Nestled in the dramatic Barents Sea, Bear Island, Norway is unlike any other destination. Instead of vibrant streets, restaurants, hotels, and friendly smiles, you are generously greeted by massive jaded cliffs, which echo the exotic sounds of the call of the wild. The island’s deserted landscape is home to such unique wildlife; so rare, it seems as though you have traveled to another planet. Get up close to the arctic fox and various species of birds that can be seen frolicking nearby. The sea is also a nature lover’s dream for observing the striking sights of whales, walruses, fish, and even seals; however, you may even see a polar bear lurking in the distance. If you are looking for a remote paradise overflowing with unique sites and untouched landscapes, Bear Island is the place for you. It is a location filled with natural wonders and mysterious rock formations so spectacular; you cannot escape the mystical atmosphere that prevails over this arctic wonderland.
Located halfway between the North Pole and Arctic Circle, Bear Island (also called Bjørnøya) is the southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago in Norway. The island is mainly accessible by boat and it became a major whaling, fishing, and mining ground since its first exploration in the 1500s. The only inhabitants here are a small group of people working at the island’s weather station. Bear Island, whose name originated from the first observations of polar bears, is visited by tourists who are interested in exploring its bizarre characteristics of an alfresco setting, peculiar views of flora and fauna, and fascinating creatures.
Bear Island experiences a polar tundra climate. During the warmest season (June-September), the weather averages from the high 50s to a low of 41°F. In the coldest season (December-April), the temperatures vary from a high within the 20s to a low of 2°F.