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Fjords and Glaciers of Spitsbergen

Discover the majestic fjords and breath-taking glaciers of the Land of the Polar Bear on this luxury 7-night fly-cruise onboard stylish megayachts. Return flights from the UK included.

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7 nights from £6890pp

Luxury Holiday
Longyearbyen
Monaco Glacier
Alesund
Spitsbergen Landscape

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Somewhere in the High Arctic, between 76 and 80 degrees latitude North, Spitsbergen, meaning "pointed mountains”, awaits you for seven days of unforgettable travel looking out for wild life. You will lift the anchor in Longyearbyen, where colourful wooden homes dot the landscape with a human presence that will certainly be the last you see for a while.

The sea rolls on, and the white-striped mountains, which gave the region its name, rise up from deeply tinted waters. The polar light combines with the changing weather of the Arctic, a big blue sky, the horizon scattered with clouds, the enveloping mist erasing the border between the land and the sea: these variations all provide the magical, almost surreal, setting with new nuances.

The ship is escorted by Arctic fulmars. The first ice appears; still discreet, it seems to be dancing around you. At the end of a fjord, you will find yourself before an immense glacier. Black-legged kittiwakes share an iceberg, while Arctic terns fly over the area. Aboard the ship or a Zodiac dinghy, you will admire the power of nature while becoming aware of its fragility. The music of the thaw has begun its soft melody: a combination of cracking, roaring, murmuring and fizzing defies the silence of the polar desert.

On land, you will set foot on malleable earth, known as moraine. Only moss, lichen and a few rare flowers have managed to adapt and to take hold here, forming the tundra. On these inhospitable lands, Svalbard reindeer and Arctic foxes coexist with walruses, lying on the beach. It has been a long time since the Pomor settlers, of which traces remain, came to hunt them.

Here, the lord of the Arctic, the polar bear, is never very far away. The crucial aspects of this cruise involve searching and keeping an eye out. On board, the team of naturalists will scan the horizon so they can provide you with marvellous sightings of wildlife and, in particular, the polar bear. The region’s elusive fauna upholds its mysteries while the uncertain nature of the encounter bestows an indescribable magic upon it.

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Fjords and Glaciers of Spitsbergen Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Longyearbyen (Norway, Spitsbergen)

Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to below 40°C, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breath-taking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see and the untouched nature, make you feel like you’re in completely unexplored territory.

Day 2 - Hornsund

Nestling between millennial glaciers and carved mountains, and considered to be “the crown of Arctic Norway”, Spitsbergen is a place that never sees the night. Your ship will take you closer to this fascinating archipelago and, more particularly, the Hornsund fjord. Considered to be Svalbard’s southernmost fjord, it is especially reputed to be its most stunning: at the end of its vast bay, 8 great glaciers slowly make their way down to the sea before giving way to the many icebergs elegantly drifting along its cold and mysterious waters.

Day 3 - Bellsund

You will head to the Bellsund fjord to follow in the footsteps of the first explorers who came from the Norwegian coast, or those of the many fur traders seeking game and trophies. Boasting an astonishingly rich wildlife, the arms of the fjord separate to form two lush valleys. Give free rein to your imagination in the heart of this majestic natural environment where time seems to stand still.

Day 4 - At Sea

Your captain will sail right up to the limit of the ice, to the edge of the ice floe. Weather conditions and state of the ice allowing, you will be able to go out in a zodiac dinghy for a unique experience in the middle of these floating slabs of ice. In addition to this grandiose journey through the middle of these floes with their cut and blue-tinged edges, sometimes over 2 metres thick, it is also often an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe: birds, seals and polar bears.

Day 5 - Makeoyane - Monaco Glacier

Måkeøyane is a small archipelago in the heart of the Woodfjorden, whose names is a reference to the large quantities of driftwood washing up on the beaches. It is located at the intersection between the Bockfjorden and the Liefdefjorden which leads to the Monaco Glacier, one of the most beautiful in Spitsbergen. As you sail around these little islands, you will be able to observe Arctic terns whose eggs sometimes attract polar bears. Located to the North-West of the Svalbard archipelago, the Monaco Glacier is probably one of Spitsbergen’s most beautiful and majestic. Named in honour of Prince Albert I of Monaco, a sailor, it stands as an impenetrable, blue-tinged jagged wall, the last glacier before reaching a latitude of 80° North. Imagine the sound of the ice cracking as it breaks free and crashes into the transparent water. And to make the magical landscape even more perfect, you might be lucky enough to spot bears and whales, as these two animals have a special fondness for this area.

Day 6 - Raudfjorden - Smeerenburg

Raudfjorden means “red fjord”, from the colour of the sandstone of the surrounding mountains. Along the west coast of this 20 km fjord, dissected by many shallow bays, you will be able to admire some of Spitsbergen’s most spectacular ice formations. At the extremity of the fjord, two offshoots lead to the magnificent glaciers of Chauveaubreen and Raudfjordbreen which is 3 km wide. To the east, Alicehamna Beach in Bruceneset Bay has seen trappers, fishermen and explorers arrive for centuries, as evidenced by the “Raudfjordhytta” - the cabin of a Swedish trapper built in 1927. Located at the far north-west of the Svalbard archipelago, at the intersection of oceanic and Arctic influences, Smeerenburg is a former Dutch whaling colony on the southern part of Amsterdam Island. In a landscape of hills with steep slopes, plateaux, lakes and lagoons, you will anchor at a sandy beach. Dotted with driftwood and the remains of ovens that were used to melt the whale blubber, this is one of Spitsbergen’s most important archaeological sites. At the height of the whaling activity, 200 men worked here and several are buried here.

Day 7 - Ny-Alesund - Kongsfjorden

During your cruise, discover Ny-Ålesund, a former mining town that has been transformed into a scientific base. Founded in 1916, this small town was the departure point for many Arctic expeditions, including those of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen. Don't miss a visit to the museum and its famous post office, considered to be the most northerly in the world! Very close to the former mining town of Ny-Ålesund, set off to discover Kings Bay. Your ship will sail in one of the most beautiful fjords in Svalbard: Kongsfjorden (the fjord of the King), a gateway to grandiose landscapes. Here, the snow-capped mountains are reflected in the water where superb icebergs try to outdo each other in their beauty, a delight for photographers. Seals, reindeer, barnacle geese and black guillemots frequent these places that have a unique atmosphere. Once you arrive at the end of the fjord, admire the Kongsbreen (glacier of the King) and its three characteristic rocky points, which take their names from three Scandinavian countries: Svea (Sweden), Dana (Denmark) and Nora (Norway).

Day 8 - Longyearbyen - UK

Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to below 40°C, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breath-taking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see and the untouched nature, make you feel like you’re in completely unexplored territory.

Price Includes

  • 7-night all-inclusive cruise 
  • Included flights from UK to Longyearbyen 
  • Overseas transfers 
  • Choice of open-seating restaurants 
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu) 
  • Open bar serving unlimited complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks 
  • Zodiac landings accompanied by an expedition team 
  • Evening entertainments and events 
  • Access to mini gym 
  • Wi-fi access 
  • All advice by our multilingual Cruise Concierge 
  • The use of a parka for shore visits 
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2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 28th - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Lyrial From: £6890
      Deluxe Stateroom Deluxe Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Grand Privilege Suite Privilege Suite Prestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Prestige Deck 6 Prestige Deck 5 Suite Superior Stateroom
      £7480 £12840 £21020 £24900 £18290 £8300 £8710 £9200 £17380 £6890
  • June
    • Jun 4th - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Lyrial From: £8250
      Deluxe Stateroom Deluxe Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Grand Privilege Suite Privilege Suite Prestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Prestige Deck 6 Prestige Deck 5 Suite Superior Stateroom
      £8800 £13850 £21540 £25190 £18970 £9570 £9960 £10420 £18120 £8250
    • Jun 9th - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Boreal From: £8250
      Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 Prestige Stateroom Deck 5 Prestige Stateroom Deck 6 Deluxe Suite Prestige Suite Deck 5 Prestige Suite Deck 6
      £8250 £8800 £9570 £9960 £10420 £13850 £18120 £18970
    • Jun 11th - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Lyrial From: £8250
      Deluxe Stateroom Deluxe Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Grand Privilege Suite Privilege Suite Prestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Prestige Deck 6 Prestige Deck 5 Suite Superior Stateroom
      £8800 £13850 £21540 £25190 £18970 £9570 £9960 £10420 £18120 £8250
    • Jun 16th - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Boreal From: £7860
      Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 Prestige Stateroom Deck 5 Prestige Stateroom Deck 6 Deluxe Suite Prestige Suite Deck 5 Prestige Suite Deck 6
      £7860 £8380 £9100 £9460 £9900 £13110 £17110 £17920
    • Jun 18th - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Lyrial From: £7860
      Deluxe Stateroom Deluxe Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Grand Privilege Suite Privilege Suite Prestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Prestige Deck 6 Prestige Deck 5 Suite Superior Stateroom
      £8380 £13110 £20320 £23740 £17920 £9100 £9460 £9900 £17110 £7860
    • Jun 25th - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Lyrial From: £8250
      Deluxe Stateroom Deluxe Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Grand Privilege Suite Privilege Suite Prestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Prestige Deck 6 Prestige Deck 5 Suite Superior Stateroom
      £8800 £13850 £21540 £25190 £18970 £9570 £9960 £10420 £18120 £8250
  • July
    • Jul 2nd - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Lyrial From: £8630
      Deluxe Stateroom Deluxe Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Grand Privilege Suite Privilege Suite Prestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Prestige Deck 6 Prestige Deck 5 Suite Superior Stateroom
      £9220 £14580 £22760 £26640 £20030 £10040 £10450 £10940 £19120 £8630
    • Jul 23rd - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Lyrial From: £8630
      Deluxe Stateroom Deluxe Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Grand Privilege Suite Privilege Suite Prestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Prestige Deck 6 Prestige Deck 5 Suite Superior Stateroom
      £9220 £14580 £22760 £26640 £20030 £10040 £10450 £10940 £19120 £8630

2025 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • June
    • Jun 7th - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Lyrial From: £8510
      Deluxe Stateroom Deluxe Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Grand Privilege Suite Privilege Suite Prestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Prestige Deck 6 Prestige Deck 5 Suite Superior Stateroom
      £9070 £14330 £22330 £26130 £19660 £9880 £10290 £10770 £18770 £8510
    • Jun 14th - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Lyrial From: £7700
      Deluxe Stateroom Deluxe Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Grand Privilege Suite Privilege Suite Prestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Prestige Deck 6 Prestige Deck 5 Suite Superior Stateroom
      £8190 £12800 £19790 £23120 £17460 £8900 £9250 £9670 £16680 £7700
    • Jun 15th - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Boreal From: £8110
      Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 Prestige Stateroom Deck 5 Prestige Stateroom Deck 6 Deluxe Suite Prestige Suite Deck 5 Prestige Suite Deck 6
      £8110 £8630 £9390 £9770 £10220 £13570 £17730 £18560
    • Jun 21st - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Lyrial From: £7700
      Deluxe Stateroom Deluxe Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Grand Privilege Suite Privilege Suite Prestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Prestige Deck 6 Prestige Deck 5 Suite Superior Stateroom
      £8190 £12800 £19790 £23120 £17460 £8900 £9250 £9670 £16680 £7700
    • Jun 22nd - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Boreal From: £7700
      Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 Prestige Stateroom Deck 5 Prestige Stateroom Deck 6 Deluxe Suite Prestige Suite Deck 5 Prestige Suite Deck 6
      £7700 £8190 £8900 £9250 £9670 £12800 £16680 £17460
    • Jun 28th - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Lyrial From: £7700
      Deluxe Stateroom Deluxe Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Grand Privilege Suite Privilege Suite Prestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Prestige Deck 6 Prestige Deck 5 Suite Superior Stateroom
      £8190 £12800 £19790 £23120 £17460 £8900 £9250 £9670 £16680 £7700
    • Jun 29th - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Boreal From: £7700
      Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 Prestige Stateroom Deck 5 Prestige Stateroom Deck 6 Deluxe Suite Prestige Suite Deck 5 Prestige Suite Deck 6
      £7700 £8190 £8900 £9250 £9670 £12800 £16680 £17460
  • July
    • Jul 5th - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Lyrial From: £7700
      Deluxe Stateroom Deluxe Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Grand Privilege Suite Privilege Suite Prestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Prestige Deck 6 Prestige Deck 5 Suite Superior Stateroom
      £8190 £12800 £19790 £23120 £17460 £8900 £9250 £9670 £16680 £7700
    • Jul 12th - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Lyrial From: £7700
      Deluxe Stateroom Deluxe Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Grand Privilege Suite Privilege Suite Prestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Prestige Deck 6 Prestige Deck 5 Suite Superior Stateroom
      £8190 £12800 £19790 £23120 £17460 £8900 £9250 £9670 £16680 £7700
    • Jul 19th - Longyearbyen and back - Sailing on: Le Lyrial From: £7700
      Deluxe Stateroom Deluxe Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Grand Privilege Suite Privilege Suite Prestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Prestige Deck 6 Prestige Deck 5 Suite Superior Stateroom
      £8190 £12800 £19790 £23120 £17460 £8900 £9250 £9670 £16680 £7700

Price Information

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Map for Fjords and Glaciers of Spitsbergen