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Explorer

Most refined small ship cruising experience

Explorer sailing in the ice near Svalbard
© Florian Ledoux

Polar yacht Explorer was originally built in 1994 as an oceanographic research vessel. It has been renovated to reduce its impact on the environment and redesigned the interior. The spacious, refurbished polar yacht now offers the most comfortable and refined small ship cruising experience in the Arctic. Explorer is served by a crew of 8 people, among them a hotel manager and 2 experienced expeditions guides. With only 12 guests on board it will feel like you are on a private expedition!

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Why we love Explorer

  • Only 12 guests onboard
  • Spacious lounge with large windows
  • Luxury bathrooms and modern interior
  • Multiple observation decks
  • Jacuzzi & sauna

Onboard Explorer, there’s a spacious panoramic lounge with large windows where you can relax and attend our guides’ lectures. A hot sauna and jacuzzi are available to unwind after an exciting polar day. The various observaton decks offer great opportunites to photograph the incredible scenery, or you can spend time on the bridge, the ideal places to scan the horizon looking for wildlife. From the bridge you have direct access to the aft deck so you can quickly head out when animals have been spotted. The ship has 2 zodiacs, meaning there will only be 6 guests plus 1 guide per zodiac.

The Explorer offers place for a maximum of 12 guests and is fitted with 9 comfortable suites ranging from 14 to 17 square metre. On the upper deck, there are 2 dedicated Single Suites for solo travellers and 2 Executive Suites with floor-to-ceiling windows. On the lower deck there are 2 Superior Suites and 3 Single Deluxe suites. Each of these rooms has windows or portholes and the beds can be used as double or seperated twins.

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Accommodation

On board Explorer, we believe exploration should be paired with exceptional comfort. All cabins have been thoughtfully designed and furnished with the essential amenities that will make you feel comfortable during your trip.

Executive Suite

The Executive Suites are located on the upper deck and have large floor to ceiling windows and direct access to the o...

Executive Suite

The Executive Suites are located on the upper deck and have large floor to ceiling windows and direct access to the outside deck. The interior is a harmonious blend of modern Scandinavian design and cozy ambiance, the ultimate choice for discerning travelers.

Specifications:

  • Spacious suite
  • Double bed
  • Luxury bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Desk with chair
  • Floor to ceiling window
  • Situated on the upper deck
  • Direct access to outside deck

Superior Suites

Our Superior Suites are located on the lower deck. They have two porthole windows and combine comfort with the spirit...

Superior Suites

Our Superior Suites are located on the lower deck. They have two porthole windows and combine comfort with the spirit of exploration.

Specifications:

  • Comfortable suites
  • Double bed or twin beds
  • Luxury bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Porthole windows
  • Situated on the lower deck

Single Deluxe Suite

Experience the pinnacle of solo travel in your own suite for private use. These cabins are located on the lower deck ...

Single Deluxe Suite

Experience the pinnacle of solo travel in your own suite for private use. These cabins are located on the lower deck and reserved for single travellers. You will have two beds which can be set up as twins or as a double bed.

Specifications:

  • For single travellers
  • Comfortable suite for private use
  • Double or twin beds
  • Luxury bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Porthole windows
  • Situated on the lower deck

Single Cabin

Located on the upper deck, these cabins are perfect for guests traveling solo. Featuring a single bed, and private ba...

Single Cabin

Located on the upper deck, these cabins are perfect for guests traveling solo. Featuring a single bed, and private bathroom.

Specifications:

  • Comfortable cabin for single travellers
  • Single bed
  • Bathroom
  • Seating area
  • Picture window
  • Situated on the upper deck

Facilities

Jacuzzi on deck

During the evening hours you can heat up in the outdoor jaccuzi on the upper deck. During Norwegian winter you might ...

Jacuzzi on deck

During the evening hours you can heat up in the outdoor jaccuzi on the upper deck. During Norwegian winter you might even spot the northern lights while relaxing in the hot water!

Sauna

You will find our cozy sauna on the upper deck, right next to the jaccuzi. It has a big window, so you can enjoy the ...

Sauna

You will find our cozy sauna on the upper deck, right next to the jaccuzi. It has a big window, so you can enjoy the scenery while relaxing.

Lounge Area

Experience the Arctic scenery from the comfort of the lounge. With its panoramic windows and comfortable seating area...

Lounge Area

Experience the Arctic scenery from the comfort of the lounge. With its panoramic windows and comfortable seating areas, the lounge offers an unparalleled view of the fjords. Sip on a cocktail or enjoy a warm beverage as you gaze upon nature’s mesmerizing display.
During the evening hours, our guides will an educational lecture program about
wildlife, nature, research and other interesting topics.

Dining Area

Savour the flavours of the Arctic and beyond with fresh meals served 3 times per day. The chef offers a diverse menu,...

Dining Area

Savour the flavours of the Arctic and beyond with fresh meals served 3 times per day. The chef offers a diverse menu, blending local ingredients with international cuisines. Coffee, tea and water are available throughout the day and you will often find a nice snack in the afternoon. With its warm ambiance and expansive ocean views, every meal becomes a memorable dining experience on board Explorer.

Open Bridge

The bridge is a great place if you like taking your...

Open Bridge

The bridge is a great place if you like taking your binoculars to scout the horizon for wildlife. You are nearly always welcome on the bridge of Explorer. Please remember that the bridge is a working place. When in port or during rough weather, the bridge might be closed to visitors.

Viewing Decks

Outside you’ll find several spacious decks at various levels. The multiple viewing decks will always offer you ...

Viewing Decks

Outside you’ll find several spacious decks at various levels. The multiple viewing decks will always offer you a good spots for photographing wildlife and the beautifull scenery surrounding the ship.

Dates & rates

Winter Whales of Norway

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales
Dates and duration
22 Oct - 28 Oct 2024 7 days
Explorer 12 passengers

From € 5900 per person
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Winter Whales of Norway

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales
Dates and duration
28 Oct - 03 Nov 2024 7 days
Explorer 12 passengers

From € 5900 per person
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Winter Whales of Norway

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales
Dates and duration
03 Nov - 09 Nov 2024 7 days
Explorer 12 passengers

From € 5900 per person
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Photography Expedition Svalbard

Guided by Expedition Leader Rinie van Meurs
Dates and duration
19 Jun - 28 Jun 2025 10 days
Explorer 12 passengers

From € 12600 per person
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Photography Expedition Svalbard

Guided by Expedition Leader Rinie van Meurs
Dates and duration
28 Jun - 13 Jul 2025 16 days
Explorer 12 passengers

From € 22800 per person
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Photography Expedition Svalbard

Guided by Expedition Leader Rinie van Meurs
Dates and duration
13 Jul - 24 Jul 2025 12 days
Explorer 12 passengers

From € 15300 per person
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Winter Whales of Norway

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales
Dates and duration
28 Oct - 03 Nov 2025 7 days
Explorer 12 passengers

From € 5900 per person
More info
Winter Whales of Norway

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales
Dates and duration
03 Nov - 09 Nov 2025 7 days
Explorer 12 passengers

From € 5900 per person
More info
Winter Whales of Norway

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales
Dates and duration
09 Nov - 15 Nov 2025 7 days
Explorer 12 passengers

From € 5900 per person
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Winter Whales of Norway

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales
Dates and duration
15 Nov - 21 Nov 2025 7 days
Explorer 12 passengers

From € 5900 per person
More info