Discover the Svalbard Archipelago

Travelling at the height of the Arctic summer under the midnight sun, spend 10 days exploring the northwestern parts of the Svalbard archipelago. Highlights include encounters with walrus, reindeer and belugas, while the chance of glimpsing the white bear is ever present. Also includes visiting historic sites and majestic glaciers.

10 Days


Discover the Svalbard Archipelago - 10 - $6,695

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 8 full days in Svalbard
  • Heads north to Phippsoya, only 540 miles from the North Pole
  • This ship’s 1A ice rating makes it ideal for this type of Arctic expedition
  • Kayaking, yoga & photography workshops
  • We like the fact that this ship loans full wet weather gear (incl. trousers)

Start from Longyearbyen and end at Longyearbyen

Landmarks visited on Discover the Svalbard Archipelago

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen

Today, embark in Longyearbyen and sail out into Isfjorden during the early evening. With almost 24 hours of daylight at this time of the year, enjoy the views from the outer decks of the ship as you depart. Meet your fellow passengers and the expedition team during an introductory briefing and enjoy a welcome dinner as you set sail.

Day 2: Bourbonhamna

Beluga whales are frequently seen as they transit the narrow sound near Bourbonhamna. It is estimated there are approximately five to ten thousand belugas in the Svalbard population. On the shore excursion, an old hunting cabin and other artefacts are points of interest. You will also hope to catch a glimpse of dozens of reindeer that inhabit the area.

Day 3: The Lilliehook Glacier

The Lilliehook Glacier is an incredible sight. The face stretches almost seven kilometers across and has a height of around 80-meters. Viewed from the ship or on a zodiac cruise you come to appreciate the enormous scale of our surroundings. The area is home to numerous bird colonies and a variety of different species. As you cruise the dark waters, you are always on the lookout for bearded and ringed seals, both species known to frequent this fjord.

Day 4: The Monaco Glacier

No trip along the north coast of Spitsbergen would be complete without a visit to Monaco Glacier. A wide glacier face at the head of the fjord makes for spectacular kayaking and zodiac cruising. The coastal plain near the mouth of Liefdefjorden offers superb hiking and is often a great place to spot polar bears that come here to hunt for ringed seals or feed on birds' eggs.

Day 5: Phippsoya

At 81 degrees north latitude, Phippsoya is just 540 nautical miles from the North Pole. The high ice classification of the ship allows you to approach the edge of the pack ice in safety and comfort. Because of its proximity to the permanent Arctic ice pack, Phippsoya offers the potential for great polar bear viewing. In recent seasons passengers have enjoyed excellent encounters with polar bears in this vicinity.

Days 6-7: The Hinlopen Strait and Alkefjellet

Enter the main channel separating Svalbard's two main islands. In Hinlopen Strait, the bird cliffs at Alkefjellet is a wonderful place to kayak or zodiac cruise and view the local wildlife. The cliffs here afford breathtaking views.

Day 8:  Fuglesangenoya and Smeerenburg

Fuglesangenoya is home to a large dovekie colony. Nearby is the old whaling station of Smeerenburg, literally translated as 'Blubber Town'. As you hike the shoreline of the old station, learn about the importance of whaling in the discovery and exploration of the Svalbard archipelago. The blubber ovens stand as a reminder to this harsh industry in an equally harsh environment.

Day 9: Prince Charles Island 

Visit the walrus colony on Prince Charles Island and hope to see these odd looking animals ashore. It is an incredible sight. Approaching from downwind can often confirm that walrus are ashore - the smell of a walrus haul out is quite 'unique'! Tonight, celebrate your journey with a special dinner attended by the ship's Captain. It's a great time to reflect on a wonderful voyage in this wild and remote place.

Day 10: Return to Longyearbyen

Arriving back into Longyearbyen this morning, your journey comes to an end. A transfer into town is provided for those choosing to stay a few day, or to the airport for those departing.

NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only. Each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.

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About The Ship

Purpose built in Finland in 1993 for polar expedition, this safe, 1AS ice-class vessel also delivers on comfort and space. This ship provides the perfect setting for an Arctic experience with spacious cabins and panoramic public areas, and an outstanding expedition staff.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

Private Twin
Superior Plus
Shackleton Suite
Captain's Suite
June 2020
28-Jun-2020 $6,695* Full Full $11,495 $12,495 $14,595
July 2021
26-Jul-2021 $6,995 $10,095 $11,595 $11,895 $12,995 $15,195

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $6695

Additional Notes

The 28-June-2020 departure is a Photo Symposium 

Single Supplement And Child Policy

There is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin. For those who want their own cabin, the single supplement in a twin cabin is 1.5 - 2 times the cost of sharing with another passenger.

Children are welcome. 25% discount young traveller discount up to 17 years and 20% off those aged 18-21. Please contact us for details.


  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites


  • Flights to & from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any additional services before & after your voyage
  • Transfers not specific to the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional adventure activities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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