This expedition cruise covers all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas home to polar bears, walrus and whales, as well as thousands of seabirds. Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea-kayaking, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the “wildlife capital of the Arctic”.
- Unique Arctic wildlife – polar bears, walrus, reindeer
- Polar desert exploration
- Continuous daylight
- Tundra Hiking
- Zodiac cruising, snowshoeing or kayaking on select expeditions
June: 12, 22
We can offer shorter or longer Spitsbergen cruises on alternate dates, if this itinerary is not quite what you’re looking for. Please inquire for details.
2018 Pricing from:
June 12, July 22, 2018 on the Ocean Nova
Quadruple, outside: US$6,495
Triple outside: US$7,295
Upper Deck Twin: US$9,495
Bridge Deck Twin: US$9,995
Most cabin categories on the Ocean Nova offer “single, willing to share” rates to solo travellers at the per person, twin price. Triple and quad cabins are as indicated, based on three people in a triple and four people in a quad.
Prices are listed in US$, per person, based on two people sharing a cabin. For single use cabin rates, please inquire. Rates are subject to change without notice by the cruise operator and may vary somewhat depending on the departure date. We will confirm the current price at the time of request.
Your Spitsbergen adventure begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island’s largest settlement. As you embark, you’ll get great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop to this seaside settlement.
Explore western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. You’ll cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, and your Expedition Team will be constantly searching for wildlife. Each expedition presents new opportunities, so we have no fixed itinerary; however, we do hope to visit some of our favourite destinations, including the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsøya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Straight.
The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Phippsøya being one of their preferred hunting areas, since the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide many free bird egg meals for both them and the arctic fox. Torellneset and Phippsøya are great places for walrus photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.
If you’re itching to get a little closer to the action, you can book the kayaking option and take an excursion to the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen. Smeerenburg is a great place for snowshoeing (optional and complimentary on select voyages), where you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historic site honors the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme arctic conditions.
There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species or an abandoned site from centuries ago.
The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
- Voyage as outlined
- Meals throughout the voyage
- Shore excursions and activities by Zodiac
- Lectures by naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
- Free use of rubber boots and snow shoes
- AECO fees and governmental taxes
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
- Comprehensive pre-departure material
- Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flight to/from Longyearbyen
- Return airfare to/from Longyearbyen
- Fuel surcharge (if applicable)
- Gratuities to ship personnel, items of a personal nature
- Travel insurance (emergency evacuation coverage mandatory)
Daily ice conditions will determine the exact sailing plan.
Important Reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy— and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.
Early Bird Discount for 2018 bookings: Make a new reservation for a 2018 sailing on the Ocean Nova in a Bridge Deck Twin, Upper (Lower) or Upper Deck Twin by the 31 August, 2017, and save US$1,500 per cabin. Applicable sailing dates for this special are June 12 and June 22, 2018.
Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.