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Natural Wonders of Svalbard Cruise

Longyearbyen Roundtrip - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard MV Vikingfjord
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Experience the breathtaking wilderness of Svalbard in the summertime, when the sun never sets, on this 10-day Svalbard Micro Cruise aboard MV Vikingfjord. Your journey begins in Longyearbyen before sailing through Adventfjord, it also includes a stop at Prins Karls Foreland, where you can step ashore and visit an area where walruses haul out. You may also get a chance to lookout for wildlife to the North pole. Over the next few days, you'll have the opportunity to explore Svalbard's northwestern coast. You will go on a scenic cruise, stopping at a variety of natural and historical sites, including glaciers, and going on wilderness hikes to fully appreciate the raw beauty of the Arctic. Disembark in Longyearbyen.
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Highlights
  • Explore the breathtaking wilderness of Svalbard during the summer months
  • Visit Prins Karls Foreland to see walruses in their native habitat
  • Enjoy afternoon hiking in Spitsbergen & a chance to spot Svalbard reindeer
  • Observe for whales on the deck of the ship as you sail through the Isfjord
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Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Longyearbyen | Embark

Your expedition begins in the most Northerly town in the world, Longyearbyen. In the afternoon you embark your expedition vessel at the port of Longyearbyen. After an introduction from your expedition leader and a safety briefing from the Captain, you set sail out through the majestic Adventfjord. As Longyearbyen disappears astern, you wave goodbye to civilisation for the next 9 days. As you sail out through the Isfjord you will spend time on deck watching for the whales that frequent the waters.

Day 2: West Spitsbergen | Prins Karls Forland

In the morning, you sail by Prins Karls Forland, an uninhabited island with beautiful scenery off the west coast of Spitsbergen. This is a place where you might spot walruses hauling out. In the afternoon, you put on your boots for a hike to spot grazing reindeer. If the conditions allow, you sail along the coast, exploring places like Krosssfjorden, home to majestic glaciers, and some of Svalbard’s most beautiful fjords and scenery.





 

Day 3-4: Northern Fjords | Ice Edge

Over the next few days, you navigate between the coast and the sea ice that extends all the way to the North Pole. You count on regular shore landings and zodiac tours to visit different natural and historical sites, including glaciers. You partake in wilderness hikes and fully immerse yourselves in the raw nature of the Arctic.

Every day, you explore deeper into the wilderness Svalbard has to offer. Under the guidance of your expedition leader, you work with the weather and sea ice conditions to show yourself the best that the northern coast has to offer.

Day 5-6: Scouting the Eastern Lands

If the sea ice grants passage, you will aim to head east towards the Hinlopen Strait area and venture deeper into a vast world of ice and cliffs. While attempting this, you will be obliged to reach a new higher latitude to your voyage, crossing the 80 degrees North parallel. The days will be long and complemented with action, zodiac cruises, and the search for wildlife. The ice will extend to the horizon, and you will feel the enigmatic presence of the northern king of wildlife. You will potentially come across some immense bird cliffs where thousands of birds fly in and out without a break. These days will be filled with a sense of adventure and exposure to nature; the ice and the winds might let you through to the south, or you might need to turn around and head back West over the north. Regardless of the exact route, the expedition will build into its climax.

Day 7-8: Southern Spitsbergen

Follow the compass south and explore the region along the south coast of Spitsbergen. Visit rarely visited landing sites and have lots of chances to take in the breathtaking nature, wildlife, and scenery. As you round the southern tip of Spitsbergen, enter the area around Hornsund where you will have a day to explore and do some wilderness hikes. Then, set sail north along the coast towards Isfjorden.

Day 9: Isfjorden

Already back in the protection of Isfjorden, find peaceful landing sites to hike or simply relax and take it all in. Isfjorden offers a fantastic mix of landscapes, history, and wildlife, providing the best possible closure to your experience before heading back to civilization.

Day 10: Longyearbyen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
By morning, you arrive back at the port of Longyearbyen. Disembarking the ship involves saying goodbye to the new friends you’ve made, but knowing you keep the memories of the transformative adventure you share together.

Ship/Hotel

MV Vikingfjord

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MV Vikingfjord facade
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Dates & Prices

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$13,830 2-3 travelers
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Type A - Double with En-Suite
Cabin size: 15 m² with double bed, window, desk & chair, wardrobe and an ensuite shower and toilet. Located on deck 3.
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Type B - Double / Twin with En-suite
Cabin size: 15 m² with twin bed, window, desk & chair, wardrobe and an ensuite shower and toilet. Located on decks 1 & 2.
MV Vikingfjord Bunk Bed Cabin
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Type C - Single Cabin with En-suite
Cabin size: 10 m² with single bed, desk & chair, wardrobe and an ensuite shower and toilet. Located on deck 3.
Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 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
  • Use of Zodiac (Dinghies) for shore landings and photography opportunities
  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Highly experienced Captain and Cook
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Medical and Evacuation insurance coverage.
  • Any additional expenses such as museum entry

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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