Svalbard in Depth

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen

Svalbard
July
14 Nights

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two colourful houses in Ny ALesund Svalbard with snowy mountains in the background - best places to visit in the Arctic
Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen
Jul 04 2025 - Jul 18 2025
14 Nights

Price from per person

£14,716

Cruise Overview

On this extended adventure through the Svalbard archipelago, you'll have plenty of time to experience the magic of this extraordinary region. Enjoy the near-endless daylight where polar bear sightings set your heart racing, guillemot cries echo from lofty cliffs, and beluga whales surface from the depths. With more time to explore, we aim to reveal some of our favourite hidden gems in Svalbard and perhaps discover new ones along the way. The wild and remote nature of Svalbard means unpredictable conditions are the norm, but with extra time, we can take a more leisurely pace, allowing us to linger in serene bays for unforgettable wildlife encounters and revisit locations we previously couldn't.

Traverse tundra blanketed with wildflowers, watch for elusive arctic foxes, and uncover historic camps of explorers and hunters. Push through pack ice to spot walruses and bearded seals, and revel in the breathtaking beauty of the fjords. Our goal is to ensure you experience everything this incredible place has to offer!

Svalbard in depth map

Cruise Highlights

Cruise Highlights

  • Journey near 80° north to search for polar bears on the pack ice.
  • Experience the excitement of spotting walruses, seals, whales, reindeer, arctic foxes, guillemots, and puffins.
  • Sail alongside vibrant blue glaciers and through breathtaking fjords.
  • Embark on tundra hikes surrounded by stunningly beautiful landscapes.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Extended Exploration of Svalbard

Oslo Harbour
Day 1

Oslo

Upon arriving in Oslo, check in at our group hotel near the airport. Stop by the hospitality desk to pick up your luggage cabin tags and to speak with our ground operations team. 

They will provide important information about pre-embarkation procedures and the charter flight to Longyearbyen scheduled for tomorrow. Ensure you label your luggage tags clearly with your name and ship cabin number.

The remainder of your time is at leisure. All meals today are at your own expense. 

Accommodation: The Clarion Hotel Oslo (or similar)

A photo of Longyearbyen in Svalbard with snow on houses during the winter
Day 2

Fly to Longyearbyen and embark

Make sure your luggage is properly tagged with your name and cabin number. Keep all valuables and personal items with you throughout the day. Your luggage will be delivered to your cabin prior to your arrival on board.

During the journey to Camp Barentz in Advent Valley, your guide will share the captivating history of Longyearbyen. At Camp Barentz, gather in the traditional 'lavvo' for a presentation. Meet the friendly huskies and browse for souvenirs. Later, visit the Svalbard Museum in town before boarding the vessel in the late afternoon.

After boarding, take some time to get comfortable in your cabin before attending the mandatory safety briefings. This evening, you’ll have the opportunity to meet your expedition team and crew members.

Panorama Showing the Magdalena fjord in Svalbard
Days 3 - 14

Exploring Svalbard

Explore Svalbard’s extraordinary fjords, majestic mountain ranges, and fossil-rich polar deserts, all of which set the stage for the heroic tales of early explorers. You might see walruses lounging on sea ice or basking on beaches, and witness the cacophony of guillemots nesting on towering cliffs and the lively chatter of little auk colonies among the scree slopes.

With extra time compared to our classic Svalbard voyages, we aim to venture further. Our goal is to explore the archipelago's two largest islands, Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet. We may also delight in the sights around Barentsøya and Edgeøya, located in the Hinlopen Strait, a known polar bear migration route. We plan to visit remnants of old whaling settlements, ancient Pomor sites, and enjoy early morning Zodiac cruises. Marvel at the glittering glaciers, keep an eye out for beluga whales, and spot ivory gulls.

Weather and ice conditions permitting, we may sail to the northernmost points of the Svalbard archipelago, home to large colonies of walruses. The mighty polar bear, in its natural habitat on the pack ice, will be a prime focus of our watchful expedition team, as we are as eager as you to spot these magnificent creatures.

For those participating in optional activities such as kayaking, opportunities will arise whenever conditions permit. If you're keen on taking a polar plunge, listen for the announcement when conditions are just right for an exhilarating dip – a memory you'll cherish for years to come.

Oslo Harbour
Day 15

Disembark Longyearbyen and fly to Oslo

In the morning, we sail back to Longyearbyen. Bid farewell to your Expedition Team upon disembarkation and enjoy some leisure time before transferring to the airport for our charter flight back to Oslo.

Please note that our arrival time in Oslo depends on the approved flight slot for our charter flight to Longyearbyen, which is expected to be confirmed by February 2025.

Activities

Activities

Zodiac Cruising

travellers viewing a polar bear from a Zodiac boat in Svalbard

Join us on daily adventures with our fleet of Zodiacs, expertly piloted by polar guides who will take you to the heart of stunning natural landscapes and wildlife. Enjoy the excitement of shore landings on secluded beaches and cruises through icy waters to explore intriguing sites. Every day promises new adventures and unforgettable encounters with the wild while experiencing the comfort and thrill of our Zodiacs.

Kayaking

Kayaks and Activity Platform Greg Mortimer

Embark on a thrilling sea kayaking adventure that  takes you through breathtaking polar landscapes. All necessary equipment will be provided, so you don't have to worry about a thing. As you glide through the icy waters, you'll be surrounded by stunning vistas that are sure to leave an indelible mark on your memory. This is a seamless and exciting way to experience the wonders of the natural world.

*Please note that limited spots are available for this exclusive experience and there is an additional charge. Please enquire at time of reservation.

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Your Ship

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