West Spitsbergen Explorer

from £3599
excluding flights *
8–9, 11 nights Jun-Jul

Overview

From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights.

Highlights

  • Encountering polar bears and walrus in their natural environment
  • Cruising past glaciers in a Zodiac
  • Kayaking between glaciers (optional activity, additional cost)
  • Experiencing continuous daylight under the midnight sun
  • Hiking the tundra and polar desert

What's Included

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

Full description

Focusing primarily on Spitsbergen's scenic west and northern coastlines, this comprehensive expedition 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! You may see spot polar bears, reindeers, walrus and seabirds in their thousands. Enormous glaciers and fields of Arctic wildflowers provide a spectacular backdrop to each day's adventures. You will have the opportunity to explore this dramatic landscape not only by ship, but also on foot and via Zodiac.

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Prices & Dates *

Offers

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 Prices from (pp) Special interest
15 May 2020 9 days MS Quest £4,872
20 May 2020 12 days Ocean Adventurer £7,300
22 May 2020 9 days MS Quest £4,872
29 May 2020 9 days MS Quest £4,872
30 May 2020 12 days Ocean Adventurer £7,300
31 May 2020 9 days Sea Spirit £6,476
05 Jun 2020 9 days MS Quest £5,432
07 Jun 2020 9 days Sea Spirit £6,476
11 Jun 2020 10 days World Explorer £8,100 French translator on-board
12 Jun 2020 8 days G Expedition £3,999
12 Jun 2020 9 days MS Quest £5,432
14 Jun 2020 12 days Ocean Adventurer £7,700 French translator on-board
14 Jun 2020 9 days Sea Spirit £6,476
19 Jun 2020 8 days G Expedition £3,999 French translator on-board
19 Jun 2020 9 days MS Quest £5,432
19 Jun 2020 10 days World Explorer £8,100 French translator on-board
06 Jul 2020 8 days G Expedition £3,999
09 Jul 2020 10 days World Explorer £8,100
17 Jul 2020 10 days World Explorer £8,100
23 Jul 2020 8 days G Expedition £3,599

Activity Key:

Kayaking

Kayaking taster session

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

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices From (pp) Special Interest
04 May 2021 9 days MS Quest £5,032
08 May 2021 10 days Ultramarine £8,400
11 May 2021 9 days MS Quest £5,032
18 May 2021 9 days MS Quest £5,032
23 May 2021 12 days Ocean Adventurer £8,000
25 May 2021 9 days MS Quest £5,032
01 Jun 2021 8 days Sea Spirit £4,695
01 Jun 2021 9 days MS Quest £5,592
02 Jun 2021 10 days Ocean Adventurer £6,900
07 Jun 2021 8 days Sea Spirit £4,695
08 Jun 2021 9 days MS Quest £5,592 German speaking
12 Jun 2021 8 days G Expedition £3,899
12 Jun 2021 10 days Ultramarine £8,400
13 Jun 2021 10 days Sea Spirit £6,495
15 Jun 2021 9 days MS Quest £5,592
19 Jun 2021 8 days G Expedition £3,899
20 Jun 2021 12 days Ocean Adventurer £8,000
21 Jun 2021 10 days Sea Spirit £6,495
06 Jul 2021 8 days G Expedition £4,099
23 Jul 2021 8 days G Expedition £4,099 German translator on-board

Activity Key:

Kayaking

Kayaking taster session

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
  • Expedition jacket - yours to keep
  • 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 »

NOTES

  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Oslo, with return flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen, is included on voyages aboard the Ocean Adventurer, World Explorer and Ultramarine.
  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Longyearbyen is included on voyages aboard the Sea Spirit and MS Quest

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

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Arrive in Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Oslo, where an overnight hotel stay is included.

Days 2: Depart Oslo for embarkation in Longyearbyen

In the morning you will transfer to the airport and board your charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement. You will have time to explore the town before embarkation. As the ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.

Days 3-9: Exploring Spitsbergen

During your voyage, the expedition team will take advantage of local ice and weather conditions to explore the highlights of Spitsbergen's west coast, focusing on a search for wildlife. Wildlife viewing opportunities are enhanced by exploring as many remote areas as possible. Spotting polar bears, Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, and land or sea birds can be difficult, but well worth the effort. Conditions permitting, you will be able to explore near sea ice, through fjords that lead to glaciers and icebergs, and discover bird nesting colonies, all from the platform of the ship. Alternatively, you can hop in a Zodiac to explore more closely, or be head ashore to visit historical sites and experience the tundra.

Day 10: Disembarkation in Longyearbyen and flight to Oslo

Your adventure ends in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen where you board the charter flight.

Notes

  • The above sample itinerary is based on the 10 day voyage on the World Explorer. Other departures may vary in duration and routing, please contact us for specific details.
  • 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!

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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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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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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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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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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Ultramarine

Multi-destination

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

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

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