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Svalbard Expedition Land of the Polar Bear

Discover outstanding natural beauty and an abundance of wildlife on this incredible luxury expedition cruise exploring the remote Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, southern Svalbard and Bear Island, with pre-cruise hotel stay in Longyearbyen and thrilling Zodiac excursions

Fly Cruise
9 nights

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • Svalbard
  • Spitsbergen
  • Polar Bear

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This amazing luxury expedition explores the remote Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, a haven for wildlife including the polar bear.

After a hotel stay in colourful Longyearbyen, join your ship for an unforgettable voyage. Discover the dramatic fjords and majestic glaciers of Northwest Spitsbergen National Park and enjoy guided walks and hikes ashore with the experienced Expedition Team. You'll then head to captivating southern Svalbard, entering fjords in search of walruses, seals and polar bears. Highlights will include Magdalenefjorden and Hornsund with their spectacular geological formations and snow-capped peaks. En route to the Arctic capital of Tromso, call at remote Bear Island, a nature reserve with sheer cliffs that are frequented by a variety of seabirds including Brunnich's Guillemots and Little Auks.

Weather and ice conditions permitting, enjoy exciting Zodiac landings with the Expedition Team, perfect for getting up-close to wildlife along the rugged coastlines. Throughout the voyage, you'll learn about the flora, fauna, geology and history of the region through insightful onboard lectures.

SV435 Operated by Silversea


Longyearbyen to Tromso Itinerary

Day 1 - Longyearbyen

Embark your ship in Longyearbyen.

Days 2-4 - Northwest Spitsbergen National Park

See the breathtaking deep fjords and glistening glaciers of Northwest Spistbergen National Park, as well as the northern hemisphere's widest glacier front. Ice conditions will determine the final route but you may cruise the Andoyane Islets and approach Monaco and Seliger Glaciers. The region is home to an abundance of wildlife including walrus, and guided walks and hikes ashore will allow you to get up close to the flora and fauna. There may be the opportunity to explore by Zodiac.

Days 5-8 - Southern Svalbard

Svalbard's southern region and in particular Spitsbergen's west coast experiences less ice than the rest of Svalbard due to the Gulf Stream. The fjords along the west coast have been used by both hunters and mining companies over the years, and you may be able to see remains of huts and mines. Keep an eye out for walruses, seals and polar bears along the shores, and head to Magdalenefjorden and Hornsund, both of which reveal incredible geological formations, spectacular glaciers and a variety of wildlife. Walks ashore and Zodiac landings bring you closer to this polar region.

Day 9 - Bear Island

Remote Bear Island, named after explorer William Barentsz encountered a polar bear, is considered the southernmost island of the Svalbard Archipelago. It is a stunning Nature Reserve with sheer cliffs, frequented by seabirds. Many birds nest in the cliffs south of Sorhamna including Brunnich's Guillemots, Razorbills and Little Auks. The only settlement on the island is a meteorological station which is manned all year round. Weather permitting, enjoy Zodiac excursions along the coastline.

Day 11 - Tromso (Norway) - UK

Disembark the ship in Tromso

Day 10 - Skarsvag - Gjesvarstappen Islands

For those who like to travel far (very far) off the beaten track, then you have found your Nordic nirvana in Skarsvag. Large, sparsely populated (there are just 60 human year round residents), and a joy to all those who revel in stark, unbridled beauty, Skarsvag also enjoys the auspicious title of being the world’s most northerly fishing village. But rolling hills, prolific birdlife and arctic fjords aside, Skarsvag is above all famous for its proximity to the North Cape. Found on the island of Magerøya, the most northernmost point of Europe above the arctic circle is a bucket list basic. Stand beneath the massive metal globe and gaze out onto the Barents Sea, where the only land between you and the North Pole is the Svalbard archipelago. Almost a hundred islands and rocks make up the Gjesvӕrstappan Nature Reserve, one of Europe’s largest and most accessible nesting areas for Atlantic seabirds. Less than 10 nautical miles from Nordkapp more than one million nesting birds have been counted on Storstappen, the largest of the islands, and the minor islands next to it. One of the most significant Atlantic Puffin colonies in North Norway is found in this nature reserve. Zodiacs are the best way to look for the Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Black and Common Guillemots, Northern Gannets, White-tailed Eagles, and Arctic Skuas, Common Eider Ducks, Common Shags and Great Cormorants as well as various other species.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Each day our Expedition Leader and Captain will determine our best course, dependent on changing weather, ice conditions and the wildlife we encounter. In the true spirit of adventure cruising, our Expedition Leader will provide daily updates.

Price Includes

  • 9-night all-inclusive cruise
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Longyearbyen or Tromso
  • Day use of hotel facilities post-cruise
  • Return flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • Crew to guest ratio of nearly 1 to 1
  • Zodiac landings and activities accompanied by the Expedition Team
  • Onboard lectures by the Expedition Team
  • Complimentary fine wines, champagnes, spirits, bottled water and soft drinks served throughout the ship
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary parka
  • Onboard gratuities