Spitsbergen and Bear Island Cruise

Rinie Van Meurs-Oceanwide Expeditions
Glaciers and beautiful arctic tundra.
Oceanwide Expeditions
Giant whale jaw in the arctic
Rinie van Meurs
Polar bear relaxing on an iceberg.
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Brilliant lights of Aurora Borealis.
Leica Akademie-Oceanwide Expeditions
A single home in the desolate arctic.
Monica Salmang
Bar and observation room
Monica Salmang
Modern and comfortable lounge
Explore the fascinating Arctic on this 5-day introductory cruise. Sail the fjords of Hornsund and the ports of Kvalrossbukta and Tromso. Keep your binoculars trained on the horizon to view whales and look skyward to witness the magnificent Northern Lights.

Day 1

    Longyearbyen

    Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of Norway's Svalbard archipelago. Located on Spitsbergen, the chain's only permanently inhabited island, Longyearbyen is the largest settlement on the islands. From here board the MV Plancius. Settle in to your cabin and set sail in the early evening.

    Day 2

      The Fjords of Hornsund

      In the morning, quietly cruise the side fjords of the Hornsund area in southern Spitsbergen. As you sail, admire the towering mountain peaks and expansive landscape. From this perspective, it is easy to tell why the early Dutch explorers named the area Spitsbergen, meaning "pointed mountains." There are 14 magnificent glaciers in the area and high chances of encountering seals and Polar Bears.

      Day 3

        Kvalrossbukta

        At the south side of Bear Island, sail by the largest bird cliffs in the North Atlantic, which were once occupied by more than 10 species of seabirds. Today, the cliffs are deserted except for a very late Fulmar or Gannet. Land at Kvalrossbukta, a 19th century whaling station, and stroll the tundra along the coast. In the evening, hope for clear skies in order to observe the Northern Lights in Zenith.

        Day 4

          Barents Sea

          Continue sailing southward across the Barents Sea for great whale watching opportunities. The area is also favorable for viewing birdlife. In the evening, admire the ever-changing sky as the Northern Lights take form.

          Day 5

            Tromso

            Navigate through a maze of fjords, eventually stopping in Tromso, the Norwegian gateway to the Arctic. Disembark the ship after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your connecting flights home.
            - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
            - Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share twin price
            - Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Plancius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.