Spitsbergen: Kingdom of the Polar Bear
Set sail on a Spitsbergen Cruise in the realms of the polar bear
What Makes Me Mighty Fine
- Amazing ten day holiday featuring an eight day cruise exploring the Arctic landscape of Spitsbergen and looking for magnificent local wildlife such as the mighty Polar Bear
- View some of the world’s most remote areas from the comfort of your specially designed polar exploration ship
- Discover amazing natural features including awe-inspiring glaciers and look out for the resident wildlife
- Make the most of the long and lovely days of the Midnight Sun and discover the history and culture of this fascinating area
Relax on board as you soak up the outstanding natural beauty of the Arctic on a Spitsbergen Cruise. This expedition allows you to witness breathtaking glaciers, majestic, snow-capped mountains and extraordinary wildlife, in a truly remote setting.
Amongst the icy waters and stunning backdrops of your Spitsbergen Cruise you'll find a multitude of land and marine life to observe from the comfort of the ship’s viewing lounge or the observation deck. What's more, the ship's complimentary binoculars mean you can observe exceptional moments in greater detail.
There are over 3,000 Polar Bears in the Svalbard Archipelago and this voyage provides a great opportunity to discover these incredible creatures as well as looking out for seals, seabirds, whales and walruses. And when it comes to making the most of your break, the long and lovely days of the Midnight Sun here mean there's even more time to enjoy your surroundings.
The ship for your Spitsbergen Cruise boasts a comfortable restaurant which serves mouth-watering cuisine, an observation lounge, library, bar, a fitness room - for those of you keen to keep active - and a Jacuzzi and sauna. All in all, this Spitsbergen Cruise hits just the right note between activity and relaxation and, as for the views, you simply couldn't ask for more!
In need of a little guidance? Take a look at our Norwegian holiday ideas or Spitsbergen holiday ideas for more holidays in these great destinations. If you want a wildlife-focussed break, check out our bear watching holiday ideas. Alternatively, speak to our helpful travel team on 0333 800 2033 or using our online chat system (during office hours).
Day 1 - Fly to Longyearbyen via Oslo
The Spitsbergen Cruise begins in Longyearbyen, the largest community in the Svalbard Peninsula. Here you have the evening to yourself for some independent exploration. Why not take a walk around this unique town and discover more about life in this remote region? If you prefer, you can simply unwind in your central hotel after your flight. Whichever you choose, be sure to get a good night's sleep ready for the start of your Spitsbergen Cruise!
Day 2 - Longyearbyen and Barentsburg
Today there's another opportunity to explore Longyearbyen and discover the fascinating history and culture of this Arctic settlement, giving you a real insight into the region.
Later, on our Spitsbergen Cruise, we arrive at Barentsburg and explore the Russian settlement, discovering fascinating artefacts and architecture. This excursion is the perfect opportunity to learn more about how the tiny town's 500 inhabitants live in this Arctic wilderness, an insight that's sure to leave an impression on all visitors to Barentsburg.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Kongsfjorden and North West Spitsbergen National Park
The Spitsbergen Cruise arrives at Kongsfjorden today, the largest fjord of North West Spitsbergen. Towering over the water at the fjord's entrance is the Mitra mountain, a staggerring view to start off the day's adventure. At the end of the fjord you're treated to another incredible sight; Kongsbreen (Kings Glacier). These features combine to make this stretch of the voyage perfect for landscape photography.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Ny Ålesund
From nature to history, the journey continues in the footsteps of the famous Arctic explorers at Ny Ålesund. This former mining town has long acted as starting point for numerous North Pole expeditions. Later, today on our Spitsbergen Cruise, we learn about the fascinating history of whaling and visit the 16th century Whaling Station at MagdalenefjordenMeals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - The Woodfjord System
This is a true expedition day on our Spitsbergen Cruise, as we explore one of the most spectacular fjords of Northern Spitsbergen; Woodfjord. The fourth longest fjord on all of Svalbard and home to an array of wildlife, this is an unforgettable stretch of our Spitsbergen Cruise. Polar Bears are frequently seen here all year round along with a variety of other marine life, including Ringed and Bearded Seals - wildlife photographers take note!
As our voyage continues into Liefdefjorden, a branch of the Woodfjord system, we see the Monaco Glacier, a fast moving mountain of ice surrounded by chunks of ice that have calved off the glacier.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - North East Spitsbergen Nature Reserve
Our Spitsbergen Cruise continues through the Hinlopen Strait today, the waterway separating Spitsbergen from the island of Nordaustland. Discover Sorgfjorden at the entrance of the Strait and take a voyage into history. This breathtaking fjord was the site of a number of conflicts between whalers in the 17th century, the most famous of these took place in 1693 when the French and the Dutch fought in the northernmost naval battle in history. Uncover the fascinating past of this region as you continue your Spitsbergen Cruise.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - South East Svalbard Nature Reserve
Today our Spitsbergen Cruise takes us to Edgeøya. The thrid largest island in the Svalbard archipelago offers a unique insight into the history of the region on our visit to Kapp Lee. The former whaling and walrus hunting site was used as far back as the 16th century and boasts evidence of generations of Svalbard's explorers, including the Norwegian trappers; a real cultural treasure-trove!
Later today our Spitsbergen Cruise heads into an area of stunning natural beauty. Travel along Storfjorden and enjoy panoramic views of towering mountains and shining glaciers in this incredible Polar Bear habitat. Be sure to keep the cameras at the ready!Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Explore Hornsund on the Spitsbergen Cruise
The mountainous landscape of Hornsund is an awe-inspiring sight to all its visitors, with Hornsundtinen towering over the rest. As well as this mountainous giant we will be treated to a sight of renowned Bautean. When looked at from the proper angle, Bautean resembles an enormous Viking sword! This fascinating quirk of nature is an ideal subject for a spot of landscape photography on our Spitsbergen Cruise.
The history of Hornsund is no less intriguing; this prime whaling region was contested by whalers for decades with the English eventually maintaining a near monopoly until abandoning the bay in the 1650s. The Polar Bear trapping trade also thrived in this region right up until hunting them was outlawed. Now though, this area is ideal for spotting some of the mighty creatures as they roam the area.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - Arrive at Isfjorden
The best known fjord system in Svalbard, Isfjorden is simply amazing! Highlights of our trip here include Alkhornet, home to literally thousands of Brunnich Guillemots. The inner parts of Isfjorden boast a changing landscape where glacier carved valleys provide a secluded home to herds of Svalbard Reindeer and geological features make for simply stunning views. This is an area which will leave you breathless and longing for more. A real highlight of your Spitsbergen Cruise.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 - Depart Longyearbyen
Unfortunately, our time in the Arctic comes to an end today. Our Spitsbergen Cruise ends back in Longyearbyen. Board your flight back to the UK via Oslo, taking with you the incredible memories and, hopefully, photos of your voyage through this magnificent Arctic wilderness.Meals included:Breakfast
- Return international flights from London Heathrow (details of regional departures on request)
- Escorted airport transfers
- Nine day's voyage with accommodation in an I-grade cabin (upgrade details on request)
- One nights accommodation in a local standard, central hotel in Longyearbyen
- THe following activities and excursions, as per the itinerary:
- Longyearbyen city tour
- Landings with Polarcirkel boats
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Services of professional guides
- Optional excursions (these can be arranged for you at a supplement)
- Travel Insurance (this can, however, be arranged for you. Simply speak to our travel team for a competitive quote for comprehensive cover)
Please call our friendly advisors on 0333 800 2033 for pricing on this holiday.