Trip report: Svalbard (June 2014) by Tropical Birding

Report by Keith Barnes.

This trip delivered everything that this Arctic dreamland promised. Most importantly, 14 encounters with the King of the Arctic – the Polar Bear – including brother bears sparring, a flirt female driving a courting male bear crazy, and several recent seal kills all made this everything an Ice-bear enthusiast could have hoped for. More people come to Spitsbergen (Svalbard) to see Polar Bears than anywhere else on Earth. The ease of travel, relative lower cost of the cruises, and regular sightings of the Ice-bears all make it a no-brainer.

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