Circumnavigating Svalbard

The Ultimate Expedition

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Departure Dates
12 departures between Jul 2022 and Sep 2023
12 days

Elemental landscapes and unique wildlife

  • 12-day expedition cruise from Oslo, beginning in Longyearbyen, attempting a full circumnavigation of the Svalbard archipelago.

  • Look out for Arctic wildlife, like whales, reindeer and polar bears, as we travel deep into this beautiful, remote territory.

  • Sail through hidden channels and dramatic fjords past rugged islands, sparkling glaciers and towering mountains.

The world's edge

Your adventure begins in Oslo with a flight to Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost town. An overnight stay gives you time to explore before we attempt to cross the 80th Parallel North. Explore Svalbard's stunning nature reserves, where seabirds like Brunnich’s Guillemots and kittiwakes nest on the soaring cliffs.

Journey of discovery

Watch out for reindeer and polar bears on land, and whales and seals in the water, as we head for the fjords of Hornsund. Learn about the history of Arctic whalers and explorers as we continue to Isfjorden, before returning to Longyearbyen.

What's Included



Onboard activities

Landing activities

Route overview

We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Modern architecture in Bjørvika, Oslo

Day 1

Explore cosmopolitan Oslo

Polar bear crossing sign, Longyearbyen, Svalbard!

Day 2

Longyearbyen adventures

Expedition guests kayaking in Svalbard

Day 3-5

The wilds of Spitsbergen

Incredible views of snow-capped mountains near Murchisonfjorden

Day 6-8

Polar bears in the East

A beach at Burgerbukta, Svalbard

Day 9-10

Hornsunden and Bellsund

Encountering Svalbard reindeer

Day 11

Astonishing Isfjorden

Hiking near Longyearbyen surrounded by spectacular landscape

Day 12

Return to Longyearbyen


Our Svalbard Attempts are expeditions where we, in true expedition style, challenge the elements and the ice-edge of the Arctic Ocean, to circumnavigate this remote archipelago – in a safe way. Several alternative routes combined with our deep knowledge of the area and flexibility are key factors to giving you the most amazing experience. And if we really manage to circumnavigate Svalbard, it will be one for the books.

Included Activities

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages

Photo Credit: Espen Mills

Onboard Science Programme

Our Science Programme has one goal: to increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.

Young Explorers Programme

Welcome all young explorers


Circumnavigating Svalbard

The Ultimate Expedition