Spitsbergen Highlights - Expedition in Brief

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  • Spitsbergen
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Tour Description

Discover the highlights of Spitsbergen on this exciting 7-day Arctic adventure. Cruise along the west coast in search of wildlife and through the pack ice to 80°N, to a walrus sanctuary on Moffen Island. Encounter dramatic calving glaciers, deep fjords and towering cliffs littered with birds. Visit abandoned whaling settlements and mining settlements. We may see whales and seals, Svalbard reindeer and maybe the most iconic of Arctic wildlife - the majestic polar bear. 

*Please note that there will be 3 different ships doing this itinerary.

**Mandatory Transfer Package applies. Please contact us for further information.


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Cruise along the west coast and observe walruses on Moffen Island.

Discover the stunning capital of Norway before starting your cruise.

Go on a guided walk and learn more about the Arctic environment.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Oslo, Norway

Your arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and green spaces to keep you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.

Day 2
Oslo Embarkation in Longyearbyen

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, where you’ll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy great vistas of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this historic town.

Day 3-6
Exploring Spitsbergen

You’ll sail around the shores of this magical island, constantly searching for polar bears and other natural wonders. Covering western Spitsbergen, your expedition will afford ample opportunities to view immense glaciers, deep fjords, soaring mountains and unique flora and fauna. Sailing north into Krossfjord, have your camera handy, ready to capture some of the best glacier calvings in Spitsbergen. Deep in the fjord, the highly active Lilliehöök Glacier awaits. Listen in awe to the growling as big chunks break off into the icy waters below. A Zodiac excursion to nearby Ny London, an abandoned mining settlement, provides an ideal place for a guided walk. Encounters with wildlife, such as the indigenous Svalbard reindeer, are possible here.
After cruising overnight, wake up to the stunning sight of the magnificent Monaco Glacier, another prolific iceberg producer. To make this even more thrilling, help your Expedition Team to scan the shorelines and ice edge for marine mammals. Possible landing sites include Texas Bar, Worsleyneset and the Andoyane Islands (where polar bears have been known to roam). At 80°N, you’ll reach a walrus sanctuary on the tiny, crescent-shaped Moffen Island. Watching from the water as large groups of these lumbering giants jockey for space is an unforgettable experience, so be ready with your binoculars.
At Smeerenburg you can see the remains of an abandoned settlement that was established by Dutch whalers nearly 400 years ago. Here, at one of Europe’s most northerly outposts, you’ll have time to explore ashore and learn about Spitsbergen’s whaling history. Afterwards, cruising to Magdalenafjord rewards you with panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains and massive glaciers reflected in the crystal-clear waters.
During the last full day of your arctic adventure, you may visit the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, home of the world’s northernmost brewery. We hope to round out the day in Alkehornet, taking in the towering cliffs teeming with nesting seabirds, such as fulmars and Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres). Encounters with reindeer might be possible here too. Later, in the evening, swap stories with your shipmates and crew one last time, at the captain’s dinner.

Day 7
Disembark in Longyearbyen Oslo

The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Shipboard accommodation
  • Included Copy 7 One night’s pre-expedition hotel night at Oslo airport hotel
  • Included Copy 20 All meals whilst on-board including snacks
  • Included Copy 20 Beer and wine during dinner
  • Included Copy 20 Free coffee and tea
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All shore excursions and zodiac cruising (*excluding forward facing zodiac)
  • Included Copy 20 Guiding and lectures by the expedition team
  • Included Copy 20 English-speaking expedition team
  • Included Copy 20 Free use of rubber boots on land
  • Included Copy 20 Wind and water resistant expedition jacket
  • Included Copy 20 All Port taxes
  • Included Copy 7 Charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
  • Included Copy 7 Arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen
  • Included Copy 7 Charter flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo
  • Included Copy 7 Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
  • Included Copy 7 Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Included Copy 7 Travel Insurance
  • Included Copy 7 Personal expenses such as laundry, on-board communication
  • Included Copy 7 Gratuities for the crew
  • Included Copy 7 Optional Activities whilst on-board
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