Circumnavigating Spitsbergen – In the realm of the Polar Bear

Price from $9,427

Departure Dates
5 departures between Jun 2023 and Sep 2023
9 days

Cruise Overview

Join us as for a full circumnavigation of Spitsbergen, taking in mighty glaciers, peaceful fjords, and Arctic wildlife under the enchanting Midnight Sun.

10-day expedition cruise of the Svalbard archipelago in an attempt to circumnavigate Spitsbergen

Land of the polar bear

Starting from Oslo, you‘ll fly to Longyearbyen, where your adventure continues at sea. We then sail into Northwest Spitsbergen National Park. Take in the stunning Arctic scenery as we scout for polar bears, Arctic foxes, and Svalbard reindeer. You’ll also have the chance to see colonies of Brünnich’s guillemot 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, along with the breathtaking Hornsund mountains, before we cruise toward stunning Isfjord and back to cozy Longyearbyen.


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

Explore cosmopolitan Oslo

Day 1

Longyearbyen adventures

Day 2

Expedition days

Day 3-5

Exploring the east

Day 6-7

Beautiful Hornsund

Day 8

Astonishing Isfjord

Day 9

Return to Longyearbyen

Day 10


On this epic expedition cruise, we will 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 circumnavigate the island of Spitsbergen, ice permitting.

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 9-day expedition cruise.


  • Flights in economy class between Oslo and Longyearbyen


  • All transfers in Oslo and Longyearbyen include an excursion with lunch before the expedition cruise


  • Overnight stay in Oslo before the expedition cruise, including light dinner and breakfast

Expedition Cruise

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages* in the Aune restaurant

  • The Lindstrøm À la carte restaurant is included for suite guests (on MS Fram only)

  • Complimentary tea and coffee

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board†

  • Complimentary reusable water bottle

  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore

  • Range of included activities

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water

†Please note that Wi-Fi and phone reception are very limited in the remote areas where we travel and streaming is not supported. When in Svalbard, there is no Wi-Fi or cell coverage, except in Longyearbyen.

Onboard activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team

  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library, and advanced biological and geological equipment

  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects.

  • Our onboard professional photographer will give photography tips and teach techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife photos.

  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna with a view, and a gym.

  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)

  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities

  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket

  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you.


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions

  • Excursions and activities are subject to change

  • Please ensure you meet all entry and boarding requirements

  • No gratuities are expected

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Travel protection

  • Baggage handling

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

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