Trip Information

Duration
12 Days
Departs
June & August
Ship
MS Spitsbergen
From
£4527 per person

Departure Dates

  • 2021 June to September

 

This Expedition Includes:

  • Return flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen
  • A one-night hotel stay in Longyearbyen
  • A full programme of optional excursions
  • Full board with complimentary wine and beer at dinner

Expedition Highlights:

  • Sail to the edge of the Arctic Ocean – a journey to the top of the globe!
  • Spot the majestic Polar Bear, Svalbard Reindeer and a myriad of bird species.
  • The opportunity to hike across a glacier, also known as “Brevandring”.
  • The visit the Isfjord – a stunning network of fjords carved out of mountains over 10,000 years ago.

 

Itinerary Summary

This Arctic expedition cruise gives you the opportunity to enjoy 10 days exploring Spitsbergen; the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago that is famed for its dense population of Polar Bears.

Your expedition starts with an evening flight from Norway’s capital, Oslo, to the world’s northernmost city, Longyearbyen, situated in the western region of Svalbard. After a one-night hotel stay in the city, you can spend the next morning exploring independently or joining up with an excursion before transferring to the port in the afternoon and boarding the 335-guest capacity MS Spitsbergen.

The next two days will be spent in Northwest Spitsbergen National Park. While there is no fixed itinerary for this period, weather permitting you will have the chance to visit many of the northwest’s highlights, including the beautiful fjord area of Kongsfjorden and the whaling station ruins in Mitrahalvøya. You might even have the chance to join the Expedition Team in hiking across a glacier!

You will then cruise to the eastern side of Svalbard for two days exploring the Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserves and South Spitsbergen National Park. Eastern Svalbard represents your best chance of spotting a polar bear as it boasts the highest population of bear in the archipelago. Other wildlife in the region includes reindeer, seal and a huge variety of birds such as puffins, gulls and the Arctic fulmar.

On day 9 you will arrive in the Isfjord; a prominent system of fjords and one of the most beautiful parts of Svalbard. Home to huge numbers of Svalbard reindeers, the mountainous scenery, rich flora and pleasing climate represent a nice contrast to the snow-swept landscapes you visited earlier in the expedition.

Your final evening will end with a farewell BBQ before the ship arrives back into Longyearbyen for an early morning departure to Oslo.

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Trip Schedule

  • Day 01 Oslo/Longyearbyen
  • Day 02 Longyearbyen
  • Day 03-05 North West Spitsbergen National Park
  • Day 06-08 Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserves and South Spitsbergen National Park
  • Day 09 The Isfjord
  • Day 10 Longyearbyen/Oslo

About Your Ship

MS Spitsbergen is a ship purpose-built for polar explorations and offers a range of expeditions in Norway, Iceland, Greenland and the Arctic Circle. Named after Norway’s Arctic crown – the Spitsbergen archipelago – MS Spitsbergen underwent a full-scale refurbishment in 2015 and provides a warm comfortable base in which to relax after a day of adventure.

Throughout any expedition on MS Spitsbergen you will have the opportunity to enjoy many landings and excursions by Zodiac. Led by the ship’s Expedition Team, Zodiac trips grant easy access to some of the Arctic region’s hidden bays and inlets and dovetail nicely with the excursion programme which will run throughout the duration of your expedition. The programme includes numerous highlights, including trips to visit isolated communities, areas heavily populated by wildlife as well as landmarks noted for their historical and cultural importance.

To further enhance your experience during your voyage, guests are invited to join the Expedition Team in the ship’s Main Lounge for daily briefings, recaps and lectures.

There are four main categories of accommodation on MS Spitsbergen, comprised of Polar Inside Cabins, Polar Outside Cabins, Arctic Superior Suites and the Expedition Suite. All grades are pleasingly decorated and relatively spacious with en-suite facilities. The smaller Polar Inside Cabins have two single beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, while the larger grades have double beds and a separate sitting area.

MS Spitsbergen has one main restaurant which serves a combination of international cuisine and locally-sourced Norwegian delicacies. Here you can enjoy breakfast and lunch, served buffet-style, and evening meals which is served in two fixed sittings. The ship also has a Bistro where you can purchase light bites and snacks 24 hours a day.

After dinner, guests are invited to relax in the Explorer Lounge which serves a variety of beverages in a light, airy setting. As the night draws in, the Explorer Lounge provides the perfect environment in which to reflect on the day’s events and catch-up with your fellow travellers.

While there is no specific evening entertainment programme on MS Spitsbergen, one event that should not be missed is the special Arctic Circle Baptism Ceremony which takes place on the ship’s Sun Deck and gives you the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights when they are at their most prominent.

MS Spitsbergen’s other facilities include a fitness room, sauna, jacuzzi deck and laundry room.

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