Encounter a pristine landscape of glaciers and fjords, see amazing wildlife in their natural habitat, and learn about the environmental challenges to the Arctic while cruising Norway’s Svalbard.

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An Arctic Cruise of Norway’s Svalbard

11 days | Full tour details to be announced soon

Encounter a pristine landscape of glaciers and fjords, see amazing wildlife in their natural habitat, and learn about the environmental challenges to the Arctic while cruising Norway’s Svalbard.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active

Expectations: Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions, and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Some tours may have activities with higher intensity and more active choices/options. Excursions require standing and walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (muddy/slippery walking/hiking trails). Specific itineraries may feature hiking, use of local transportation, extensive use of Zodiac crafts or other smaller ship conveyances, or multiple internal plane rides. Some itineraries may require early morning departures and later evening returns. Travelers may be in remote and/or rugged regions, and may be touring at higher altitudes with steep ascents/descents. Leisure time may be limited (sometimes only in the later evenings). Certain tours feature more active excursions (such as moderate hiking, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, bicycling, rafting, or kayaking), though another choice may be offered for an alternate skill level. Walking/hiking tours may feature up to six-mile walks/hikes.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S. / Paris, France

Depart the U.S. for Paris, France, the “City of Lights.” Stay for one night in the deluxe, conveniently located Hilton Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport Hotel.

Day 3 — Paris / Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway / Embark L'Boréal

Fly to scenic Longyearbyen, located at 78 degrees north and only 650 miles from the North Pole and board your ship to embark on your seven-night expedition. Cruise through an ethereal gallery of rare wilderness, secluded fjords and glittering ice—an unforgettable landscape enchanted by the midnight sun’s glow.

Meet your expert naturalist team, who will be aboard for the duration of the cruise, and enjoy the Captain’s welcome reception that evening. (B,R,D)

Day 4 — Hornsund for Burgerbukta / Samarin Glacier

Wind through pristine bays nestled in the Arctic’s recesses as you survey the stunning scenery for its king—the elusive polar bear. Navigate slow-drifting ice floes and snow-stripped cliffs by Zodiac in Burgerbukta; here, mountain ranges tower and glaciers crystallize to a bright-blue.

A shore excursion to the remote tidewater Samarin Glacier reveals a dramatic terrain of otherworldly ice frequented by seabirds such as kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Bellsund for Calypsobyen / Camp Millar

Anchor off the remote, former coal mining settlement of Calypsobyen—now populated with Arctic foxes and terns, this cultural heritage site is part of Sør-Spitsbergen, Norway’s largest National Park.

Continue to Camp Millar, once the gold mining base in Vårsolbukta and a favored grazing spot for endemic Svalbard reindeer. Watch for the deer ambling through the lush green tundra, where the tawny-green grass, richly fertilized by the large colony of hawks, contrasts with the frostily serene backdrop. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Cruise the Arctic Ice Pack / Polar Bear Search

Approach the Arctic Ice Pack at the approximate latitude of 80° north. The sheets of sea ice spanning the Arctic Ocean and its vicinity are home to the increasingly rare polar bear. Sea ice wanes in the warmer seasons and forms again as the winds chill, however, the dwindling midwinter ice causes polar bears to return later each season and travel further to their ice habitats, crucial zones for hunting, resting and breeding.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to look for these majestic, ivory-furred creatures in their native Arctic-dwelling. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Woodfjorden / Monaco Glacier

Woodfjorden appears as the paragon of winter wonder—glacier-fronted shores lead to alpine summits and red sandstone mountains, and ice glints in pale, striking blue.

Sail through Woodfjorden to Monaco Glacier, an actively calving ice sheet. Found at the end of the scenic Liefdefjorden, the tidewater glacier cleaves into a jagged topography of breathtaking snow-white and deep-sapphire. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Raudfjorden / Smeerenburg

Hike along the shores of awe-inspiring Raudfjorden and admire rust-hued cliffs and unspoiled waters.

Enjoy an excursion to a prized resting shore for walruses, the former Dutch-Danish whaling station of Smeerenburg, which translates to “blubber town” in Dutch. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Ny-Alesund / Kongsfjorden for Kings Glacier

On your walking tour of Ny-Alesund, one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities, learn about this research town’s rich history and scientific importance. Cruise by Zodiac through the spectacular inlet of Kongsfjorden to the impressive tidewater Kongsbreen, or King’s Glacier.

The glacial fjord’s protected islands and islets are a fertile environment for pink-footed and barnacle geese, common and king elders, long-tailed ducks, purple sandpipers, glaucous gulls, Atlantic puffins and snow buntings. Look for ringed and bearded seals sunbathing on ice floes. (B,L,R,D)

Day 10 — Longyearbyen / Paris, France

Disembark L’Boréal in Longyearbyen and fly to Paris, France.

Spend one night in the deluxe, conveniently located Hilton Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport Hotel. (B)

Day 11 — Paris / Return to U.S.

Board your return flight home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)