Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

Explore remote Spitsbergen, Land of the Polar Bear, on this unique 9-night expedition, with included Polarcirkel shore landings and lectures from the experienced Expedition Team

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9 nights

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This High Arctic adventure begins in the traditional Spitsbergen town of Longyearbyen, where modern shops and art galleries contrast with the settlement's strong coal mining heritage.

Discover majestic glaciers, awe-inspiring fjords and the fascinating former mining town of Alesund as you explore North West Spitsbergen National Park.

Keep an eye out for polar bears hunting on the ice flows during your time in Eastern Svalbard, before navigating the breathtaking Isfjord, home to the endemic Svalbard Reindeer. Shore landings and guided hikes led by the Expedition Team enrich this once-in-a-lifetime voyage.

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Circumnavigating Spitsbergen Itinerary

Day 1 - Oslo (Norway) - Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)

Take the opportunity to explore Norway's fascinating capital, Oslo, with its varied architecture and lively bars, before an evening flight to Longyearbyen. Arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Longyearbyen and Barentsburg

Check-out of your hotel and join an excursion showcasing the best of Longyearbyen and the surrounding area before embarking ship. It is a town of contrasts, mixing strong Arctic influences with modern amenities including art galleries, pubs and restaurants. In 2017, continue to the Russian settlement of Barentsburg renowned for its Soviet architecture to enjoy a colourful folklore show and visit the hotel and museum.

Days 3-5 - North West Spitsbergen National Park

Explore Kongsfjorden, one of the most picturesque fjord areas in Spitsbergen with its majestic glaciers and soaring mountains. Cruise northwest to Krossfjorden and Mitrahalvoya where you'll see ruins from the whaling industry as well as the Svalbard reindeer. Perhaps cross one of the glaciers with the Expedition Team, before heading to the former mining settlement of Ny-Alesund. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the majestic Monaco Glacier in Liefdefjord.

Days 6-8 - Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve and South Spitsbergen National Park

Eastern Svalbard is home to the largest population of polar bears in the Svalbard archipelago so you will hopefully get the chance to see one. Discover Sorgfjorden which borders the North East Spitsbergen Nature Reserve, before cruising past the bird cliff of Alkefjellet. Continue to Edgeoya, the third-largest in the archipelago and visit Kapp Lee which has a strong cultural heritage. Cruise to the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen to Hornsund, where ice pushed into the fjord early in the season attracts polar bears.

Day 9 - Isfjord

Isfjord is the most extensive fjord system in the archipelago. Spend the day exploring this breathtaking fjord including the magnificent U-shaped valleys where you might be lucky enough to spot a Svalbard Reindeer. Later, enjoy a farewell barbecue in stunning Arctic surroundings.

Day 10 - Longyearbyen - Oslo (Norway)

Disembark ship in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for your flight to Oslo.

Itinerary is subject to change. All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions.

Price Includes

  • 8-night full-board voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Longyearbyen including breakfast
  • Return flights between Longyearbyen and Oslo
  • City tour of Longyearbyen
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats
  • English speaking Expedition Team on board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions

Exclusive £100pp discount!

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