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Svalbard, Norway

Svalbard Explorer

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Join this 10-day Svalbard expedition cruise to explore the northern wilderness and its beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and glaciers of northwest Spitsbergen, home to an abundance of polar wildlife. The journey takes you up the northern coast of Spitsbergen with the view to opening up as many picturesque landscapes, encounter calving glaciers, witness an abundance of wildlife, visit historical places, and spend time exploring ashore. Land in Zodiac landing craft and visit areas where walruses haul out, encounter reindeer and Arctic foxes on land, observe whales and other marine life and explore coasts where polar bears are known to roam. 
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  • Visit Svalbard's amazing wildlife areas where walruses haul out, encounter reindeer and Arctic foxes on land
  • Encounter the mighty glaciers, cruise tranquil steep-sided fjords and spend time outside exploring the beautiful untouched wildness
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to explore glaciers, fjords, icebergs, and more
  • Learn about the area from an expert Svalbard guide
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Longyearbyen | Embark

Your expedition begins in the most Northerly town in the world, Longyearbyen. In the afternoon, embark on your expedition vessel at the port of Longyearbyen. After an introduction from the expedition leader and a safety briefing from the Captain, set sail out through the majestic Adventfjord. As you sail out through the Isfjord, spend time on deck watching for the whales that frequent the waters.

Day 2-3: Prins Karls Foreland

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
In the morning, you approach Prins Karls Foreland, an uninhabited island of beautiful scenery off the west coast of Spitsbergen. The vessel drops anchor and launches the Zodiac landing craft to go ashore and visit an area where walruses haul out. In the afternoon, prepare for a wilderness hike. You might frequently see Svalbard reindeer here. If the conditions allow us, sail up to the edge of the sea ice that extends to the North Pole. In calm conditions, cruise the edge of the sea ice-keeping, a sharp lookout for wildlife that includes polar bears that hunt on the ice.

Day 4-8: Exploring North-West Coast

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  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
As the expedition venture to the northwest region of Spitsbergen, encounter numerous glaciers and stunning Arctic landscapes. Under the guidance of the expedition leader, use the Zodiacs to go ashore and explore various places on a daily basis including glacier fronts, places of historical interest, and wildlife sites. When ashore, there will be the opportunity to do wilderness hikes which is the perfect way to experience the raw nature of the Arctic.

Day 9: Sailing South

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As the expedition sails back south, explore the area in Kongsfjorden. Expect majestic glaciers, some of Svalbard’s most beautiful fjords, and scenery from the decks. Here you encounter one of Svalbard’s most breathtaking sites, the Lilliehook glacier, one of Svalbard’s largest calving glacier fronts. Spend time here witnessing nature’s beauty in its rawest form with the option of doing a wilderness hike to a neighboring fjord. 

Day 10: Longyearbyen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning, you arrive back at the port of Longyearbyen. After breakfast, say goodbyes and disembark after making new friends and sharing a wonderful adventure together.



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Polar Pioneer - Captain's Suite
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Captain’s Suite (Category A)
Cabin Size: 22.5 m2 With double bed and separate lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. Forward and port windows.
Polar Pioneer - Mini Suite
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Mini-Suite (Category B)
Cabin Size: 16.8 m2 With double bed and separate lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. These cabins have a window.
Polar Pioneer - Twin Cabin
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Twin Cabin (Category C)
Cabin Size: 12 m2 With two lower berths, a writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. These cabins have a window, private bathroom, 2 lower berths, except #402 and #403 which have upper and lower bunks and a couch.
Polar Pioneer - Twin Cabin
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Twin Cabin (Category D)
Cabin Size: 9.8 m2 With two lower berths and sofa, writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private washbasin, hairdryer. Nearby shower and toilet facilities are shared with other Main Deck cabins. These cabins have a porthole.
Polar Pioneer - Triple Cabin
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Triple Cabin (Category E)
Cabin Size: 10.2 m2 With one bunk (one upper and one lower berth) and one additional lower berth, writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private washbasin. Nearby shower and toilet facilities are shared with other Main Deck cabins. This cabin has a porthole.


  • Expert Svalbard Expedition Leader
  • Lectures on Svalbard
  • Use of Zodiac (Dinghies) for shore landings and photography opportunities
  • Polar Bear protection guides for shore landings
  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner + alcoholic drinks with evening meal)
  • Bedding and towels
  • Highly experienced Captain and Cook
  • Rubber boots for shore landings
  • Transfers from hotel to vessel for embarkation + vessel to airport/hotel after disembarkation
  • Travel to and from starting point in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
  • Taxes, levies, insurance, VISA fee, immigration duties, or other travel services (where applicable)
  • Flights and transfers from airport to hotel
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Any additional expenses such as museum entry
  • Personal items such as expedition clothing
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Crew gratuities
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)



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