Nansen Polar Expeditions drew their inspiration from the legacy of Fridtjof Nansen (1861 - 1930). Nansen was a Norwegian athlete, inventor, and scientist whose love for nature led him to the most remote parts of the globe. Now, the expedition company strives to uphold and cultivate the HERO values exemplified by Nansen.
With the combination of their expert knowledge of remote areas, over 30 years of operational experience among their team, and using MV Villa and MV Nansen Explorer as their well-suited expedition platforms, Nansen Polar Expeditions executes world-class, tailor-made experiences for a wide range of clients.
How many people are onboard for a Villa expedition?
Villa has 8 Crew and 2 Expedition Guides, with up to 12 guests.
How may cabins are onboard Villa?
Villa features accommodation for up to 12 guests in 6 double-occupancy cabins.
On Deck 2, you can find suites NANSEN and AMUNDSEN, and cabins BOYD and SHACKLETON.
On Deck 1, you can find cabins ANDREE and ARNESEN.
What is the difference between the cabins?
Suite NANSEN has a twin-bed configuration with a private bathroom and comfortable lounge area.
Suite AMUNDSEN features bunk-beds with a private bathroom.
Cabins BOYD, SHACKLETON, ANDREE and ARNESEN feature bunk-beds and a vanity sink, each Deck has separate shower and WC facilities for
Can you visit the Bridge?
The Bridge is open access to all guests 24 hours a day throughout the expedition, featuring a comfortable seating area and table for guests to
enjoy the 180 view and spend time with the Captain and Expedition Team as we navigate the polar regions!
Is there Wi-Fi?
Villa goes digitally dark when on expedition in Svalbard, some areas near Longyearbyen have 4G coverage but expect to be (and enjoy being!)
offline for the duration of your expedition.
Can you smoke during an expedition?
There are designated smoking areas on the vessel’s open deck. The interior of the ship is strictly non-smoking.
Is there a dress code onboard?
There is no dress code, please feel free to dress as you feel comfortable! There is no requirement for any formal dress during your expedition.
Is there an age-requirement? Are children allowed to join an expedition?
Under-18’s are more than welcome onboard with an accompanying adult, speak to one of our team and we will ensure the correct, age-
appropriate sized lifesaving equipment is onboard.
Are you allowed to join an expedition if you are pregnant?
Yes! Please ensure that your travel insurance covers you for the area of expedition sailing, and please be aware that whilst your Crew have
maritime medical training, there are no Medical Doctors, Nurses or Hospital onboard.
What is the dining experience like?
The Chef and galley team prepare all meals freshly with the finest available ingredients. The expedition dining experience is a highlight for
guests, where we gather to share memories of the exciting day just passed and indulge in the creative, delectable gastronomical offerings that
warm you up after being out adventuring in the polar field.
Can dietary restrictions be accommodated?
Our onboard Expedition Chef can cater to and accommodate all dietary requirements for your time aboard, please ensure to have indicated
your needs and preferences to our team in advance so we can be prepared for your arrival!
Are Zodiac cruises, shore landings, and hikes included in the cost?
Absolutely, expect many exciting expedition activities, including lectures and hands-on, in-field tutorials from our expert professional guides.
What is the best time of year for an expedition to Svalbard?
The best time during the year to visit Svalbard is during the Spring (starting in April) and Summer seasons (ending in September), from late
April to late September is when Svalbard experiences Midnight Sun!
How do you join an expedition to Svalbard?
There are direct flights to Longyearbyen, Svalbard where our Svalbard expeditions begin and end, from Oslo, Norway. Our team will be more
than happy to help you research the best flight and accommodation options for you.
What happens once we arrive in Longyearbyen?
Nansen Polar Expeditions will collect you from the airport or your accommodation in Longyearbyen for a private transfer to Villa for your
expedition embarkation, and again at the end of expedition for your onwards journey.
Are there any Covid-19 restrictions traveling for Svalbard or Norway?
Norway and Svalbard have no entry requirements for Covid-19 testing, or vaccination proof. This makes travelling to Svalbard more accessible
for the first time in over two years!
Are there any Covid-19 restrictions aboard the ship?
Nansen Polar Expeditions follows the local government restrictions and advice regarding Covid-19, and as such there are no regulations or
requirements regarding Covid-19 testing or vaccinations to embark as an expedition guest.
What is a Svalbard Land & Sea expedition?
Experience the best of Svalbard with our land-partners, Basecamp Explorer for a combination expedition where Nansen Polar Expeditions
ships offer the sea exploration of the archipelago portion, and Basecamp Explorer offer unique experiences on land in boutique remote hotels
across the frontier.
What species of wildlife we will see in Svalbard?
Wildlife sightings are never guaranteed, but our expert team make sure you will not be left disappointed. The Arctic wildlife we endeavour to
witness in their natural habitat either live year-round on Svalbard or migrate during the summer for the rich waters. We will be keeping our
eyes peeled for: Polar Bears, Atlantic Walrus, Ringed Seals, Harbour Seals, Bearded Seals, Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare, Svalbard Reindeer, Bowhead
Whales, Beluga Whales, Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Sperm Whales, Northern Bottlenose Whales, Killer Whales,
Pilot Whales, White-Beaked Dolphins, Red-throated Divers, Northern Fulmars, Pink-Footed Goose, Barnacle Goose, Brent Goose, Common
Wildlife sightings can happen at any moment during your expedition – with 24 hours of sunlight bringing 24 hours of opportunity. Our Captain,
Crew and Expedition Team are on 24/7 wildlife watch, with team members on the Bridge, out on Deck working all throughout the day and
night. Not only spotting movement from miles away, the Officers of Villa have been known to detect Polar Bear activity on the radar before
they are visible to the naked eye.
The comfort of the Bridge with its 180 degree views, is a warm, friendly and exciting environment to spot wildlife from. Villa features many
outdoor deck spaces at various heights affords many excellent vantage points across the Arctic Ocean. Board a Zodiac, a heavy-duty, rigid-
hulled inflatable boat that’s capable of manoeuvring and landing in the polar conditions, cruise at sea-level which elevates your wildlife-viewing
Is it safe to view the wildlife?
Villa and her Expedition Team follow the local regulations set by the authorities in Svalbard to protect the landscape, cultural monuments and
the wildlife that call it home, we are licensed and permitted to carry weapons for polar bear protection, and you will always be with a member
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!