Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

In the Realm of the Polar Bear

Price from
£4,858

Departure Dates
16 departures between Jun 2022 and Sep 2023
Duration
10 days

Discover incredible Arctic scenery and wildlife under the Midnight Sun

  • 10-day expedition cruise of the Svalbard archipelago. Explore Longyearbyen and North West Spitsbergen National Park on an attempt to circumnavigate Spitsbergen.

  • The Midnight Sun provides perfect light for Svalbard wildlife photography of polar bears, whales, reindeer and more.

  • Optional Pre- and Post-Programmes available from Longyearbyen to Isfjorden, spotting walrus and visiting glaciers.

Land of the polar bear

Your expedition starts in Oslo, before you fly to Longyearbyen where your expedition continues at sea. We'll sail into North West Spitsbergen National Park. Take in the stunning Arctic nature, as we scout for polar bears, Arctic foxes and Svalbard reindeer. You'll also see colonies of Brunnich’s Guillemots and kittiwakes.

Crossing the 80th Parallel North

We plan to circumnavigate Spitsbergen, and attempt to sail beyond the 80th Parallel North if conditions permit. You’ll see awe-inspiring nature and wildlife and the breathtaking Hornsund mountains, before we cruise towards stunning Isfjorden back to cosy Longyearbyen.

What's Included

Flights

Hotel

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

Kayaking the icy waters around Spitsbergen

Day 3-5

The wilds of NW Spitsbergen

Seal swimming in icy water on Svalbard.

Day 6-7

Polar bears in the East

People in small expedition boat in front of the Brepollen Glacier, Hornsund

Day 8

Beautiful Hornsunden

Stunning landscape from Isfjorden

Day 9

Astonishing Isfjorden

Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen

Day 10

Return to Longyearbyen

Attempt

This epic expedition cruise will see us attempt to find a way through the Arctic’s ever-changing sea ice and venture above the 80th parallel north. Our goal is to successfully complete a circumnavigation of the island of Spitsbergen, if the ice allows us.

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

Svalbard

Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

In the Realm of the Polar Bear