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Embark on an 11-day Arctic journey from Tromso to Svalbard. Begin in Tromso, known for the Northern Lights and panoramic views from Mount Storstei­nen. Cruise to Skarsvag, Europe’s northernmost fishing village, and explore Bear Island, home to various bird species. Continue to Svalbard, the kingdom of polar bears. Experience fjords, glaciers, and Arctic wildlife, including polar bears, walruses, and arctic foxes. Visit Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen, with its unique high street and pub. Explore The North Pole Expeditions Museum and Svalbard Global Seed Vault, showcasing regional history and conservation. Don't miss the opportunity to create lasting memories against the stunning backdrop of Arctic landscapes.
Highlights
  • Explore Tromso's sophisticated art scene, modern and historical architecture, and international cuisine
  • Experience the breathtaking views from the North Cape, the northernmost point of Europe's landmass
  • Hike across the tundra landscapes of Svalbard, encountering arctic foxes and reindeer
  • Witness Arctic wildlife, including walruses, whales, and arctic foxes.
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Day 1: Tromso, Norway

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Arrive at Tromso, relax, and spend the overnight here preparing for your adventure.

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Day 2: Tromso | Embark

The Arctic gateway, Tromso at 69 degrees north, is renowned for the midnight sun in summer and the Northern Lights in winter. The Arctic Cathedral, with stained-glass windows, hosts midnight concerts. The Fjellheisen cable car offers panoramic views from Mount Storstei­nen, while the historic centre features old wooden houses. The Polar Museum chronicles early polar explorations, and the thriving Alpine Botanic Garden adds to Tromso's charm.

Day 3: Skarsvag | Cruising North Cape

Skarsvåg, Europe’s northernmost fishing village on Magerøya Island, is a short journey from Nordkapp (North Cape)—Europe's northernmost point above the Arctic Circle, marked by a striking globe monument. Only Svalbard stands between here and the North Pole. Along the coast, Atlantic puffin colonies and over a million seabirds nest, including arctic skuas, razorbills, northern gannets, white-tailed eagles, common eider ducks and great cormorants.

North Cape (Nordkapp), the northernmost tip of Europe in Norway, where the Arctic Ocean meets the rugged coast, is a majestic headland that has fascinated explorers for centuries. Cruising to North Cape promises an awe-inspiring encounter with nature's grandeur and a glimpse into the Arctic's captivating allure. In summer, North Cape basks in the ethereal glow of the midnight sun, a surreal phenomenon where the sun never fully sets.

Day 4: Bear Island

The greatest bird cliff in the Barents Sea is on Bear Island or Bjørnøya, Svalbard’s southernmost island. Atlantic puffins, northern gannets, glaucous gulls, great skuas, black-legged kittiwakes, little auks, common guillemots, and Brünnich's guillemots, nest on the steep cliffs near Kapp Kolthoff, south of Sørhamna. The ocean has sculpted sea stack rock columns, sea caves, and tunnels, with a notable tunnel at Perleporten.

Day 5-10: Svalbard

Svalbard is the kingdom of the polar bears, deep in the Arctic Circle, featuring varied polar landscapes and gargantuan glaciers. Beyond magnificent fjords in the north, the remaining sea ice serves as prime hunting grounds for polar bears. Closer to Longyearbyen, tundra and beaches replace snow and ice. Alongside 600 polar bears, this Arctic hotspot is home to walrus, Svalbard reindeer, ringed seals and arctic fox

Day 11: Longyearbyen, Norway | Disembark

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The world's most northerly town, Longyearbyen, on Spitsbergen, Svalbard's largest island, also claims the most northerly high street and pub. It's home to The North Pole Expeditions Museum chronicling early pole-reaching efforts by air. Nearby, Svalbard Global Seed Vault preserves duplicate seeds from gene banks worldwide. Arctic waters around are populated by whales, including bowheads and narwhals, while walruses are regularly seen hauling out.

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Included
  • 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
  • Regional flights start or end at the ports of embarkation/disembarkation in Longyearbyen and Kangerlussuaq.
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  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • We recommend every traveler to take out a travel cancellation insurance, travel interruption insurance and a travel health insurance policy with an assumption of the return transport costs of repatriation

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