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Explore the top-rated Svalbard small ship cruises below.  Adventure Life works with the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Longyearbyen, Hornsund, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Monacobreen (Monaco Glacier), and Svalbard, and we help match you with the perfect small ship and cruise itinerary for your specific tastes and needs. There are countless advantages to exploring on a small ship cruise versus a large cruise ship including avoiding crowds and being able to visit and explore smaller ports and scenic shorelines that large ships simply cannot access. The cost of Svalbard small ship cruises start at $3,000 for a trip of 7 to 24 days in 2024. Tell us about your dream Svalbard small ship cruise and our team of travel planners will help you make it a reality.  
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Polar bear in Svalbard
$11,055
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Svalbard Encounter Expedition Micro Cruise

Longyearbyen roundtrip - 8 Day Itinerary aboard MV Vikingfjord
  • Visit the stunning Longyearbyen
  • Discover Prins Karls Foreland
  • Explore north west of Spitsbergen
  • See Lilliehöök Glacier on Svalbard
Starts / Ends:
Longyearbyen / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the stunning landscapes, glaciers, and unmatched natural beauty of this Arctic archipelago by taking a 8-day summer cruise around Svalbard aboard the MV Vikingfjord. Your expedition starts in Longyearbyen, the most northern town in the world. Spend some time on the deck as you cruise …
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Arctic fox during spring in Svalbard
$16,795
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Svalbard Odyssey

Roundtrip Oslo - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Explore Longyearbyen
  • Experience Camp Barentz
  • Visit Svalbard Museum
  • Look out for birdlife
Starts / Ends:
Oslo / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 12-day expedition cruise roundtrip Oslo aboard the Greg Mortimer. Experience the wonders of Svalbard, a realm of perpetual daylight where encounters with polar bears and the cries of guillemots resonate from towering cliffs. Discover flower-dotted tundra, spot arctic foxes, and uncover …
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Spitsbergen
$12,295
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Spitsbergen Photography: Domain of the Polar Bear

14 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • View iconic arctic wildlife
  • Enjoy continuous daylight
  • Cruise in a Zodiac
  • Learn techniques from photographers
Starts / Ends:
Helsinki / Helsinki
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Cruising along the coast, ice edge and inner fjords of Spitsbergen, you’ll be immersed in the natural wonders of the land of the midnight sun as you pursue your quest to photograph arctic wildlife: the polar bear as it prowls the edges of the pack ice on its perpetual hunt for food; the …
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Glass-still waters around Spitsbergen
$23,300
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Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard

16 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Resolution
  • Explore the rare northern fjords
  • Paddle in a deep fjord
  • Explore Lofoten Islands
  • Visit the famous building in Tromso
Starts / Ends:
Bergen / Oslo
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board National Geographic Resolution and explore Norway’s fjord-carved coast, from the charming town of Bergen, past the North Cape to the ice and wildness of the Svalbard archipelago, for a perfect balance between the charmingly scenic and the spectacularly wild. Explore Tromsø and …
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Polar bears in the Arctic
$4,000
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North Spitsbergen, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice

8 Day Itinerary aboard MV Hondius
  • Explore North Spitsbergen
  • Visit the Monaco Glacier
  • See polar bears at Hinlopen Strait
  • Visit St. Johns Fjord
Starts / Ends:
Longyearbyen / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Start your North Spitsbergen cruise with a trek around historic Longyearben, then join this 8-day expedition to the north of the island to take in the fantastically beautiful landscapes, the thousands of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the polar bear. This voyage aboard the MV Hondius …
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Homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
$4,995
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Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief

Helsinki-Longyearbyen - 7 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer
  • Enjoy all the adventures
  • Kayak surrounded by icebergs
  • Hike the arctic tundra
  • Look for arctic wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Helsinki / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
In a single week cruise through the pack ice up to 80°N along the west coast of Spitsbergen. Spend your days on a constant search for wildlife, exploring as much of the area as possible to optimize the opportunities to spot the most iconic of arctic wildlife, the polar bear. Enhance your …
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Herd of Arctic reindeer
$9,095
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Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer
  • View iconic arctic wildlife
  • Immerse in the icy realm of Arctic
  • Cruise in Zodiac to explore Arctic
  • Hike the tundra and polar desert
Starts / Ends:
Helsinki / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Connect with the unique Arctic wildlife as you travel to Spitsbergen for 12 days aboard Ocean Adventurer. The archipelago is home to the iconic polar bear, as well as whales, walrus, Svalbard reindeer and tens of thousands of seabirds. Exploring the tundra is a breathtaking experience—the …
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Zodiac cruising in Spitsbergen
$8,595
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Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers, and Wildlife of Svalbard

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • Cruise in a Zodiac
  • Encounter arctic wildlife
  • Immerse in the Arctic realm
  • Hike the polar desert
Starts / Ends:
Helsinki / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This fascinating expedition provides a taste of everything Spitsbergen has to offer, starting with its largest settlement, Longyearbyen. The largest island of the Svalbard archipelago is known as the “wildlife capital of the Arctic,” and on this stirring voyage. Geared toward optimum …
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Kayaking through the arctic waters.
$15,900
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Svalbard and the Northern Fjords

10 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Endurance
  • Make for the wilder wilds
  • Discover the islands and fjords
  • Actively explore the scenery
  • Explore the coves and inlets
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On a 10-day voyage aboard the new National Geographic Endurance, discover the remote islands and fjords of northern Norway, including the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Spend several remarkable days amid the ice floes of Svalbard and follow nature’s rhythms in search of walruses, seals, …
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Bearded seal in Svalbard, Norway
$23,400
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Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard

16 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Endurance
  • Explore the rare northern fjords
  • Paddle in a deep fjord
  • Explore Lofoten Islands
  • Visit the famous building in Tromso
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Take National Geographic Endurance in exploring Norway’s fjord-carved coast, from the charming town of Bergen, past the North Cape to the ice and wildness of the Svalbard archipelago, for a perfect balance between the charmingly scenic and the spectacularly wild. Explore Tromso and Bear …
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View of Reykjavik from the Church Tower
$14,195
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Four Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland

Helsinki to Reykjavik - 18 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer
  • Explore the four Arctic Islands
  • Immerse in icy realm of the Arctic
  • Search for iconic arctic wildlife
  • Visit a remote Inuit community
Starts / Ends:
Helsinki / Reykjavik
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 18-day itinerary gives a generous sampling of the four unique Arctic regions. This voyage is ideal for first-time visitors who want a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer. Beginning in Iceland, your adventure takes you to the Denmark Strait, renowned for its stunning scenery and …
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Kayaking through the arctic waters.
$25,695
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Arctic Complete: Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

Reykjavik - Longyearbyen - 24 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Discover Spitsbergen's diversity
  • Venture to the Arctic kingdom
  • See abandoned whaling stations
  • Explore the coastline and fjords
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Svalbard
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 24-day expedition cruise on the Greg Mortimer from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen takes you to see the sights of the high Arctic this summer. As with the Inuit and Vikings before you, this 24-day Arctic expedition is a sea-based excursion. From high above the Arctic Circle, you can see deep fjords, …
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Whale sighting in Polar waters!
$16,195
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Jewels of the Arctic

Longyearbyen to Reykjavik - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Sail along East Greenland
  • Tour across the Scoresby Sund
  • Experience Inuit culture
  • Enjoy the Spitsbergen’s fjords
Starts / Ends:
Longyearbyen / Reykjavik
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 15-day expedition cruise aboard the Greg Mortimer. While cruising the icy waters of the Greenland Sea between Spitsbergen and Iceland, keep an eye out for whales, sea ice, and countless seabirds. Your days will be jam-packed with once-in-a-lifetime moments: Zodiac cruise amongst …
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Whale sighting in Polar waters!
$16,195
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Jewels of the Arctic

Longyearbyen - Reykjavik - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • Discover Longyearbyen
  • See the spectacular Scoresbysund
  • Explore East Greenland
  • Visit Ittoqqortoormiit
Starts / Ends:
Longyearbyen / Reykjavik
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience the wonders of the Arctic on this 15-day cruise aboard Sylvia Earle. Start in Longyearbyen and visit the Svalbard Global Seed Vault before exploring Svalbard's arctic wilderness, spotting polar bears, walruses, and nesting guillemots. Sail to East Greenland, encountering whales and …
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Watch the sun set over the iceber-filled Arctic Ocean.
$12,495
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Spitsbergen In Depth: Big Island, Big Adventure

14 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer
  • Explore the arctic by Zodiacs
  • Immerse in the icy realm of Arctic
  • View numerous arctic bird species
  • Encounter iconic arctic wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Helsinki / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 14-day itinerary offers the most extensive exploration of Spitsbergen while experiencing all of the adventures the island has to offer. This is one of the best regions to see polar bears, walrus and reindeer; plus, the impressive 14th of July Glacier and Alkefjellet cliff are both birdwatching …
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Exploring Greenland
$19,695
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Jewels of the Arctic

Oslo - Reykjavik - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Explore Longyearbyen
  • Encounter Svalbard
  • Explore Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Enjoy viewing wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Oslo / Reykjavik
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 15-day expedition cruise from Oslo to Reykjavik aboard the Greg Mortimer. Discover Svalbard's realm of perpetual daylight, where thrilling encounters with polar bears, walruses on sea ice, and echoing guillemot cries create unforgettable moments. In East Greenland, sail through …
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Beautiful view of Spitsbergen.
$6,795
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Crossing the Arctic Circle, Jan Mayen & Svalbard

13 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Spirit
  • Enjoy Edinburg's unique charm
  • Explore St. Magnus Cathedral
  • Explore Spitsbergen & its wildlife
  • Visit Kirkjubøur
Starts / Ends:
Edinburgh / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the Sea Spirit to join this 13-day Arctic cruise from Edinburgh, Scotland to Longyearbyen, Norway. Long days and short nights give you ample opportunity to experience this region the way the Vikings did centuries ago. Enjoy stops in the Faroe Islands, Kirkwall, and the Shetland Islands before …
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Walrus in the Arctic
$11,995
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Three Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland

Helsinki to Reykjavik - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer
  • Immerse in the icy realm of Arctic
  • Marvel at the glaciers and wildlife
  • Hike the tundra and explore
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to explore
  • Take the Polar Plunge
Starts / Ends:
Helsinki / Reykjavik
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Variety is the spice of the Three Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Greenland, and Iceland adventure, named one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime. Check three different Arctic regions off your list, heading above the Arctic Circle to Spitsbergen, “wildlife capital of …
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