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Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

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If there is such a thing as a "classic Arctic" expedition cruise, this is it. Get all the best of Spitsbergen on this 11-day cruise by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas, home to polar bears and walrus. Come across colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands and watch for whales in the water. Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea kayaking, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the "wildlife capital of the Arctic."

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Longyearbyen
Days 2-10 : Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 11 : Disembark in Longyearbyen


  • View unique Arctic wildlife, including polar bears, walrus, and reindeer
  • Experience the beauty of the Arctic in a more personal way through kayaking
  • Explore the polar deserts and immense glaciers of magical Spitsbergen
  • Visit a memorial for whalers who lost their lives working in the Arctic


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Trip Snapshots

A walrus pops up for to say hello Explore Alkhornet on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen Alkefjellet on Spitsebgerg Islands provides the ideal roost for hundreds of Arctic birds Seals lounge along the Arctic seas Ocean Nova

Day 1 Embark in Longyearbyen

Arrive in Lonyearbyen, Spitsbergen's largest settlement. Embark the Ocean Atlantic. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew while you take in great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop to this seaside settlement.

Day 2-10 Exploring Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners
Sail around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition covers western Spitsbergen as well as some stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife.

Each expedition presents new opportunities, so there is no fixed itinerary, however there are some favorite destinations, including 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsoya, Alkhornet, and the Hinlopen Straight.

The destinations visited on your voyage are selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Phippsoya being one of their preferred hunting areas and the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet providing many free bird egg meals for both them and the arctic fox. Torellneset and Phippsoya are great places for walrus photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget either. These lumbering giants of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene, as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

If you’re itching to get a little closer to the action, then taking a sea kayaking excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen is highly recommended. Smeerenburg is a great place for an optional snowshoeing excursion (on selected voyages), as you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site remembers the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme Arctic conditions.

There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. See something new each day, whether it is a rare bird species or an abandoned hut from centuries ago.

Day 11 Disembark in Longyearbyen

  • 1 Breakfast
The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Category F
112 sq. ft. Two single beds and a porthole. Located on the Columbus Deck (Deck 4), private bathroom with shower, and a TV.
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Category E
112 sq. ft. Two single beds, private bathroom with shower, and a TV. Cabins on the Columbus Deck feature portholes, and cabins on the Marco Polo Deck feature windows.
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Category D
This category comprises two cabins, each 112 sq. ft. with two single beds and a window. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5), they have two private bathrooms with shower, and a TV in each cabin.
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Category C
211 sq. ft. One double or two single beds and a window. Located on the Marco Polo, Hudson, and Magellan Decks (Decks 5, 7, and 8), private bathroom with shower, a TV, and a living room with sofa.
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Category B
230 sq. ft. One double or two single beds and windows. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5), private bathroom with shower, a TV, and a living room with sofa.
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Category A
350 sq. ft. One double or two single beds and windows. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5), private bathroom with shower, a TV, and a living room with sofa.


Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • Arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation and have booked additional accommodation
  • Transfer from hotel or Longyearbyen airport to ship on embarkation day
  • Group transfer from ship to airport or local designated drop-off location on disembarkation day
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals on board
  • All shore landings per the daily program, weather permitting
  • Leadership throughout the expedition by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by your expedition team
  • Photographic journal, including photographs, daily expedition reports, maps, and more
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An Expedition parka to keep
  • Life jackets and immersion suits
  • Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
Rates do not include:
  • Passport and applicable visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
  • Meals ashore, with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and (mandatory) medical travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry, bar, beverage, and other personal charges
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
  • Adventure options on ship expeditions (weather dependent) that are not included in the cost of the voyage
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