A Taste of Spitsbergen

from £3136
excluding flights *
5–7 nights May-Jun, Aug
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This Arctic adventure cruise is designed for the adventurous explorer who is long on ambition, but short on time. It delivers all the wonder and frozen majesty of Spitsbergen in a week full and exciting experiences.


  • Search for elusive polar bears and majestic whales
  • Cruise through breathtaking fjords and admire huge glaciers
  • Experience the energising and magical midnight sun
  • Learn about Arctic history and ecology from expert guides
  • Enjoy the pure silence of the Arctic tundra, broken only by the booming of breaking ice

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Full description

The ideal introduction to the Arctic, this expedition cruise offers the chance to experience the frozen majesty of Svalbard in just a week. An exploration of Spitsbergen's northwest coast should reveal wildlife, glaciers, fjords and more. Your expedition team will help you track polar bears, explore fjords and remote shorelines on Zodiac excursions, and uncover the history of the archipelago, all from the comfort and convenience of a dedicated polar expedition ship.

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Prices & Dates *


Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

2020 Departures

Departures Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp) Special interests
27 May 2020 8 days M/V Hondius £4,364
31 May 2020 6 days M/V Ortelius £3,136
03 Jun 2020 8 days M/V Hondius £4,364
05 Jun 2020 8 days M/V Ortelius £4,364 German translator on-board
06 Jun 2020 * 7 days World Explorer £5,800 French translator on-board
09 Jun 2020 * 7 days Ocean Adventurer £4,600
10 Jun 2020 8 days M/V Hondius £4,364
12 Jun 2020 8 days M/V Ortelius £4,364
17 Jun 2020 8 days M/V Hondius £4,364
17 Jun 2020 8 days M/V Plancius £4,364
19 Jun 2020 8 days M/V Ortelius £4,364 German translator on-board
24 Jun 2020 8 days M/V Plancius £4,364
24 Aug 2020 8 days M/V Plancius £4,364 Attempts to reach 82 Degrees North
28 Aug 2020 8 days M/V Ortelius £4,364 Attempts to reach 82 Degrees North

* Expedition starts and finishes in Oslo, Norway

Activity Key:


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What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings as per the daily programme
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: Embarkation, Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Svalbard archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there may be an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting. Embark your ship this afternoon and set sail on your Arctic expedition.

Days 2-7: Exploring West & North Spitsbergen

Every expedition is unique, with the final itinerary dictated by weather, sea and ice conditions. However your Expedition Leader will ensure a full programme awaits, aiming to include a variety of key natural attractions and wildlife encounters. Perhaps sail into the beautiful Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, dominated by spectacular glaciers and favoured by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of the fjord also support thriving seabird colonies and a surprisingly rich amount of vegetation, which flourishes in sheltered spots. You may take a Zodiac cruise along the 5km face of the impressive Monaco Glacier, or marvel at the thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots that nest on the famed bird cliffs of Alkefjellet. Search for polar bears and whales around the northern island of Phippsoya; here you will reach 81 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Cruise along the edge of the pack ice before starting the journey south back to Longyearbyen.

Day 8: Disembark in Longyearbyen

This morning disembark the ship in Longyearbyen after breakfast.


  • All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!
  • The above itinerary is for the 8 day voyage on the MV Plancius

M/V Plancius


Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

The M/V Plancius is a traditional ex-research vessel, with proven experience in icy waters.

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M/V Hondius


Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

New for 2019, the M/V Hondius is one of the strongest vessels of its category in the polar regions.

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M/V Ortelius


Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

A former scientific-research vessel, the Ortelius offers the classic small ship experience.

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Ocean Adventurer


Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

An attractive ice-strengthened vessel, the Ocean Adventurer features plenty of outside deck space making this a great choice for a polar adventure.

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World Explorer


Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

The World Explorer is a new state of the art, purpose-built expedition vessel, among the fastest and most luxurious in our fleet of small ships.

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