One of Svalbard's largest fjords, on the west coast of Spitsbergen
Isfjorden is the second-largest fjord in Svalbard at 66 miles long. An important anchorage and shelter from the earliest times of human habitation here, most of the largest settlements on Spitsbergen have grown up along its shore, including the largest, Longyearbyen.
Another key attribute of this fjord is that it very rarely ices up, thanks to the warm current of the Gulf Stream that is able to enter the fjord from the west. This not only makes it attractive to human settlers, but also for the wildlife that can't feed under fast ice.
Zodiac trips over the calm waters are a highlight, and your guides will be looking for seals and polar bears which hunt them - both are frequently seen around the shoreline.
Interesting facts about Svalbard Isfjorden
Our expert guide says: 'Isfjorden offers the chance to see both the human and the wildlife that call Spitsbergen home. Longyearbyen is the largest settlement on the whole archipelago with a permanent population of over 2,300 - although the average time people stay here is only 6 years! Landings might not be possible depending on polar bear activity, but your guides will get you as close as it is safe to be.'
Pictures of Svalbard Isfjorden
Our trips to Svalbard Isfjorden