Nellie Huang of Wild Junket says: "For hard-core adventurers, head to Spitsbergen, located just some 900 km south of the North Pole. The exhilaration of sighting polar bear as they roam the ice in search of food, watching the playful activities of grey seals or observing a group of walrus are just some of the highlights of the area."
Intrigued? For more inspiration, check out the current issue of Viking. Canadian travel writer Colleen Friesen's feature, "Of Sled Dogs and King Crabs," will convince you to get off out of your comfort zone and experience winter in Norway's Arctic regions.