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Spitsbergen

An expedition cruise along Svalbard’s coast is the best way to explore its deep fjords, fantastic polar landscapes and giant glaciers and maybe even spot polar bears and other Arctic wildlife.

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Classic Svalbard Expedition Cruise

You might not expect many animals in this remote Arctic region, yet Svalbard is teeming with wildlife. Huge colonies of migratory birds, such as little auks, arctic terns and fulmars, come here each summer to breed on the steep cliffs along the shore. They attract Arctic foxes that are always on the hunt for a chick or egg that was left alone by its parents. On the tundra you might spot Svalbard reindeer, a small species of reindeer endemic to the islands. And while sailing along the coast, there are good chances to spot whales, and in places with a lot of sea ice you might find walrus or seals resting on ice-shelfs. Still, the ultimate wildlife encounter will be seeing a polar bear, especially when it's hunting on the fast ice.
On our Svalbard expedition cruises you will explore the western and, weather and ice conditions permitting, also the northern coast of this magnificent region. As you depart from Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Svalbard archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island, the spectacular arctic scenery emerges right away. The west coast of the Svalbard archipelago holds some of the most spectacular landscapes and wildlife opportunities in the Arctic. Imagine giant calving glaciers, beautiful fjords packed with sea ice and the possibility to spot polar bears at any time.
In North Svalbard we will sail through fjords that are dominated by spectacular glaciers and cliffs. The shoreline of these fjords support thriving seabird colonies and a surprisingly rich vegetation, which flourishes in sheltered spots. Sailing along the pack-ice of North Svalbard will give us the best opportunities to spot polar bears, the Kings of the Arctic.
Svalbard is great to visit from early June to the end of August. If you travel to Spitsbergen during June you have something wonderful to look foreward to. Polar bears are showing themselves as they are roaming the ice, while reindeers are grazing at the spots without snow. Walrusses take place on the pack-ice and seals frequently show their faces. Loads of Arctic birds are either finding a partner, sitting on their eggs or feeding their kids. All this is visible through the midnight sun that illuminates the day and provides a lovely temperature of 5°C (41°F)
But whenever and wherever you go on a Svalbard expedition cruise, each day will hold new adventures and experiences, from hiking the tundra in search of wildlife to zodiac rides close to giant glaciers. And the expedition team will always be on the lookout for polar bears, so make sure to keep your camera at hand in case they spot one!

"Svalbard is a destination that I will remember forever. The rugged landscape and the diversity of wildlife is fascinating. For those who are up for an adventure, you should definitely visit this spectacular archipelago."

Ingrid Vroman (the Netherlands)

Note:
Each trip might have a slightly different itinerary and offers unique experiences. We try to do as much as possible and are always ready to embrace any opportunity that occurs, but, due to safety, we can't guarantee anything. The final itinerary always depends on weather and ice conditions and wildlife behaviour. We count on your flexibility and sense of adventure throughout the expedition cruise to make this journey a success.

  • Day 1: embarkation and departure Longyearbyen

    In general your expedition cruise will start in Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world. In this tiny Arctic city the streets have no names and it's not unlikely you'll encounter reindeer crossing the road. But also polar bears are never far away. For this reason you are not allowed to leave Longyearbyen without a guide that's carrying a rifle. While in Longyearbyen, we recommend you visit the Svalbard Museum which has an interesting collection on the history of Svalbard, the mining industry and polar exploration.
    In the afternoon of the first day you will embark the ship and depart on your expedition cruise along the coast of Svalbard. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden, where we may see our first Minke whale.
    Below we have gathered some places you might visit on your Svalbard expedition cruise. On these locations you might go out for shore hikes or zodiac rides and on some expedition cruises it is even possible to go kayaking.

  • Barentsburg & Pyramiden

    There are several settlements in the Isfjorden area, two of them being Barentsburg, the only inhabited Russian settlement in Spitsbergen, and Pyramiden, an abandoned Russian coal mining settlement.

  • Bellsund fjord system

    On the southwestern coast of Svalbard we will find Bellsund, a large fjord system consisting of two branches (Van Mijenfjord and Van Keulenfjord) and two smaller bays (Recherchefjord and Fridtjofhamna). The landscape here is fascinating. In the middle of Van Mijenfjord you'll see a long narrow island called Akseløya that almost completely blocks the entrance of the fjord. There are also several glaciers in the area. The glacier Recherchebreen ends at a lagoon which is frozen most of the year, with many smaller icebergs floating around. In Fridtjofhamna we will find the calving glacier Fridtjofbreen which is surrounded by steep mountains. In the past we have spotted Beluga whales here, and also polar bears are likely to be present anywhere in the Bellsund area.

  • Prins Karls Forland & Poolepynten

    A unique location we hope to visit during this expedition cruise is Poolepynten, a 1.5 kilometer long headland on the eastern coast of the island Prins Karls Forland. This location is famous for the huge number of large walruses that often come ashore here, making it easy to admire them from close range. It's a spectacular sight to see these huge animals in their natural environment.

  • Kongsfjorden & Ny Ålesund

    We might make our way into Kongsfjorden where you will find Ny Ålesund on the southern coast and the Kronebreen glacier at the end of the inlet. Ny Ålesund is one of Svalbard's four permanent settlements. This former mining town was also the starting point for several Arctic expeditions by the famous polar explorer Roald Amundsen. There are many cultural and historical remains for you to explore, as well as a museum, post office and gift shop.

  • Smeerenburg on Amsterdamøya

    Of the northwestern coast of Svalbard there's an uninhabitat island with some remnants of Dutch history. In 1614, the island was occupied by a Dutch group of whalers on a mission to explore the whaling potential around Spitsbergen. They named it Amsterdam Island and founded the settlement Smeerenburg (Blubber Town) where they built ovens to turn blubber into whale oil which was then shipped back to Europe. In its heyday the town consisted of 17 houses and had approximately 200 inhabitants during the summer seasons. Today, pieces of wooden structures and the bases of the blubber pots are all that remains.

  • Liefdefjorden

    We may sail into Liefdefjorden, cruising near the 5 kilometer long face of the impressive Monaco Glacier. The waters of the glacier front are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of Kittiwake. As well, polar bears have been seen on the glacier, providing wonderful opportunities for photography.

  • Sjuøyane (the Seven Islands)

    We will try to reach our northernmost point at Sjuøyane (the Seven Islands), north of Nordaustlandet. Here we will be at 81 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar bear inhabit this region, along with Ivory gull. The ship may sit for several hours in the pack ice, before turning west again.

  • Last day: disembarkation in Longyearbyen

    We disembark the vessel in Longyearbyen for a flight home via Oslo or Tromsø.

Dates & Rates

  • Rembrandt van Rijn North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 15th May - 22nd May 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Twin Private Porthole
    3,500 EUR
    Twin Private Inside
    3,000 EUR
    Triple Private Porthole
    2,850 EUR

    Hike & Sail

  • Ocean Adventurer North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 27th May - 5th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    6,750 EUR
  • Ultramarine North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 30th May - 8th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    7,650 EUR

    Up to 10% discount

  • Ocean Albatros North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 1st Jun - 8th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    4,490 USD
  • Plancius North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 1st Jun - 8th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Superior Cabin
    6,250 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    5,500 EUR
    Twin Window
    5,200 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    4,800 EUR
    Quadruple cabin
    3,450 EUR
  • Hondius North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 3rd Jun - 14th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Flushing
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    2,550 EUR

    Repositioning cruise from Flushing via Scotland and Jan Mayen to Svalbard

  • Nansen Explorer North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 8th Jun - 18th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    16,000 EUR
  • Ocean Albatros North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 8th Jun - 15th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    4,590 USD
  • Rembrandt van Rijn North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 8th Jun - 18th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Twin Private Porthole
    5,000 EUR
    Twin Private Inside
    4,300 EUR
    Triple Private Porthole
    4,050 EUR
  • Plancius North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 8th Jun - 15th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Superior Cabin
    6,250 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    5,500 EUR
    Twin Window
    5,200 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    4,800 EUR
    Quadruple cabin
    3,450 EUR
  • Janssonius North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 11th Jun - 18th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Grand Suite
    7,750 EUR
    Junior Suite
    6,700 EUR
    Superior
    6,250 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    5,500 EUR
    Twin Window
    5,200 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    4,800 EUR
    Triple Porthole
    4,300 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    3,450 EUR
  • Sylvia Earle North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 13th Jun - 27th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Reykjavik
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    14,495 USD

    Route: Iceland - Jan Mayen - Svalbard

  • Hondius North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 14th Jun - 21st Jun 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Grand Suite private...
    7,750 EUR
    Junior Suite
    6,700 EUR
    Superior
    6,250 EUR
    Twin deluxe
    5,500 EUR
    Twin window
    5,200 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    4,800 EUR
    Triple porthole
    4,300 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    3,450 EUR
  • Ocean Adventurer North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 14th Jun - 23rd Jun 2023
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    6,750 EUR
  • Ocean Albatros North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 15th Jun - 22nd Jun 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    4,790 USD
  • Plancius North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 15th Jun - 22nd Jun 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Superior Cabin
    6,250 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    5,500 EUR
    Twin Window
    5,200 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    4,800 EUR
    Quadruple cabin
    3,450 EUR
  • Ortelius North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 16th Jun - 23rd Jun 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    3,450 EUR
  • Ultramarine North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 17th Jun - 26th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    7,650 EUR

    Up to 10% discount

  • Rembrandt van Rijn North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 18th Jun - 28th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Twin Private Porthole
    5,000 EUR
    Twin Private Inside
    4,300 EUR
    Triple Private Porthole
    4,050 EUR
  • Janssonius North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 18th Jun - 25th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Grand Suite
    7,750 EUR
    Junior Suite
    6,700 EUR
    Superior
    6,250 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    5,500 EUR
    Twin Window
    5,200 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    4,800 EUR
    Triple Porthole
    4,300 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    3,450 EUR
  • Hondius North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 21st Jun - 28th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Grand Suite private...
    7,750 EUR
    Junior Suite
    6,700 EUR
    Superior
    6,250 EUR
    Twin deluxe
    5,500 EUR
    Twin window
    5,200 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    4,800 EUR
    Triple porthole
    4,300 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    3,450 EUR

    South and East Spitsbergen

  • Plancius North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 22nd Jun - 29th Jun 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Superior Cabin
    6,250 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    5,500 EUR
    Twin Window
    5,200 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    4,800 EUR
    Quadruple cabin
    3,450 EUR
  • Janssonius North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 25th Jun - 2nd Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Grand Suite
    7,750 EUR
    Junior Suite
    6,700 EUR
    Superior
    6,250 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    5,500 EUR
    Twin Window
    5,200 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    4,800 EUR
    Triple Porthole
    4,300 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    3,450 EUR
  • Plancius North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 29th Jun - 6th Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Superior Cabin
    6,250 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    5,500 EUR
    Twin Window
    5,200 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    4,800 EUR
    Quadruple cabin
    3,450 EUR
  • Ocean Adventurer North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 2nd Jul - 8th Jul 2023
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    5,050 EUR

    Up to 20% discount

  • SH Vega North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 6th Jul - 13th Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    12,119 EUR

    Now up to 30% discount

  • SH Vega North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 13th Jul - 20th Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    12,119 EUR

    Now up to 30% discount

  • SH Vega North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 20th Jul - 27th Jul 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    12,119 EUR

    Now up to 30% discount

  • SH Vega North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 27th Jul - 6th Aug 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Reykjavik
    Prices per person from
    15,479 EUR

    Now up to 30% discount

    Route: Svalbard - Jan Mayen - Iceland

  • Polar Pioneer North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 28th Jul - 6th Aug 2023
    Prices per person from
    Captain's Suite
    11,300 EUR
    Mini Suite
    10,300 EUR
    Twin Private Cabin
    9,300 EUR
    Twin Public Cabin
    8,300 EUR
    Triple Cabin
    7,400 EUR
  • Janssonius North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 16th Aug - 23rd Aug 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Grand Suite
    7,750 EUR
    Junior Suite
    6,700 EUR
    Superior
    6,250 EUR
    Twin Deluxe
    5,500 EUR
    Twin Window
    5,200 EUR
    Twin Porthole
    4,800 EUR
    Triple Porthole
    4,300 EUR
    Quadruple Porthole
    3,450 EUR
  • Hondius North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 19th Aug - 27th Aug 2023
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    3,950 EUR
  • Ultramarine North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 28th Apr - 11th May 2024
    • Embark: Aberdeen
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    18,400 EUR

    Route: Scotland - Faroe Islands - Jan Mayen - West Svalbard

  • Ultramarine North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 10th May - 23rd May 2024
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    22,400 EUR
  • Ocean Adventurer North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 15th May - 21st May 2024
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    4,900 EUR
  • Ocean Adventurer North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 20th May - 29th May 2024
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    7,000 EUR
  • Ultramarine North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 22nd May - 2nd Jun 2024
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    20,700 EUR
  • Ocean Adventurer North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 28th May - 8th Jun 2024
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    8,700 EUR
  • Sylvia Earle North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 30th May - 11th Jun 2024
    • Embark: Reykjavik
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    11,695 USD

    Route: Iceland - Jan Mayen - Svalbard

  • Ultramarine North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 1st Jun - 10th Jun 2024
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    15,600 EUR
  • Ocean Adventurer North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 7th Jun - 16th Jun 2024
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    7,100 EUR
  • Ultramarine North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 9th Jun - 20th Jun 2024
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    20,700 EUR
  • Ocean Adventurer North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 15th Jun - 26th Jun 2024
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    9,200 EUR
  • Ultramarine North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 19th Jun - 28th Jun 2024
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    15,900 EUR
  • Ocean Adventurer North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 25th Jun - 1st Jul 2024
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    4,900 EUR

    Early Booking Discount 20% (excluding Triple and Solo cabins) + Pay in Full Discount 10% (valid until January 3, 2023)

  • Ocean Adventurer North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 30th Jun - 11th Jul 2024
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    9,500 EUR

    Early Booking Discount 20% (excluding Triple and Solo cabins) + Pay in Full Discount 10% (valid until January 3, 2023)

  • Ocean Adventurer North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 10th Jul - 23rd Jul 2024
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    11,900 EUR
  • Ocean Adventurer North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 22nd Jul - 31st Jul 2024
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    7,100 EUR
  • Ocean Adventurer North Svalbard

    Dates
    • 30th Jul - 10th Aug 2024
    • Embark: Helsinki
    • Disembark: Helsinki
    Prices per person from
    9,500 EUR

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