Small Ship

Svalbard Explorer: Best of High Arctic Norway

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen

Svalbard, Arctic
Jul 26 - Aug 4 2025
9 Nights
134 Guests

Starting from per person

£7,145

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Embark on an enthralling journey that captures the essence of Spitsbergen, the crown jewel of the Svalbard archipelago, starting from its largest settlement, Longyearbyen. Known as the Arctic's wildlife capital, this adventure promises to unveil the rich diversity of life in this frozen wilderness. Over ten days, we'll seek out the area's wildlife, from walruses and reindeer to the majestic polar bear, all thriving under the midnight sun's endless glow. Dive into the heart of the Arctic as we explore its natural wonders, unique landscapes, and countless glaciers, and hike the vibrant tundra. Led by a team of expert guides, uncover the history and geology of this secluded haven and venture into a distant land of unforgettable beauty with daily shore landings by Zodiac. 

For your ease and comfort, this expedition includes a return flight between Helsinki and Longyearbyen, where you will embark on the ship. 

This small ship cruise offers the possibility to explore Svalbard with a group of 134 like-minded guests in intimacy on the latest expedition cruise ship, the Ocean Explorer.

Svalbard Explorer Cruise Map

Cruise Highlights

Cruise Highlights

  • Meet the iconic inhabitants of the Arctic, including polar bears, walruses, and reindeer.
  • Encounter the midnight sun
  • Explore the tundra, landscapes and polar desert
  • Explore by Zodiac and get up close to glaciers, fjords, and icebergs.
  • Immerse yourself in adventure activities such as sea kayaking or brave the frozen waters and take a polar plunge.

Itinerary

Itinerary

An immersive expedition cruise to discover the highlights of Svalbard

Helsinki cityscape
Day 1

Arrive in Helsinki, Finland

Start your Arctic journey in Helsinki, a city celebrated for its remarkable architecture and fascinating blend of Eastern and Western cultural influences. Should you arrive ahead of schedule, take the opportunity to discover the array of museums, art galleries, and dining spots, unwind in a traditional Finnish sauna, or stroll through the lively Design District. Your stay at an included hotel will ensure a restful night before the adventure.

View of plane wing
Day 2

Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Embark

This morning, we'll head to the airport and catch our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in Spitsbergen. As we embark on our ship and begin our voyage, take in the breathtaking first sights of the island's imposing, glacier-crowned mountains ascending dramatically from the icy waters.

Exploring Spitsbergen Zodiac in front of glacier
Days 3-9

Exploring Spitsbergen

As we navigate the enchanting island of Spitsbergen, we'll be continuously on the lookout for its diverse wildlife. Our journey will explore the western parts of Spitsbergen and its breathtaking northern fjords. The landscape is as diverse as its inhabitants, ranging from delicate polar vegetation to majestic glaciers.

Since each voyage has conditions and potential discoveries, our route remains flexible. Possible journey highlights include marvelling at the 14th of July Glacier, exploring the historical remnants of Smeerenburg, admiring the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet, or navigating the icy waters of the Hinlopen Strait. Our selection of destinations will focus on maximizing wildlife encounters while honouring Spitsbergen's rich history and unique geological features.

This island is a paradise for wildlife photographers, offering unparalleled opportunities to capture images of polar bears in their natural habitat, set against the breathtaking landscapes of mountains and ice. Svalbard's pristine ecosystem, largely untouched and rigorously protected, serves as a sanctuary for these majestic creatures.

The sheer cliffs of Alkefjellet are alive with the calls of thousands of Brünnich's guillemots, creating a bustling atmosphere that is a sight to behold.

Encountering a walrus colony as they gather on the shore is an unforgettable experience, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of these magnificent marine mammals.

Sea kayaking and paddle excursions are available for those eager to dive deeper into Spitsbergen's serene beauty. These provide a closer and more personal connection with the water.

The natural splendour of Spitsbergen is endless. The tundra comes alive in the summertime with vibrant wildflowers, each vying momentarily in the sun. Day by day, you'll be greeted with nature's artistry, from the ever-evolving beauty of icebergs and the quiet grace of a polar bear to relics of human history that whisper tales of the past.

Longyearbyen
Day 10

Disembark in Longyearbyen and Fly to Helsinki

The moment has arrived to bid farewell to your Expedition Team and fellow travellers. Your journey concludes where it all started, in the charming, historic town of Longyearbyen. We'll provide transportation to the airport for your group's return charter flight to Helsinki, which is included in your transfer package.

Activities

Activities

Zodiac Cruising and Shore Landings

Zodiac Crusiing pas Iceberg

Zodiac inflatable boats are integral to every expedition and perfect for exploring the polar wilderness. Zodiacs are used to ferry you to the shore and mini explorations amidst icebergs, whales, and seabirds. Throughout your expedition, they enable you to reach secluded spots only accessible by these sturdy watercraft.

Driven by our expert team of knowledgeable polar guides, we will explore the Zodiac daily as part of your expedition.

Hiking

Guests hiking in Svalbard

Immerse yourself in the thrill of hiking across the polar wilderness, led by our seasoned polar guides. Wander the vast tundra, marvel at the majestic glaciers, and come face-to-face with the land's inhabitants, including reindeer and Arctic foxes, in their natural habitat. It's an adventure that brings you into the heart of the Arctic's untamed beauty.

Polar Plunge

polar plunge activity on an expedition cruise

During each voyage, we carve out a special moment for the Polar Plunge, a thrilling dive into the icy waters, scheduled just once for those daring enough to leap. Our Expedition Leader and Captain are always on the lookout, assessing the weather and sea conditions to pick the perfect spot and moment for this exhilarating experience. Whether it's from the shore, off the gangway, or the edge of a Zodiac, participants, clad in tethered harnesses for safety, leap into the chilly embrace of the polar sea amid the cheers and encouragement of their fellow adventurers and the Expedition Team.

Safety is our top priority during the Polar Plunge. The onboard physician is always present to oversee the event, ensuring everyone's well-being. Additionally, our guides, suited in survival gear, patrol the waters in Zodiacs, ready to assist as guests make their splash into the frigid waters, whether it's a bold jump or an adventurous cannonball.

Sea Kayaking*

sea kayaking in the Arctic

Experience the beauty of the polar regions from the intimacy of a sea kayak. The onboard Sea Kayak Program gathers adventurers with a shared passion to explore the stunning landscapes of fjords, glacial fronts, or intricate sea ice formations together.

This program welcomes both novices and experienced kayakers to discover the polar regions from a distinctive vantage point. Depending on weather and operational conditions, the goal is to get kayaking as frequently as possible. Sea kayaking adventures typically begin with a Zodiac boat transferring participants from the ship to an optimal launch site. After exploring the waters, kayakers are brought back to the ship via Zodiac. 

For safety, a Zodiac operated by a dedicated driver remains close at hand to provide help if needed. These kayak trips usually last from one and a half to three hours, blending adventure with unparalleled natural beauty.

*An extra cost is applicable. Please enquire about costs and availability at the time of reservation. Please note places on sea kayaking do sell out in advance, so forward booking is essential.

Your Ship

Your Ship

Ocean Explorer

Ship Highlights

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Small Ship That Delivers Epic Adventures

Embark on an authentic expedition with the Ocean Explorer, a small expedition ship accommodating 138 guests per voyage. Designed for an exclusive experience, this ship is ideal for guests eager to maximize their time off the ship, exploring remote areas through Zodiac excursions and shore landings.
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A Great Choice For Activities

Due to its small size, Ocean Explorer is an excellent option for those seeking additional polar activities. Led by a team of polar experts, guests can partake in thrilling adventures such as kayaking, camping and trekking, enhancing the overall expedition experience
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Excellent Zodiac to Guest Ratio

Enjoy the freedom of Zodiac excursions in the raw nature that can accommodate all guests simultaneously. Thanks to the Ocean Explorer's large fleet of Zodiacs and speedy boarding platforms, guests have more time for exploration, creating unforgettable moments in the vast wilderness.
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State of The Art Design

Immerse yourself in the Ocean Explorer's cutting-edge X Bow design, presenting a breathtaking viewing lounge at the ship's bow. This modern design enhances stability and ensures fuel efficiency, enabling swift and comfortable sailing through challenging seas during sea passages.
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Pinnacle of Sustainability and Safety

Pioneering sustainability, the Ocean Explorer features a fuel-efficient design. Employing GPS anchoring instead of traditional anchors in sensitive areas, the ship also converts waste to energy fur, thus helping to reduce its impact on the polar regions.
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Outstanding Onboard Living Spaces

Indulge in a realm of comfort with well-appointed cabins featuring private balconies, an observation lounge with stunning views, and rejuvenating amenities like on-deck jacuzzis, a sauna, and a gym. The Ocean Explorer ensures high comfort levels, complemented by the intimacy of travelling in a small, exclusive group.
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Industry Leading Guides

With a stellar reputation for hosting an exceptional team of guides and polar specialists, the Ocean Explorer is recognized as a trailblazer in small ship expeditions. Whether for activities, wildlife observation, or exploration, the ship's industry-leading guides guarantee an unparalleled and unforgettable experience. (Reasons To Choose This Ship)

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£7,145

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Choose Your Cabin

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Studio Double

Deck 3

175-186 sq. ft. 1-2

One double bed made up of two twin berths

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Studio Single

Deck 3

177 sq. ft. 1

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Deluxe Veranda Forward Stateroom

Deck 4

168-195 sq. ft. 1-2

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Deluxe Veranda Middle Stateroom

Deck 4

203-272 sq. ft. 1-2

One double bed made up of two twin berths plus some with fold out sofa bed

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Deluxe Veranda Stateroom

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Deck 4

200-205 sq. ft. 1-2

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Studio Veranda Stateroom

Deck 6

173 sq. ft. 1-2

One double bed made up of two twin berths

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Grand Veranda Stateroom

Deck 6

195-205 sq. ft. 1-2

One double bed made up of two twin berths plus fold out sofa bed

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Junior Suite

Deck 6

296-299 sq. ft. 1-2

Two rooms

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Royal Veranda Stateroom

Deck 4

Deck 6

189-272 sq. ft. 1-2

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Studio Veranda Single

Deck 7

238 sq. ft.

1 One twin single

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Explorer Suite

Deck 7

269 sq. ft. 1-2

Two rooms

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Owners Suite

Deck 7

443 sq. ft. 1-2

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Deck Plan

Ocean Explorer Deck Plan Deck 3

What's Included

Included

  • Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
  • Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • An official expeditions parka to keep
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person

Optional Extras

  • International airfare
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Helsinki
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international and domestic flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Adventure Options listed as an additional cost

Important Information

  • This expedition involves travelling to lovely remote places with limited medical facilities. We ask you to be healthy and fit to participate. If you have a severe medical condition or have recently undergone surgery, please get in touch with us before making a reservation. Our Travel Experience Team will be happy to assist you with any questions.
  • Whilst our expeditions do not require exceptional fitness, you must be mobile enough to climb in and out of a Zodiac and undertake short walks.
  • Expedition programmes include zodiac outings and landings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks, and more active hikes, all accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides.
  • Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, ice position, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may cancel or stop any activity or modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will consider the touristic quality of the sites and, above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.
  • You must take out comprehensive travel insurance, which includes medical evacuation and cancellation at the time of booking. To learn more, please see our guide to Travel Insurance For Expedition Cruises.
  • You must hold a passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond completing your trip. Please check to see if you require a visa to enter the countries of embarkation and disembarkation. If you have any questions, our Travel Experience Team is always on hand to answer them.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask our Travel Experience Team.

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