Discover some of the most incredible sights in the Arctic, exploring the incredible national parks of the Svalbard archipelago, a magnificent wilderness where polar bears outnumber people.  Marvel at the giant mountain peaks rising from the ocean in spectacular fjords, hike through arctic tundra keeping watch for reindeer and arctic fox, spot lazy walrus relaxing in hidden bays and Zodiac cruise around colossal ice-calving glaciers.

Highlights

  • Spot the king of Arctic predators, the majestic polar bear
  • Witness mighty glaciers calving giant chunks of ice into the sea
  • See lazy walrus lounging in secluded bays and seals hauling out on ice floes
  • Discover thousands of birds nesting in world-renowned bird cliffs
  • Opportunities to kayak & hike in pristine Arctic landscapes
  • Visit fascinating 17th century ancient whaling and trapper sites

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 Oslo / Longyearbyen
Day 2 Longyearbyen
Days 3 - 5 North West Spitsbergen National Park
Days 6 - 8 Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserves and South Spitsbergen National Park
Day 9 The Isfjord
Day 10 Longyearbyen

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Day 1 – Oslo / Longyearbyen
Enjoy a day exploring Oslo, named the European Green Capital 2019.  It’s an exciting city with a vibrant café & bar scene, numerous parks, a bustling harbour and many cultural landmarks including the Arstrup-Fearnley Museum of Arts, Barcode and the Opera House.  In the evening you will then board your flight to Longyearbyen.

Stepping off the plane in Longyearbyen, you will feel like you have been transported to another planet… Welcome to the Arctic!  You will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 – Longyearbyen
Today you will enjoy a fascinating tour of Longyearbyen.  With keen adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts and scientists from across the globe having re-located to Longyearbyen, despite it being located half way between the North Pole and mainland Norway, the small town has a vibrant international feel.  Discover its charming brightly coloured buildings, charming cafes, interesting mining history and lively cosmopolitan atmosphere, before boarding your expedition ship ready for your exciting voyage.

Days 3 - 5 North West Spitsbergen National Park
The Captain and expedition team monitor weather and sea conditions to create a unique itinerary over the coming days, taking you to the depths of the stunning Svalbard wilderness.  You may visit Kongsfjorden, a 26km long inlet home to incomprehensibly huge ice-blue glaciers.  Keep watch for seals, walrus, whales and numerous migratory seabirds.   Perhaps discover Ny-Ålesund, once a mining town but now transformed into an international hub for scientific research.   In the north west region of Spitsbergen, you will learn of the region’s historic whaling history, and even spotting artefacts such as ancient blubber ovens from the early 17th century.

The captain may lead the expedition to the Magdalenafjorden and Gravneset areas, providing opportunity for kayaking and hiking.  Discover the impressive Monacabreen glacier aboard Zodiacs, where you could see gigantic chunks of ice (some as big as container ships) falling from the glacier into the sea, creating a thunderous crack which echoes for miles around.   

Days 6 - 8 Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserves and South Spitsbergen National Park
Venturing to the north east of Svalbard, you enter the realm of the polar bear!  This region is known for having the highest population in Svalbard, and all eyes will be keeping watch in anticipation of spotting the Arctic’s supreme predator.  Ice and weather conditions permitting, the expedition will head to Isflakbukta on Phippsøya, one of the Seven Islands.  The area is resident to tens of thousands of seabirds including little auk, puffins and guillemots, as well as rich marine life including many walruses who lounge in the shallow bay.    The crew aim to lead you towards the historic 17th century battle ground of Sorgfjorden, potentially depending on ice conditions, guiding you on Zodiacs around the Hinlopen Strait spotting wildlife or perhaps providing opportunity to hike amongst the arctic tundra.  Other possible landing destinations include Torellneset, providing further opportunity to spot curious walrus.   

The expedition advances on towards the island of Edgeøya, one of the largest in the Svalbard archipelago.  The west is predominantly un-glaciated, with plateau shaped mountains and wide-open valleys.  The rich tundra provides an ideal habitat for reindeer, and the coastal cliffs are home to vast colonies of Kittiwakes.  Artic fox, walrus and polar bear sightings are also a possibility.  Kapp Lee, located on the northwest of the island is a fascinating place to discover more about the trapper and research history of Svalbard throughout the last three centuries.

The Captain will navigate the ship around the southern tip of Spitsbergen, to the stunning Hornsund, known to be one of the most beautiful fjords.  Ocean currents draw lots of ice into the fjord, making the region an important migratory region for polar bears.  With towering mountains rising from the sea, shimmering glaciers & drifting ice-floes, the scenery is spectacular and picture-postcard Arctic heaven.  

Day 9 The Isfjord
Today you will enjoy exploring Isfjorden, one of the largest fjords in Svalbard.  Cruising through this glaciated region, there is potential to spot a wide variety of marine wildlife including adorable ringed and bearded seals, often seen around the glacier fronts.  There maybe potential to enjoy a BBQ out on deck, enjoying the fantastic scenery of this untouched Arctic world.

Day 10 Longyearbyen
Following breakfast, you bid farewell to your new friends and expedition family.  You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Oslo, leaving the Arctic with incredible memories.

MS Fram

Rating
3
Standard
Comfort
Capacity
200

The MS Fram is a purpose built 11,600- ton vessel that incorporates all the best of both practical and traditional design. Her 127 cabins carry passengers to the most remote locations on Earth in comfort and style. Because the ship is slightly larger than other expedition ships, it offers more in the way of on-board facilities and comfort.

MS Spitsbergen

Rating
3
Standard
Simple
Capacity
335

MS Spitsbergen is named after the Arctic crown of Norway, after a complete reconstruction in 2016, the ship spends part of the year sailing the Norwegian Coast and part of the year as part of the expedition programme, to destinations further afield. 

MS Fram from 3rd June 2019 to 12th June 2019

Polar Inside: £5,449.00
Polar Outside: £6,129.00
Arctic Superior: £6,939.00
Expedition Suite: £7,799.00

MS Fram from 11th June 2019 to 20th June 2019

Polar Inside: £5,049.00
Polar Outside: £6,389.00
Arctic Superior: £5,859.00
Expedition Suite: £7,799.00

MS Fram from 19th June 2019 to 28th June 2019

Polar Inside: £5,449.00
Polar Outside: £6,389.00
Arctic Superior: £6,939.00
Expedition Suite: £12,999.00

MS Spitsbergen from 11th July 2019 to 20th July 2019

Polar Inside: £4,899.00
Polar Outside: £5,699.00
Arctic Superior: £5,639.00
Expedition Suite: £7,899.00


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  • Our prices are the amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.