Polar adventure in the High Arctic
Approximately halfway between continental Norway and the North Pole, the Svalbard archipelago is an Arctic wonderland of fissured tundra coastline, snow-capped peaks and mighty glaciers, animated only by Arctic wildlife, including stalking polar bears.
It’s a wild geography with near non-existent infrastructure, making it ideal for yacht exploration. We’ve even brought in support-ship icebreakers to offer greater access, bringing guests to remote locations and unique setups on the ice sheet.
Our clients have also enjoyed special access to research facilities and polar explorer guides to kite-ski across the frozen landscapes. And, with our knowledge of the region and selection of ice-class expedition yachts, you’ll travel in comfort where others can’t, enjoying the flexibility to adapt your route to weather and wildlife at a moment’s notice. We’ll personalise your experience every step of the way.
All video and imagery on this page was taken on Cookson Adventures trips
In the land of the midnight sun, 24-hour daylight means not only great celestial beauty, but unmatched opportunities to explore at any time of day or night. What that looks like is entirely up to you.
For some, it involves soaking in your yacht’s jacuzzi as you scythe through shifting ice floes, keeping an eye out for polar bears, whales and Arctic fox. Or, it could be our silver-service dining setups in the shadow of an icebreaker’s bow and flying to off-the-beaten-track locations accessible only by air.
For others, it may be piloting a submersible 300m beneath the ice to map an uncharted section of the seabed or harnessing your inner polar explorer on an intrepid kite-skiing trip. Skim over the ice and fresh powder in the company of a record-breaking polar guide – you can even spend the night in an luxury expedition camp, tucking into a fireside dinner and bedding down beneath the midnight sun.
Whatever your appetite for adventure and however you want to customise your trip, our wildlife guides, climate scientists and expedition leaders are available to join you on board. With their world-leading expertise and years of experience, they’re able to provide context to your trip, offering a unique insight into this fragile ecosystem and ensuring the smooth running of every aspect of your journey.
Bespoke dining setups
Take a seat at our awe-inspiring dining setups on uninhabited islands and remote ice caps, reached by icebreaker journeys or snowmobile adventures.
Discovery in the deep
A frozen world awaits within Svalbard’s glacier ice caves, where millennia-old flora remain frozen in time. Meanwhile, submersibles open up a world of deep-sea forests rich in corals, gorgonians and sponges.
Svalbard’s snow-covered terrain calls out for adventure, whether on a high-octane snowmobile, towed behind a team of energetic sled dogs or hooked into a kite for a wind-powered adrenaline rush. That’s all in the company of record-breaking polar explorers.
Exploring at sea
Jet skis, kayaks and tenders are perfect for allowing you to explore Svalbard’s fissured coast and ice floes up close, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife.
Arctic fauna & flora
Marvel at Arctic wildlife that thrives in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. Team up with naturalist guides and keep an eye out for roaming polar bears, immense walruses and elusive narwhals.
Follow the science
Visit the modernist Svalbard Global Seed Vault buried in a remote mountainside and Ny-Ålesund, the world’s northernmost research station, accompanied by seasoned polar scientists to bring it all to life. There's also eerie ex-Soviet settlements to discover.
Svalbard from the air
Use powered paragliders to soar along glaciated valleys, taking in the Arctic’s awe-inspiring landscapes from the air.
Break the ice
Our selection of ice-class expedition yachts provides a level of comfort simply not found at latitudes this far north. We can even bring in icebreakers to cut a path through the fragmented summer sea ice for superyachts to pass.
Our client's yacht in Svalbard
Watching the ice floes from the aft deck
Taking jet skis out to explore with Cookson Adventures
Kayaking out to icebergs
Superyacht in Svalbard with Cookson Adventures
Watching a fresh kill
We brought an ice breaker to see our client explore further
Kite skiing with Cookson Adventures
Unique wildlife experiences with leading conversationists
Exploring by superyacht
Kayaking out to explore ice walls
An expedition camp we set up for our client
Exploring off the yacht on land
Prepositioning snowmobiles for adventures inland
Travelling by icebreaker
Fun lunch setup on the ice
Our guests travelled to a ship frozen in ice with snowmobiles
Icebreaker with walrus colony
Exploring remote bird colonies by tender
Using a support ship to haul in snowmobiles for our client
Kayaking remote fjords off the yacht
Stunning blue waters with superyacht
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