Waterproof Cruises

Yacht Expedition Svalbard

Reach places far away from where most expedition vessels are sailing and experience Svalbard in a unique and personal way.

Svalbard Expedition Yacht Experience

Our Svalbard Yacht Expeditions are especially designed to escape the crowds and experience nature in a unique way. You will be travelling with a small group of like-minded guests with whom you will uncover the wilderness of Svalbard. We intend to reach places far removed from where most expedition vessels are sailing. The flexibility of a small expediton yacht makes it possible to optimize every opportunity to show you the best of Svalbard. This is true expedition style traveling!

Shore landings on Svalbard

Shore landings are the essence of expedition cruising and being on a small yacht offers a richer experience. All guests can do a landing at the same time as there is space in the zodiacs for everyone. So instead of waiting your turn you can spend more time exploring and photographing the beauty of Svalbard. The expert guides will accompany you to explain about the natural environment and history of Svalbard, so your voyage will be a great learning experience.

Luxury yacht cruise

In expedition style travel, the luxury is in the experience. Stepping ashore with a small group means you can fully immerse yourself in the destination. You will make new friends and create life-long memories with the people you meet on board.
When cruising on a small yacht, the luxury can also be found on board. Spacious cabins and features like a sauna or hottub can be found on most expedition yachts. The experienced staff will accomodate your every need and chef-prepared meals will give you the energy to get up early and explore.

This itinerary is an example of what a yacht expedition to Svalbard could look like. All expeditions are subject to change depending on the ice, weather, and wildlife.

  • Departure from Longyearbyen

    For your expedition cruise around Svalbard, you fly to Longyearbyen where the expedition yacht will be waiting in port. Boarding takes place at the end of the afternoon. You will have some time to get comfortable and meet the crew and your fellow guests. As soon as the yacht leaves the port of Longyearbyen you find yourself in the middle of the Arctic wilderness. Peaky mountains, glaciers and ice will soon appear on the horizon, your yacht expedition cruise has begun!

    Depending on the ship and voyage of your choice, you might explore the North, West and South coasts of Svalbard. Some ships even take you on an extensive exploration around the archipelageo. These are the most in depth expeditions, reaching the least visited locations of Svalbard if the ice conditions are good.

  • Places you might visit in Svalbard:

    Isfjorden

    Departing from Longyearbyen the yacht will sail through Isfjorden, the gateway to the west coast of Svalbard. Almost the full spectrum of Svalbard's history, geology and biology can be found in this area. You will see wide coastal plains, steep glaciers and characteristic plateau-shaped mountains that are so unique to Svalbard.

    Barentsburg & Pyramiden

    There are several settlements in the Isfjorden area. During your yacht cruise you might pay a visit to Pyramiden, an abandoned Russian coal mining town, or Barentsburg the only inhabited Russian settlement in Spitsbergen.

    Alkhornet

    On the other side of Isfjorden, just before you enter the open ocean, we pass a steep mountain called Alkhornet. You might go ashore at the bottom of this enormous bird cliff. Besides many birds we often see Arctic Foxes hunting for birds and eggs, and possibly some grazing Svalbard reindeer. From here you might sail into Trygghamna, a bay with remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Russian hunting station.

  • 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 large walrus colonies 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, situated on the southern shore of Kongsfjorden. 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 northwest 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.

    Monacobreen

    The yacht will navigate through the ice floe in search of polar bears on the north coast. Monacobreen is an immense glacier reaching down into Liefdefjorden. The landscape and icebergs provide some of the most spectacular views in the whole archipelago. Continuing in Northeast directing, towards 80 degrees north, we hope to see more whales, walruses, and polar bears!

  • Nordaustlandet

    Ice permitting, we’ll resume our search for polar bears as we continue northeast to Nordaustlandet. The large island is covered by two enormous ice caps that run towards the sea with huge icebergs calving from the glacier. You might be able to take a zodiac ride along the face of the icecap that stretches for miles. Dividing the Svalbard islands of Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet is the Hinlopen Strait, often difficult to pass due to its thick pack ice. Depending on the weather and ice you might continue south through Hinlopen Strait or turn back towards the North-west of Svalbard.

    Murchisonfjorden

    Murchisonfjorden is a small fjord in the Hinlopen Strait. It holds some of Svalbard’s oldest fossils and unique historical sites, but is also famous for its walrus colonies. One of the largest and most remarkable bird colonies on the archipelago is nestled among the steep basalt and limestone cliffs.

Dates & Rates

  • MV Togo Yacht Expedition Svalbard

    Dates
    • 4th Jul - 12th Jul 2021
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices from
    Explorer Double Cabin
    8,300 EUR
    Explorer Twin Cabin
    8,300 EUR
    Basic Twin Cabin
    7,300 EUR
    Single Cabin - shared...
    6,700 EUR
  • MV Togo Yacht Expedition Svalbard

    Dates
    • 12th Jul - 26th Jul 2021
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices from
    Explorer Double Cabin
    12,900 EUR
    Explorer Twin Cabin
    12,900 EUR
    Basic Twin Cabin
    12,000 EUR
    Single Cabin - shared...
    9,200 EUR
  • MV Togo Yacht Expedition Svalbard

    Dates
    • 5th Aug - 13th Aug 2021
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices from
    Explorer Double Cabin
    8,300 EUR
    Explorer Twin Cabin
    8,300 EUR
    Basic Twin Cabin
    7,300 EUR
    Single Cabin - shared...
    6,700 EUR
  • Nanook Yacht Expedition Svalbard

    Dates
    • 5th Jun - 11th Jun 2022
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices from
    5,100 EUR
  • Explorer Yacht Expedition Svalbard

    Dates
    • 23rd Jun - 1st Jul 2022
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices from
    9,900 EUR

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