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This 7-day Svalbard Expedition cruise packs all the highlights and excitement of a longer arctic cruise in to just one week. You will cruise through the Arctic Sea Ice Pack to 80° North, before sailing along the stunning west coast of Spitsbergen, on a constant look out for polar bears in this pristine wilderness. Svalbard is a magical place to visit, covered in mountains and glaciers; its towering cliffs and fjords play host to a thriving and diverse ecosystem. You will explore as much of it as possible as your expedition team will adjust the program to take advantage of the optimum conditions to spot the most iconic of the Arctic’s wildlife, the polar bear.

The Arctic has been the domain of explorers for centuries, but don’t think you need to sacrifice your fingers to frostbite to see the most of this spectacular wilderness for yourself. Polar Routes’ range of expedition cruises offer you the chance for you to discover this beautiful wilderness in optimum comfort and safety. Get in touch with one of our polar specialists today on 0203 196 100 to book your remarkable expedition cruise.


  • See the Arctic’s iconic wildlife, including polar bears, walrus and reindeer
  • Enjoy the adventure of an arctic expedition in one week
  • Cruise in a Zodiac and explore secluded glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more
  • Hike on the colourful tundra and feel the crunch of the permafrost beneath your feet
  • Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Arctic with optional kayaking adventures

 Quick Itinerary

Day 1 — Arrive in Oslo, Norway

Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Days 3 to 6 — Exploring Spitsbergen

Day 7 — Disembark in Longyearbyen & fly to Oslo

Day 1 — Arrive in Oslo, Norway

You will fly into Oslo, the vibrant capital of Norway. If you arrive early, you will be able to visit the museums, restaurants and green, heading back to your airport hotel in the evening for a good night’s sleep before your cruise (the one-night pre-cruise hotel stay is included in the package)

Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

In the morning, you get a transfer with the group to the airport and board the private charter flight to Longyearbyen. The town is Spitsbergen’s largest settlement and you’ll have some time to explore before embarking. As your ship sets sail, you will enjoy stunning views of the Arctic archipelago’s mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this iconic settlement.

Days 3 to 6 — Exploring Spitsbergen

The ship will sail along the magical white shores of Spitsbergen, constantly on the lookout for the planet’s largest terrestrial predator, the polar bear. On the way you will observe the regions natural wonders with ample opportunities to see immense glaciers, deep fjords, soaring mountains and unique flora and fauna.

You will sail north into Krossfjord. Have your camera at the ready as you will be able to capture some of the best glacier calving in Spitsbergen. Deep in the fjord, is the highly active Lilliehöök Glacier, listen in awe to the reverberating roar echoing through the fjord as huge chunks snap off, plunging into the icy water below. You will go an Zodiac excursion to the nearby Ny London, an abandoned mining settlement, which provides an ideal spot for a guided walk. You will encounter wildlife, like the indigenous Svalbard reindeer.

After sailing overnight, you will wake up to the stunning sight of the Monaco Glacier. To make this even more thrilling, help your Expedition Team to scan the shorelines and ice edge for marine mammals. Possible landing sites include Texas Bar, Worsleyneset and the Andoyane Islands (where polar bears have been known to roam). At 80°N, you’ll reach a walrus sanctuary on the tiny, crescent-shaped Moffen Island. Watching from the water as large groups of these lumbering giants jockey for space is an unforgettable experience, so be ready with your binoculars.

At Smeerenburg you can see the remains of an abandoned settlement that was established by Dutch whalers nearly 400 years ago. Here, at one of Europe’s most northerly outposts, you’ll have time to explore ashore and learn about Spitsbergen’s whaling history. Afterwards, cruising to Magdalenafjord rewards you with panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains and massive glaciers reflected in the crystal-clear waters.

During your last full day of your arctic adventure, you may visit the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, home of the world’s northernmost brewery. We hope to round out the day in Alkehornet, taking in the towering cliffs teeming with nesting seabirds, such as fulmars and Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres). Encounters with reindeer might be possible here too. Later, in the evening, swap stories with your shipmates and crew one last time, at the captain’s dinner.

Day 7 — Disembark in Longyearbyen & fly to Oslo

The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo.

World Explorer


The World Explorer is a 5-star luxury expedition ship purpose-built for exploring the Polar regions in refined style and comfort. All the suites have balconies, so you will have perfect uninterrupted views of the stunning landscapes and wildlife.

Ocean Adventurer


The Ocean Adventurer has been a very popular Antarctic exploration ship for many years and is perfectly designed for exploring the region. Carrying just 117 passengers ensures there is a high focus on exploration, and the ship boasts an expert team of expedition staff alongside a varied programme of landings, a fleet of zodiacs and a series of lectures.

World Explorer from 6th June 2020 to 12th June 2020

Triple: £3,500.00
Infinity Suite: £5,100.00
Veranda Suite: £5,100.00
Superior Suite: £6,200.00

Ocean Adventurer from 9th June 2020 to 15th June 2020

Triple: £3,100.00
Lower Deck Twin: £3,900.00
Superior: £5,100.00
Suite: £6,200.00

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  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators to find your perfect cruise.

  • Our prices are amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.

  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know the destinations, ships and operators inside out

  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.

  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.


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Why book with Polar Routes?

  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Travel Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Travel Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
  • 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.

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