What a difference a century makes. In the early 1900s, Spitsbergen and the Arctic regions were spoken of with awe and a fair amount of fear. Only the world’s greatest explorers dared take on the northern reaches in the hunt to find the Northeast and Northwest Passages first, and of course the North Pole itself.
Nowadays Spitsbergen cruises carry passengers looking for a little adventure and a whole lot of beauty. Still a remote and pristine wilderness, Spitsbergen holds plenty of surprises for those willing to go farther than the usual tourist hotspots.
1. The Northern Lights
The aurora borealis is no secret to most travelers, but not so many people know the island of…