Summary : Attempt to circumnavigate Svalbard and cross the 80th parallel, get closer than a few hundred miles from the Geographic North Pole, and discover Spitsbergen's national parks and nature reserves. Enjoy an active expedition with optional kayaking in the largest Arctic wilderness in Europe. Scout for walruses, whales, reindeer, and polar bears, and marvel at the spectacular beauty of Svalbard's fjords, rugged islands, immense valleys, and isolated beaches.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
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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.
After an overnight stay, join a post-lunch excursion to get to know this unique town. The mighty Arctic wilderness dominates life here, but Longyearbyen has a lively cultural life and is a prime destination for adventure travelers. Enjoy the atmosphere of this colorful frontier outpost before embarking the ship in the afternoon.
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.
If conditions allow, explore the region’s rich history.
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.
Wherever you go, the expedition team offers opportunities to join in optional ice-cruising and landing activities as you explore further north.
Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears on the archipelago – hope to spot one on this journey!
The ocean is full of drifting ice and the frozen landscape changes constantly. This is true wilderness, so the captain will work with the elements to decide where you can safely land and sail.
Aim to cross 80º N, and possibly head even further north to Sjuøyane (Seven Islands), at the extreme tip of the Svalbard archipelago. You may also sail east of Nordaustlandet to Kvitøya, before continuing towards Edgeøya, the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago.
and Bellsund Area
The expedition makes its way to the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen where Hornsund hosts a wonderfully varied landscape and geology. Ice pushed into the fjord early in the season attracts polar bears that hunt on the floes. With a bit of luck, you may spot some of these magnificent predators.
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.
As you sail back into Longyearbyen, enjoy the magnificent surrounding scenery. A transfer vehicle will take you to the airport for a night flight for early-morning arrival in Oslo.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program—including a full circumnavigation of Svalbard—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.
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.
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.
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