Spitsbergen & Polar Bears

an Arctic Adventure (Wednesday to Monday)

Price from
$2,536

Departure Dates
16 departures between May 2023 and Aug 2023
Duration
6 days

Cruise Overview

The landscapes and wildlife of the Arctic

  • 6-day Arctic expedition cruise of Svalbard archipelago on our vintage-style ship MS Nordstjernen, getting close to glaciers, mountains and fjords.

  • Look out for Arctic wildlife, including reindeer, whales and polar bears, as we cruise the northwest corner of Spitsbergen.

  • Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Arctic Ocean as we tour the archipelago under the Midnight Sun – this is Arctic travel at its very best.

Join us on an expedition to Spitsbergen for the chance to see towering glaciers, dramatic mountain formations and polar bears under the midnight sun. 

The town on top of the world 

Your adventure starts in the unique town of Longyearbyen, located right at the edge of an arctic wilderness. Enjoy a guided tour that includes visits to the Svalbard Museum before taking in the rugged beauty of the Isfjord on a scenic cruise. Prepare to see stunning glacier fronts, Arctic wildlife and historic landmarks. You’ll also learn about the history and culture of the people who first discovered Svalbard.

Where beauty and history combine 

Your Captain and Expedition Team will decide which parts of Spitsbergen’s fabled North West Corner we’ll explore. We’ll attempt to land at Magdalenefjord. Framed by spectacular views of jagged mountain peaks and glaciers, you’ll be setting foot on an island with fascinating explorer and whaling history. If the conditions are favourable, we plan to sail above 80° North, bringing you within 600 nautical miles of the North Pole.  

Dramatic fjords and glaciers 

We plan to explore Kongsfjorden, also known as King’s Bay, the largest fjord on the Northwest coast of Spitsbergen. You might get to see glaciers calving into the sea as we enter the fjord and, with luck, polar bears as they trek along the coast’s drifting ice on the hunt for seals. Your expedition will end where it all started in Longyearbyen.

Itinerary

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

Discover Longyearbyen

Day 1

Stunning Isfjorden

Day 2

The wilds of Spitsbergen

Day 3

The fjords of Svalbard

Day 4

Birdlife in Kongsfjorden

Day 5

Return to Longyearbyen

Day 6

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 5-day expedition cruise.

Hotel

  • One night at the hotel in Longyearbyen before the expedition cruise, including light dinner, breakfast and lunch 

Transfers

  • Transfer from the airport to hotel in Longyearbyen 
  • 3 hours Sightseeing in Longyearbyen incl. Museum and Camp Barentz, ending at the pier 
  • Transfer between ship and Longyearbyen airport 

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner  
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to and streaming is not supported. When in Svalbard, there is no Wi-Fi or mobile coverage except in Longyearbyen. 

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come 

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Svalbard 
  • Loan of trekking poles and thermal suits for activities

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

Special offers

Expedition exclusive cost savings and rare opportunities.

* Certain offers may not be combinable, up to two savings opportunities except where noted otherwise

Included Programmes

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

Ships on this expedition

Take a closer look at our ships typically used on this expedition