Did you know?
Under their light-colored
fur, polar bears have
black skin! This makes
it easier to soak in the
sun's warming rays.
Weight: tons (32 to 41 metric tons)
Life span: years
Northern Norway is a mecca for whalewatching, particularly near Andenes in
where the edge of the continental
shelf lies closer to the coast than anywhere
else in Norway. Winter is a particularly
exciting time, when the herring arrive in
And fjorden, followed by hundreds of orca
whales who hunt them. In addition to
seeing orca whales, lucky travelers might
encounter sperm whales, pilot whales, minke
whales, humpbacks, dolphins and a variety
of seabirds. Some excursions are available
on RIBs, or rigid boats, which are
designed for rough conditions and produce
fewer instances of seasickness. On RIB tours
passengers are issued warm, winter survival
suits, but warm underlayers are a must.
Average life span in the wild:
Weight: lbs. (410 to 720 kg)
Did you know?
Because killer whales
in pods, they are
sometimes called the
wolves of the sea.
Polar bears are the largest species of bear in the world, and their habitat
is restricted to areas that have sea ice for a portion of the year.
In Norway, polar bears are found only on Svalbard, where they have been
protected since 1973, and their estimated population of about 3,000
outnumbers that of humans.
Whether you choose to explore Svalbard by snowmobile or from the
deck of a cruise ship, you will see breathtaking glaciers, snow-capped
mountains and abundant wildlife, in one of the most remote
settings. While a polar bear spotting guaranteed, majestic scenery
and an unforgettable experience certainly is.
VIKING JANUARY 2015