Around Spitsbergen

from £5100
excluding flights *
9–13 nights Jun-Aug

Overview

The aim of this expedition is to deliver the complete Spitsbergen experience, circumnavigating the Svalbard archipelago’s largest island. With superb wildlife encounters on offer, this voyage also delivers unparalleled photographic opportunities with spectacular scenery throughout.

Highlights

  • Encounter polar bears and walrus in their natural habitat
  • Cruise past glaciers, ice-floes and towering sea cliffs in a Zodiac
  • Visit fascinating historic and scientific sites
  • Optional kayaking available on selected departures (additional cost)

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board

Full description

This is the 'star' voyage in our Arctic portfolio, exploring the full coastline of the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, Spitsbergen. Renowned for wildlife watching opportunities both on land and in the marine rich coastal waters, discover this last frontier of the inhabitable world on a fabulous circular voyage.

Please note that the chance of successful circumnavigation is higher later in the season, when the ice has melted and more channels are open. Early departures are better for those wanting to see the region's rich birdlife and to experience large ice-floes. All voyage itineraries are dependent on the sea-ice conditions at the time of travel!

Special Interest Departures

Take a look at the 'Other Information' section for details about select departures that will be accompanied by leading experts, from renowned scientists to professional photographers.

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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 - prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Price from (pp) Special interests
21 Jun 2020 11 days Sea Spirit £8,076
22 Jun 2020 11 days The Greg Mortimer £5,100 - Waitlist only!
24 Jun 2020 10 days M/V Hondius £5,636 Hiking & Interactive workshop
24 Jun 2020 * 14 days Ocean Adventurer £8,900
26 Jun 2020 10 days M/V Ortelius £5,636 Hiking
26 Jun 2020 11 days G Expedition £5,199 French translator on-board
27 Jun 2020 * 14 days World Explorer £11,600
30 Jun 2020 12 days Sea Spirit £8,956
01 Jul 2020 10 days M/V Plancius £5,636
02 Jul 2020 ^ 11 days The Greg Mortimer £5,100 - Waitlist only!
05 Jul 2020 10 days M/V Ortelius £5,636
06 Jul 2020 11 days MS Quest £7,592
13 Jul 2020 11 days G Expedition £5,199 French translator on-board
16 Jul 2020 11 days MS Quest £7,592
19 Jul 2020 10 days M/V Plancius £5,636 German translator on-board
26 Jul 2020 11 days MS Quest £7,592
30 Jul 2020 11 days G Expedition £5,399
30 Jul 2020 * 14 days World Explorer £11,600
02 Aug 2020 10 days M/V Hondius £5,636
05 Aug 2020 11 days MS Quest £7,592
09 Aug 2020 11 days G Expedition £5,399
15 Aug 2020 10 days M/V Plancius £5,636 German translator on-board
15 Aug 2020 11 days MS Quest £7,592
25 Aug 2020 11 days MS Quest £7,592

* Departs and finishes in Oslo, Norway
^ Departs from Longyearbyen and finishes in Kirkenes, Norway

Activity Key:

Kayaking

Kayaking taster session

Snorkelling

Diving

2021 Departures - prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activites Price from (pp)
07 Jul 2021 * 13 days The Greg Mortimer £8,300
18 Aug 2021 ^ 13 days The Greg Mortimer £8,600

* Departs from Longyearbyen and finishes in Kirkenes, Norway
^ Departs from Kirkenes and finishes in Longyearbyen

Activity Key:

Kayaking

Note the inclusions for this cruise are dependent on the vessel chosen, though the following are applicable to all:

What's Included

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

Please contact us for full details and to discuss the options best for you.

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: Embarkation, Longyearbyen

Board your ship in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement.

Days 2-10: Spitsbergen

Over the next few days your expedition team will take advantage of local ice and weather conditions to explore the highlights of Spitsbergen, as you attempt to circumnavigate the island. Along the way you may visit the renowned basalt sea cliffs of Alkefjellet, where thick billed murres (brunnich guillemots) nest in their thousands, or visit the abandoned mining town of Pyramiden. Perhaps search for polar bears at Isbukta, beluga whales near Bourbonhamna or walrus at Moffen Island. Conditions permitting there should be plenty of opportunity to hike the Arctic tundra and enjoy Zodiac cruises in the shadow of mighty glaciers.

Day 11: Disembarkation, Longyearbyen

Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen.

Notes

  • 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 sample itinerary is based on the 11-day voyage on the G Expedition. Other departures may vary in duration and routing, please contact us for specific details.

M/V Plancius

Antarctica

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

Multi-destination

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

Antarctica

Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

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

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MS Quest

Arctic

Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

The smallest expedition ship in our polar fleet, M/S Quest offers an intimate polar experience.

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G Expedition

Multi-destination

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

The ever-popular G Expedition offers spacious and comfortable accommodation at an affordable price.

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Ocean Adventurer

Multi-destination

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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The Greg Mortimer

Multi-destination

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

Brand new for 2019, the Greg Mortimer is a custom-built expedition ship featuring cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

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World Explorer

Multi-destination

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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Sea Spirit

Multi-destination

Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

This all-suite vessel couples adventure with spacious accommodation and a friendly atmosphere.

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