Spitsbergen - A Taste of the Arctic

A frozen land inside the Arctic Circle, Spitsbergen is a fantastic place to start a love affair with the ice and this trip will give you all you need to get going. Explore dramatic fjords surrounded by ice capped peaks, all teeming with wildlife. A frozen land inside the Arctic Circle, Spitsbergen is a fantastic place to start a love affair with the ice and this trip will give you all you need to get going. Explore dramatic fjords surrounded by ice capped peaks, all teeming with wildlife.

9 Days


Spitsbergen - A Taste of the Arctic - 9 Days - $6,495

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 7 full days exploring Spitsbergen
  • Ever-present chance of polar bear sightings
  • Sail on board the brand new World Adventurer
  • Departures in June and July
  • Complimentary parka jacket

Start from Longyearbyen and end at Longyearbyen

Landmarks visited on Spitsbergen - A Taste of the Arctic

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 - Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Norway:

Your Spitsbergen adventure begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island’s largest settlement. As you embark, you’ll enjoy great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this seaside village.

Days 2 to 8 - Exploring Spitsbergen:

You’ll cruise around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife.

Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so there is no fixed itinerary; however, we do have some favorite destinations, including the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Hornsund being one of their preferred hunting areas, and the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet providing many free bird egg meals for both them and the arctic fox.

Poolepynton is great for walrus viewing and photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget. These lumbering giants of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

If you’re itching for a more personal and intimate view of the arctic scenery, then taking an optional kayaking excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen is highly recommended. Smeerenburg is a great place for an optional snowshoeing excursion, if conditions permit. You can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site honors the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme arctic conditions.

There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species, a polar bear on the hunt, or a century-old abandoned hut.

Day 9 - Depart Longyearbyen:

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 flight home.

NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage, and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

About The Ship

  • Launched in 2019, a state-of-the-art ship purposely built for expedition cruising
  • Majority of cabins have a private balcony
  • Glass-domed Observation Lounge for spotting wildlife in warmth
  • Optional activities for active adventurers: kayaking, camping & stand-up paddle boarding
  • Daily off ship excursions are complemented by impressive onboard health & wellness facilities
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The huge observation lounge with floor to ceiling windows will make it hard to miss anything and four zodiac loading bays means it's super quick to operate excursions and landings.

Ben Rowley Arctic Consultant

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 Cabin
Infinity Suite
Veranda Suite
Superior Suite
Deluxe Suite
Owner's Suite
June 2020
11-Jun-2020 $6,495* Full $9,495 Full Full Full
19-Jun-2020 Full $9,495 $9,495 $11,495 $12,495 $13,995
July 2020
9-Jul-2020 Full Full $9,495 $11,495 $12,495 $13,995
17-Jul-2020 Full $9,495 $9,495 Full Full $13,995

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $6495

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.


  • 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


  • 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, communication, etc
  • Waterproof trousers or any other gear not mentioned
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gifts, drinks)

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