This is the reason many choose to visit the Arctic.
It does not matter if you are an enthusiastic bird watcher or more into the aquatic mammals, you will find something that intrigues you. There are many species that are seasonal wanderers and head North in the summer to feed and breed. This leads to large colonies of birds such as the puffin and guillemot, numbering in the hundreds of thousands if not millions. With some luck humpback whales, beluga or the rare blue whale make an appearance. However many head to the Arctic to see the permanent inhabitants such as reindeer, muskoxen, arctic foxes, walrus or the undeniable King of the Arctic, the polar bear. Svalbard offers some of the best-protected areas in the Arctic to experience wildlife.