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  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Cruise Summary
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Pre-Cruise Oslo, Norway
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 1 Longyearbyen Tour and Boarding Ship
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 2 Akseloya
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 2 Bamsebu
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 3 Gnalodden
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 3 Samarinbreen
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 4 Kapp Lee
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 4 Negrilbreen
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 5 Russebukta
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 5 Freemansundet
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 6 Ormholet
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 6 Kiepertoya
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 7 Torellneset
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 7 Brasvellbreen
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 8 Storoya
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 8 Nordaustlandet
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 9 Bjornsundet
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 9 Ardneset-Wahlbergoya
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 10 Alkefjellet
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 10 Eolusneset
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 11 Texas Bar
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 11 Monacobreen
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 12 Bruceneset
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 12 Hamiltonbukta
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 13 St Jons Fjord
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Day 13 Alkhornet-Atrygghamna
  • 2023 Svalbard in Depth Cruise – Sylvia Earle Cruise Ship Review

We embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to the most remote and enchanting corners of our planet. This was our experience on Aurora Expeditions, where extraordinary adventures await aboard their purpose-built, deluxe expedition ships. For two unforgettable weeks, we enjoyed a thrilling exploration of Spitsbergen and the enchanting islands of the Svalbard Archipelago—a place that had long been on our bucket list.

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Little did we know that we were about to witness the wonders of this pristine Arctic paradise. What we encountered surpassed all expectations. The awe-inspiring mountains, majestic glaciers, and serene fjords left us breathless.

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But it wasn’t just the landscapes that captivated us; it was the incredible wildlife that saw during our journey. From the regal polar bears to the playful beluga whales, Every day seemed to top the previous one.

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Our journey was not just about sightseeing; it was an immersive experience guided by a passionate expedition team. Their expertise enriched our understanding of the archipelago’s history, delicate ecosystems, and the fascinating array of native animals that call this region home.

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What Makes an Expedition Cruise Different :

Venturing beyond the ordinary, an expedition cruise presents a world of wonders that traditional ocean or river cruises can hardly match. While we have and will continue to enjoy traditional cruise with lines like Holland America and Celebrity, the Aurora Expeditions experience was a refreshing change, our first real adventure —a chance to explore the Arctic in an utterly distinctive way. Unlike the floating resorts with thousands of passengers, an expedition cruise focuses on true destination immersion. It’s akin to the enriching experience of a river cruise, where art and culture come alive; however, on an Aurora Expeditions cruise, nature takes center stage.

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As we sailed through the pristine waters, every moment was dedicated to discovering the flora, fauna, and landscapes of this captivating region. We weren’t just observers; we became a part of this wild realm. The rewards were beyond imagination—observations of ten polar bears, two mesmerizing blue whale sightings, the playful dance of beluga whales, and the graceful presence of minke and humpback whales. The Arctic fox, walrus, bearded seals, and ring seals graced us with their presence, leaving us with incredible memories.

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Smaller Ship, Fewer Passengers, Bigger Experiences

Aurora Expedition’s Sylvia Earl, built to class 6 ice breaker standards, carries up to just 120 passengers.  We sailed with a mere 84 fellow guests; at that capacity we were always well under Polar tourism standards of maximum 100 guests off the ship at a time. This allowed for longer zodiac cruises and landings.   The attentive crew, numbering 89 strong, ensured that every moment was tailored to our journey of discovery, enriching our Arctic adventure beyond measure. The small ship’s maneuverability and ice breaking abilities allowed us to have that deep connection with the captivating wilderness that surrounded us.

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Balcony State Room

Step into your own private sanctuary aboard the Aurora Expeditions cruise ship, where modern luxury meets Arctic elegance. Our spacious balcony state room provided the perfect haven after days of thrilling exploration. The thoughtful touches that truly impressed us like the heated tiles on the bathroom floor which allowed us to quickly dry any damp items after our adventures. The tasteful decor, in calming blues and greys, and the captivating photo graphic art from the polar regions continued the connection to the polar regions to the interior spaces. We even got to tour and photograph some of the unoccupied rooms as well. They do have an accessible cabin, but it would be very difficult for someone who isn’t ambulatory to do an expdition cruise. They could maybe do it if they just planned to to stay on the ship the whole time, but the zodiacs would be impossible.

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The culinary journey aboard the small ship catered to every palate. The main “Gentoo” dining room welcomed us with an array of delectable international dishes for breakfast and lunch, offered buffet style that changed daily. For dinner, we indulged in a fine dining experience, with a sumptuous 4-course meals served with impeccable table service and complementary wines from around the world.  We enjoyed three dinners at the “Rockhopper,” a small specialty venue that tantalized our taste buds with its limited, yet exquisite, specialty menu available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The culinary team’s passion for their craft shone through each delectable dish, and their warm, gracious service made every dining experience memorable.

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Bars and Lounges

The ship featured two relaxing lounges/bars. The observation lounge on the top deck provided both a place where we could unwind from the day and enjoy whale watching experiences. Just outside the expedition lecture lounge, the reception lounge welcomed us for happy hour each day. The front of the ship housed the library, which boasted an extensive collection of books on the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as a citizen science center.

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At the back of the ship, we enjoyed the outdoor bar during our unforgettable picnic night, along with a soothing hot tub to melt away the day’s excitement. For warm weather cruises the ship also has a pool that was not in use during this arctic cruise

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The Experience

And now, we delve into the heart of what made our expedition cruise an extraordinary odyssey. The perfect fusion of the captivating Svalbard Archipelago and the exceptional expedition team provided us an unparalleled adventure. From the awe-inspiring landscapes to the enthralling wildlife encounters, each moment was a testament to the profound connection we forged with this pristine corner of the world. The expedition team’s passion and expertise heightened our understanding. As we share these cherished experiences, the magic of the Arctic beckons, inviting you to embark on your own extraordinary expedition.

Getting There

The journey to our embarkation point in Longyearbyen was an adventure in itself, taking us to one of the most remote corners of the world. Our travel route began in Phoenix, and after a series of flights, including a stopover at JFK and Helsinki, we arrived in Oslo two days ahead of our expedition. This strategic cushion allowed us to prepare for any unforeseen delays. From Oslo, our next stop was Tromso, where we disembarked the plane and went through passport control, only to reboard the same plane minutes later. The reason being that Longyearbyen lies outside the Schengen area of Europe.

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Beginning the Aurora Experience

Once in Longyearbyen, Aurora picked us up at the airport and delivered us to the Raddison hotel where our cruise included a 1-night stay and a full day tour the next day before embarking.

On embarkation day we had a tour that included a visit to the Polar Bear warning sign, a visit to a husky camp, and a briefing on polar bears. Then our tour stopped at the famous Svalbard Museum. We got a preview of the animals in the museum. As I look back, we saw almost all the animals featured in the museum during the cruise, including the Polar Bears, Ringed Seals, Eider Ducks, Arctic Fox, and more. We also visited the Norwegian Lutheran Church and the entrance to the World Seed Bank, that uses the natural cool temperature of the arctic earth so store seeds for the survival of the entire world.

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Embarkation

The zodiac cruises were probably my favorite part of the trip. I thought it might be a little unsteady getting in and out, but as it turned out, this was very easy. We even embarked on to the ship via the Zodiacs on embarkation day. The port of Longyearbyen only has one slip so the different ships who are in port each day take turns provisioning and loading luggage at the dock, by the time we got back from our day tour, our ship was at anchor which meant boarding via Zodiacs. It was so much easier than I thought it would be.

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The Expedition Team

The heart and soul of our Arctic expedition lay in the remarkable Expedition Team from Aurora Expeditions. This diverse and accomplished group of experts in history, marine biology, exploration, botany, photography, and beyond formed the backbone of our immersive experience. Hailing from various corners of the globe—Australia, the United States, Greenland, Norway, Russia, and Argentina—the team’s international perspectives enriched our journey in unimaginable ways. Their extensive training in arctic safety and polar bear safety equipped them to navigate the region’s challenges and share its wonders with us confidently.

Among the team members was the legendary Howard Whelan, an American born Australian whose lifetime of outdoor expertise included being a cameraman on the first Australian ascent of Mount Everest and leading scientific expeditions in remote parts of Australia. He filmed locations all over Antarctica as part of the pre-animation work for the movie Happy Feet . A pivotal figure at Aurora Expeditions for over 20 years, Howard’s passion for the Arctic shone through in his daily wake-up announcements, rousing us with infectious enthusiasm for the day’s adventures. And yes I said wake up announcements that went something like this “Good Morning Everyone”, it is about 7 am, we’ll be starting breakfast at 7:30 and then putting zodiacs in the water at about 9 am and then we’ll be calling you down to the mud room at about 9:00 am.”  As we geared up in the mudroom, donning waterproof pants, expedition jackets, and muck boots, we knew we were in the best of hands—a team of dedicated professionals devoted to turning our expedition dreams into breathtaking reality. Their knowledge, expertise, and infectious energy transformed the Arctic into a classroom of discovery and left an indelible mark on our hearts.

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Exploring Svalbard

Exploring Svalbard with Aurora Expeditions offered us three distinctive ways to immerse ourselves in this remarkable Arctic wonderland. Wildlife watching from the ship was an absolute delight, with the expedition crew ensuring we had ample time to marvel at nature’s grandeur. Witnessing two magnificent blue whales up close was a highlight, as was observing polar bears in their natural habitat—majestic creatures feeding on the ice, emblematic of the Arctic’s untamed beauty.

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While some of these pictures are a little gory, this is a polar bear doing what they do as apex predators.  Hunt and eat blubber on the sea ice. 

While sharing my polar bear pictures and video this is good time to share what we learned about the biggest threat to the survival of the Polar bear species.   We hear a lot about how global warming is threatening their habitat as sea ice has been retreating over the last couple of decades, but they may be able to adapt to that change. However, the bigger threat to them is still legal hunting and poaching. Some countries still allow their native populations to hunt and kill polar bears, and in other countries where it is completely illegal to hunt polar bears, enforcement is nonexistent. The result is that because of hunting abut 5% of the polar bear population is killed every year and a due to their reproductive cycles, they can only replace themselves at a rate of about 4% a year.  Doing simple math, that means at least 1% decline in the population every year.  

In addition to viewing the wildlife like the polar bears from the ship, landing via the Zodiacs gave us additional opportunities to view both the flora and fauna of the area. While we never encountered a polar bear on land, did have amazing encounters with Arctic foxes, walruses, and reindeer, and learned about the rich history of Svalbard, where trappers once pursued fortune through fur trading. The iconic “Texas Bar” left a lasting impression, a unique outpost that continues to serve local adventurers with its well-stocked bar and warm shelter. We had the freedom to choose from various expedition activities, either joining the long walks, medium walks, or beachcomber experiences, depending on our energy levels and interests. Safety was paramount, with vigilant polar bear guides and their deterrent flares and rifles ensuring our protection. (Pictures below are courtesy or fellow passenger Micheal Hirsch who had a professional grade camera and lens set up.)

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Zodiac Cruises

The Zodiac cruises took us even closer to the wildlife and breathtaking scenery, surpassing our expectations with each outing. Encountering beluga whales and navigating through glacial ice and sea ice was an unforgettable experience, as were the encounters with nesting sea birds amidst dramatic cliffs and waterfalls. The Zodiacs also presented opportunities to witness mesmerizing jellyfish in the open waters, adding to the enchantment of the Arctic’s marine life. The excitement peaked when the expedition team spotted a polar bear on the sea ice, and the Zodiacs swiftly brought us within a safe viewing distance, allowing everyone to marvel at this young bear’s independent journey.

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For those seeking a more immersive adventure, Aurora Expeditions offered a Kayak program, a nominal additional charge that ran throughout the cruise. While some guests enjoyed the Zodiac scenic cruises, kayakers paddled alongside, relishing a unique perspective on the Arctic environment. On landing days, the kayakers also joined the explorations via the Zodiacs, ensuring everyone had the chance to uncover the wonders of Svalbard up close and personal.

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Throughout our expedition, we felt the allure of Svalbard’s untamed wilderness, and every encounter added to the grand tapestry of this Arctic paradise. Aurora Expeditions not only revealed the Arctic’s breathtaking beauty but also opened our eyes to the importance of preserving and respecting this delicate ecosystem for generations to come. The memories we forged on this remarkable journey will forever hold a cherished place in our hearts, a testament to the incredible experiences an expedition cruise offers beyond the ordinary.

Most Memorable Day

July 3rd was undoubtedly one of the most unforgettable days during our expedition cruise. The day started with a captivating encounter with a polar bear in the morning, leaving us in awe of the Arctic’s apex predator.

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Later in the early evening, we arrived at the Nordauslandet polar ice cap—a sight like no other. This smooth, unmoving glacier, adorned with cascading waterfalls from the melting ice, created a surreal landscape.

The Zodiacs were deployed, allowing us to explore this mesmerizing icy realm up close. The expedition leader then made an exciting announcement: polar plunges awaited us upon our return. Though I had intended to be brave, I found myself hesitant at the last moment. Fortunately, Claire, a fellow passenger, encouraged me to take the plunge, stating that I’d regret it if I didn’t. Watching Ronny, a local from Longyearbyen, dive headfirst, I summoned the courage to join in. It turned out to be one of the most invigorating and memorable experiences of my life, and I’m incredibly grateful to Claire for pushing me to do it. The image of the polar ice cap in the background added an ethereal touch to the moment.

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Following the exhilarating polar plunges, our group of around 34 plungers dried off and  headed up to the top deck, where the program promised an evening of dancing, donning party hats, enjoying a delightful barbecue, and savoring mulled wine. The atmosphere was jubilant as we basked in the joy of our shared adventures and the beautiful weather that embraced us that day.

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As we lingered at the ice cap for another hour, we were treated to a remarkable encounter with a group of walruses gracefully passing by on an ice floe. It was a truly magical conclusion to an extraordinary day filled with wonder, camaraderie, and unforgettable moments. The Nordauslandet ice cap and its surrounding festivities created lasting memories that will forever be etched in our hearts, a testament to the sheer delight and adventure Aurora Expeditions offered us throughout our Arctic journey.

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Photography Equipment

Most of our polar bear pictures were taken from the observation deck of the ship.  We took some just with our cell phones, and then some like these better ones were taken with my 60X zoom point and shoot camera that I purchased just for this trip. Ashore, we also had to keep a good distance between ourselves and the walrus, hence a zoom camera was a great aid in getting better pictures.   I would highly recommend investing in some sort of zoom camera for this type of distant wildlife photography.  The differences in the quality between the quality of the pictures and video from the zoom camera is quite a step up from the cell phones.  Many fellow passengers who are either professional or serious hobbyist photographers had high tech cameras with long lenses. This set up provide for the sharpest and most stunning pictures.  With his permission, I am able to share some of the images that fellow passenger Michael Hirsh took with his professional level camera.  If you are a serious photographer, these are types of images you can expect during this type of expedition cruise.

Our Cell Phone Pictures:

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My $350 Semi Automatic Zoom Lens Camera

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Photos Taken with Professional Level Equipment:

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In summary, an Aurora Expedition cruise offers an unparalleled adventure for those seeking to step outside their comfort zone and embark on a life-changing journey. As I experienced firsthand, witnessing the breathtaking beauty of the Svalbard Archipelago and encountering its incredible wildlife transformed my perspective on the world. This sentiment rang true for all of us on board, including a 15-year-old passenger with special needs, who was not only amazed by the landscape, flora and fauna, but also found solace and joy in the kindness and acceptance of the expedition’s crew and fellow guests.

Throughout the two-week expedition, we were constantly amazed by the sights and experiences that unfolded before us, from observing majestic polar bears feeding on ice to exploring dramatic cliffs and glaciers during Zodiac cruises. The expedition team’s expertise and dedication made all of this possible, and we were deeply grateful for their efforts.

If you’re ready to embark on a life-changing cruise that immerses you in the wonders of the natural world, consider an Aurora Expedition. Contact our travel agency, and together, we’ll create a personalized itinerary that caters to your adventurous spirit, turning your dream vacation into an unforgettable reality. Don’t miss the chance to explore the extraordinary, for these are the experiences that leave an indelible mark on our hearts and minds.

Experience this for Yourself

If the allure of an Aurora Expedition and the remarkable experiences we’ve shared here has sparked your sense of adventure, we invite you to consider embarking on this extraordinary journey yourself. At our travel agency, we specialize in crafting dream vacation experiences tailored to each individual client. Whether you seek once-in-a-lifetime itineraries, onboard group programs, expeditions, or luxury travel, we are committed to providing you with unique and unforgettable adventures.

To explore the possibility of an Aurora Expedition or any other type of cruise for your next adventure vacation, we encourage you to reach out to Suzanne Klasen at our agency number, 520-310-0396. Suzanne is a seasoned travel expert, eager to assist you in finding the perfect itinerary that aligns with your interests and preferences.

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Hurtigruten Unveils New Norwegian Cruises to Svalbard and Oslo in 2023

The cruise line's iconic Coastal Express is getting a major upgrade

Caitlin Morton is a freelance writer based in Kansas City. Her work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue, and many other publications.

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Courtesy of Hurtigruten Norway

For nearly 130 years, Hurtigruten’s Norwegian Coastal Express has been the best, most authentic way to travel across Norway. And things are about to get even better. In 2023, the cruise company is unveiling two upgraded versions of the iconic route: the Svalbard Express and North Cape Express, both of which will allow passengers to see even more of the Scandinavian nation.

These new extended routes mark the biggest product evolution since the Coastal Express—part expedition cruise, part ferry system, part cargo transport—launched in 1893. 

“We have a lot of guests that come again and again on the Coastal Express, but now we will make something a bit different,” Hedda Felin, CEO of Hurtigruten Norway, told TripSavvy. “Now we can really say that guests can experience the best of Norway .”

While the original Coastal Express travels round trip from the southern city of Bergen up to the far northeastern town of Kirkenes, the new Svalbard Express will venture even further north to—you guessed it— Svalbard , an archipelago about halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Upon arriving in Svalbard, passengers will get to experience excursions like dog sledding tours and wildlife photography lessons—the latter of which is particularly exciting, considering that Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet where you can see polar bears in their natural habitat.

Meanwhile, the North Cape Express takes guests to Oslo , marking the first time Hurtigruten will offer regular sailings to the capital city. According to Felin, this particular sailing will appeal to a new demographic for the cruise line—namely younger crowds interested in good art and good food.

“If you travel far to visit Norway, you probably want to see Oslo anyway,” Felin said. “Our dock will be just outside the Opera House, so it’s a very good way to experience a cool city.”

Both journeys will take place on board the MS Trollfjord, a current Hurtigruten vessel that will receive a complete refurbishment during the first half of 2023. Renovations will include upgraded cabins with modern Scandinavian décor and updated restaurants. Though these updates are exciting, long-time Hurtigruten fans can rest easy knowing that both routes will still include some of the brand’s most beloved features: impeccable service, onboard lecture programs, and incredibly strong ties with Norway’s coastal communities.

Courtesy of Hurtigruten

Those community ties are perhaps best seen in the cruise line’s Coastal Kitchen program . As part of this initiative, over 80 percent of the ingredients served onboard come from the ports you visit along every Coastal Express route. This past March, the program got an even more hyper-local boost by introducing a set of “ Culinary Ambassadors ”—award-winning Norwegian chefs who work with the cruise line's chefs to create new dishes and themed menus. (Don’t be surprised if you sit down to a five-course meal in which every dish features seaweed, for example.)

“We really want our guests to feel like they’re part of a bigger mission,” said Felin. “It’s not just tourism. Guests will be involved in a very critical part of Norway.”

The 14-day, round-trip Svalbard Express is scheduled to run from June to September in 2023, and from May to September from 2024 onward. Meanwhile, the 13-day North Cape Express cruise will run from late September through May starting in 2023. Outside cabins start at $7,369 per person on the Svalbard Express and $4,483 per person on the North Cape Express.

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“Spitsbergen” is Dutch - spits meaning “pointed” and bergen meaning “mountains.” It was so named in 1596 by Dutch Arctic explorer Willem Barentsz. It took some time for the name to catch on – English whalers would refer to the archipelago as Greenland until the late 1780s. The Norwegian name is Svalbard. Touched by three seas – The Norwegian Sea, the Greenland Sea, and the Arctic Ocean – Spitsbergen is the largest and only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago of northern Norway. Its rugged mountains and rolling tundra offer plenty of opportunities for hiking and snowshoeing. Spitsbergen is by far the largest wilderness area of Europe and offers some of the finest scenery and wildlife experiences in the world. 

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16 Days Extended North & East Spitsbergen & Bear Island

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PLA10c25 This far-ranging voyage combines a full Spitsbergen circumnavigation with an adventurous voyage down the eastern coast of Greenland, visiting such iconic Arctic sites as Kvitøya and Scoresby Sund, Earth's largest fjord. Included is the option of invigorating...

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23 Days Extensive Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland - Aurora Borealis

23 Days Extensive Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland - Aurora Borealis

HDS10c25 A full circumnavigation of Spitsbergen combined with a voyage into northeast Greenland, this expansive expedition cruise explores some of the best spots in the high Arctic - including visits to Kvitøya and Scoresby Sund, Earth's largest fjord, along...

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15 Days Extended North & East Spitsbergen - Summer Solstice

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PLA03d24 We’ve linked two of our most exploratory Spitsbergen trips, one of which cruises the island’s northern shores for pack ice and polar bears, and the other that ventures into the scenic eastern shorelines during the summer solstice. The result is this...

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23 Days Extended Around Spitsbergen & Northeast Greenland - Aurora Borealis

23 Days Extended Around Spitsbergen & Northeast Greenland - Aurora Borealis

PLA10d24 When you join two outstanding Arctic cruises into one, you get powerhouse polar adventures like this. After edging the pack ice of the planet’s most stunning polar bear habitat, you head to scenically surreal northeast Greenland for views of the magical...

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What’s so Special about East Spitsbergen?

Though eastern Svalbard does not differ dramatically from the rest of the island group, the itineraries we follow there give you a different experience than our other Svalbard options.

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Around Spitsbergen, in the Realm of the Polar Bear & Ice

There are journeys and there are journeys. This trip is one that falls in the latter category. I look back on a fantastic experience, during which the awareness of human behavior on this vulnerable planet (and especially the Arctic) became very clear to me.

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See the highlights you may experience:

  • — Zodiac Cruising & Shore Program
  • — Diving in Spitsbergen
  • — Hiking Spitsbergen
  • — Polar plunge

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  • — Arctic Fox
  • — Arctic Tern
  • — Barnacle Goose
  • — Beluga Whale

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Around Spitsbergen - Kvitoya, In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice

Best expedition ever, paradise on earth, in realm of ice and polar bears, svalbard faq, where do we go on svalbard.

Svalbard is one of our core Arctic locations, a great place for enjoying wildlife, activities, and scenery. For this reason, there are too many areas we visit to list here. For details on intended routes and landing sites, see the Svalbard page at our website.

What is the best time to travel to Spitsbergen?

This depends on what you want to experience at Spitsbergen. In case you want to experience the Polar night or the Aurora Borealis, November to February is the best time to travel to Spitsbergen. Do you want to see the midnight sun and enjoy boat trips, kayaking or hiking? Then the best time to visit Spitsbergen is around May until September. This is the summer period of Spitsbergen.

When is the winter season in Spitsbergen?

The sun sets for the last time in Spitsbergen in mid-September and rises above the horizon again in mid-February. The winter landscape and temperatures prevail until May.   

What is the temperature and weather like in Svalbard?

The weather in Spitsbergen differs per area and location. Although snow can occur throughout the year in Svalbard, the North Atlantic Current helps provide Svalbard with warmer temperatures than many other areas within similar latitudes. However, strong winter breezes, low pressure and the combination of wet sea air and cold polar air can lead to rapidly changing weather conditions, especially during the winter months. During the winter season, the temperature in Spitsbergen can can drop to -16 to -12 degrees Celsius (3 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit). Adding in the wind chill factor means the weather can feel much colder. July is the warmest month of the year with an average temperature between 3 and 8 degrees Celsius (37 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit).  We therefore recommend that you bring a variety of warm clothes for your Spitsbergen cruise. 

Where can I see polar bears during a Svalbard voyage?

As polar bears can travel great distances in a day, it is impossible to say where and when we will spot them. Sea ice is the best place to look, so we tend to focus our efforts there. Though you will have a good chance of seeing polar bears in Svalbard, nature makes the decisions. Sightings cannot be guaranteed.

What wildlife can I see in Spitsbergen?

Your cruise to Spitsbergen will come with an enormous amount of opportunity to spot wildlife. Polar bears are obviously the main attraction regarding wildlife. There are six national parks throughout Spitsbergen, and Svalbard alone is known to contain, Polar bears, reindeer, Arctic fox, numerous birds (such as guillemots and little auks) and several high Arctic seal species inhcluding the iconic Walrus. You might also encounter a variety of whales including the largest of them all: the Blue whale. 

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Svalbard weather

Svalbard is located in the high Arctic and shares the Arctic’s designation as a technical desert when it comes to annual precipitation (or lack thereof). Particularly the eastern part of Svalbard sees relatively little precipitation annually. The west coast sees more precipitation in the form of rain and snow. Depending on when you take your Svalbard cruise you can expect temperatures to average anywhere from -14°C in the winter to 6°C in the summer.

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Facts about Svalbard

  • The name “Svalbard” is an old name (going back to at least the 1100s) meaning “cold coasts.”
  • Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s only true town, was founded by an American in 1906. It has a little over 2000 inhabitants.
  • Almost 65% of Svalbard is a protected nature reserve or a national park.
  • Svalbard is the archipelago (chain of islands) off the north coast of Norway.
  • Svalbard has the world’s third biggest ice sheet, coming behind only Antarctica and Greenland.
  • Svalbard is made up of 4 main islands, and almost 150 smaller islands.
  • Nobody gets buried on Svalbard. Because of the cold in the ground bodies generally fail to decompose, meaning that the graveyards would quickly get overrun. Therefore bodies are shipped to mainland Norway and buried there.

Travel to Svalbard

Travel to Svalbard and experience one of the Earth’s northernmost human inhabitations. Your Svalbard expedition cruise will take you to a beautifully stark landscape of glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains. During your Svalbard holiday you’ll explore the preserved and protected history of the region, watch high Arctic wildlife on both land and at sea. Come during the late autumn/early winter months and your Svalbard cruise will be capped off by the great wonder of the Polar skies, the Northern Lights . For the polar bear enthusiasts special polar bear itineraries are arranged to offer the best polar bear experiences. 

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Poseidon Expeditions - your polar cruise operator

At Poseidon Expeditions, we offer various breathtaking polar cruises for every taste. However, Svalbard, with its gorgeous views and wildlife, is one of the most spectacular locations to visit.

Discover Breathtaking Svalbard Cruises

If you are eager to discover the beauty of polar terrain this year or have a vacation planned for 2023, we offer numerous Svalbard tours to choose from, such as Spitsbergen, Greenland, Polar Ice Edge, and more.

Spitsbergen is the largest and most beautiful island of the Svalbard archipelago, which consists of two smaller islands, Nordaustlandet and Edgeøya. Mostly, the cruises depart from the administrative center of this area named Longyearbyen.

There are many attractions for travelers when choosing a Svalbard cruise. Dive into the world of icy landscapes, arctic climate, and raw nature. Take a chance to see polar ice caps, wild animals, and northern lights in person. All of it is available with any of our Svalbard tours.

As for activities, each voyage becomes truly memorable due to an inspiring photography experience, exciting sea kayaking adventure, and breathtaking views during a challenging hiking trip.

What Can You See in Svalbard?

Svalbard has a lot of sightseeing to offer travelers. As a former no man’s land, it is a gorgeous northern terrain with rich wildlife and breathtaking views. It is easy to meet polar bears and walruses when you go on a Svalbard expedition cruise.

However, Svalbard archipelago islands are not only famous for wild animals. The following locations are well-known landmarks of the islands and, without a doubt, worth attention during a trip.

Why travel with Poseidon Expeditions?

M/V Sea Spirit – Tiny but Mighty

M/V Sea Spirit – Tiny but Mighty

With a maximum capacity of just 114 passengers, we usually operate with 100 guests off the ship. It maximizes our travelers' time ashore because there is no need for splitting passengers into groups for landing rotations as required on larger ships.

A real polar expedition

A real polar expedition

Experience active exploration of the polar regions through a variety of activities. Weather permitting, we schedule up to 3 excursions per day and offer optional kayaking and, in Antarctica, camping. Enrich your polar knowledge in an engaging and interactive way through Poseidon’s edutainment program.

25 years of polar cruising

25 years of polar cruising

Polar cruising is our passion and expertise and over the past 24 years, we’ve gained tremendous experience building a strong team of enthusiastic polar professionals who are all experts in their field. Each cruise is a thoughtfully crafted expedition voyage.

Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen

An administrative center located on Spitsbergen island, this northernmost town forms the heart of the Svalbard archipelago. Mostly, expeditions to Svalbard that take travelers to explore the Arctic depart from here.

The place is a lively center offering various entertainment options, such as museums, galleries, pubs, sports-recreation facilities, etc. Take an excursion to the North Pole Museum to learn exciting facts about the Arctic.

Smeerenburg

Smeerenburg

The Longyearbyen cruise can take you to Smeerenburg, a former whaling station with a rich history. Get a glimpse of massive blubber remains carefully preserved since the 17th century. Take a boat trip to feel the spirit of the past and enjoy the beautiful views, including fjords, glaciers, and mountains.

Glaciers

The expedition ship will take you to the most remarkable glaciers of Svalbard, Monaco Glacier, and 14th of July Glacier.

Monaco Glacier, located in Liefdefjorden and named after its discoverer, Prince Alber I of Monaco, is famous for the large surface and blue tint. The beauties of this 7km wide glacier also include polar bears and other wildlife.

14th of July Glacier, in the extent of 16 km, is located in Haakon VII Land and delivers gorgeous views and unique wildlife, such as arctic terns, barnacle geese, and others.

Those spots are worth adding to the itinerary to get the best of the cruise.

Svalbard Circumnavigation and Kvitøya

US$ 8 921

Sea Kayaking

US$ 8 836

West Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge

US$ 5 132

Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge

US$ 6 237

Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

US$ 8 581

British Isles, Jan Mayen & Svalbard

US$ 4 482

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About Svalbard

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Geographical Facts

Svalbard is a northern archipelago that forms part of Norway. It is situated in the waters of the Arctic Ocean above the Arctic Circle.

There are nine islands in the archipelago; however, Spitsbergen is the largest one and serves as an important location in polar tours. In most cases, all arctic expeditions in the area depart from Longyearbyen, a developed administrative center.

Historical Background

Svalbard means “cold coast” in translation from Old Norse.

It is believed that it was discovered back in 1194. Although it only became widely known after rediscovering in 1596 by Willem Barents and Jacob van Heemskerck.

From 1611 many European whalers arrived in Svalbard and began to argue over whaling rights. All issues were settled by the decline of whaling only in 1800.

That led to a focus shift from whaling to coal, which also caused quarrels over export rights between European, Russian and American companies. Nowadays, only Norway and Russia are authorized to extract coal on the Svalbard territory.

Northern Landscape

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Over half of the territory is covered with snowfields and glaciers that extend as far as the sea. Besides, there are many fjords on the northwestern coast of Spitsbergen.

Also, the packed ice around Spitsbergen accumulates quickly, which complicates access to the territory.

Abundant wildlife

The raw nature of the Svalbard archipelago is the perfect habitat for iconic wildlife. Most of the territory is inaccessible to people, which gives animals the unique opportunity to flourish. Summer features the beautiful blooming Arctic tundra with arctic foxes and the Svalbard reindeer. This is also the best time for spotting polar bears, walruses, ringed seals and beluga whales. Bird lovers will enjoy the abundance of species, such as the Arctic skua, black-legged kittiwake, common eider, red-throated diver, barnacle goose and the snow bunting. Cruising aboard small expedition ships is the best way to spot wildlife in the most remote areas. On your Svalbard voyage, you’ll have the best chance of experiencing polar bear sightings. The midnight sun will provide plenty of time to explore, observe and take the best photos.

Svalbard expedition enables tourists to exclusively observe different Arctic animals and sea mammals in their natural habitat. Prepare to meet polar bears, blue and white arctic foxes, reindeer, seals, walruses, and whales. Such excursions make dreams come true.

Top Things to See

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A ghost town named Pyramiden grants the mysterious impression of visiting the Soviet Union.

Isfjord is one of the largest and most beautiful fjords in the area, where you can meet polar bears, enjoy glacier views, or join a snowmobile safari.

Barentsburg, the second-largest settlement in Svalbard, is an interesting place to visit for beautiful views, historical sightseeing, and wildlife.

The uninhabited Edge island is the third-largest in Svalbard, where you can meet polar bears, walruses, and other animals and capture the most stunning views.

The Svalbard Museum will help you learn more about the history and culture of the area.

The North Pole Expedition Museum tells the amazing story of airships exploring the north.

Svalbard snowmobile safari, ice cave visiting, dog-sledding with a husky, and many other activities and places are available.

Plan Your Svalbard Tour

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How to Get to Svalbard

Poseidon Expeditions offers Svalbard cruise packages and will help you get to the location where your Svalbard cruise begins. Cruises to Svalbard (Norway) in 2023/24 depart from Longyearbyen. However, we can easily arrange your transfer to Spitsbergen cruises from any location at a low cost.

For an unforgettable cruise to Svalbard, we’ll provide you with all the information you need for flights, bookings and accommodations. Onboard information is included – so you’ll be safe and ready for polar travel.

Each Svalbard expedition is always thoroughly supported by our team. On top of onboard entertainment, we help the travelers to learn about the peculiarities of polar vacation and explain precaution measures.

Visa Control

If you plan to visit Svalbard this year or in 2022, you should remember about the visa control. Sometimes trips to Spitsbergen might require a special visa.

Our company will provide you a piece of expert advice on the necessity of getting a visa in your particular case. We will also assist you in applying to the consulate or embassy and preparing the set of needed documents.

Svalbard Ships

We deliver only a high-class fleet for each Svalbard cruise. We rely on our small but advantageous ship:

The deluxe expedition ship  Sea Spirit  is very maneuverable and contains 114 passengers. Comfortable accommodation on board and an additional fleet of Zodiacs make this vessel very attractive.

On our ship, we offer many different onboard entertaining options: restaurants, bars, game lounge, gym, shops, swimming pool, etc. You will never get bored. Besides, due to low passenger groups going ashore during stops is very pleasant.

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Facts About Svalbard

The total area of the land: 61022 km²

Svalbard population as of 2022: 2552 people

Spitsbergen administrative center: Longyearbyen

Currency: Norwegian Krone

What Clothes Should You Take with You to Svalbard?

Remember that for visiting Svalbard, you will need arctic-quality, multi-layer clothes that can be easily changed in case of weather changes.

How Cold Is Svalbard?

Usually, the average temperature is above +6°C in summer and -15°C in winter.

What Money Do I Take and How Much?

The currency in Svalbard is the Norwegian Krone. But the sum can only be calculated depending on your habits and preferences. Some people do not require much money on top of the tour cost. Others consider the vacation cheap and can afford to spend a lot more.

What’s Not Included in the Tour?

The tour covers all necessary services: transfer, accommodation, catering, entertainment, and excursions. However, all your extra expenses are to be covered additionally.

Is Svalbard easy to visit?

While it’s not quite as difficult as visiting the North Pole, Svalbard is remote. It is easy to reach the capital of Longyearbyen by plane and then continue via cruise ship. The best way to visit the most remote places on the archipelago is aboard an expedition ship, and we even offer a cruise circumnavigating Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet!

How long does it take to sail to Svalbard?

It all depends on where your journey begins. We have various cruises starting in Edinburgh and Longyearbyen. From Edinburgh, we sail north through the Norwegian and Greenland Sea. On our 12-day British Isles cruise, we reach Svalbard on day 9, stopping on the Faroe Islands and Jan Mayen en-route.

When is the best time to see polar bears?

The best time and way to sea polar bears is on a summer Svalbard cruise. You get prime views from the deck and during Zodiac cruising, while keeping a safe distance from wildlife.

Do I Need Travel Insurance?

Travel insurance is always advised for any trip. So to diminish the risks, we suggest you get it even though it is not obligatory.

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Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the High Arctic between mainland Norway and the North Pole, also know as Spitsbergen. A destination of a lifetime, our expeditions to Svalbard connect you to the majesty of this Arctic wilderness, where dramatic fjords, rugged mountain ranges and a fossil-rich polar desert await.

Overhead, puffins, guillemots and other native Svalbard avian circle, commanding your attention, while the scree slopes house the island’s largest little auk colony. Witness sea walruses puncturing the ice, beluga whales breaching or a fluffy Arctic fox.  Svalbard is the kingdom of the polar bear – witness one of these majestic, elusive creatures if you’re lucky. All leave a lasting impression.

The polar summer spans from May to September, where the Midnight Sun’s beautiful colours and contrasts adds an extra dimension to Svalbard’s glaciers, majestic mountains and Arctic tundra. This is the best time to enjoy outside exploration and take in this frozen land.

Svalbard is large and diverse, showcasing nature’s surprisingly rich and extremely varied landscapes. Life in Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s capital city, may be perceived as harsh, but for those fortunate to live here, it’s hard to imagine living anywhere else. Its inhabitants strive to live as one with nature, working in harmony to uphold their unique way of life throughout the enormous seasonal variations in temperature, light and darkness.

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Embark on one of Aurora Expeditions’ Svalbard cruises and experience an adventure of a lifetime in this polar wilderness with our professional Expedition Team . On our Svalbard cruises and expeditions, you have the best opportunity to encounter diverse wildlife in their natural environment, and you can also enjoy a number of activities in the High Arctic, including Zodiac cruising, hiking, kayaking and more.

Our Svalbard cruises and expeditions are curated with curious and adventurous travellers in mind. We aim to get you off the ship 2-3 times a day*, so you can explore awe-inspiring sea cliffs, gigantic icebergs, majestic fjords, massive glaciers and ice caps. During an expedition cruise around Svalbard, capture unique photography with dramatic scenery and  Arctic wildlife , including the polar bear. 

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Spitsbergen: Realm of the Ice Bear

USD $ 9,446.25

Arctic Fox Kits at Hornsund-Gnålodden, Svalbard, Karen Povey

Svalbard in Depth

USD $ 18,876.00

Reindeer Grazing, Svalbard, Norway, Matt Horspool

Iceland, Jan Mayen, Svalbard

USD $ 11,425.50

Kongsbreen & Sarsfjellet, Svalbard @ Matt Horspool

Across the Arctic Circle

USD $ 16,105.50

Polar bear

Svalbard Odyssey

USD $ 11,785.50

Arctic Zodiac cruise

Jewels of the Arctic

USD $ 15,025.50

A lone musk ox in Greenland in the Arctic, a region it is native to

Arctic Complete – Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

USD $ 26,395.00

Why Join a Svalbard Cruise with Aurora Expeditions?

Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the High Arctic between mainland Norway and the North Pole. A destination of a lifetime, our Svalbard cruises and expeditions connect you to the majesty of this Arctic wilderness, where dramatic fjords, rugged mountain ranges and a fossil-rich polar desert await.

Overhead, puffins, guillemots and other native Svalbard avian circle, commanding your attention, while the scree slopes house the island’s largest little auk colony. On our Svalbard expeditions, you can expect to witness walruses puncturing the ice, beluga whales swimming alongside the boat or fluffy Arctic foxes hunting in the snow. Svalbard is also the kingdom of the polar bear – you might spot one of these majestic, elusive creatures if you’re lucky. All the Arctic wildlife found here leaves a lasting impression.

The polar summer spans from May to September, when the Midnight Sun’s endless daylight, beautiful colours and striking contrasts add an extra dimension to Svalbard’s glaciers, sea ice, majestic mountains and Arctic tundra. Summertime, when the Midnight Sun shines over the Arctic, is the best time to enjoy outside exploration and take in this frozen land. The polar winter season makes up the rest of the year and features the polar night or endless night. This is when the sun never “rises” and it remains dark throughout the day – it’s the perfect backdrop to see the Northern Lights in Svalbard.

Svalbard is large and diverse, showcasing nature’s surprisingly rich and varied landscapes. Life may be perceived as harsh, but for those fortunate enough to live here, it’s hard to imagine living anywhere else. Its inhabitants strive to live as one with nature, working in harmony to uphold their unique way of life throughout the enormous seasonal variations in temperature, light and darkness.

Svalbard Wildlife Encounters

Wildlife sightings peak with the return of migratory birds to the sea cliffs of Svalbard in the summer months. However, the opportunity to see the King of the Arctic, the polar bear, is a major highlight of most Svalbard tours. Polar bears are strongly connected to the sea and ice, as this is where their major food source lives. This means our expedition cruise often hugs the Svalbard coastline where more polar bears are known to live and roam. In the summer months, polar bear sightings occur the most in the north and eastern areas of the island and in front of glaciers while they hunt for seals.

Our world-class expedition teams include naturalists who will educate you on the polar regions and the other Arctic wildlife found in Svalbard. Some of the most common Arctic wildlife sightings include the Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, bearded seals, ring seals, beluga whales, narwhals if you’re lucky and a large variety of Arctic birds including Atlantic puffins.

Bird sanctuaries are common in Svalbard and the bird population reflects this. Arctic birds nest here in the summer months when the weather conditions are perfect. The cliffs and mountains protect the birds from the cold winds of the Arctic Ocean and polar regions.

Unique Svalbard Experiences

Visit Svalbard with Aurora Expeditions and participate in a number of activities unique to the High Arctic. Our Svalbard cruises provide a mix of comfort and adventure, and for those willing to explore this Arctic archipelago the memories will last a lifetime. Participate in a polar plunge  –  something most tourists look forward to when they visit Svalbard  –  or go Zodiac cruising to access parts of the coastline that your ship can’t.

Our Svalbard cruises include trips ashore where your Expedition Team will take you on walks to look for wildlife and if the chance arises take photos of the Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer and maybe even the King of the Arctic, the polar bear, if you’re lucky. Our experienced Expedition Teams know Svalbard well and safety is always the number one priority.

For those looking for even more adventure, Aurora Expeditions offers additional optional activities like sea kayaking and scuba diving amongst Svalbard’s icy waters.

Svalbard Tours Regions

The Svalbard archipelago has nine main islands; some of these islands are connected by sea ice and expedition cruises are the only safe way to move between them. A lot of these islands are national parks, in fact, Svalbard has seven national parks in total. Find out more about the main islands below.

Texas Bar in Svalbard, an archipelago of Svalbard

Spitsbergen

Svalbard’s largest island is 39,044 square kilometres. Its landscape is dominated by rugged mountains indented by post-card perfect fjords, and more than half of the island is covered in ice year-round. Six national parks protect its delicate environment and diverse fauna, which makes it a favourite for travellers visiting Svalbard. Spitsbergen is the only permanently inhabited part of Svalbard, with Longyearbyen the biggest settlement and administrative centre of Svalbard.

Palanderbukta Fjord in Nordaustlandet, Svalbard

Nordaustlandet (North East Land)

The second largest island in the Svalbard archipelago is completely uninhabited. Situated entirely within the Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve, it is made up of sizable ice caps and tundra.

Reindeer in Svalbard

Edgeøya (Edge Island)

Edgeøya is a Norwegian island situated in the southeast of the Svalbard archipelago. With an area of 5,073 square kilometres, it is the third-largest island in this archipelago. It forms part of the Søraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve and is home to polar bears and reindeer.

Kittiwakes on sea ice in the Arctic

Barentsøya (Barents Island)

Named after the Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz, almost half of this island in the Søraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve is glaciated. While the island has no permanent human inhabitants, it is a favourite of polar bears and seabirds, especially kittiwakes.

Harbour Seals in Svalbard

Prins Karls Foreland (Prince Charles Foreland)

This long island on Svalbard’s west coast and its surrounding seas constitutes Forlandet National Park. It boasts jagged peaks and wild glaciers that remind one of the Antarctic peninsula, alongside vast green plains and polar deserts. The harbour seal is commonly found here.

Huddle of walrus in Svalbard

Kvitøya (White Island)

When ice conditions allow, adventure seekers can discover Svalbard’s easternmost island, where polar bears roam and walrus swim. This island is the resting place of Andrée’s Arctic balloon expedition of 1897, which was one of the great mysteries of the Arctic for decades.

Svalbard is known as the kingdom of the polar bear for good reason

Kong Karls Land (King Charles Land)

This small island group is part of the Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve and boasts the largest concentration of polar bears in Svalbard. Because of this, there is a ban on traffic to the island, with ships and aircraft not being able to come within 500 metres of the area.

Arctic landscape, Barents Sea

Bjørnøya (Bear Island)

The southernmost island of Svalbard is rarely visited because it can be challenging to access, with no protected bays, rough weather, strong wind and thick fog. While its history revolves around hunting, it is now an important scientific research site and the whole island is a nature reserve with restricted access.

A lone Black Guillemot

This small, remote island in the far southeast is part of the Southeast Svalbard Nature Reserve. Visiting can be a lucky dip because of heavy ice, fog, rough waters and unprotected beaches. The island has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA), supporting breeding colonies of thick-billed guillemots, black guillemots and black-legged kittiwakes.

Svalbard Cruise Activities

Visit Svalbard with Aurora Expeditions and our Expedition Team will take you on excursions unique to the High Arctic, fully included in the cost of your expedition. For those interested in a little extra excitement, there are optional activities designed to get you closer to the action. Our Svalabrd expeditions provide a mix of comfort and adventure; for those willing to explore this remote Norwegian archipelago the memories will last a lifetime.

Bird Watching

Photography

Polar plunge

Trips ashore

Whale and mammal spotting

Zodiac cruises

Lecture on wildlife, our environment, history and destinations

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*Optional add-on activities are available on select voyages. They are listed on each itinerary page and additional fees apply. 

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The rugged and fragile Arctic is a fairytale of a destination, and an expedition cruise to Svalbard is the quintessential Arctic cruise to discover its many wonders. Also often known as Spitsbergen , the name of the archipelago's largest and only permanently populated island, it’s a dramatic wilderness of glaciers and mountains , ice fields and barren tundras , extremities of light and dark , and home to more polar bears than people, yet people it has – making this a destination in which you can truly experience life in the high Arctic.

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Located within the Arctic Ocean midway between Norway and the North Pole,  Svalbard is an incredible place with beautiful landscapes and a myriad of mesmerising wildlife . Exploring the archipelago involves gliding through iceberg-strewn seas to the Arctic coast, where large flat plains and mossy tundra dusted with snow contrast against sharp mountains jutting from the earth like icy blades. The landscapes are a delight to behold and a photographer’s dream, with awe-inspiring frozen lands littered with towering icebergs over ten storeys high. Wildlife in the Arctic is hugely diverse and perfectly adapted to the cold. Polar bears are undoubtedly the stars of the show but accompanied by walruses, seals and whales at almost every turn, you’ll have a hard time picking out a real highlight.

If you want to explore other highlights of this captivating region, there are many cruises that take in multiple destinations on one voyage, and Svalbard combines brilliantly with other Arctic destinations such as  Greenland , Iceland and Norway . 

Polar Routes work with all the best cruise operators in the region, ensuring we have the very best selection of ships, itineraries and operators to offer our clients, and our team of Polar Specialists are on hand to help you plan this outstanding trip of a lifetime. Just let us know when you want to travel, the wildlife you want to see, the countries you want to visit and the type of ship you want to travel on, and we will find the perfect cruise just for you.

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Svalbard Cruises: What To Expect Cruising In The High Arctic

September 2, 2023

Tags: Arctic

From the pristine polar landscapes and hardy Arctic wildlife to the historic wooden trapper cabins that prove humanity’s resilience, Svalbard is rightly a dream destination for many curious travelers.

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Last Places for Svalbard 2023

Are you looking to explore the high arctic in the summer of 2023 .

Join Secret Atlas in Svalbard on an Expedition Micro Cruise with just 12 guests to explore the frozen archipelago with our team of expert guides.

Now is your last chance to grab one of our last cabins available in 2023.

Please get in touch today to plan your last minute expedition. 

What to expect: 

Amazing wildlife |  Encounter reindeer and Arctic foxes on land, observe whales and other marine life and explore coasts where polar bears reside. 

Stunning Scenery | Immerse yourself in tranquil steed-sided fjords, monstrous glaciers and spend time outside exploring the untouched wilderness.

Expedition Leader & Guide  | Our guides are passionate experts with decades of experience exploring the polar regions. We have the best guide to guest ratio in the industry, ensuring you get the most out of your trip.

Zodiac Shore Landings  | Take daily shore landings to explore remote beaches and experience the wilderness firsthand using the vessel’s landing craft.

Smallest Group In the Industry | The best way to experience the Arctic is with a small group of travellers. We have only 12 guests , while other expedition cruise ships now take up to 350 passengers, we believe smaller is better.

Accommodation | Our ships are designed to provide the ultimate comfort for our guests, featuring a combination of twin, double and single ensuite cabins , modern amenities and spacious viewing platforms ensuring a comfortable and relaxing voyage.

Plus, NO single supplement charges on  MV Vikingfjord  and  MV Freya  voyages. 

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Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

Since 1999, we have taken adventurous travellers on once-in-a-lifetime trips to Svalbard. From May to September our three small expedition ships, carrying a maximum of only 12 and 50 passengers, explore this magnificent Arctic archipelago. Unpredictability and flexibility are the main keywords when you travel through Svalbard’s untamed wilderness with PolarQuest as the exact route depends on weather, ice conditions and wildlife encounters. Sometimes you might be woken up in the middle of the bright night if a polar bear has been spotted on the ice. Sustainability is at the heart of what we do, we measure all our emissions and invest in climate projects that effectively reduce emissions.

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Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, located between 76° and 81° North. It lies directly north of North Cape on the Norwegian mainland. Spitsbergen is the largest island and occupies more than half of the area. Some of the other islands are Nordaustlandet, Edgeøya, Barentsøya, Prins Karls Forland, Kong Karls Land, Kvitøya/ White Island, and Bjørnøya/Bear Island. The total area is approximately 62,160 sqkm, roughly equivalent to the size of Ireland.

The name Svalbard is first mentioned in the Icelandic archives from the year 1194, "Svalbardr fundr" – Svalbard is found. It is uncertain, however, whether it was the land or the ice edge that had been discovered, since Svalbard can be interpreted as "cold coast" or "cold edge". It would take another several hundred years before any of the major nations in Europe discovered Svalbard. In 1596 two Dutch ships sailed north to round the tip of Norway, hoping to find a shortcut to China and India. On board one of the ships was the pilot Willem Barents, who is officially regarded as the discoverer of Svalbard. The Dutch were impressed by Svalbard's dramatic and mountainous landscape, and named the land Spitsbergen.

Svalbard soon became a natural starting point for several more or less successful attempts to reach the North Pole. Ice-free waters cannot be found this far north anywhere else on Earth. Nordenskiöld, Amundsen and Andrée are some well-known Arctic explorers who have attempted to reach the North Pole.  

Wildlife and nature

To most visitors, Svalbard is a life changing experience. It is a truly magic world with midnight sun and pack ice, glittering glaciers and exceptional wildlife – not far from the North Pole. The exact number of polar bears is hard to measure since the bears move across huge areas. During an expedition cruise, however, there are great chances to encounter some of them. The ice plays a central role in the Arctic ecosystem, which is both unique and vulnerable. In many ways, the mammals are Svalbard’s very soul. Half of the 22 species of mammal that live on land and ice and in the sea around Svalbard are whales. Svalbard reindeer and Arctic fox are the only mammals that live entirely on land.

Svalbard has a rich bird life, particularly sea birds that nest in large colonies. More than 200 bird species have been observed in Svalbard and its surrounding waters, but only a few species nest here. Four species account for 95% of Svalbard’s abundant bird life: Brünnich’s guillemot, the northern fulmar, the little auk and the black-legged kittiwake. Nowhere else on earth do you find birds in such impressive numbers this far north.

Glaciers and pack ice

Svalbard is still in the ice age. Glaciers cover 60% of the land and the ice can be up to 600 metres thick. There are more than 2,100 glaciers in Svalbard. Some of the mightiest and most well known include Monacobreen, Lilliehöökbreen and Bråsvellbreen. Austfonna on Nordaustlandet in the northeast part of the archipelago is an ice cap that is one of the largest in the World. Its ice front reaching into the sea is more than 130 kilometres long.

Anyone who is interested in geology will find Svalbard very exciting. The archipelago was formed on the northeast coast of Greenland a long, long time ago, and has since moved via continental drift to the other side of the equator where it turned and headed north. Just wait another 50 million years, and Svalbard will probably be at the North Pole!

Svalbard is not exactly a hothouse, the fact is that plants can only live on some 7% of the land area. There are approximately 164 species of native plants growing on Svalbard, plus at least 6-7 species that were introduced by man.

Seasons in Svalbard

During the winter, the Svalbard archipelago is covered in ice and snow. The midnight sun shines brightly between mid-April until the end of August. The average temperature in July is +6°C. Simply put, you can divide the year in Svalbard into two parts: The dark and the light season. In mid-February the first rays of the sun appear over the mountain peaks, and the midnight sun period in Longyearbyen is between 20 April and 22 August. The daylight completely disappears again in early November. The number of snowmobiles parked everywhere in Longyearbyen testify that the bare ground of the summer is only a brief interruption in an otherwise long winter landscape.

May and the beginning of June are characterised by a lot of snow and a wonderful purity. It is still spring in the Arctic. This year’s polar bear cubs are still small and sometimes can both bears and seals be seen on the fjord ice in front of the glaciers.

Summer arrives in late June. The ice thaws around the islands and this makes it possible to get further east. Whales are more frequently seen in the waters and more and more snow-free areas become accessible for longer walks. Colourful flowers are in bloom.

Autumn arrives in late August and it is now that the snow free landscape is most visible. The tundra is shifting in autumn colours and the midnight sun is getting closer and closer to the horizon, which offers wonderful red and pink skies at sunset, as well as a warm and soft light, perfect for anyone interested in photography. From mid-August you may be able to see the Ivory Gulls’ chicks, while some birds are preparing to migrate. Harp seals can be seen and female walruses with cubs are not an uncommon sight.

AECO – Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators – was founded in 2003 and has since become an important organization representing the concerns and views of arctic expedition cruise operators. AECO is dedicated to managing responsible, environmentally friendly and safe tourism in the Arctic and strive to set the highest possible operating standards.

The association’s   geographical range is considered to encompass the Arctic area north of 60 degrees north latitude. The core areas are Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Greenland, Arctic Canada and the national park “Russian Arctic”.

Read more:  www.aeco.no

Our ships in Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

A small and comfortable expedition ship with excellent service and a relaxed atmosphere. From the panorama lounge and the spacious observation decks you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. All cabins have windows and private facilities.

M/S Sjøveien

M/S Sjøveien (meaning the Seaway) was built in Bergen in 1964 for the Norwegian Government and she worked for them in various capacities. She is a true beauty with wooden decks and vintage details. There is a spacious outer deck from where you can enjoy the beautiful vistas.

M/S Stockholm

The M/S Stockholm is a classic vessel built in 1953 for the Swedish National Maritime Administration. She is a marvellous piece of maritime history with beautiful brass details and pine decks. With a maximum of only 12 passengers on board, this is like travelling on a private yacht.

Adrian Nordenborg

Adrian has spent most of his life adventuring in over 100 countries around the world. As expedition leader and guide, he has done almost everything – from leading treasure hunting in Morocco and skiing in Iran to walks in Turkey to kayaking outside Manhattan. Adrian has a great love for nature and wildlife.

Christian Engelke

Christian was born in Germany, but ever since his first vacation in Norway he has suffered severely from a “Scandinavia fever”. He has curiously explored the mountain and coastal regions of Norway, Sweden and Greenland. Since 2009 he works as a fulltime guide in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Elke Lindner

Always fascinated by cold and snow, Elke soon discovered the Polar Regions. This German scientist has spent extended periods of time in Svalbard and shorter periods of time in Greenland and in Antarctica as a student, field biologist and naturalist, working on various expedition-cruise ships.

Hannah Lawson

Hannah studied Zoology at the University of Liverpool and gained a Masters in Natural History Illustration from the Royal College of Art, London. After studying the parasites of mountain gorillas, she changed direction and worked as an artist and mural painter at Chester Zoo and in East Africa.

Malenthe Teunis

Malenthe has always had a fascination for the polar areas, thus when the University of Groningen offered classes about the Arctic she quickly signed up. Since then her love for the Arctic has only grown. She is a Master student in Marine Biology with a focus on the Arctic regions and new technologies.

Manda Lundström

In December 2015 Manda joined her first expedition as a team member off the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. She loves to travel and has spent several years abroad both working and studying. One of her biggest passions is marine mammals, which led her to Iceland to study marine biology.

Martin Berg

Martin’s passionate interest in birds and mammals has brought him all over the globe. He has always been drawn to adventures and has participated in several expeditions, for example to the Amazon rainforest, Caucasus and the Himalayas to study rare and endangered bird species.

Mia Lundqvist

In 2010 Mia started working at PolarQuest and she now works as Staff Manager, putting the guide teams on the ships together. The same year she visited Svalbard for the first time, and as for most visitors, it was love at first sight. Today she is splitting her time between the PolarQuest office, the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Nikita Ovsyanikov

Nikita has spent much longer time in the Arctic and around polar bears than most people on the planet. He is the Deputy Director for science and senior research scientist of Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve. On Wrangel Island, Nikita has in particular studied the polar bear population for decades.

Thérèse Horntrich

Thérèse is Swiss and grew up close to the Alps. She has a master degree in media and communication but her life changed direction when she visited Svalbard for the first time in 2010. Already the next summer she returned to Svalbard and worked as a trekking guide. In 2012 she left Switzerland and moved to Longyearbyen.

Zet Freiburghaus

Zet is a former successful member of the Swedish national kayak team who after his active career gained a Master's degree in Molecular Biology. He has also travelled around the world. His sharp eyes and great experience in nature implies he rarely misses an animal.

Åsa Lindgren

Normally Åsa's work consists of planning and conducting research expeditions to the Polar Regions; Antarctica, Svalbard and the Canadian and Russian Arctic. She previously worked for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, with projects focusing on ecotourism.

Gunilla Lindh

Nilla started her career as a guide as her love for the white, remote and pristine places of the polar regions became too strong to materialise into anything but a lifelong passionate career as a polar guide. When not guiding expeditions, she is fond of skiing and photographing wildlife.

Beau Pruneau

Growing up in a log house in the Canadian wilderness in Northern Ontario, Beau understood at an early age to appreciate the great outdoors while learning wilderness skills such as survival, navigation, tracking, and firearms marksmanship. He is happiest out on deck searching for polar bears.

Johan Carlsson Tjernström

To become a Polar guide and walk in both his father's and grandfather's footsteps was an easy choice for Johan. On a trip with PolarQuest onboard M/S Stockholm he truly fell in love with the arctic wilderness of Svalbard.

Margherita Lucadello

Margherita fell in love with the Arctic while living at the Czech Research Station "Petuniabukta" in Svalbard for two months. She has also been living in Tromsø in Northern Norway and in the Maldives. Margherita has a master's degree in Marine Biology.

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East Greenland and Svalbard

A true arctic expedition.

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Cruise Overview

Greenland cruise | a true arctic expedition – east greenland and svalbard.

17-day expedition cruise from Iceland, exploring the awe-inspiring beauty of the coastlines of east Greenland and Svalbard. 

Travel in true explorer style as your flexible route makes the best of the conditions. 

Witness spectacular glaciers and icebergs as we probe remote fjords, and visit the most remote community in the Western Hemisphere. 

Awe-inspiring Svalbard 

From Reykjavík, we’ll sail to picturesque Ísafjörður before heading towards volcanic Jan Mayen - one of our planet’s most remote places. Continuing to stunning Svalbard, we'll visit some of Spitsbergen’s most remarkable fjords and witness awe-inspiring vistas, from the towering mountains of Hornsund to the lush, glacier-carved valleys of Isfjorden. 

Greenland’s majestic fjords 

Sailing along Greenland’s pristine east coast, we’ll head for Scoresby Sund and spend three days exploring the serene 15,000 square-mile expanse of fjords and glaciers. A community visit to remote Ittoqqortoormiit rounds off our adventure before we return to Reykjavík where it all began.

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The safety of our guests, our employees, and the communities we visit is our top priority.  This is why we have partnered with leading experts in health and safety to design and implement protocols/procedures across our expedition fleet.

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Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

Discover Iceland's modern capital

Your expedition cruise to east Greenland and Svalbard starts in Reykjavík – a vibrant city full of culture and history. Take a stroll down Laugavegur to striking Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral or visit one of the many art galleries and museums. 

MS Maud awaits you in Reykjavík Harbour. Find your cabin, meet your Expedition Team, explore the ship and enjoy a relaxed welcome dinner as we set sail on your adventure. 

Pre-Programme  

With so much to see, why not come early and join one of our Pre-Programmes to the Golden Circle or Icelandic Highlands and experience Iceland's amazing waterfalls, hot springs and geysers.

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Picturesque Ísafjörður

Explore Westfjords’ beautiful harbourside town

Flanked by towering mountains on all sides, Ísafjörður is a nearly perfect natural harbour. You’ll arrive just after lunch, so there’s plenty time to explore this picturesque harbourside town. Stroll around to see the architecture, shop for a variety of local handicrafts and view some of the oldest houses in Iceland.  

One of these historic 18th century buildings is home to Westfjords Heritage Museum, where you can learn about the maritime past of this fascinating port. Or if you prefer something more energetic, you could take the steep hike up to Naustahvilft - the Troll’s Throne. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts at the top by the stunning panoramic view.

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Relaxing at sea

Appetite for adventure

As we sail towards Jan Mayen, it’s time to relax and get to know the great onboard facilities of our expedition ship. 

Your Expedition Team will explain the protocols of respectfully visiting wildlife habitats and indigenous Arctic communities. In the Science Center, you’ll find out what to expect in the epic fjords of Greenland and Norway’s stunning Arctic wonderland – the Svalbard archipelago. Join one of our Citizen Science projects and contribute to global research, if you’d like to help out. 

Then, you could hit the gym, float in a hot tub and relax in the sauna, or just enjoy a delicious meal in one of our three onboard restaurants – it's totally up to you.

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Volcanic Jan Mayen

Visit an active volcano that's a haven for birdlife

Jan Mayen is an island that has no permanent residents and visits here are rare. In fact, we're one of the few to attempt landings here, so if conditions are favourable you’ll be setting foot on one of Earth’s most remote places. 

Jan Mayen’s moss and lichen-streaked landscape is dominated by the volcanic cone of Mount Beerenberg. It's the world's northernmost active volcano and it last erupted in 1985. 

You won’t see land mammals, but the island is designated an Important Bird Area, supporting large populations of Northern Fulmars, Brünich’s Guillemots and Little Auks. Look out for abundant marine life in the waters, including whales and seals.

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Sailing towards Svalbard

Unwind and prepare for Svalbard

As we sail towards Svalbard, spending a day cruising through Arctic waters is a great chance to relax on board the ship. Enjoy panoramic views and chat to fellow guests in the Explorer Lounge or take a soak in the hot tubs out on deck and fill your lungs with fresh air. 

Your time onboard is yours to fill. This is your chance to get away from the busy everyday world and reflect on the wild beauty that surrounds you. Don’t miss the fascinating lectures given by members of the Expedition Team – sometimes out on deck – covering topics such as Arctic history, geology and wildlife.

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Stunning Svalbard

On expedition in Svalbard

Our daily activities in this remote Arctic peninsula will be determined by the ever-changing weather conditions and the expertise of the Expedition Team. The first planned stop is Hornsund – one of Svalbard’s most beautiful fjords. Rich, colourful vegetation makes way for towering mountains along this picturesque waterway. 

We then hope to journey north, going past beautiful Bellsund with its snow-capped cliffs as we head towards Isfjorden. The lush fjord system here, with its immense, glacier-carved valleys, is rich in wildlife, flora and human history.  

Our last planned stop in Svalbard is Ny Ålesund. It’s known as the northernmost settlement in the world and the starting point for many renowned Arctic expeditions.

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Crossing the Greenland Sea

Learning and leisure time

After the last few days in Svalbard, you’ll no doubt have lots of photos and a hunger for learning more about the destinations on our voyage. As we cross the Greenland Sea, the Expedition Team will be giving lectures and answering your questions about the destinations. 

You can use this time to enjoy the ship’s facilities and take it easy. Why not head out on deck with a pair of binoculars and look for wildlife, such as whales and following seabirds. Or perhaps you’ll find a cosy corner inside to read a book with a hot drink.

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Scoresby Sund fjord system

Soak up the serenity in the world’s largest fjord system

Prepare to be awed. Local conditions will dictate our exact route, but our plan for the next three days is to explore east Greenland’s Scoresby Sund, the world’s largest fjord system.    

You’ll feel a deep sense of serenity in this wild and rugged landscape, with white and blue icebergs floating in mirror-like waters surrounded by looming mountains.  

Making the most of the conditions, we’ll pack in as many shore landings, nature walks, kayaking tours and wildlife sightings as possible. This really is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and it’s up to you whether you want to be active, or just want to soak up the feeling of serenity.

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Community Visit

Get an insight into authentic Greenlandic life

After our expedition in Scoresby Sund, we return to – relative – civilisation. Ittoqqortoormiit is the only permanent settlement in the region, and it’s located on an Arctic peninsula that’s encased by sea ice for nine months of the year. This makes the settlement the most remote inhabited community in the western hemisphere!   

Ittoqqortoormiit was founded in 1925 as a hunting and fishing town, and today, that cultural legacy is still very much in evidence. Less than 500 hardy souls call this remote outpost home, and they’ll be proud to show you around and give you a warm welcome.

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Sailing back to Iceland

Rest and relax as you cross the Irminger Sea

The ethereal beauty of Greenland and Svalbard will by now have suffused your soul! As we cruise back towards Iceland you’ll feel invigorated and more connected to nature. On deck, you might spot seabirds following the ship, or whales breaching the surface in the surrounding seas. 

Spend your time at sea sharing your experiences with new friends, recapping highlights with the Expedition Team, or discovering more about the delicate ecology of Greenland's fjord system in the Science Center.

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Return to Reykjavík

Unforgettable memories of your time in Greenland

We say a fond farewell to MS Maud as we end where we started in the fabulous city of Reykjavík. Why not visit the places you may have missed when you arrived. With its stylish galleries, restaurants and geothermal pools, there’s so much to enjoy in Reykjavík. 

Post-Programme 

If you want to discover more of Iceland, why not join our optional Post-Programme and tour the south of the country before you head home. Or simply extend your stay and enjoy more of Reykjavík and its surrounding geothermal attractions. It’s a great place to end your epic journey!

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What's included

Expedition Cruise

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in Restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • À la carte Restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

Onboard Activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science programme where you can assist with live scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 
  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet your entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected 
  • Depending on your flight times, an additional overnight might be needed (not included)

What's not included

International flights

Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings

Travel insurance 

Luggage handling 

Optional shore excursions with our local partners 

Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

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Excursions & Activities

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The Local Museum of Isafjordur

Visit Isafjordur’s fascinating maritime museum, located in one of the oldest houses in the country.

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Valagil Hike & the Arctic Fox Center

Enjoy breathtaking scenery and fascinating facts with a hike and visit the Arctic Fox Center.

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Seafood Trail of Sudureyri

Visit Suðureyri, learn about the local’s sustainably sourced seafood and sample delicious produce.

Pre-post programmes

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Reykjavik & Golden Circle Tour (Pre)

Discover glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes and hot springs on Iceland’s famed Golden Circle tour.

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Post-Programme Reykjavik

Explore the black sand beaches, mountains and waterfalls along the South Coast of Iceland.

Discover Iceland's South Coast (Post)

Explore the black sand beaches, mountains and waterfalls along the south coast of Iceland.

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Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the High Arctic between mainland Norway and the North Pole, also know as Spitsbergen. A destination of a lifetime, our expeditions to Svalbard connect you to the majesty of this Arctic wilderness, where dramatic fjords, rugged mountain ranges and a fossil-rich polar desert await.

Overhead, puffins, guillemots and other native Svalbard avian circle, commanding your attention, while the scree slopes house the island’s largest little auk colony. Witness sea walruses puncturing the ice, beluga whales breaching or a fluffy Arctic fox.  Svalbard is the kingdom of the polar bear – witness one of these majestic, elusive creatures if you’re lucky. All leave a lasting impression.

The polar summer spans from May to September, where the Midnight Sun’s beautiful colours and contrasts adds an extra dimension to Svalbard’s glaciers, majestic mountains and Arctic tundra. This is the best time to enjoy outside exploration and take in this frozen land.

Svalbard is large and diverse, showcasing nature’s surprisingly rich and extremely varied landscapes. Life in Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s capital city, may be perceived as harsh, but for those fortunate to live here, it’s hard to imagine living anywhere else. Its inhabitants strive to live as one with nature, working in harmony to uphold their unique way of life throughout the enormous seasonal variations in temperature, light and darkness.

Embark on one of AE Expeditions’ Svalbard cruises and experience an adventure of a lifetime in this polar wilderness with our professional Expedition Team . On our Svalbard cruises and expeditions, you have the best opportunity to encounter diverse wildlife in their natural environment, and you can also enjoy a number of activities in the High Arctic, including Zodiac cruising, hiking, kayaking and more.

Our Svalbard cruises and expeditions are curated with curious and adventurous travellers in mind. We aim to get you off the ship 2-3 times a day*, so you can explore awe-inspiring sea cliffs, gigantic icebergs, majestic fjords, massive glaciers and ice caps. During an expedition cruise around Svalbard, capture unique photography with dramatic scenery and  Arctic wildlife , including the polar bear. 

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Spitsbergen: Realm of the Ice Bear

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Reindeer Grazing, Svalbard, Norway, Matt Horspool

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Why Join a Svalbard Cruise with AE Expeditions?

Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the High Arctic between mainland Norway and the North Pole. A destination of a lifetime, our Svalbard cruises and expeditions connect you to the majesty of this Arctic wilderness, where dramatic fjords, rugged mountain ranges and a fossil-rich polar desert await.

Overhead, puffins, guillemots and other native Svalbard avian circle, commanding your attention, while the scree slopes house the island’s largest little auk colony. On our Svalbard expeditions, you can expect to witness walruses puncturing the ice, beluga whales swimming alongside the boat or fluffy Arctic foxes hunting in the snow. Svalbard is also the kingdom of the polar bear – you might spot one of these majestic, elusive creatures if you’re lucky. All the Arctic wildlife found here leaves a lasting impression.

The polar summer spans from May to September, when the Midnight Sun’s endless daylight, beautiful colours and striking contrasts add an extra dimension to Svalbard’s glaciers, sea ice, majestic mountains and Arctic tundra. Summertime, when the Midnight Sun shines over the Arctic, is the best time to enjoy outside exploration and take in this frozen land. The polar winter season makes up the rest of the year and features the polar night or endless night. This is when the sun never “rises” and it remains dark throughout the day – it’s the perfect backdrop to see the Northern Lights in Svalbard.

Svalbard is large and diverse, showcasing nature’s surprisingly rich and varied landscapes. Life may be perceived as harsh, but for those fortunate enough to live here, it’s hard to imagine living anywhere else. Its inhabitants strive to live as one with nature, working in harmony to uphold their unique way of life throughout the enormous seasonal variations in temperature, light and darkness.

Svalbard Wildlife Encounters

Wildlife sightings peak with the return of migratory birds to the sea cliffs of Svalbard in the summer months. However, the opportunity to see the King of the Arctic, the polar bear, is a major highlight of most Svalbard tours. Polar bears are strongly connected to the sea and ice, as this is where their major food source lives. This means our expedition cruise often hugs the Svalbard coastline where more polar bears are known to live and roam. In the summer months, polar bear sightings occur the most in the north and eastern areas of the island and in front of glaciers while they hunt for seals.

Our world-class expedition teams include naturalists who will educate you on the polar regions and the other Arctic wildlife found in Svalbard. Some of the most common Arctic wildlife sightings include the Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, bearded seals, ring seals, beluga whales, narwhals if you’re lucky and a large variety of Arctic birds including Atlantic puffins.

Bird sanctuaries are common in Svalbard and the bird population reflects this. Arctic birds nest here in the summer months when the weather conditions are perfect. The cliffs and mountains protect the birds from the cold winds of the Arctic Ocean and polar regions.

Unique Svalbard Experiences

Visit Svalbard with AE Expeditions and participate in a number of activities unique to the High Arctic. Our Svalbard cruises provide a mix of comfort and adventure, and for those willing to explore this Arctic archipelago the memories will last a lifetime. Participate in a polar plunge  –  something most tourists look forward to when they visit Svalbard  –  or go Zodiac cruising to access parts of the coastline that your ship can’t.

Our Svalbard cruises include trips ashore where your Expedition Team will take you on walks to look for wildlife and if the chance arises take photos of the Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer and maybe even the King of the Arctic, the polar bear, if you’re lucky. Our experienced Expedition Teams know Svalbard well and safety is always the number one priority.

For those looking for even more adventure, AE Expeditions offers additional optional activities like sea kayaking and scuba diving amongst Svalbard’s icy waters.

Svalbard Tours Regions

The Svalbard archipelago has nine main islands; some of these islands are connected by sea ice and expedition cruises are the only safe way to move between them. A lot of these islands are national parks, in fact, Svalbard has seven national parks in total. Find out more about the main islands below.

Texas Bar in Svalbard, an archipelago of Svalbard

Spitsbergen

Svalbard’s largest island is 39,044 square kilometres. Its landscape is dominated by rugged mountains indented by post-card perfect fjords, and more than half of the island is covered in ice year-round. Six national parks protect its delicate environment and diverse fauna, which makes it a favourite for travellers visiting Svalbard. Spitsbergen is the only permanently inhabited part of Svalbard, with Longyearbyen the biggest settlement and administrative centre of Svalbard.

Palanderbukta Fjord in Nordaustlandet, Svalbard

Nordaustlandet (North East Land)

The second largest island in the Svalbard archipelago is completely uninhabited. Situated entirely within the Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve, it is made up of sizable ice caps and tundra.

Reindeer in Svalbard

Edgeøya (Edge Island)

Edgeøya is a Norwegian island situated in the southeast of the Svalbard archipelago. With an area of 5,073 square kilometres, it is the third-largest island in this archipelago. It forms part of the Søraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve and is home to polar bears and reindeer.

Kittiwakes on sea ice in the Arctic

Barentsøya (Barents Island)

Named after the Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz, almost half of this island in the Søraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve is glaciated. While the island has no permanent human inhabitants, it is a favourite of polar bears and seabirds, especially kittiwakes.

Harbour Seals in Svalbard

Prins Karls Foreland (Prince Charles Foreland)

This long island on Svalbard’s west coast and its surrounding seas constitutes Forlandet National Park. It boasts jagged peaks and wild glaciers that remind one of the Antarctic peninsula, alongside vast green plains and polar deserts. The harbour seal is commonly found here.

Huddle of walrus in Svalbard

Kvitøya (White Island)

When ice conditions allow, adventure seekers can discover Svalbard’s easternmost island, where polar bears roam and walrus swim. This island is the resting place of Andrée’s Arctic balloon expedition of 1897, which was one of the great mysteries of the Arctic for decades.

Svalbard is known as the kingdom of the polar bear for good reason

Kong Karls Land (King Charles Land)

This small island group is part of the Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve and boasts the largest concentration of polar bears in Svalbard. Because of this, there is a ban on traffic to the island, with ships and aircraft not being able to come within 500 metres of the area.

Arctic landscape, Barents Sea

Bjørnøya (Bear Island)

The southernmost island of Svalbard is rarely visited because it can be challenging to access, with no protected bays, rough weather, strong wind and thick fog. While its history revolves around hunting, it is now an important scientific research site and the whole island is a nature reserve with restricted access.

A lone Black Guillemot

This small, remote island in the far southeast is part of the Southeast Svalbard Nature Reserve. Visiting can be a lucky dip because of heavy ice, fog, rough waters and unprotected beaches. The island has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA), supporting breeding colonies of thick-billed guillemots, black guillemots and black-legged kittiwakes.

Svalbard Cruise Activities

Visit Svalbard with AE Expeditions and our Expedition Team will take you on excursions unique to the High Arctic, fully included in the cost of your expedition. For those interested in a little extra excitement, there are optional activities designed to get you closer to the action. Our Svalabrd expeditions provide a mix of comfort and adventure; for those willing to explore this remote Norwegian archipelago the memories will last a lifetime.

Bird Watching

Photography

Polar plunge

Trips ashore

Whale and mammal spotting

Zodiac cruises

Lecture on wildlife, our environment, history and destinations

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*Optional add-on activities are available on select voyages. They are listed on each itinerary page and additional fees apply. 

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