Walrus, various seals, perhaps Beluga Whale, Ivory Gull, Brunnich's Guillemot plus so much more. Then there are the plants and flowers and, of course, the 24 hour daylight. It's amazing.