Around Spitsbergen

from £5199
excluding flights *
9–12 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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2019 Departures - prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp) Special Interest
17 Jun 2019 13 days Ocean Adventurer £7,400
27 Jun 2019 11 days G Expedition £5,199
29 Jun 2019 13 days Ocean Adventurer £7,400
03 Jul 2019 10 days M/V Plancius £5,409
05 Jul 2019 11 days MS Quest £7,146
05 Jul 2019 10 days M/V Hondius £5,409
14 Jul 2019 11 days G Expedition £5,199
14 Jul 2019 10 days M/V Hondius £5,409
15 Jul 2019 11 days Polar Pioneer £5,200
15 Jul 2019 11 days M/S Quest £7,146
23 Jul 2019 13 days Ocean Adventurer £7,400
23 Jul 2019 10 days M/V Hondius £5,409
23 Jul 2019 16 days S/V Noorderlicht £4,773
25 Jul 2019 11 days Polar Pioneer £5,200
31 Jul 2019 11 days G Expedition £5,399
01 Aug 2019 10 days M/V Hondius £5,409
04 Aug 2019 11 days MS Quest £7,146
07 Aug 2019 16 days S/V Noorderlicht £4,773
10 Aug 2019 11 days G Expedition £5,399
10 Aug 2019 12 days M/V Hondius £8,136
14 Aug 2019 14 days M/S Quest £7,146
17 Aug 2019 10 days M/V Plancius £5,409
19 Aug 2019 + 12 days M/V Ortelius £5,700
19 Aug 2019 10 days M/V Hondius £6,000 - Waitlist only!
22 Aug 2019 16 days S/V Noorderlicht £4,773
24 Aug 2019 11 days M/S Quest £7,146 Guest lecturer Doug Allan

+ Departs from Tromso, Norway

Activity Key:
Kayaking

Kayaking taster session

Snorkelling

Diving

Special Interest departures - please refer to 'Other Information' section for more details.

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

NOTES

  • Expedition jackets are NOT provided on the MS Quest, Plancius, Ortelius or Hondius. On all other ships you will be provided with an expedition jacket to keep.
  • Rubber boots are NOT provided on the MS Quest. On all other ships you will be provided with a pair of boots for the duration of the voyage.

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 (brunich 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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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

Antarctica

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

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

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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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Ocean Endeavour

Antarctica

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

The Ocean Endeavour is a bright and spacious purpose-built expedition ship, with excellent facilities, a range of optional activities and a focus on health and wellbeing.  

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Ocean Nova

Antarctica

Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

The Ocean Nova is one of our smaller ships, simple and practical with fresh modern style.

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Ocean Adventurer

Antarctica

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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Polar Pioneer

Antarctica

Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

One of our smallest ships, the Polar Pioneer offers traditional expedition voyaging with a range of optional adventure activities.  

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Excursions

Other Information

Join Doug Allan on a Special Svalbard Adventure!

M/S Quest: 24 August 2019

We are proud to present Doug Allan, award winning polar photographer and cameraman, as special lecturer on our Around Spitsbergen voyage departing 24 August 2019.

Doug Allan is one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen, whose love affair with ice has lasted over forty years. He spent four winters as a research diver, scientist, base commander and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before changing direction to full time filming in 1984. He specialises in natural history, expeditions and science documentaries in the wildest and most remote places on our planet, particularly the polar zones. Over his career, he's filmed for series like The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Operation Iceberg and Forces of Nature. He has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife.

His photographic awards include eight Emmys and five BAFTAs. He has twice won the underwater category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and has three Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his camerawork, as well as two Polar Medals.

Doug will share some of his experiences and stories as you attempt to circumnavigate the island of Spitsbergen.

 

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