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Circumnavigating the Svalbard Archipelago

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard MS Spitsbergen
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Board the MS Spitsbergen for a 12-day expedition that is considered the ultimate Svalbard cruise. Starting in Norway's amazing Arctic frontier town, get a chance to discover the many things to do in Longyearbyen. Next, set sail and travel well above the 80th parallel to place you closer than 600 nautical miles from the Geographical North Pole. Enjoy the pristine wilderness of the Arctic.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Flight Oslo to Longyearbyen | Overnight at Longyearbyen
Day 2 : Longyearbyen | Embark
Days 3-5 : North West Spitsbergen National Park
Days 6-8 : Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve
Days 9-10 : South Spitsbergen Nationa Park and Bellsund area
Day 11 : The Isfjord
Day 12 : Longyearbyen | Disembark | Flight to Oslo

Highlights

  • Discover Longyearbyen, the center of Svalbard, and a great place
  • Explore the North West Spitsbergen National Park
  • View the large populations of Svalbard reindeer
  • Visit Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve

Ship

MS Spitsbergen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Ski tour in the Arctic Walruses huddling together in Svalbard. A sow and her cubs Colorful homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
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Day 1 Flight Oslo to Longyearbyen | Overnight at Longyearbyen

Your trip starts with a flight from Oslo. Before departing, enjoy the museums, parks and cafés of Norway’s capital city. On arrival in Longyearbyen, set foot in an entirely different world, a small town perched on the edge of Arctic wilderness. Transfer to your hotel and overnight.

Day 2 Longyearbyen | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After an overnight stay, join a post-lunch excursion to get to know this unique town. The mighty Arctic wilderness dominates life here, but Longyearbyen has a lively cultural life and is a prime destination for adventure travelers. Enjoy the atmosphere of this colorful frontier outpost before boarding MS Spitsbergen in the afternoon.

Day 3-5 North West Spitsbergen National Park

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Spitsbergen´s northwestern corner is strewn with rugged islands, beautiful fjords and isolated beaches. It is also the site of spectacularly scenic Northwest-Spitsbergen National Park.

If conditions allow, explore the region’s rich history.

Visit Kongsfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountains. We hope to call on the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund, now an international research center with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings. There will be exciting landings and scenic kayaking opportunities as we go further north.

Day 6-8 Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears on the archipelago – and we have high hopes of spotting one on this journey! The ocean is full of drifting ice and the frozen landscape changes constantly. This is a true wilderness, so the captain will work with the elements to decide where we can safely land and sail. 

We intend to cross 80º N, and possibly head even further north to Sjuøyane (Seven Islands), at the extreme tip of the Svalbard archipelago. Also sail east of Nordaustlandet to Kvitøya, before continuing towards Edgeøya, the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago.

Day 9-10 South Spitsbergen Nationa Park and Bellsund area

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Make the way to the southern cape and the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen, where Hornsund hosts a wonderfully varied landscape and geology. Ice pushed into the fjord early in the season attracts polar bears that hunt on the floes, so with a bit of luck, we may spot some of these magnificent predators.

Day 11 The Isfjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day exploring the Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. In the inner parts of Isfjorden, the landscape changes constantly. The immense U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by giant glaciers that covered the area some 10,000 years ago, are home to large populations of Svalbard reindeer.

Day 12 Longyearbyen | Disembark | Flight to Oslo

  • 1 Breakfast
Return to the colorful town of Longyearbyen marks the end of a remarkable voyage that took us within a few hundred miles from the geographical North Pole. A transfer vehicle will take you to the airport for your night flight. Arrival early in the morning in Oslo.
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MS Spitsbergen

Longyearbyen

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Notes

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • Expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice
  • Coach-class flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage including breakfast and lunch
  • All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion before the voyage  
Cruise fares do not include:
  • International flights
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group adventures with our expedition team such as kayaking (availability pending weather conditions and safety)
  • Travel protection plan
  • Luggage handling
* Please note all planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
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