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Spitsbergen – In the Realm of the Polar Bear

Arctic Svalbard Cruise Information

Summary : Journey near the 80th parallel and get closer than a few hundred miles from the Geographic North Pole on an exciting adventure to Northwest Spitsbergen National Park. Enjoy expedition landings, hikes, and other activities in the largest Arctic wilderness in Europe. Scout for seals, walruses, whales, reindeer, and polar bears, and discover the spectacular beauty of Svalbard's fjords, rugged islands, immense valleys, and isolated beaches.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking


Prices from
$5,782 to $7,599

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Day 1
Oslo, Norway / Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Before your included evening flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, spend the day in the museums, parks and cafés of Norway’s capital city. When you arrive in Svalbard, you'll discover an entirely different world—a small town perched on the edge of vast Arctic tundra. Transfer to your hotel and overnight.

Day 2
Longyearbyen / Embarkation

Join an exciting excursion after lunch to get to know this frontier town. The mighty Arctic wilderness dominates life here, but Longyearbyen maintains a lively cultural life and is considered a prime destination for adventure travelers worldwide. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this colorful outpost before embarking your ship.

Day 3 – 8
Northwest Spitsbergen National Park

Spitsbergen´s northwestern corner is strewn with rugged islands, beautiful fjords and isolated beaches. It is also the site of spectacularly scenic Northwest Spitsbergen National Park.

This is true wilderness: the captain works with the elements to create the best itinerary for your expedition cruise.

You might visit Kongsfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, where mighty glaciers calve icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountains. Another possibility is Ny-Ålesund, an international research center hosting a picturesque mix of old and new buildings.

You may also call on the Magdalenafjorden and Gravneset areas, where you may get the chance to bathe in the sea and earn a rare Arctic swimming certificate. Wherever you explore, the expedition team offers opportunities to join in landings, ice-cruising, and more.

Day 9
The Isfjord

Sail into and explore Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard, to admire immense valleys carved out of the mountains by giant glaciers that covered the area some 10,000 years ago. Watch for the region’s rich population of Svalbard reindeer.

Day 10
Longyearbyen, Svalbard / Disembarkation / Oslo, Norway

As you arrive back in Longyearbyen, admire the magnificent scenery surrounding this Arctic outpost just a few hundred miles from the geographic North Pole. Transfer to the airport for your included night flight. Arrive early in the morning in Oslo.


Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Travel Insurance:
This shipping company recommends that all passengers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your trip investment from unexpected events such as cancellations, delays, and medical emergencies. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for polar trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage, and personal property. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Multilingual Departures: English/German (All Departures)

Explorer Science Program: Included
Participate in lectures, activities, and current research to cultivate greater knowledge about the regions explored. 

Optional Activities:
From kayaking to glacier traversing, there are several supplemented activities to choose from. Some are pre-bookable. Most are booked once on board. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details and rates.


Economy round-trip flight between Oslo and Longyearbyen; one pre-cruise hotel night in Longyearbyen including breakfast and lunch before the cruise; transfer in Longyearbyen airport/pier and pier/airport including an excursion before the cruise, shipboard accommodations; Wi-Fi (limited access; streaming not supported); landings and activities onboard and ashore; professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities; Explorer Science program; introductory photography lecture; expedition logbook; gear to keep (wind- and water-resistant jacket); gear on loan (waterproof rubber boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities); meals onboard the ship; house beer and wine during lunch and dinner; sodas, mineral water, tea, and coffee. Subject to change without notice.

Expedition Suites include a separate check-in; welcome package on embarkation day; room service from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; minibar replenishment; fleece blanket/throw; espresso maker; turn-down service; and laundry service. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
International flights; travel protection plan (highly recommended); luggage handling; optional excursions with local partners and small-group adventures such as kayaking with expedition team; gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.

PHOTOS: © Linda Drake, © Andrea Klaussner, © Hurtigruten

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