MV Villa provides an excellent platform for photographing the stunning scenery as you make your way towards the pack ice in search of seabirds, seals, whales, and, of course, the King of the Arctic- the polar bear. Expedition mode begins as soon as you depart Longyearbyen. Your Expedition Leader and Captain determine the route based on wildlife, weather, and ice conditions. Join your Expedition Guides on Zodiac cruises and onshore landings to explore, view wildlife and visit historic sites. With a maximum group size of 12 guests, you can mobilize quickly and easily take advantage of any wildlife-viewing opportunities that present themselves ashore or in the Zodiacs.
Search for the King of the Arctic: the polar bear.
Explore the archipelago on guided Zodiac cruises.
Visit historic sites between mainland Norway and the North Pole.
Meet your dedicated expedition team and crew at the dock in Longyearbyen at 16:00hrs, where you will embark MV Villa and make yourself at home. After you are settled in your cabin, we will conduct the mandatory safety briefing before we sail out from Adventfjorden into Isfjorden. Enjoy the open decks before a welcome dinner is served in the dining room. Your adventure has just begun!
We will be in full expedition mode, exploring the archipelago and taking advantage of all that Svalbard has to offer. Weather and ice conditions will determine the route and your Expedition Leader will keep you updated on the plan throughout your days onboard. On the final day we return to Longyearbyen to celebrate our shared adventures and dock for the night.
Below is an example of what an expedition can look like. Adventfjorden: As we leave Longyearbyen we will travel through Isfjorden and explore a side fjord before sailing north during the night. Northwest Corner: Sail through the northwest corner of Spitsbergen, named after its sharp mountain peaks, and explore with Zodiacs and landings. Seven Islands: The northern most land mass in Svalbard which is an exciting group of islands that never disappoints. Close to the pack ice, they serve as a gateway for wildlife living in the ice.
Explore the Pack Ice: Sail towards the North Pole pack ice and search for wildlife. Depending on the ice we will explore into it or follow the ice edge and find that perfect spot for a polar plunge!
White Island: The most easterly island on Svalbard is White island. An ice cap covers most of the island and the few exposed places are home to polar bears and walrus. We hope to Zodiac cruise this amazing island that became the last resting place of the Swedish explorer Salomon August Andrée who tried to cross the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon.
Bråsvellbreen & Hinlopen Strait: Sail along the ice wall of the third largest ice cap in the world hoping to get close to the famous Bråsvellbreen with its majestic waterfalls. We continue into Hinlopen Strait that separates the west island from the North Austland. Hinlopen offers beautiful hiking and Zodiac cruising affording you endless opportunities.
Liefdefjorden: We will explore deep into the fjord of love and might reach the mighty Monaco glacier. The side fjords and small groups of islands offers a perfect stop for a hike or a Zodiac cruise that will impress even the most experienced adventurer.
Raudfjorden & Magdalenafjorden: On our way west the stunning Raudfjorden might be a good place for an outing. Beaches and glaciers make up for a perfect scenary in our continuous search for wildlife. One of the most scenic fjords is Magdalenafjorden, where walrus often inhabit in the small bays.
Kongsfjorden: Known as the Kings fjord, any visitor will soon know why. At the end the mighty Kings glacier stands, next to is the mountain peaks known as the tree crowns (Svea, Nora and Dana) considered by many as some of the most beautiful of mountain peaks. Kongs fjord offer beautiful hiking in lush terrain where we might come across reindeer, ptarmigan or the arctic fox.
Isfjorden: Explore some of Isfjordens many side fjords. A fjord delta that despite it’s the closest to human civilization in Svalbard it is home to great wildlife. The warm waters of the Gulf stream make the vegetation lush and we will spend the day Zodiac cruising the glacier fronts, hike the hills that are old ocean floors known to be one of the most dense dinosaur fossil ground in the world.
Day 11: Longyearbyen | Disembark
Enjoy a final breakfast together as we arrive to Longyearbyen, our final destination where we bid you farewell for disembarkation.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.