Reasons to Go

By zodiac, on foot, or from the bows of your ship; you’ll experience all the emotions inspired by a magical landscape of calving glaciers, towering mountains, rolling tundra and deep fjords.

  • Venture into the lair of the polar bear – they outnumber humans up here
  • Hold your breath as you get thrillingly close to walrus, reindeer, arctic fox, seals and whales
  • Gaze up in amazement at soaring cliffs teeming with millions of nesting birds 
  • Experience the wonders of the midnight sun as day blends into night

Plus daily scheduled flights via Oslo make Svalbard easier and cheaper to reach than almost any other Arctic region.

Discover Svalbard

Introductory Svalbard trips

As the name suggests these shorter trips (6-10 days) offer an excellent introduction to the Svalbard , with daily off-ship excursions and good opportunities for wildlife sightings.

Svalbard in depth

These longer trips (11-13 days) not only improve your chances of wildlife sightings , but the later departures also offer the opportunity to do a full circumnavigation of Spitsbergen.

Trips to Svalbard & other Regions

While Svalbard has more than enough appeal to hold most people's attention, there are also some spectacular longer trips (13-24 days) which combine Svalbard with its near neighbours.

Plan your trip

How much does a Svalbard cruise cost?

Svalbard cruises vary in duration from 6 - 13 days which is reflected in the individual voyage cost. The most common trips are 8 - 11 days in length. The following prices are merely just guidelines as there is variation between ships:

  • 6 - 8 days trip approx. USD $3,500 per person
  • 8 - 11 days trip approx. USD $4,600 - $5,600 per person
  • 13 days trip approx. USD $7,500 per person

Swoop Says

FAQs about Svalbard Cruises

  • Will I see a polar bear?

    It’s the question which everyone asks. With more polar bears than humans, Svalbard is prime bear country and offers good chances of sightings. We’ve had lucky past customers who have seen 18 in the course of a week’s cruise. However, as ever with wildlife, sharp eyes and an element of luck are required.

  • Will there be guides on board?

    Yes, each vessel has an experienced team of polar experts on board who will act as your guides during daily landings and lectures while on board ship. All these expedition cruises - regardless of which ship you choose - have a strong educational dimension.

  • Are there regular excursions?

    Absolutely, this is a key part of an expedition cruise. Expect daily excursions of 2 - 4 hours duration accompanied by the onboard guides, exploring either by rubber zodiac or walking the tundra.

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