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Spitsbergen and Polar Bears: An Arctic Adventure (Monday - Saturday)

Example 6 Day Cruise aboard MS Nordstjernen
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The first days are spent exploring the Longyearbyen settlement and the Russian settlement of Barentsburg. Then it's time to see some amazing fjords and the Monaco Glacier, and if the ice conditions are favorable, sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, an island which often hosts walrus. The Kongsfjorden is the largest fjord on the northwest coast, where the landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. Calling on Ny-Ålesund, see an area that was once a coal mining community that is now an advanced High Arctic research station. Before ending this adventure in Longyearbyen, sail in the Isfjord. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen
Day 2 : Longyearbyen | Embark | Barentsburg
Day 3 : Woodfjorden & Liefdefjorden | 80° North & Moffen
Day 4 : Kongsfjorden | Ny-Ålesund
Day 5 : Isfjorden | Disembark | Longyearbyen
Day 6 : Longyearbyen

Highlights

  • Visit the Russian settlement of Barentsburg and enjoy a lively show
  • Watch for Arctic wildlife, including walrus and polar bears
  • Explore the vast fjord systems of Spitsbergen
  • Sail past 80° North, if ice conditions are favorable

Ship

MS Nordstjernen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Kongsfjorden Barentsburg Isfjord puffin Isfjord wildlife Spitsbergen walrus

Day 1 Longyearbyen

Upon arrival you are taken to the Spitsbergen Hotel or Coal Miners’ Cabins, where you stay for the night.

Day 2 Longyearbyen | Embark | Barentsburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a sightseeing trip in Longyearbyen, ending at the pier where you join the MS Nordstjernen. Your first stop is the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, where there are opportunities to visit the Pomor Museum (optional) and enjoy a lively folklore show. In the afternoon, continue out the Isfjord and head north along the Prins Karls Forland.

Day 3 Woodfjorden & Liefdefjorden | 80° North & Moffen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The day is spent cruising towards the Monaco Glacier, passing a number of small islets where eider ducks nest during the summer. If you are lucky, you may spot a polar bear searching for eggs. If the ice conditions are favorable, sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, an island that often hosts walrus.

Day 4 Kongsfjorden | Ny-Ålesund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This is the largest fjord on the northwest coast. You might also visit a large adjacent fjord called Krossfjorden. The landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. At the end of the fjord you can see the majestic Kongsbreen. Later on call on Ny-Ålesund. Previously a coal-mining community, it now houses an advanced High Arctic research station.

Day 5 Isfjorden | Disembark | Longyearbyen

Located in central Spitsbergen, the Isfjord is the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. Spend the morning sailing towards Longyearbyen. As you sail into the outer parts of the Isfjord, the landscape changes. Marvel at the large U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago. Upon arrival in Longyearbyen you have the rest of the day at your disposal. A farewell dinner is served at the hotel.

Day 6 Longyearbyen

The Spitsbergen adventure is over. Transfer to the airport for the flight back home.

MS Nordstjernen

Longyearbyen

Per person starting at
$3,517
Nordstjernen cabin E
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Inside cabin; Upper and lower berths, washbasin only.
Nordstjernen D
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Inside cabin; Upper and lower berths, washbasin only.
Nordstjernen cabin I
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Inside cabin; Upper/lower berths, shower/wc.
Nordstjernen cabin A
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Outside cabin; Upper and lower berths, shower/wc.
Nordstjernen J
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Outside cabin; Upper/lower berths, shower/wc, limited or no view.
Nordstjernen cabin N
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Outside cabin; Upper/lower berths, shower/wc.

Notes

Please note: All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions. All itineraries are subject to change. 

Your voyage price includes:
  • Expedition voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Transfer from airport to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage, including breakfast and lunch
  • Transfer from hotel to ship in Longyearbyen, including sightseeing tour
  • Folklore show in Barentsburg
  • Transfer from ship to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen after the voyage, including light lunch, dinner, and early morning snack
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Longyearbyen
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
Not included:
  • Flights from US
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

Included

  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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