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 archipelago.

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 Polar bears in Svalbard. Credit: Dominic Barrington  Polar bears in Norway's arctic landscape  Traffic sign in Svalbard. Credit: Tori Hogan  Travelers exploring Svalbard  Picturesque scenery around Norway's Svalbard  Colorful houses in Svalbard's Longyearbyen

An Arctic Cruise to Norway’s Svalbard

In Search of Polar Bears and the Midnight Sun Aboard the 200-guest Spitsbergen

13 days from $8,230

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 archipelago.

or Call 855-330-1542

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Overview

Under the Midnight Sun, only 600 miles from the North Pole, lies Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, a strikingly beautiful wilderness known only to the adventurous few. Join us on this exhilarating new cruise that circumnavigates Spitsbergen, which you can make as leisurely or as active as you like. You’ll encounter a pristine landscape of glaciers and fjords, see amazing wildlife in their natural habitat, and learn about the environmental challenges to the Arctic.

Highlights Include

  • An Isolated, Ethereal World: Following an overnight stay in Oslo, arrive in Longyearbyen and spend a night in this former mining town, home to the world’s northernmost seed vault. Then embark your ship and enter a world where nature is in its purest form. During your voyage around Spitsbergen, you’ll cruise through deep fjords and experience the sound of calving ice crashing into the sea from mighty glaciers. Here, the seascape is ever-changing with the ocean full of drifting ice. You’ll also stop at small hamlets along the way to meet residents who brave the elements to live and work in this spartan landscape.
  • Wildlife: Throughout your cruise, watch for the majestic polar bear in its native habitat (one of the very few places in the world). View marine wildlife such as herds of walrus hauled out on scoured granite beaches, bearded and ring seals lazing about, and some of the world’s largest whales. Along the shores, you may also spot an Arctic fox scurrying across the snow and iconic reindeer grazing the tundra. And you’re sure to see teeming bird colonies nesting amid the sea cliffs.
  • Active Adventure: Cruise down icy fjords, paddle in kayaks amid brilliantly blue icebergs, hike across tundra punctuated by clusters of vibrant wildflowers, and even traverse a glacier with an experienced expedition team. You’ll also take small craft excursions that bring you up close to geological formations or to the shore to observe wildlife.
  • The Spitsbergen: Rebuilt in 2016, this Arctic expedition ship features elegant, modern, comfortable public areas and cabins. The ship is environmentally friendly with technical improvements to reduce emissions and fuel consumption and is equipped and adapted for sailing in polar waters. Given its ideal size, the ship can easily change course as weather, ice, and wildlife situations evolve, bringing guests even closer to nature

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 — Arrive in Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway's capital, is often referred to as "the blue, the green, and the city in between" because of its location between the fjord and the forest. Spend a day checking out the museums, parks, and cutting-edge architecture, or relax in a café or bar. Tonight, join fellow travelers for a welcome reception. (R)

Day 3 — Oslo to Longyearbyen

Your grand Arctic circumnavigation starts with a mid-morning flight from Oslo. The contrast from Oslo will be significant when you arrive in Longyearbyen. While Longyearbyen sits on the edge of the harsh ice, it boasts modern appeal with first-class facilities, charming architecture, an internationally renowned museum, and several bars and restaurants – all in the midst of the untouched Arctic wilderness. Stay overnight in one of the town’s hotels and enjoy dinner followed by a presentation about life in Svalbard. (B,D)

Day 4 — Longyearbyen

After an overnight stay in the hotel, you will enjoy an exciting excursion in the unique town of Longyearbyen and the surrounding area before boarding the ship. Your local guide will introduce you to Longyearbyen, which houses the world’s northernmost seed vault, guide you through Svalbard Museum, and take you to Camp Barentz in Advent Valley, where you can enjoy coffee, tea, and a special Svalbard snack. You'll also have the chance to meet friendly polar sled dogs and learn about these fascinating canines from one of our experienced mushing guides. In the late afternoon, embark the Spitsbergen. (B,L,D)

Days 5-7 — North West Spitsbergen National Park

The Northwest Corner is scattered with islands, fjords, and beaches. The ocean here is full of drifting ice and the frozen landscape changes constantly. Your captain monitors conditions closely before deciding where we can land or sail; if we are able to land, this area is excellent for exploring Svalbard’s history. You will have the chance to see the remnants of ancient blubber ovens used to render whale oil. We might visit Kongsfjorden, considered one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations. On the shore is the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund, now an international center for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings. We may also have the chance to visit Krossfjorden and Mitrahalvøya, where you can see ruins from the whaling period, beautiful alpine flora, bird cliffs, and Svalbard reindeer. If conditions allow, try crossing a glacier with the expedition team. Raudfjorden offers plenty of opportunities for great hikes. Hamiltonbukta is too shallow for our ship to navigate but is the perfect for exploring by kayak. And in Liefdefjord, we may also have the opportunity to view the enormous Monaco Glacier. (B,L,D)

Days 8-10 — Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserves / South Spitsbergen National Park

Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears on the archipelago. Today, we aim to cruise in Sorgfjorden, which borders the Northeast Spitsbergen Nature Reserve, and was the location of a famous 17th-century battle between whalers. Enjoy the view on deck as we pass the spectacular bird cliff of Alkefjellet, one of the largest of its kind. Edgeøya is the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. On its western shores, the landscape is largely un-glaciated, unlike most other places on the east side of Spitsbergen. Kapp Lee is a wonderful site where you will find cultural heritage from all eras of human exploration of Svalbard. We continue to the southern cape and the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen, where Hornsund has large variations in its landscape and geology within short distances. Ice being pushed into the fjord early in the season attracts polar bears that hunt on the ice, so if we are fortunate, we will spot some of these predators. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — The Isfjord

We will spend the day exploring the Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. In the inner parts of Isfjorden, the landscape changes constantly. The immense u-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago, are home to large populations of the Svalbard reindeer. Later, we’ll explore a scenic fjord and arrange a farewell barbecue in spectacular Arctic surroundings. (B,L,R,D)

Day 12 — Oslo

Disembark the ship and board your transfer vehicle to the airport for your flight back to Oslo. (B)

Day 13 — Return to the U.S.

Check out of your hotel and travel to the airport for your return flight back to the U.S. (B)

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