Spitsbergen Explorer

from £4531
excluding flights *
8–11 nights Mar, May-Aug


Focusing primarily on Spitsbergen's scenic west coast, this comprehensive voyage covers less distance in order to maximise time on land. Regular shore excursions offer the chance to uncover the natural and human history of the island, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife as you go!


  • Wildlife viewing from shore landings and Zodiacs
  • Breathtaking Arctic scenery
  • Opportunity to go sea kayaking (selected departures only)

What's Included

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

Full description

Easily accessible and yet offering a true sense of remoteness, Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Even with only a brief foray into the icy wilderness you may see polar bears, reindeer, walrus and belugas, as well as a huge variety of seabirds including skua, Arctic terns and snow buntings.

For the more active there is a chance to enjoy sea-kayaking (additional cost, selected departures only, must be pre-booked) - a truly magical way to experience this unique environment, especially if you are lucky enough to paddle with seals, walrus or even beluga whales.

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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.

2019 Departures - prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices From (pp) Special Interest
14 May 2019 9 days MS Quest £4,531
21 May 2019 9 days MS Quest £4,531
28 May 2019 9 days MS Quest £4,531
29 May 2019 11 days SV Noorderlicht £3,273
04 Jun 2019 9 days MS Quest £5,069
06 Jun 2019 11 days Ocean Nova £7,100
11 Jun 2019 9 days MS Quest £5,069
13 Jun 2019 10 days Sea Spirit £6,919 Guest lecturer Felicity Aston
21 Jun 2019 10 days Sea Spirit £6,919
28 Jun 2019 11 days SV Noorderlicht £3,273
29 Jun 2019 12 days Sea Spirit £8,073
27 Jul 2019 11 days SV Rembrandt van Rijn £3,545
30 Aug 2019 11 days Polar Pioneer £5,200

Activity Key

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 »


  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Longyearbyen is included with the Sea Spirit and MS Quest
  • Expedition jackets are NOT provided on the MS Quest, SV Noorderlicht or Rembrandt Van Rijn. A jacket is loaned for the duration of the voyage on the Akademik Vavilov. On all other ships you will be provided with an expedition jacket to keep.
  • Rubber boots are NOT provided on the MS Quest, SV Noorderlicht or Rembrandt Van Rijn. 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: West & North Spitsbergen

Over the next few days your expedition team will take advantage of local ice and weather conditions to explore the highlights of western Spitsbergen, as well as aiming to visit some of the northern outlying islands. Highlights may include a Zodiac cruise along the face of the 14th of July glacier, searching for Arctic foxes, barnacle geese and more on shore, or marvelling at the thousands of seabirds that nest on the towering rock face of Alkhornet. Conditions permitting you may reach the northern island of Phippsoya, a favourite spot for walrus.

Day 11: disembarkation, Longyearbyen

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


  • 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 Ocean Nova. Other departures may vary in duration and routing, please contact us for specific details.

MS Quest


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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Ocean Nova


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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Sea Spirit


Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

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

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S/V Rembrandt van Rijn


Type: Sailing Ship

The S/V ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’ was originally built as a herring lugger in the early 1900s.

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Polar Pioneer


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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S/V Noorderlicht


Type: Sailing Ship

Originally built in Germany in 1910, this two-masted schooner rig sails the Norwegian coast and Svalbard archipelago

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Other Information

Join Polar Explorer Felicity Aston on a one-off special departure!

Sea Spirit: 13 June 2019

In 2012, British Polar Explorer Felicity Aston became the first person in the world to ski alone across Antarctica, using just muscle power (no kites or machines). The journey of 1744 km took her 59 days and gave her a place in the book of Guinness World Records. More than a decade previously, her first journey to Antarctica was as a meteorologist with the British Antarctic Survey to monitor climate and ozone. She went on to complete numerous journeys in Antarctica and other cold regions of the world including Greenland and Siberia.

Felicity regularly speaks to a variety of audiences around the world about her expedition experiences as well as more generally about Polar Science, Antarctica and Meteorology, and has written three books about the polar regions which have been translated into several languages. Felicity was appointed MBE in 2015 for services to Polar Exploration and in the same year was awarded the Queen’s Polar Medal – one of only 10 women ever to have been recognised in this way.

Felicity will be on board the Sea Spirit for the 13 June sailing along Spitsbergen's west coast, and will be happy to share tales of her past adventures with you and enjoy a very special new adventure with you as you discover the highlights of Spitsbergen together.


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