Spend a Magical Night on a Glacier With Polar Bears in This Charming Cottage

Get cosy in this cottage in the far north
Get cosy in this cottage in the far north | © Kirsti Ikonen / Off The Map Travel
Photo of Alice Johnston
Food Editor31 January 2019

If you’ve ever fantasised about getting up close and personal with a polar bear, this magical travel experience is your dream come true. You can now spend the night at the foot of a blue glacier on an island in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago – the perfect place to spot these rarely seen majestic creatures.

Step away from the beach this summer and head north for the experience of a lifetime. You can spend the night on a glacier in the far north of Norway, a wildlife hotspot, where you’ll be able to see whales, walruses and polar bears in their natural habitat.

Polar bears abound in the area | © Basecamp explorer Sandra Hallsten / Off The Map Travel

Off the Map Travel’s Night on a Glacier program lets guests stay at Nordenskiöld Lodge, an exclusive spot for those who are called to the far north. You’ll be able to enjoy the quiet, contemplative atmosphere, stunningly beautiful natural sights and, of course, the abundant wildlife.

“This is a spectacular opportunity for adventure lovers,” says adventure-travel expert Jonny Cooper, founder of Off the Map Travel. “Svalbard is one of the world’s best spots for seeing wildlife, with May to September the optimal months as the snow has melted. And at the expedition lodge, you’ll enjoy all manner of amenities and comforts with the chance to see polar bears.”

The glacier | © HollyParkOTMT / Off The Map Travel

As well as polar-bear spotting, guests can enjoy dog-sledding, kayaking and a boat cruise along the coast leading to the lodge. You’ll be climbing the glacier and enjoying its majestic beauty, which will be documented on a photo walk of the area.

The accommodation also offers delicious food including local specialities, a sauna and plenty of cosy places to escape from the cold.

The program is available from May to September 2019. Costs vary as each itinerary is customised to your interests and needs, but trips start from $1,500.

Watch out for polar bears! | © Off The Map Travel

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