Circumnavigating Svalbard -The Ultimate Expedition

From Oslo to Oslo
  • All Arctic Cruises
  • Spitsbergen
  • Expedition
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Discover the remote, untouched wilderness and incredible wildlife of the spectacular Svalbard archipelago as you attempt to circumnavigate Spitsbergen

The edge of the world; Your adventure begins in Oslo with a flight to Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost town. An overnight stay gives you time to explore before we attempt to cross the 80th parallel north. Explore Svalbard’s stunning nature reserves where seabirds such as Brünnich’s guillemots and kittiwakes nest on the soaring cliffs.

On land, be sure to keep an eye out for reindeer and the elusive polar bear, and at sea, you’ll catch sight of whales and seals as we head for the fjords of Hornsund. Learn about the history of Arctic whalers and explorers as we continue to Isfjord before returning to Longyearbyen.

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See beautiful fjords, glaciers, and icebergs in the pristine Arctic wilderness, perhaps even opt to go for a kayak through the arctic waters

Summertime offers good chances of sighting polar bears hunting on the sea ice, plus walrus, Arctic foxes and Svalbard reindeer

Attempt to sail above 80°N and fully circumnavigate the entire archipelago, enjoying zodiac cruises and shore landings along the way

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Fly Oslo to Longyearbyen

Explore cosmopolitan Oslo
Enjoy time in Oslo before flying to Svalbard

Your expedition begins in Oslo, Norway’s fjord-side capital. If you have time before your flight, head out to explore the city center.

With its rich history and fashionable art scene, Oslo is a fascinating city. You’ll find museums, galleries, and breathtaking architecture – including the beautiful Opera House and new Munch Museum.

Take a stroll in the Ekebergparken Sculpture Park or relax in a floating sauna. Explore modern Sørenga and enjoy urban beach life, or try New Nordic cuisine before flying out to Longyearbyen in the Svalbard archipelago.

NOTE: We recommend you arrive Oslo at least 1 day prior to departure. Flight times to Longyearbyen are not confirmed until closer to travel.

Day 2
Embarkation in Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen adventures
Explore the town at the top of the world

After breakfast, it’s time to explore the world’s northernmost town, a colorful frontier settlement where people are outnumbered by snowmobiles.

Longyearbyen is perfect for exploring on foot. Stroll down the main street and you might see Svalbard reindeer pass by. Although wild, they’re curious and gentle. Admire the polar bear–inspired art or visit the North Pole Expedition Museum.

Before boarding your ship in the afternoon and continuing your Arctic journey, join an included excursion after lunch, or try an optional electric bike, dog-sledding, or hiking tour.

Day 3-5
North West Spitsbergen National Park

Expedition days
Experience pristine Arctic wilderness

Over the next three days, you’ll explore the natural beauty and rugged tundra of Northwest Spitsbergen National Park. Surrounded by steep mountains, stark glaciers, and beautiful offshore islands, we’ll scan for Arctic animals, including whales, seals, walruses, and reindeer. If we’re really lucky, we might even see the elusive polar bear hunting on the ice. In stunning Kongsfjord, you may see glaciers calving into the sea.

Be ready for adventure: we’ll seize any opportunity to launch our kayaks or set out in our small boats (RIB) to go ashore and hike or participate in a beach cleanup.

Day 6-8
Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve

Exploring the east
Scouting for polar bears, seabirds, and walruses

The frozen seascape of eastern Svalbard is home to the archipelago’s largest population of polar bears. Over the next three days, you’ll explore the area with your Expedition Team on exhilarating landings, hikes, and kayaking trips. In true expedition style, our exact route will depend on the day’s conditions.

We might cross the 80th parallel north through the Hinlopen Strait, scouting for walruses and colonies of Brünnich’s guillemots, gulls, and kittiwakes along the way. Or learn about Svalbard’s exploration heritage in Freemansundet and Kapp Lee. We may also take our small boats (RIB) to Edgeøya or Barentsøya for landings.

Day 9-10
Hornsund and Bellsund

Hornsund and Bellsund
Majestic glaciers, birds, and pioneer history

Your expedition cruise continues south toward Hornsund – one of Svalbard’s most beautiful fjords. Rich, colorful vegetation transforms into towering mountains along this picturesque waterway. Head out to the deck to spot seals and whales, admire Mount Hornsundtind, and watch glaciers calving into the sea.

Then we head to snow-capped Bellsund, whose cliffs are home to large colonies of auks, guillemots, and northern fulmars, while Arctic foxes and Svalbard reindeer can be found below. Look out for the early mining settlements here and learn about Wanny Woldstad, the first female trapper.

Day 11
Isfjord

Astonishing Isfjord
Witness living history and ecology

Our Svalbard circumnavigation continues into Isfjord’s lush fjord system, where you’ll see immense, glacier-carved valleys rich in wildlife, vegetation, and human history.

To the north, Alkehornet is home to guillemots, kittiwakes, Svalbard reindeer, and Arctic foxes. Clear traces of the area’s whaling and hunting past are visible on beaches and in bays. Farther south, we’ll pass the former Isfjord Radio satellite communication station, which is now one of the world’s most beautifully situated hotels.

Today’s activities will be determined by the ever-changing weather conditions in Isfjord. Each day, your Expedition Team will decide on the best options for exploring.

Day 12
Disembarkation in Longyearbyen - Fly to Oslo

Return to Longyearbyen
The last day at the top of the world

Your Arctic adventure comes to an end back in Longyearbyen. Before your flight back to Oslo, you’ll have time to explore more of Longyearbyen and do a bit of shopping – perhaps you’ll pick out a warm Svalbard sweater.

A transfer will take you to the airport for your flight home. You’ll return with more knowledge about wildlife, history, polar ice, and climate change in the Arctic, and you’ll have memories of an incredible experience.

We recommend at least 1-night post-cruise in Oslo. Flight times are not confirmed until closer to travel.

Our unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 10 nights on board
  • Included Copy 20 1 night hotel in Longyearbyen on Day 1 including breakfast and lunch
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast, lunch and dinner incl. beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, & water) in Aune Restaurant
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • Included Copy 31 À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Return flights in economy class between Oslo and Longyearbyen
  • Included Copy 20 All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion before the expedition cruise 
  • Included Copy 20 Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Included Copy 20 Free Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. No Streming
  • Included Copy 20 English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities onboard and ashore
  • Included Copy 20 Use of the ship’shot tubs, panoramic sauna,and indoor gym
  • Included Copy 20 Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape & wildlife photos
  • Included Copy 31 Gratuities not expected
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, Travel Insurance, additional pre/post cruise arrangements not included
  • Included Copy 31 Optional kayaking, camping, glacier walks/long hikes -subject to weather conditions. Additional cost
Transportation
MS Spitsbergen | Antarctic & Arctic Cruise Ship

max 335 Passengers

MS Fram

max. 318 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Wildlife observation
  • Included Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Included Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Included Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Included Use of the ship’shot tubs, panoramic sauna,and indoor gym
  • Included Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Antarctica
  • Included Shore excursions
  • Included Optional treatments in the wellness and spa area (additional costs apply)
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Duration

12 days

Price from

$5,907 USD

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