Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 8 days exploring Svalbard
- Includes Tromso and Bear Island
- Sail on a luxurious, all-suite ship
- Fully inclusive departure
- Kayaking available at no extra charge
- Complimentary parka jacket
Day 1: Tromsø, Norway (routing for 30th June departure, 21st June operates in reverse)
Tromsø surprised visitors in the 1800s: they thought it very sophisticated and cultured for being so close to the North Pole—hence its nickname, the Paris of the North. It looks the way a polar town should—with ice-capped mountain ridges and jagged architecture that is an echo of the peaks. The midnight sun shines from May 21 to July 21, and it is said that the northern lights decorate the night skies over Tromsø more than over any other city in Norway. Tromsø is home to only 69,000 people, but it's very spread out—the city's total area, 2558 square km (987 square miles), is the most expansive in Norway. The downtown area is on a small, hilly island connected to the mainland by a slender bridge. The 13,000 students at the world's northernmost university are one reason the nightlife here is uncommonly busy.
Day 2: Cruise & Explore Bear Island (Svalbard)
Almost half way between Tromsø and Svalbard is isolated Bear Island – considered the southernmost island of the Svalbard Archipelago. The unglaciated island is an impressive Nature Reserve of steep, high cliffs that are frequented by seabirds, specifically at the southern tip. Brünnich’s guillemots, common guillemots, black guillemots, razorbills, little auks, northern fulmars, glaucous gulls, black-legged kittiwakes, and even Atlantic puffins and northern gannets nest along the cliffs south of Sørhamna. Because of the large numbers of birds and the isolated location, Bear Island has been recognized as an Important Bird Area. It was once a hotspot for whaling and walrus hunting, and at one stage even mining. Bear Island received its name because of a polar bear encountered by early explorer Willem Barentsz. Today polar bears rarely visit the island and its only settlement is a meteorological station manned all-year round on the north side.
Days 3 to 6: Svalbard's Southern Region
Svalbard’s Southern Region and specifically Spitsbergen’s west coast is less ice-clogged than the rest of Svalbard due to the moderating influence of the Gulf Stream. Several fjords cut into the western coast of Spitsbergen and have been used by trappers and hunters, as well as the different mining companies that tried to exploit the riches of the archipelago’s largest island of Spitsbergen. Remains of huts and mines, as well as active commercial and scientific settlements can be found and visited. Depending on the time of the season, glaciers can be visited on foot or by sea. Northern places like Magdalenefjorden and Hornsund will reveal fascinating views of geological formations, craggy mountains, spectacular glaciers and a variety of seabirds and seals.
Day 7 to 9: Svalbard’s Northern Region
There are several deep fjords and prominent glaciers in the northern reaches of Svalbard, as well as the northern hemisphere’s widest glacier front. Ice conditions will dictate how much can be accessed in terms of cruising bird islets like the Andøyane Islets or approaching glaciers like Monaco Glacier and Seliger Glacier. The Northern Region is also known to have several walrus haul-outs and areas defined as “Arctic Desert”. Walks and hikes ashore to have a closer look at flora and wildlife are a possibility in the spectacular Northern Region of Svalbard.
Day 10: Longyearbyen
Longyearbyen is the biggest settlement in Svalbard. Seat of the Norwegian administration, it also has the best services and infrastructure in the archipelago. Located deep in the Adventfjord, a sidearm of the Isfjorden (Icefjord), Longyearbyen’s airport can be used all-year round, but its harbour is blocked by ice in winter. Most shops, hotels, restaurants and a hospital are within easy walking distance of the port. One of the most prominent buildings in town is the UNIS center, where several Norwegian universities have joined forces to operate and offer the northernmost higher education to both Norwegian and international students. Adjacent to UNIS, and well worth a visit, is the Svalbard Museum, covering the natural history and exploitation of Svalbard. Remnants of the former mining activity can be seen all around Longyearbyen and even in town.
About The Ship
- Fully refurbished in 2016 she has been redesigned for polar exploration in serious comfort
- Some of the largest suites on any ship, most of which with private balconies
- A staff to passenger ratio of very nearly 1:1
- Despite her size she’s fast, capable of cruising at 17 knots
- Four restaurants on board including a Relais & Chateaux option
- An incredible attention to detail
- A fully dedicated expedition crew of 20+ experienced polar specialists
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.
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in GBP (£) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost £7200
The departure on 21st June leaves from Longyearbyen and ends in Tromso.
The departure on 30th June leaves from Tromso and ends in Longyearbyen.
Optional Adventure Activities:
Kayaking included on a first come first served basis and booked on board.
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement in a twin cabin is 2 times the cost of a single berth. There is no option to share cabins with other travellers.
There is no official minimum age to be on the ship, however you must be five to board a zodiac (effectively ruling out landings for younger children).
- Complimentary parka jacket
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
- Drinks and tips included
- Butler service to each suite
- 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
- Rubber boots can be rented for your voyage so you don’t need to carry them with you
- Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation (although some trips include charter flights)
- 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, spa treatments etc
- Commitment fee (US$60pp) to reserve a table at the small Relais & Chateaux restaurant (reservations can be made in advance or onboard).
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gifts)