Day 1 Oslo, Norway
Arrive in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. Arrive early to explore many museums, restaurants and green spaces to keep you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.
Day 2 Longyearbyen | Embark
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Today is the day to board the World Explorer! This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board the 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
- 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Sail around the shores of this magical island, constantly searching for polar bears and other natural wonders. Covering western Spitsbergen, your expedition affords ample opportunities to view immense glaciers, deep fjords, soaring mountains and unique flora and fauna.
Sail north into Krossjford and have your camera ready to capture some of the best glacier 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 an overnight cruising, wake up to the stunning sight of the magnificent Monaco Glacier - another prolific iceberg producer. Scan the shorelines and ice edge for marine animals. A possible landing sites include Texas Bar, Worsleyneset and the Andoyane Islands where polar bears have been known to roam. At 80°N, 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.
See the remains of an abandoned settlement that was established by Dutch whalers nearly 400 years ago at Smeerenburg. Explore ashore and learn about Spitsbergen’s whaling history. Afterward, 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 this arctic adventure, visit the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, home of the world’s northernmost brewery. If given the chance, 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 is possible. Later, in the evening, swap stories with your shipmates and crew one last time, at the captain’s dinner.