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Experience the unparalleled beauty and raw wilderness of the Arctic on Adventure Life's small ship cruises for 2024. Join us on a journey through the Svalbard archipelago, where you can navigate the stunning landscapes, glaciers, and remarkable natural wonders of the north. From whale watching to wildlife viewing, hiking to kayaking, each day offers new adventures and discoveries. Explore the remote corners of Svalbard, from Longyearbyen to Spitsbergen, and immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of the region. Don't miss this opportunity to witness the Arctic's breathtaking landscapes and incredible wildlife. Contact one of Adventure Life's tour specialists for help planning your next seamless trip.
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Polar bear in Svalbard
$10,890
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Svalbard Encounter Expedition Micro Cruise

Longyearbyen roundtrip - 8 Day Itinerary aboard MV Vikingfjord
  • Visit the stunning Longyearbyen
  • Discover Prins Karls Foreland
  • Explore north west of Spitsbergen
  • See Lilliehöök Glacier on Svalbard
Starts / Ends:
Longyearbyen / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the stunning landscapes, glaciers, and unmatched natural beauty of this Arctic archipelago by taking a 8-day summer cruise around Svalbard aboard the MV Vikingfjord. Your expedition starts in Longyearbyen, the most northern town in the world. Spend some time on the deck as you cruise …
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Glass-still waters around Spitsbergen
$24,263
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Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard

Bergen - Oslo - 17 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Resolution
  • Explore the rare northern fjords
  • Paddle in a deep fjord
  • Explore Lofoten Islands
  • Visit the famous building in Tromso
Starts / Ends:
Bergen / Oslo
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Board National Geographic Resolution and explore Norway’s fjord-carved coast, from the charming town of Bergen, past the North Cape to the ice and wildness of the Svalbard archipelago, for a perfect balance between the charmingly scenic and the spectacularly wild. Explore Tromsø and …
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Arctic fox during spring in Svalbard
$16,795
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Svalbard Odyssey

Roundtrip Oslo - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Explore Longyearbyen
  • Experience Camp Barentz
  • Visit Svalbard Museum
  • Look out for birdlife
Starts / Ends:
Oslo / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 12-day expedition cruise roundtrip Oslo aboard the Greg Mortimer. Experience the wonders of Svalbard, a realm of perpetual daylight where encounters with polar bears and the cries of guillemots resonate from towering cliffs. Discover flower-dotted tundra, spot arctic foxes, and uncover …
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Spitsbergen
$12,595
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Spitsbergen Photography: Domain of the Polar Bear

14 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • View iconic arctic wildlife
  • Enjoy continuous daylight
  • Cruise in a Zodiac
  • Learn techniques from photographers
Starts / Ends:
Helsinki / Helsinki
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Cruising along the coast, ice edge and inner fjords of Spitsbergen, you’ll be immersed in the natural wonders of the land of the midnight sun as you pursue your quest to photograph arctic wildlife: the polar bear as it prowls the edges of the pack ice on its perpetual hunt for food; the …
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Polar bears in the Arctic
$4,000
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North Spitsbergen, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice

8 Day Itinerary aboard MV Hondius
  • Explore North Spitsbergen
  • Visit the Monaco Glacier
  • See polar bears at Hinlopen Strait
  • Visit St. Johns Fjord
Starts / Ends:
Longyearbyen / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Start your North Spitsbergen cruise with a trek around historic Longyearben, then join this 8-day expedition to the north of the island to take in the fantastically beautiful landscapes, the thousands of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the polar bear. This voyage aboard the MV Hondius …
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First views of Baffin Island
$9,995
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High Arctic Explorer

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Visit Beechey Island
  • Hike on Devon Island
  • Enjoy a cultural welcome at Pond
  • Watch Greenland’s glaciers
  • Marvel at the tundra
Starts / Ends:
Resolute Bay / Kangerlussuaq
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore Tallurutiup Imanga, a newly designated marine protected area. Visit the graves of Franklin’s men on Beechey Island. Enjoy an Inuit welcome in Mittimatalik; try your hand at Arctic games. Across Baffin Bay lies the sublime Greenland coast. Illulissat offers cafes, hiking, and …
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Homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
$4,995
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Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief

Helsinki-Longyearbyen - 7 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer
  • Enjoy all the adventures
  • Kayak surrounded by icebergs
  • Hike the arctic tundra
  • Look for arctic wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Helsinki / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
In a single week cruise through the pack ice up to 80°N along the west coast of Spitsbergen. Spend your days on a constant search for wildlife, exploring as much of the area as possible to optimize the opportunities to spot the most iconic of arctic wildlife, the polar bear. Enhance your …
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The blue lagoon in Iceland
$11,172
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A Circumnavigation of Iceland

Reykjavik - Reykjavik - 10 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Meet Iceland’s people & culture
  • Actively explore Iceland's coasts
  • Experience Iceland’s unique geology
  • Travel with an expert team
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Reykjavik
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Iceland’s geology in all its manifestations is world-class: glaciers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots, and rock and lava-scapes of unearthly beauty. It alone makes a circumnavigation a very compelling idea. But when you add in components like …
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Midnight sun light, Ilulissat
$13,995
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Into the Northwest Passage

17 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Visit ancient sites and villages
  • Meet the stunning Arctic wildlife
  • Experience Inuit culture first hand
  • Explore the Ilulissat Icefjord
Starts / Ends:
Kangerlussuaq / Kugluktuk
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail the heart of the Northwest Passage in comfort aboard the ice-strengthened Ocean Endeavour. On this 17-day journey, experience quaint villages, dramatic fjords, and calving glaciers of Greenland. Then, cross the Davis Strait, and pay respects at the Franklin Expedition graves at Beechey Island. …
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Herd of Arctic reindeer
$9,095
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Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer
  • View iconic arctic wildlife
  • Immerse in the icy realm of Arctic
  • Cruise in Zodiac to explore Arctic
  • Hike the tundra and polar desert
Starts / Ends:
Helsinki / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Connect with the unique Arctic wildlife as you travel to Spitsbergen for 12 days aboard Ocean Adventurer. The archipelago is home to the iconic polar bear, as well as whales, walrus, Svalbard reindeer and tens of thousands of seabirds. Exploring the tundra is a breathtaking experience—the …
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Beautiful artic mountains at sunset.
$8,995
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Greenland & Wild Labrador

15 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Cross the Arctic Circle by sea
  • Visit the capital Nuuk
  • Hike Torngat Mtns National Park
  • Search for polar bears & eagles
Starts / Ends:
Kangerlussuaq / St. John's
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This extraordinary 15-day sailing trip showcases staggering geographic diversity. Set out along the western coast of Greenland, calling at Nuuk, one of the world’s northernmost capital cities, and exploring the many fjords for which the area is famed. Across the Davis Strait in Canada, visit …
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Puffins on the Latrabjarg Cliffs
$6,192
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Wild Iceland Escape

Reykjavik - Reykjavik - 6 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Explore Iceland's pristine fjords
  • Soak in geothermal hot springs,
  • Discover Westfjords' biodiversity
  • Watch out for humpback whales
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Reykjavik
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover why Iceland is known as the “land of fire and ice” on a voyage to the remote fjords and volcanic isles along the country's western coast. Venture across the stark landscape of an island formed by volcanic eruptions, where the ground is still warmed by geothermal …
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Kayaking through the arctic waters.
$15,900
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Svalbard and the Northern Fjords

10 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Endurance
  • Make for the wilder wilds
  • Discover the islands and fjords
  • Actively explore the scenery
  • Explore the coves and inlets
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On a 10-day voyage aboard the new National Geographic Endurance, discover the remote islands and fjords of northern Norway, including the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Spend several remarkable days amid the ice floes of Svalbard and follow nature’s rhythms in search of walruses, seals, …
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Zodiac cruising in Spitsbergen
$8,795
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Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers, and Wildlife of Svalbard

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • Cruise in a Zodiac
  • Encounter arctic wildlife
  • Immerse in the Arctic realm
  • Hike the polar desert
Starts / Ends:
Helsinki / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This fascinating expedition provides a taste of everything Spitsbergen has to offer, starting with its largest settlement, Longyearbyen. The largest island of the Svalbard archipelago is known as the “wildlife capital of the Arctic,” and on this stirring voyage. Geared toward optimum …
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View of Reykjavik from the Church Tower
$11,395
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Four Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland

Helsinki to Reykjavik - 18 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer
  • Explore the four Arctic Islands
  • Immerse in icy realm of the Arctic
  • Search for iconic arctic wildlife
  • Visit a remote Inuit community
Starts / Ends:
Helsinki / Reykjavik
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 18-day itinerary gives a generous sampling of the four unique Arctic regions. This voyage is ideal for first-time visitors who want a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer. Beginning in Iceland, your adventure takes you to the Denmark Strait, renowned for its stunning scenery and …
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Bearded seal in Svalbard, Norway
$23,400
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Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard

16 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Endurance
  • Explore the rare northern fjords
  • Paddle in a deep fjord
  • Explore Lofoten Islands
  • Visit the famous building in Tromso
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Take National Geographic Endurance in exploring Norway’s fjord-carved coast, from the charming town of Bergen, past the North Cape to the ice and wildness of the Svalbard archipelago, for a perfect balance between the charmingly scenic and the spectacularly wild. Explore Tromso and Bear …
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Whale sighting in Polar waters!
$16,195
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Jewels of the Arctic

Longyearbyen - Reykjavik - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • Discover Longyearbyen
  • See the spectacular Scoresbysund
  • Explore East Greenland
  • Visit Ittoqqortoormiit
Starts / Ends:
Longyearbyen / Reykjavik
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience the wonders of the Arctic on this 15-day cruise aboard Sylvia Earle. Start in Longyearbyen and visit the Svalbard Global Seed Vault before exploring Svalbard's arctic wilderness, spotting polar bears, walruses, and nesting guillemots. Sail to East Greenland, encountering whales and …
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Exploring Greenland
$19,695
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Jewels of the Arctic

Oslo - Reykjavik - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Explore Longyearbyen
  • Encounter Svalbard
  • Explore Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Enjoy viewing wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Oslo / Reykjavik
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 15-day expedition cruise from Oslo to Reykjavik aboard the Greg Mortimer. Discover Svalbard's realm of perpetual daylight, where thrilling encounters with polar bears, walruses on sea ice, and echoing guillemot cries create unforgettable moments. In East Greenland, sail through …
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