North Svalbard Sailing Expedition

Harking back to a bygone era, explore Svalbard under sail aboard a schooner. Sailing northwards through the melting spring ice, wildlife and the archipelago’s rich history are the focus. Highlights include the 14th of July glacier, 17th century English whaling settlements and close encounters with the archipelago's megafauna.

8 Days


North Svalbard Sailing Expedition - 8 - $2,939

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 6 full days in Svalbard
  • Regular departures from April - mid June
  • Choice of two schooners with capacity for 20 & 33 people
  • Hiking & snowshoeing
  • Opportunity to be hands-on and help with the sailing of the ship

Start from Longyearbyen and end at Longyearbyen

Landmarks visited on North Svalbard Sailing Expedition

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen

After arriving in Longyearbyen, the 'capital' (actually the administrative centre) of Spitsbergen, you may wish to visit the Svalbard Museum which has an interesting collection on the history of Spitsbergen, the mining industry and polar exploration. In the evening set sail, setting course for Trygghamna where you will see the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Pomor hunting station, which you will visit the next morning.

Day 2: Alkhornet

From Trygghamna you walk to Alkhornet, a large seabird cliff where the birds are scouting out breeding spots. Below the cliffs is a common place to catch a glimpse of Arctic foxes, and you may also see reindeer grazing on the lush vegetation if there’s not too much snow.

Day 3-4: Ny Alesund

You head north for Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden. The landscape is likely to show signs of winter, the crags and slopes still blanketed with snow. Here there are rich opportunities for snowshoeing – we provide the snowshoes – and visiting places of historic interest: Ny London, where you can see the remains of early 20th century marble mining, and Ny Ålesund, the northernmost community in the world. There are also research stations and the famous anchor mast of the dirigible Norge, which took the first flight across the North Pole to Nome, Alaska in 1926. Krossfjorden offers views of colossal glaciers and lofty mountain peaks, but ultimately the extent of fjord ice dictates the itinerary here.

Day 5-6: Walrus watching

Cutting south between the main island of west Spitsbergen and Prins Karls Forland, you may encounter walruses at Poolepynten, a common haul-out site. You also have views of St. Johnsfjorden, near Gaffelbreen. The winter ice may not have loosened its grip on the water here, and seals (ringed and bearded) could be numerous in the area.

Day 7 : Wide tundra, tall mountains

You re-enter Isfjorden and venture into Ymerbukta, possibly embarking on a walk in this mountainous area. Here you find an expansive tundra with its own avifauna (depending on when spring arrives) as well as spectacular geological formations along the coast. Further northeast, near Ekmanfjorden, you have the chance for another hike. Common to this area are myriad glaciers that terminate near or in the sea. In Gipsvika you can go on shore near the cliff of Templet, a mountainous location of eroded sedimentary rock from the Upper Carboniferous period – around 290 million years ago.

Day 8: Longyearbyen

Departure by scheduled flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo.

Additional notes:

  • The 1-Jun-2018 departure is 10 days long.
  • The 23-Jun-2018 departure is 12 days long.

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.

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.

Shared Twin
Private Twin
Twin Porthole
April 2020
18-Apr-2020 $2,939* Full Full Full
25-Apr-2020 $2,939* Full Full Full
May 2020
15-May-2020 Full $2,995 $3,165 $3,673
22-May-2020 Full $2,995 $3,165 $3,673
23-May-2020 $2,939* Full Full Full
30-May-2020 $4,182 Full Full Full
June 2020
9-Jun-2020 $4,182 Full Full Full
18-Jun-2020 Full $4,295 $4,577 $5,256
29-Jun-2020 $4,182 Full Full Full

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in EUR (€) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost €2600

Additional Notes

Please note the following departures are 11 days long:

  • 27-Jul-2019
  • 30-May-2020
  • 9-Jun-2020
  • 18-Jun-2020
  • 29-June-2020

Single Supplement And Child Policy

Single supplement: 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 1.7 times the cost of sharing with another passenger.


  • 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
  • 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 and 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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