Covering an area similar to the size of Ireland, this island set in the Arctic Ocean is a hidden snow covered gem. Located halfway between Tromso and the North Pole within Svalbard's archipelago, Spitsbergen holidays offer a unique experience. During the summer, witness the midnight sun above rugged mountains, vast ice fields, mighty glaciers and the spectacular coastline that overlooks endless icefjords. During the first part of the winter, the sun sits six degrees below the horizon, offering all-day darkness and a very good chance of seeing the northern lights. As winter blends into spring, the days begin to get longer and through the thawing snow flowers appear, offering a magnificent landscape where reindeer, polar foxes and even polar bears roam freely.