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SVALBARD POLAR BEAR EXPEDITION

Exclusive Expedition Cruise with only 12 Guests on board a luxury expedition ship.

Book now for summer 2025!

Start/end: Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Departures 2025:
• 19 Jun - 28 Jun 2025 (10 days)
• 28 Jun - 13 Jul 2025 (16 days) - FULL
• 13 Jul - 24 Jul 2025 (12 days)

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Svalbard Expedition Cruise - In Search of Polar Bears

Join our special Waterproof Signature Expedition Cruise to Svalbard. A quest for polar bears and the best photographic opportunities. Guided by our most experienced Expedition Leader, Rinie van Meurs. Travelling with a small group of only 12 guests offers a rich and personal experience unlike any other!

Book now for summer 2025!

19 Jun - 28 Jun 2025 (10 days)
• Starting from € 12.600 pp in a Superior Suite

13 Jul - 24 Jul 2025 (12 days)
• Starting from € 15.500 pp in a Superior Suite

Highlights of our Svalbard Expedition

• Small group of only 12 guests on board!

• Luxury polar yacht Explorer

• Two expert guides/photographers

• Beste chances for seeing Polar Bears

• Personal & in depth experience

• Incredible wildlife photography

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Highlights of this Svalbard Expedition Cruise

• Maximum 12 guests!
• Luxury polar yacht Explorer
• True expedition style travel
• Good chances to see wildlife
• Great photography
• Expedition leader Rinie van Meurs

Each yacht expedition is different, depending on the ship and departure of your choice. A unique and personal experience you share only with a small group of fellow guests. 
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.

    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 base 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.

  • Kvitøya - North East Svalbard

    Our 12-day Circumnavigation of Svalbard Expedition Cruise will take you even further to the north east of Svalbard. Our objective is to reach Kvitøya which is almost completely covered by an ice cap. The island is inaccessible to non-polar ships or those carrying more than 200 passengers. It is the easternmost island of the Svalbard archipelago and can only be reached 1 to 2 months a year due to the ice pack that surrounds it. Polar bears and walruses are the most regular visitors of Kvitøya, combined with its history of polar exploration and whaling make this island a secret, remote and mythical place.

  • Disembarkation

    On the last day of our voyage you disembark in the morning after breakfast and say farewell to the crew and guides. You will be able to fly back home or extend your stay in Longyearbyen.

More dates and voyages available upon request.

Dates & Rates

  • MS Polarfront Svalbard Nature & Wildlife Expedition

    Dates
    • 25th May - 3rd Jun 2024
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Executive Suite
    11,500 EUR
    Superior Suite
    10,200 EUR
    Deluxe Suite
    9,800 EUR

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  • MS Polarfront Svalbard Nature & Wildlife Expedition

    Dates
    • 3rd Jun - 13th Jun 2024
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Executive Suite
    12,000 EUR
    Superior Suite
    10,800 EUR
    Deluxe Suite
    10,400 EUR

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  • MS Polarfront Svalbard Nature & Wildlife Expedition

    Dates
    • 22nd Jun - 1st Jul 2024
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    9,800 EUR

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  • MV Explorer Svalbard Nature & Wildlife Expedition

    Dates
    • 19th Jun - 28th Jun 2025
    Prices per person from
    Executive Suite
    13,900 EUR
    Single Deluxe Suite
    13,100 EUR
    Superior Suite
    12,600 EUR
    Single Cabin
    12,600 EUR

    Special photography voyage with polar photography expert Rinie van Meurs

  • MV Explorer Svalbard Nature & Wildlife Expedition

    Dates
    • 13th Jul - 24th Jul 2025
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices per person from
    Executive Suite
    16,500 EUR
    Single Deluxe Suite
    15,800 EUR
    Superior Suite
    15,500 EUR
    Single Cabin
    15,300 EUR

    Special photography voyage with polar photography expert Rinie van Meurs

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