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Kittwakes on Ice, Monaco Glacier, Svalbard

Sailing in Spitsbergen



10 Days

Prices Start from

$4,826 (ex. flights)

Suitable for

Couples Romantic/Honeymoon Adventure Traveller Solo Traveller Photographers

An introduction to the Arctic that can be completed in just one-and-a-half weeks, this expeditionary cruise offers world-class guiding and an insight into the wildlife, history and geography of Spitsbergen.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Boat and Glacier, Spitsbergen 1

Travel by Zodiac

Explore secluded waterways and fjords by zodiac, stepping ashore to trek across vast tundras.

Reindeer, Spitsbergen 2

Arctic Wildlife

One of the most wildlife-rich parts of the whole Arctic, spot walruses, seals and reindeer.

Monaco Glacier 3

Huge Glaciers

Marvel at the views while sailing past the icy walls of Spitsbergen’s most awe-inspiring glaciers.

Polar Bear, MS Quest, Spitsbergen 4

Expedition Ships

Choose from a variety of ice-strengthened ships, renowned for their expeditionary feel.

Why we like it

Giving its southern counterpart a run for its money, the Arctic is synonymous with polar exploration. Teeming with charismatic wildlife and with jaw-droppingly beautiful glaciers around every corner, the archipelago of Svalbard is a favourite with historians, wildlife lovers and photographers alike. Sailing on an expeditionary vessel, this introductory voyage is a memorable venture into a little-visited part of the world.

Explore our suggested itinerary

Have you always wanted to explore Spitsbergen? Talk to our experts about tailoring this trip for you.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
    Sailing Spitsbergen: Isfjorden
  • Day 3
    Sailing Spitsbergen: Krossfjorden & Ny Alesund
  • Day 4
    Sailing Spitsbergen: Raudfjorden
  • Day 5
    Sailing Spitsbergen: Hinlopenstretet & Alkefjellet
  • Day 6
    Sailing Spitsbergen: Phippsoya
  • Day 7
    Sailing Spitsbergen: Liefdefjorden & Monacobreen
  • Day 8
    Sailing Spitsbergen: Fuglesangen & Smeergenburg
  • Day 9
    Sailing Spitsbergen: Prince Charles Island
  • Day 10
S/V Noorderlicht, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
S/V Noorderlicht, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Sailing Spitsbergen

Voyage northwards up the western side of the island of Spitsbergen, exploring its secluded waterways and fjords by zodiac and stepping ashore to trek across vast tundras and glaciers. Off ship, hike along shorelines and learn about historical whaling in the Svalbard archipelago. Take zodiac trips and explore by kayak, searching for reindeer on land or ringed and bearded seals in the water. Alternatively, explore the tundra vegetation at select points along the shoreline, looking out for wildflowers.

Polar Bear on Ice, Spitsbergen, Arctic
Polar Bear on Ice, Spitsbergen, Arctic
Wild Reindeer in Snow, Svalbard
Wild Reindeer in Snow, Svalbard
Bearded Seal, Arctic, Svalbard
Bearded Seal, Arctic, Svalbard

Wildlife of the Arctic

For most, the lure of seeing a polar bear in its natural habitat is enough to draw travellers to Spitsbergen. Be prepared to also see Artic foxes, walruses, whales and a variety of birdlife. When travelling through Hinlopen Strait and its vast amounts of sea ice with it, expect close contact with polar bears. The captain will work in tandem with the expedition team in order to maximise viewing potential.

Village of Ny Alesund, Spitsbergen, Arctic
Village of Ny Alesund, Spitsbergen, Arctic

Visit a Former Mining Village

Cross Kongsfjord to Ny Alesund, a former mining village and currently the world’s most northern community. Founded in 1916, Ny Alesund operated as a coal mine sporadically until 1962. Since then, it has become the site of numerous international polar science institutes. Ny Alesund earned its place in aviation history as a launch pad for North Pole aviation exploration. Notable pioneer aviators, such as Zeppelin, Amundsen, Ellsworth, Byrd and Nobile all passed through Ny Alesund.

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What can I say – Sue knew everything there was to know about Spitsbergen. The number of options can be overwhelming, but from my first conversation with Sue I knew we would be pointed in the right direction.

Destination: Spitsbergen
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue knew how important it was to me to spot polar bears and did everything she could to ensure we had the best chances possible. We were even lucky enough to see Arctic foxes and walruses.

Destination: Spitsbergen
Travel Expert: Sue

Thank you, Sue, for arranging our family snowmobiling trip, which was simply out of this world. We left with memories to last a lifetime.

Destination: Spitsbergen
Travel Expert: Sue

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