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4 Arctic cruises

20 Species of whales & dolphins seen

11 Small ship cruises

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Around Spitsbergen

from £5,399 excluding flights

  • 9-13 nights
  • May-Aug

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Highlights

In pictures
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Search for the majestic polar bear

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Take in Spitsbergen's flora and fauna under the midnight sun

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See abundant wildlife including seals and walrus

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Cruise past breathtaking icebergs and sweeping glaciers

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Observe seabirds in towering cliff-side rookeries

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Visit fascinating historic and scientific sites

Why this trip...

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Choice of vessels

We offer a wide choice of small ships from simple budget-conscious options to purpose-built luxury vessels

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Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip

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Small Ships

Immerse yourself in your surroundings and access remote places whilst enjoying a safe and friendly atmosphere onboard

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.

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.

Itinerary

Day 1 embarkation, Longyearbyen

Board your ship in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement and the world's most northerly town. Colourful, yet weathered building scatter the shoreline and house restaurants, cafes and the town's museum.

Board your ship in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement and the world's most northerly town. Colourful, yet weathered building scatter the shoreline and house restaurants, cafes and the town's museum.

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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.

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.

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Day 11 disembarkation in Longyearbyen

Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. Choose to extend your stay or head to the airport for your flight home.

Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. Choose to extend your stay or head to the airport for your flight home.

Vessel Finder

There are a choice of vessels available for this voyage. Compare the facilities of up to three ships at a glance then talk to our Travel Specialists who will be happy to advise which one is right for you.

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G Expedition

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

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

  • Category: Standard
  • Passengers: 134
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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MS Quest

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

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

  • Category: Simple
  • Passengers: 53
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
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M/V Ortelius

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

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

  • Category: Simple
  • Passengers: 116
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Helicopter: on selected dates
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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M/V Plancius

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

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

  • Category: Simple
  • Passengers: 116
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Ocean Adventurer

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

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

  • Category: Standard
  • Passengers: 132
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Sea Spirit

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

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

  • Category: Superior
  • Passengers: 114
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Greg Mortimer

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

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

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 120
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Ultramarine

The spacious Ultramarine is a purpose-built expedition ship, offering a choice of adventure activities as well as the chance to explore by helicopter.

The spacious Ultramarine is a purpose-built expedition ship, offering a choice of adventure activities as well as the chance to explore by helicopter.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 199
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Sauna
  • Helicopter: on board
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available

Select 2-3 vessels to compare.

Optional Activities

Prices and Departures

Price from £5,399 excluding flights

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

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

2021 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activites Price from (pp) Special Interest
26 May 2021 * 14 days Ultramarine £12,792 Photography focus
21 Jun 2021 10 days Sea Spirit £6,495
26 Jun 2021 11 days G Expedition £5,399 Waitlist only!
29 Jun 2021 12 days Sea Spirit £8,995
30 Jun 2021 * 14 days Ocean Adventurer £9,992
01 Jul 2021 10 days M/V Ortelius £5,864
02 Jul 2021 10 days M/V Plancius £5,864
04 Jul 2021 11 days Greg Mortimer £7,000
08 Jul 2021 11 days MS Quest £7,592
10 Jul 2021 10 days M/V Ortelius £5,864
13 Jul 2021 11 days G Expedition £5,399
14 Jul 2021 ^ 11 days Greg Mortimer £7,000
19 Jul 2021 10 days M/V Ortelius £5,864
20 Jul 2021 10 days M/V Plancius £5,864
28 Jul 2021 10 days M/V Ortelius £5,864
28 Jul 2021 11 days MS Quest £7,592
29 Jul 2021 10 days M/V Plancius £5,864
30 Jul 2021 11 days G Expedition £5,699
07 Aug 2021 11 days MS Quest £7,592
09 Aug 2021 11 days G Expedition £5,699
16 Aug 2021 + 10 days M/V Plancius £5,864 Limited cabins!
17 Aug 2021 11 days MS Quest £7,592
27 Aug 2021 11 days MS Quest £7,592

* Departs and finishes in Oslo, Norway
^ Departs from Longyearbyen and finishes in Kirkenes
+ Attempts to land on island of Kvitoya

2022 Departures

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Price from (pp) Special Interest
10 Jun 2022 * 14 days Ultramarine £12,792 Photography focus
26 Jun 2022 11 days G Expedition £5,399
03 Jul 2022 11 days Sea Spirit £7,995
07 Jul 2022 * 14 days Ocean Adventurer £11,192
12 Jul 2022 12 days Sea Spirit £8,895
13 Jul 2022 11 days G Expedition £5,399
30 Jul 2022 11 days G Expedition £5,699
09 Aug 2022 11 days G Expedition £5,699

* Departs and finishes in Oslo, Norway

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The inclusions for this cruise are dependent on the vessel chosen - those shown are applicable to all.

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20 Species of whales & dolphins seen

11 Small ship cruises

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