Spitsbergen Express

As the name suggests this is a short trip to the far north. For a taster of Spitsbergen you can’t ask for much more with five full days exploring the north west coast of Spitsbergen Island. Just enough time to discover the geology, history and spectacular wildlife of this Arctic archipelago.

7 Days

$3,995

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Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 5 full days exploring Spitsbergen
  • Ever present chance of polar bear sightings
  • Departures in June 
  • Complimentary parka jacket

Start from Oslo and end at Oslo

Landmarks visited on Spitsbergen Express

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Oslo, Norway:

Your Arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and green spaces to keep you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.


Day 2 - Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard:

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, where you’ll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy great vistas of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this historic town.


Days 3 to 6 - Exploring Spitsbergen:

You’ll sail around the shores of this magical island, constantly searching for polar bears and other natural wonders. Covering western Spitsbergen, your expedition will afford ample opportunities to view immense glaciers, deep fjords, soaring mountains and unique flora and fauna.

Sailing north into Krossfjord, have your camera handy, ready to capture some of the best glacier calving in Spitsbergen. Deep in the fjord, the highly active Lilliehöök Glacier awaits. Listen in awe to the growling as big chunks break off into the icy waters below. A Zodiac excursion to nearby Ny London, an abandoned mining settlement, provides an ideal place for a guided walk. Encounters with wildlife, such as the indigenous Svalbard reindeer, are possible here.

After cruising overnight, wake up to the stunning sight of the magnificent Monaco Glacier, another prolific iceberg producer. To make this even more thrilling, help your Expedition Team to scan the shorelines and ice edge for marine mammals. Possible landing sites include Texas Bar, Worsleyneset and the Andoyane Islands (where polar bears have been known to roam). At 80°N, you’ll reach a walrus sanctuary on the tiny, crescent-shaped Moffen Island. Watching from the water as large groups of these lumbering giants jockey for space is an unforgettable experience, so be ready with your binoculars.

At Smeerenburg you can see the remains of an abandoned settlement that was established by Dutch whalers nearly 400 years ago. Here, at one of Europe’s most northerly outposts, you’ll have time to explore ashore and learn about Spitsbergen’s whaling history. Afterwards, cruising to Magdalenafjord rewards you with panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains and massive glaciers reflected in the crystal-clear waters.

During your last full day of your arctic adventure, you may visit the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, home of the world’s northernmost brewery. We hope to round out the day in Alkehornet, taking in the towering cliffs teeming with nesting seabirds, such as fulmars and Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres). Encounters with reindeer might be possible here too. Later, in the evening, swap stories with your shipmates and crew one last time, at the captain’s dinner.


Day 7 - Disembarkation 

The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo.


Please note: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

About The Ship

  • Launched in autumn 2018, a state-of-the-art ship purposely built for expedition cruising
  • Every cabin has its own balcony providing easy outdoor access
  • Glass-domed Observation Lounge: perfect place to watch for wildlife while staying warm
  • Optional activities for active adventurers: kayaking, camping & stand-up paddle boarding
  • Daily off ship excursions are complemented by impressive onboard health & wellness facilities

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.

Single Porthole
Interior Triple
Triple
Main Deck Twin Porthole
Main Deck Twin Window
Veranda
Infinity
Superior
Deluxe
Suite
Owner's Suite
June 2020
6-Jun-2020 Full Full $4,495 Full Full $6,495 $6,495 $7,995 $8,495 Full $9,995
9-Jun-2020 Full Full $3,995* $5,495 $5,995 Full Full $6,495 $7,495 $7,995 $8,995
July 2020
25-Jul-2020 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $3995

Additional Notes

Optional Adventure Activities

Paddling - a kayaking taster - $195

Full kayaking course - $695

Single Supplement And Child Policy

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

At date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height and weight requirement of 64 lbs or 29kg and 48” or 1.2 metres must be met.

Includes

  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • 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

Excludes

  • Flights to and 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. gifts, drinks)

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