Summary : Experience Northwest Spitsbergen National Park; explore rugged islands, beautiful fjords, and isolated beaches; and learn about the region's rich whaling heritage. Visit South Spitsbergen National Park and Bellsund, and attempt a landing on Bjørnøya (Bear Island). 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 dramatic bird cliffs of Norway's North Cape. Your journey ends in colorful Tromsø, Norway.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$6,391 to $10,066
Before your flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, check out the urban amenities of Norway´s capital. Your arrival in Longyearbyen reveals an entirely different world, a colorful small town perched on the edge of Arctic wilderness. Enjoy the museum and choose among several bars and restaurants. Transfer to your hotel and overnight.
After an overnight stay, join a post-lunch excursion to get to know Longyearbyen, a prime destination for adventure travelers worldwide. Enjoy the singular atmosphere of this colorful frontier outpost before embarking the ship in the afternoon.
Spitsbergen’s northwest corner is scattered with islands, fjords and beaches. Pioneering explorers and hardy whalers were the first to set foot here. Today, the captain and crew will respect the power of nature and work with the elements to ensure a safe and exciting itinerary.
Hope to land and see whaling settlements, or visit Kongsfjorden, considered one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea. The former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund is another possible destination. It is now an international research center with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings.
In the Magdalenafjorden and Gravneset areas, you may get the chance to bathe in the sea and earn a rare Arctic swimming certificate. There will also be exciting landings and optional scenic kayaking opportunities.
Head south to the Bellsund area, followed by Hornsund with its wonderful varied landscape and geology. On a clear day, you might even see the amazing Hornsundtind, 4,700 feet above sea level. Scout for polar bears throughout the day.
This isolated island is said to host the largest concentration of sea birds in the Northern Hemisphere, as well as polar bears. In the north part of the island is Bjørnøya weather station, which provides vital data to scientists worldwide. The wind and weather conditions will determine today's adventure.
In the early morning, sail past the North Cape. Here you can take a steep hike up to the cape starting in Hornvika, or to visit the cape by bus from Skarsvåg. The ship will continue to Gjesvær, where the excursion participants will reboard. Next, sail past Gjesværstappan, a bird cliff which is home to one of the largest seabird colonies in Norway.
Your expedition cruise will end in colorful Tromsø, often referred to as the “Gateway to the Arctic.” In the early days, the town was full outfitters, hunters, and dreamers who left their loved ones behind to seek their fortune in the far north, and much of that pioneer spirit remains.
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 one-way flight Oslo/Longyearbyen; one pre-cruise hotel night in Longyearbyen including breakfast and lunch; all transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion before the voyage; 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, 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