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Exploring Svalbard In Depth

Discover the beauty of Svalbard, land of pointed mountains, polar bears and walrus on a circumnavigation around Spitsbergen.

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Expedition Cruise: Svalbard In Depth

Svalbard (or Spitsbergen) is known for its pointed mountains and wide scenery of lush tundra. Jagged peaks on the west coast, formidable pack ice in the north and a Polar desert in the east. Svalbard offers a variety of landscapes and abundant wildlife including the Polar bear.

On this circumnavigation of Norway's Svalbard archipelago, you will sail along sculpted glacier fronts, through breathtakingly scenic fjords and amongst sparkling ice caps lit by the midnight sun. The wildlife watching around Svalbard is excellent with Arctic foxes, Bearded seals, walruses, Beluga whales and the ultimate wildlife encounter – the mighty Polar bear.

The further north and east that you sail, the more ice you will meet. The ice will gradually build up until you see large ice floes with seals resting on them.
You will discover hunters' shelters and other evidence of the fierce conditions endured by the early Polar pioneers. We plan to go ashore one or two times every day by Zodiac.

Scuba Diving and Snorkelling


On some departures we also offer a Polar scuba diving and Polar snorkelling option. You will be one of the few divers and snorkellers ever to witness the fascinating underwater world of these Arctic waters. Please contact us for more details on these activities.

This is a sample itinerary. Each vessel might have slightly different itineraries and each offers unique experiences. The final itinerary always depends on weather and ice conditions and wildlife behaviour. Bring a portion of flexible attitude for expedition cruising and you will have the best adventure ever! Ports of embarkation and disembarkation may differ by vessel and departure dates.

  • First Day

    Today you will be met at the airport or hotel in Longyearbyen and taken on a sightseeing tour to explore the remote outskirts and village of Longyearbyen, ‘capital’ of Spitsbergen. After a tour you will be transferred to the port in the late afternoon and board our ship. Our voyage starts with cruising out of the beautiful Isfjorden, escorted by gliding fulmars and perhaps the occasional puffin.

  • Places you may visit during the expedition

    We cruise northwards along the west coast of Spitsbergen stopping at intriguing places like Kongsfjorden or Magdalenefjorden.

    Our program will vary to take best advantage of local conditions, spontaneous opportunities and wildlife viewing. We spend time ashore walking on the lush tundra amongst the summer flowers and observing the remarkable bird cliffs near the 14th July Glacier. We will Zodiac cruise around these pristine areas, where puffins and guillemots nest between the cracks in the cliffs and bearded seals can often be seen resting on ice floes.

    We feel a sense of history at the 350-year-old remains of Dutch whaling settlements at Smeerenberg (blubber town) on Amsterdamoya and the 100-year-old relics of the famous Swedish explorer Andree, who set out from Danskoya in an unsuccessful attempt to fly a balloon to the North Pole.

  • As we work our way along the north coast, we explore places such as Woodfjorden and Liefdefjorden in search of the remarkable polar bear. Spitsbergen supports one of the world’s densest populations of these magnificent animals. From Zodiacs we enjoy magnificent views of sweeping glaciers winding their way into the sea. We may walk on smooth, raised beach terraces to a magnificent viewpoint, or hike in the mountains on the flowering tundra where reindeer graze.
    The Svalbard reindeer, an endemic subspecies, are generally not shy of humans and we hope to have some close encounters during our shore excursions. Due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream, there is an amazing variety of flora. We visit trappers’ huts of yesteryear – all the while remaining alert for wandering polar bears. We come face-to-face with the formidable pack ice of the Arctic Ocean and keep our eyes peeled for bobbing walrus feeding on clams or hauled out on the beach in wallows.

  • Along the east coast of Spitsbergen we enter a different world – a polar desert. This coast is influenced by a cold sea current from Siberia and the resulting lower temperatures mean that even in summer, frequent pack ice can make access difficult. If ice conditions allow we will pass south through the narrow Hinlopen Strait. On our walks we will be on the lookout for some of the specialist birds that live on the tundra including snow bunting and the elusive Svalbard ptarmigan. We may hike to visit nesting guillemots or cruise past active glacial fronts.

  • You may visit Alkefjellet where a series of one hundred metre high dolerite towers are home to millions of Brunnich’s guillemots, the penguins of the north, that occupy every available nook and cranny. Elsewhere we seek out Eider ducks and geese, and hope to spot Arctic fox and beautiful ivory gulls.
    As our ship passes between Spitsbergen and the smaller Barentsoya and Edgeoya we cross the main polar bear migration routes and the beautiful fertile plain of Sundeneset. The ground is richly covered with bright green mosses, a variety of delicate and colourful flowers, particularly the yellow marsh (bog) saxifrage, various mushrooms, clear bubbling streams and small tarns. We explore this beautiful terrain on foot.
    We round South Cape, Spitsbergen’s most southerly point, before continuing our journey northwards. If conditions allow, we visit the Polish research station at Isbjornhamna in Hornsund fjord where we are shown around by the base leader and walk to a spectacular colony of little auks. Several hundred thousand birds nest here, coming and going in huge swarms as they head out to sea to feed on their specialised diet of zooplankton.

  • Last day

    During the early morning we cruise back into Isfjorden before docking in Longyearbyen. After bidding farewell to newfound friends, you are transferred into the village of Longyearbyen, there’s time to explore and shop before you are transferred to the airport in the afternoon for your flight to Oslo and onward to your final destination.

*NOTE: Snorkeling & Diving activity on designated trips need a minimum of 6 participants.


Dates & Rates

  • MS Polarfront Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 2nd Oct - 11th Oct 2022
    • Embark: Lonyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Executive Suite
    9,310 EUR
    Superior Suite
    8,810 EUR
    Deluxe Suite
    8,310 EUR
  • MV Kinfish Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 12th Apr - 21st Apr 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    10,500 EUR

    Special photography voyage

  • MS Polarfront Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 26th Apr - 5th May 2023
    • Embark: Lonyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Executive Suite
    11,030 EUR
    Superior Suite
    10,440 EUR
    Deluxe Suite
    9,850 EUR
  • Greg Mortimer Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 16th May - 30th May 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    10,695 EUR
  • Ultramarine Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 18th May - 31st May 2023
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    10,550 EUR

    Up to 15% discount

  • Ultramarine Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 7th Jun - 18th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    9,750 EUR

    Up to 20% discount

  • Greg Mortimer Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 8th Jun - 19th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    10,695 EUR
  • Ocean Albatros Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 22nd Jun - 1st Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    6,290 USD
  • Ocean Adventurer Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 22nd Jun - 3rd Jul 2023
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    8,450 EUR

    Up to 25% discount

  • Sylvia Earle Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 26th Jun - 10th Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    13,395 EUR
  • Hondius Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 28th Jun - 7th Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Grand Suite private...
    10,600 EUR
    Junior Suite
    9,200 EUR
    Superior
    8,600 EUR
    Twin deluxe
    7,700 EUR
    Twin window
    7,150 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    6,650 EUR
    Triple porthole
    5,650 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    4,650 EUR

  • Ocean Albatros Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 1st Jul - 10th Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    6,490 USD
  • Janssonius Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 2nd Jul - 11th Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Grand Suite
    10,600 EUR
    Junior Suite
    9,200 EUR
    Superior
    8,600 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    7,700 EUR
    Twin Window
    7,150 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    6,650 EUR
    Triple Porthole
    5,650 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    4,650 EUR
  • Ortelius Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 4th Jul - 13th Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Superior Cabin
    8,600 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    7,700 EUR
    Twin Window
    7,150 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    6,650 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    4,650 EUR
  • Plancius Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 6th Jul - 15th Jul 2023
    Prices per person from
    Superior Cabin
    8,600 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    7,700 EUR
    Twin Window
    7,150 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    6,650 EUR
    Quadruple cabin
    4,650 EUR
  • Sea Spirit Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 6th Jul - 17th Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    7,695 EUR
  • Ocean Adventurer Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 7th Jul - 20th Jul 2023
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    10,950 EUR

    Up to 20% discount

  • Janssonius Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 11th Jul - 20th Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Grand Suite
    10,600 EUR
    Junior Suite
    9,200 EUR
    Superior
    8,600 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    7,700 EUR
    Twin Window
    7,150 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    6,650 EUR
    Triple Porthole
    5,650 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    4,650 EUR
  • Ortelius Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 13th Jul - 22nd Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Superior Cabin
    8,600 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    7,700 EUR
    Twin Window
    7,150 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    6,650 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    4,650 EUR
  • Plancius Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 15th Jul - 24th Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Superior Cabin
    8,600 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    7,700 EUR
    Twin Window
    7,150 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    6,650 EUR
    Quadruple cabin
    4,650 EUR
  • Sea Spirit Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 16th Jul - 29th Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    9,995 EUR
  • Rembrandt van Rijn Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 18th Jul - 1st Aug 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Twin Private Porthole
    7,000 EUR
    Twin Private Inside
    6,000 EUR
    Triple Private Porthole
    5,700 EUR
  • Janssonius Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 20th Jul - 29th Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Grand Suite
    10,600 EUR
    Junior Suite
    9,200 EUR
    Superior
    8,600 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    7,700 EUR
    Twin Window
    7,150 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    6,650 EUR
    Triple Porthole
    5,650 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    4,650 EUR
  • Ortelius Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 22nd Jul - 31st Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Superior Cabin
    8,600 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    7,700 EUR
    Twin Window
    7,150 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    6,650 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    4,650 EUR
  • Greg Mortimer Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 23rd Jul - 3rd Aug 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    10,695 EUR
  • Plancius Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 24th Jul - 2nd Aug 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Superior Cabin
    8,600 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    7,700 EUR
    Twin Window
    7,150 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    6,650 EUR
    Quadruple cabin
    4,650 EUR
  • Janssonius Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 29th Jul - 7th Aug 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Grand Suite
    10,600 EUR
    Junior Suite
    9,200 EUR
    Superior
    8,600 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    7,700 EUR
    Twin Window
    7,150 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    6,650 EUR
    Triple Porthole
    5,650 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    4,650 EUR
  • Ortelius Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 31st Jul - 9th Aug 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Superior Cabin
    8,600 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    7,700 EUR
    Twin Window
    7,150 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    6,650 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    4,650 EUR
  • MS Polarfront Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 1st Aug - 11th Aug 2023
    • Embark: Lonyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Executive Suite
    12,390 EUR
    Superior Suite
    11,720 EUR
    Deluxe Suite
    11,060 EUR
  • Janssonius Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 7th Aug - 16th Aug 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Grand Suite
    10,600 EUR
    Junior Suite
    9,200 EUR
    Superior
    8,600 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    7,700 EUR
    Twin Window
    7,150 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    6,650 EUR
    Triple Porthole
    5,650 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    4,650 EUR
  • Ortelius Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 9th Aug - 18th Aug 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Superior Cabin
    8,600 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    7,700 EUR
    Twin Window
    7,150 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    6,650 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    4,650 EUR
  • Plancius Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 11th Aug - 20th Aug 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Superior Cabin
    8,600 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    7,700 EUR
    Twin Window
    7,150 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    6,650 EUR
    Quadruple cabin
    4,650 EUR
  • Ortelius Exploring Svalbard in Depth

    Dates
    • 18th Aug - 27th Aug 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Superior Cabin
    8,600 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    7,700 EUR
    Twin Window
    7,150 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    6,650 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    4,650 EUR

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