Kingdom of the Ice Bear

Travelling under the midnight sun, explore Svalbard’s spectacular coast all the way north to Phippsoya, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. En route experience calving glaciers, teeming colonies of seabirds, walrus and whales, while keeping a sharp eye out for polar bears.

8 Days


Kingdom of the Ice Bear - 8 - $3,750

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 6 full days of exploration in Svalbard
  • Navigate the ice choked waters of Hinlopen Strait
  • Choice of two modern 116 passenger expedition ships
  • Hiking & snowshoeing
  • June & July departures

Start from Longyearbyen and end at Longyearbyen

Landmarks visited on Kingdom of the Ice Bear

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting. In the surrounding area of Longyearbyen, more than 100 species of plants have been recorded. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden, where in the mouth of the fjord you may see your first Minke Whale.

Day 2:  West Spitsbergen

Sailing to Raudfjorden, on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, you take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears.

Day 3: Monaco Glacier

Depending on the weather, you could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 5-kilometer-long (3.1 miles) face of the precipitous Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen can be implemented.

Day 4: Hinlopen Strait

Today you will sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to Bearded Seal, Ringed Seal, Polar Bear, and Ivory Gull. At the entrance there is the possibility to see Blue Whale. You'll navigate the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvya in the zodiacs and explore the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with thousands of Brunnich's Guillemot. On the east side of Hinlopenstrait, attempt a landing at Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet, home to reindeer, Pink-footed Goose, breeding Ivory Gull, and Walrus. As with Liefdefjorden, you can take an alternate west Spitsbergen route if ice prevents entry into Hinlopen.

Day 5: Phippsoya

The northernmost point of your voyage may be north of Nordaustlandet, in the Seven Islands. Here you reach 80° north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears inhabit this region, so the ship may park for several hours among the pack ice before wheeling around west again.

Day 6: Sailing the continental shelf

While retracing your route west, keep watch for polar bears and elusive Greenland (bowhead) whales. About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen, you sail the edge of the continental shelf. Here fin whales forage during the summer in the upwelling zones – this is where cold, nutrient-rich water wells up from below the sea’s surface – that run along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of Kongsfjorden, you have a good chance of sighting minke whales.

Day 7:  Reindeer, foxes and seabirds

Walruses sometimes haul out in Forlandsundet, your next stop. Alternatively, you might sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation. You arrive in Longyearbyen later that night.

Day 8: Disembark the vessel in Longyearbyen

Disembark in Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Spitsbergen, for the flights south to Oslo and onward home.

NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as 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.

About The Ship

  • A 3-4* vessel suitable for up to 116 guests
  • Contemporary feel after 2009 re-build
  • A quiet diesel-electric propulsion system
  • 1D ice class rating
  • Rubber boots are provided on loan
Alex Mudd

I like this ship’s modern, contemporary styling - comfortable without being fussy - and her quiet engine.

Alex Mudd General Manager

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.

Triple Porthole
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Junior Suite
Veranda Suite
Captain's Suite
May 2019
27-May-2019 Full Full* Full Full $5,682 Full $6,818 Full Full Full
June 2019
3-Jun-2019 Full $3,750* $4,659 Full $5,682 Full $6,818 Full Full Full
10-Jun-2019 Full $3,750* Full Full $5,682 $6,023 $6,818 Full Full Full
14-Jun-2019 Full $3,750* Full Full Full Full Full $7,330 Full $9,773
17-Jun-2019 Full $3,750* Full Full $5,682 Full $6,818 Full Full Full
21-Jun-2019 Full Full* Full Full Full $6,023 Full Full $8,466 Full
24-Jun-2019 Full Full* Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full
28-Jun-2019 Full Full* $4,659 $5,227 $5,682 $6,023 $6,818 $7,330 $8,466 $9,773
28-Jun-2019 Full Full* Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in EUR (€) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost €3300

Single Supplement & Child Policy

For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.

Child Policy: Children aged 10 years old or over are welcome. On select departures, children under 16 may receive a 40 % discount, 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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