Svalbard Cruises & Luxury Expeditions

Explore a pristine realm of countless glaciers, jagged mountains, tranquil fjords, and icy shores where polar bears outnumber humans on a Svalbard cruise.

An Introduction To Svalbard Cruises

Svalbard Cruises invite you to experience this remote Arctic archipelago renowned for its wildlife-watching opportunities, historical sites, 2,000 glaciers and wilderness hikes only accessible by ship on an expedition cruise. From viewing polar bears on the sea ice in the north to the sheer ice wall of Nordaustlandet in the remote East and the bustling bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with 60,000 pairs of Brünnich's guillemots, Svalbard is a land full of natural wonders. 

The cruise season in Svalbard commences in late April and ends at the beginning of October. During the early season, visitors are greeted by frozen shores and snowy landscapes and witness Svalbard as it emerges from a long winter. The summer months offer the best opportunities for wildlife watching and more extended expeditions. It is possible to do a Svalbard-only cruise or combine it with other Arctic destinations such as Greenland and Iceland. 

Our team of polar experts hand-picks all our Svalbard cruises to help you find the perfect expedition. We offer the best selection of Svalbard cruises on modern expedition ships, allowing you to explore this icy realm comfortably and with ease.

Svalbard & Spitsbergen Cruises

walrus watching in Svalbard
Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen
Jun 1 - Jun 10 2025
9 Nights

Price from per person

£6,335
polar bear in Svalbard
Small Ship
Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen
Jul 26 - Aug 4 2025
9 Nights

Price from per person

£7,145
hiking in snowy landscape in Svalbard
Small Ship
Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen
Jun 8 - Jun 17 2025
9 Nights

Price from per person

£7,145

Highlights Of a Svalbard Cruise

Why Visit?

1

Encounter Polar Bears in their natural habitat

Svalbard offers one of the best places on Earth to encounter polar bears in their natural habitat. Nothing beats witnessing polar bears roaming on the ice from the safety of a ship or Zodiac. 

2

Meet Svalbard's mighty glaciers

Encounter Svalbard's countless glaciers on a Zodiac cruise and watch in anticipation as large chunks of ice calve into the sea below.

3

Spend Time wildlife watching

Enjoy spending time on deck or in the Zodiac watching wildlife, which could include polar bears, walruses, Svalbard Reindeer, seals, whales and Arctic foxes, to name a

4

Hike in the majestic Arctic scenery

Enjoy the exhilarating air and appreciate the never-ending scenery on a wilderness hike through Svalbard's coastlines, tundra, and hillsides.

5

Join Exhilarating Outdoor Activities

Svalbard cruises offer the perfect opportunity for adventurers to participate in an optional activity in wild nature, such as kayaking or extended hiking.

6

Small Ship Expedition Cruise Experience

Join a small group of like-minded travellers and experience Svalbard in comfort and luxury on a purpose-built, ice-strengthened expedition ship.

What To See

Walruses in Svalbard Spitsbergen resting on ice

Wildlife

Svalbard is known for its abundance of Arctic wildlife with over 80 species of birds, a rich marine life including walruses, belugas and whales, and, on land, a one-of-a-kind reindeer. And, of course, polar bears as well.

glaciers in Svalbard and Spitsbergen

Glaciers

Svalbard's landscape was carved by 2000 glaciers, many of which still extend to the sea, where their colossal calving glacier fronts make a site to behold.

history in Svalbard Ny Alesund

Historical Sites

From abandoned mines and settlements to the remnants of whaling settlements and the race to the North Pole, Svalbard is perfect for any lover of polar history.

Visit the Arctic A Zodiac in Arctic in Spitsbergen

Arctic Wilderness

With snowy mountains, ice caps, deserted islets, and landscapes as old as time, Svalbard is a place of pristine and captivating scenery.

Getting to Your Svalbard Cruise

Outside of the town of Longyearbyen, Svalbard is essentially an uninhabited wilderness with no roads, so the best way to explore it is on an expedition cruise with daily shore landings by Zodiac with a team of expert guides. 

With Svalbard, there are two options for joining cruises: 1) to fly to Svalbard and embark on a cruise that departs from Longyearbyen, or 2) join an expedition cruise that sails to Svalbard from other Arctic destinations such as Iceland, Greenland or Norway. The choice depends on which voyage best suits your preferences and the places you want to see. 

Longyearbyen is easy to reach for cruises embarking in Svalbard, as daily flights to Oslo, Norway connect it. The cruise often includes a charter flight to Longyearbyen to ensure a seamless experience.

 If you are cruising to Svalbard from another destination, you must reach the departure port first. Many cruises to Svalbard depart from Reykjavik, Iceland, which has excellent international connections to the rest of the world, or Norway, which also has excellent air connections. 

A flight to and from the departure port may also be included depending on your chosen cruise. If not, our Travel Experience Team can help you with this. 

For more information, please see our guide below for all the different ways to get to Svalbard.

When To Go On A Svalbard Cruise

Svalbard cruises occur during the Arctic summer between May and September when there are 24 hours of daylight, milder temperatures, and the wildlife is most active.  

The best time to explore Svalbard on an expedition cruise depends on what you want to see. May and June offer the chance to see Svalbard as it emerges from winter with snowy landscapes, sea ice, and the beautiful midnight sun. Routes are shorter during this time due to the sea ice, and shore landings often involve snowshoeing. 

July and August are the best months for wildlife viewing, with the bird cliffs now full of activity and walruses hauled out on remote beaches. The height of the summer is the best time for longer voyages to the East as the sea ice has receded and hiking ashore. 

As autumn approaches, visitors are greeted by long sunrises and sunsets, which provide photographers with gorgeous light. The sea ice is at its lowest, granting access to the furthest reaches of Svalbard, and the snow returns once more.

Please see our detailed guide below to learn what a Svalbard cruise offers each month, including wildlife-watching opportunities.

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Types of Svalbard Cruises

Svalbard Luxury Cruises

Luxury expedition cruises to Svalbard offer the chance to explore majestic nature while enjoying a high level of comfort without compromising the expedition experience.
Le Commandant Charcot Luxury Icebreaker ship

Svalbard & North Pole Icebreaker Cruises

Specialist luxury Icebreaker cruises allow a rare opportunity to explore Svalbard and reach the Geographic North Pole.
Sylvia Earle small expedition ship in Antarctica with Penguins

Svalbard Small Ships Cruises

A small ship cruise offers the perfect way to explore Svalbard if you are a wildlife lover, photographer, or outdoor enthusiast looking to maximise your time in nature.

Places To Explore On A Svalbard Cruise

Nodaustlandet on a Svalbard cruise

Nordaustlandet

The second-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago on the remote east coast, Nordaustlandet is home to the Austfonna ice cap known for its meltwater waterfalls.
Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen

The most Northerly town on Earth, Longyearbyen has excellent museums about early polar exploration and beautiful hotels, bars and restaurants.
Monaco Glacier on a Svalbard cruise

Monaco Glacier

One of Svalbard's 2,000 glaciers, the Monaco Glacier is a wall of jagged ice that calves during the summer months, offering a spectacular sight from a Zodiac at a safe distance.
Hinlopen Strait on A Svalbard Cruise

Hinlopen Strait

A strait of water separating Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet, it is home to the Alkefjellet bird cliffs and provides excellent opportunities for wildlife watching.
Hornsund in Svalbard on an expedition cruise with PONANT

Hornsund

A deep fjord on southern Spitsbergen, Hornsund is known for its rugged cliffs, dramatic mountainous landscapes and numerous glaciers.
history in Svalbard Ny Alesund

Ny Alesund

A research settlement on the island of Spitsbergen, it is considered one of the northernmost settlements in the world and is where the airship mast from Amundsen's first flight to the North Pole still stands today.

Plan Your Svalbard Cruise

Book Well in Advance: Svalbard cruises have a limited capacity, and the best ships often sell out in advance. We recommend booking your cruise well to secure your preferred ship and cabin.

Choose Your Itinerary: There are a variety of small expedition cruise ships, voyages, and activities to choose from. With an extensive range of Svalbard cruises, we have an option that aligns with your interests, from wildlife watching and photography to hiking or kayaking. Our Travel Experience Team will advise and recommend different options based on your preferences.

Reserve Your Cabin With North Pole Cruises: We will ensure you receive the best price from the operator when booking. Our knowledgeable Travel Experience Team will help you choose your Svalbard cruise and answer any questions. We will provide lots of helpful information, including packing lists, before the voyage and support you during your journey if you have any issues. With every booking, we offer peace of mind with our 100% financial protection.

Travel Insurance: When booking, purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your Greenland cruise that covers trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and evacuation from remote locations. Ensure that your policy explicitly covers polar travel.

.Visiting Svalbard on an expedition cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We are here to help you plan and prepare for your extraordinary voyage to explore one of the world's most hidden destinations.

Frequently Asked Questions

The price of a Svalbard cruise varies depending on several factors, including the ship size, the level of luxury, the itinerary, the number of guests, the time of year, and the length of your chosen itinerary. As a rule of thumb, prices per person start from £1,000 ($1274, €1152) per person per night for an expedition cruise to Svalbard.

Yes, we offer no single supplement on selected Svalbard cruises. Our Travel Experience Team has access to the best offers for solo travellers. 

We recommend you contact us with your requirements, and we can help you find the best no-single supplement Svalbard cruise for you.

Polar bears are frequently spotted throughout Svalbard during the summer, on the shore and the sea ice to the north. Svalbard is one of the best places on Earth to see polar bears in the wild. The Barents Sea region is home to over 2000 polar bears, and Svalbard is the destination we recommend the most for wildlife in the Arctic.

As Svalbard is a wilderness, polar bear sightings can never be guaranteed, although all the ships we work with have highly trained guides and wildlife spotters onboard to maximise your chances of seeing polar bears.

If seeing polar bears is one of your goals, we recommend a more extended, in-depth trip to explore Svalbard, as this will increase the opportunities to see polar bears.

If you need assistance, our Travel Experience Team is here to help you find the right cruise.

The weather on a Svalbard cruise can vary depending on the time of year you plan to visit. Svalbard is in the high Arctic region, and its climate is known for cold temperatures, although it is milder than most people imagine during the summer cruising months. 

Summer (June to August):

This is the most popular time for cruises as the temperatures are relatively mild, ranging from 0 to 7 degrees Celsius (32 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit). During this period, daylight lasts almost 24 hours, providing an opportunity to see wildlife and stunning landscapes. However, be prepared for chilly conditions, such as fog and rain.

Spring (April to May) and Fall (September to October):

During these transitional seasons, temperatures can range from -10 to 5 degrees Celsius (14 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit). The ice and snow begin to melt in spring, and there’s a chance to witness wildlife awakening. Fall brings cooler temperatures, the potential for northern lights, and the possibility of more ice.

Regardless of the season, it is essential to dress in layers, bring waterproof gear, and prepare for cold and potentially wet conditions. 

During the reservation process, we will provide you with a complete packing list to prepare you for the weather conditions on your Svalbard cruise.

Our Svalbard cruises include accommodation in your choice of well-appointed cabin, dining, expert guides, guest lecturers outlined in the itinerary, Zodiac cruises and excursions, and specified charter flights.

Please check the tour page of your chosen itinerary to see a complete list of inclusions.

Financial security is paramount for our clients, so all bookings made through North Pole Cruises include 100% financial protection. We also include supplier failure insurance free of charge for extra peace of mind. This ensures you have the very best protection on your booking. 

When reserving your chosen itinerary, the payment options will be quoted.

Typical payment terms are a 25% deposit when booking to reserve your cabin and the final balance payable 90 days before departure. 

We accept payment via credit card or bank transfer.

Each ship and itinerary offers different activities in Svalbard. Zodiac excursions and shore landings with a team of expert guides are included in the experience for all Svalbard expedition cruises.

Kayaking and extended trekking are available on selected departures. 

During the reservation process, please specify which activities you are interested in, and we will assist you in finding a Svalbard cruise that fits your preferences. 

Depending on your choice, some activities are included in the cost, and others are extra.

Svalbard is home to a diverse array of wildlife, and out of any destination in the Arctic, it is the one we recommend for viewing wildlife. 

To maximise wildlife-viewing opportunities, we recommend a small ship cruise with an extended duration during June, July, and August. These months produce the most sightings when the bird cliffs are most active. 

A longer cruise length offers more opportunities for wildlife sightings.  

If you need help deciding which Svalbard cruise is best for wildlife watching, please get in touch with our Travel Experience Team. They will be happy to advise you.

Svalbard cruises vary between 6 days for a shorter cruise to explore Spitsbergen and ten days for an in-depth circumnavigation of Svalbard. Longer cruises that visit other Arctic destinations such as Greenland, Iceland and Norway are up to 21 days long. 

We have many Svalbard cruises available and can help you find one that matches your ideal length.

We recommend planning your Svalbard cruise a year in advance to ensure you get your preferred choice of ship and cabin. We usually have last-minute availability on select departures for late bookers.

Please get in touch with our Travel Experience Team to find out about last-minute availability.

The first step to reserving your Svalbard cruise is to contact our Travel Experience Team, who will be happy to help you with your itinerary and provide details about availability and pricing for your selected voyage.

Do you need help planning your expedition?

Our friendly and knowledgeable Travel Experience Team is ready to assist you.

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