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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

Explore remote Spitsbergen, Land of the Polar Bear, on this unique 9-night expedition, with included Polarcirkel shore landings and lectures from the experienced Expedition Team

Cruise Only
9 nights from £4675pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Kayaking in Spitsbergen
  • Ny Alesund
  • Polar Bear in Spitsbergen
  • Whale in Arctic waters
  • Polar Bear
  • Spitsbergen landscape

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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This High Arctic adventure begins in the traditional Spitsbergen town of Longyearbyen, where modern shops and art galleries contrast with the settlement's strong coal mining heritage.

Discover majestic glaciers, awe-inspiring fjords and the fascinating former mining town of Alesund as you explore North West Spitsbergen National Park.

Keep an eye out for polar bears hunting on the ice flows during your time in Eastern Svalbard, before navigating the breathtaking Isfjord, home to the endemic Svalbard Reindeer. Shore landings and guided hikes led by the Expedition Team enrich this once-in-a-lifetime voyage.

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Circumnavigating Spitsbergen 2019 Itinerary

Day 1 - Oslo (Norway) - Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)

Take the opportunity to explore Norway's fascinating capital, Oslo, with its varied architecture and lively bars, before an evening flight to Longyearbyen. Arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Longyearbyen

Check-out of your hotel and join an excursion showcasing the best of Longyearbyen and the surrounding area before embarking ship. It is a town of contrasts, mixing strong Arctic influences with modern amenities including art galleries, pubs and restaurants.

Days 3-5 - North West Spitsbergen National Park

The North West Corner of Spitsbergen is dotted with beautiful islands, beaches and fjords, not forgetting the majestic shapes which can be found in the drifting ice. Weather permitting, we will land and discover Svalbard's history. You will have the opportunity to see the remains of ancient blubber ovens used to render whale oil.

Days 6-8 - Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve and South Spitsbergen National Park

Eastern Svalbard is home to the largest population of polar bears in the Svalbard archipelago so you will hopefully get the chance to see one. We'll aim to cruise to Sorgfjorden which borders the North East Spitsbergen Nature Reserve, and weather permitting, you may be able to hike in Eolsneset or embark PolarCirkel boats to explore the Hinlopen Strait area. You may also be able to visit Torellneset, home to walruses, before continuing to Edgeoya where you'll discover Kapp Lee, a fascinating sure for cultural heritage. Cruise south past Hornsund where you may be lucky enough to spot polar bears.

Day 9 - Isfjord

Isfjord is the most extensive fjord system in the archipelago. Spend the day exploring this breathtaking fjord including the magnificent U-shaped valleys where you might be lucky enough to spot a Svalbard Reindeer.

Day 10 - Longyearbyen - Oslo (Norway)

Disembark ship in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for your flight to Oslo.

Itinerary is subject to change. All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions.

Circumnavigating Spitsbergen 2020 Itinerary

Day 1 - Oslo (Norway) - Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)

Take the opportunity to explore Norway's fascinating capital, Oslo, with its varied architecture and lively bars, before an evening flight to Longyearbyen. Arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Longyearbyen

Check-out of your hotel and join an excursion showcasing the best of Longyearbyen and the surrounding area before embarking ship. It is a town of contrasts, mixing strong Arctic influences with modern amenities including art galleries, pubs and restaurants.

Day 3-4 - North West Spitsbergen National Park

The North West Corner of Spitsbergen is dotted with beautiful islands, beaches and fjords, not forgetting the majestic shapes which can be found in the drifting ice. Weather permitting, we will land and discover Svalbard's history. You will have the opportunity to see the remains of ancient blubber ovens used to render whale oil.

Day 5-7 - Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve

Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears on the archipelago so there is a good chance of spotting one of these wonderful creatures. Journey through the Hinlopen Strait, where thousands of seabirds mate and walrus can be seen diving for clams in the bays before heading towards Edgeøya, the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago.

Day 8 - South Spitsbergen National Park

Cruise toward the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen to Hornsund which boasts a wonderfully varied landscape and geology.

Day 9 - Isfjord

Isfjord is the most extensive fjord system in the archipelago. Spend the day exploring this breathtaking fjord including the magnificent U-shaped valleys where you might be lucky enough to spot a Svalbard Reindeer.

Day 10 - Longyearbyen - Oslo (Norway)

Disembark ship in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for your flight to Oslo.

Itinerary is subject to change. All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions.

Price Includes

  • 8-night full-board voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Longyearbyen including breakfast
  • Return flights between Longyearbyen and Oslo
  • City tour of Longyearbyen
  • House beer and wine, sodas and mineral water with meals on board (applies to June 2020 departures onward)
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • A La Carte restaurant (for suite guests only) (applies to June 2020 departures onward)
  • Fredheim restaurant meals (applies to June 2020 departures onward)
  • Landings ashore and lectures onboard by the Expedition Team
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board (applies to June 2020 departures onward)
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant jacket

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities (at guests' discretion on June 2020 departures onwards)
  • Optional excursions
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • June
    • Jun 6th - Oslo and back - Sailing on: Spitsbergen From: £4675
      Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £4775 Brochure Price from: £5401 Brochure Price from: £5879 Brochure Price from: £7351
      Blue Water Price from: £4675 Blue Water Price from: £5301 Blue Water Price from: £5779 Blue Water Price from: £7251
    • Jun 14th - Oslo and back - Sailing on: Fram From: £4675
      Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £4775 Brochure Price from: £5401 Brochure Price from: £5879 Brochure Price from: £7351
      Blue Water Price from: £4675 Blue Water Price from: £5301 Blue Water Price from: £5779 Blue Water Price from: £7251
    • Jun 22nd - Oslo and back - Sailing on: Spitsbergen From: £4675
      Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £4775 Brochure Price from: £5401 Brochure Price from: £5879 Brochure Price from: £7351
      Blue Water Price from: £4675 Blue Water Price from: £5301 Blue Water Price from: £5779 Blue Water Price from: £7251
  • August
    • Aug 17th - Oslo and back - Sailing on: Spitsbergen From: £4923
      Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £5023 Brochure Price from: £5690 Brochure Price from: £6201 Brochure Price from: £7771
      Blue Water Price from: £4923 Blue Water Price from: £5590 Blue Water Price from: £6101 Blue Water Price from: £7671

Price Information

  • Pricing is based on a fluid system so is subject to change.
Map for Circumnavigating Spitsbergen