Going further into the realm of the polar bear than any of our other Svalbard expeditions, this epic voyage will see us attempt to find a way through the Arctic’s ever-changing sea ice and venture above the 80th parallel north. Our goal is to successfully complete a circumnavigation of the entire Svalbard Archipelago, if the ice allows us.

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Why We Love It

Attempt to sail above 80°N and fully circumnavigate the entire archipelago.

Summertime offers good chances of sighting polar bears hunting on the sea ice.

See beautiful fjords, glaciers, and icebergs in the pristine Arctic wilderness.

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Day by day Itinerary

Circumnavigating Svalbard - The Ultimate Expedition

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Day 1

Oslo - Longyearbyen

Your trip starts with an evening flight from Oslo. If time allows, enjoy the museums, parks and trendy cafés of the Norwegian capital before your flight to Longyearbyen in the Svalbard Archipelago. Transfer to and overnight at your hotel. 

Day 2


After an overnight stay, you have the opportunity to explore the colorful frontier outpost of Longyearbyen before boarding your ship in the afternoon. An excursion after lunch is included in your voyage - or, choose from a selection of optional adventures before your voyage begins. (D)

Day 3

North West Spitsbergen National Park

The North West Corner is scattered with lovely islands, fjords and beaches, but such majestic sights can be blocked by some heavy sea ice. We use all our expertise and 120 years of experience in these waters to try and navigate the ice in order to access areas for you to explore. One such site is Kongsfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations. (B, L, D)

Day 4

North West Spitsbergen National Park

We also plan to call on the former mining settlement of Ny-Alesund now an international centre for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings. (B, L, D)

Day 5

North West Spitsbergen National Park

​There will likely be many other exciting landings and scenic kayaking opportunities if we are able to move past the ice and go further north. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve

Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears in the archipelago. You will also be exploring the area in summertime, which is when polar bears and their cubs will be out hunting for seals on the ice floes. We therefore have high hopes that you’ll spot one or more during this journey.

Day 7

Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve

The Arctic Ocean in this part of Svalbard is also full of drifting ice and its frozen seascape changes constantly. Being modern-day explorers, the captain and the Expedition Team will be carefully analysing the density and movements of the sea ice using advanced sonar and live satellite imagery. They will then discuss together and decide where we can safely sail or land. This is what makes this cruise an expedition; it is a true, suspense-filled adventure into the Arctic’s great wilderness, negotiating and adapting to whatever elements nature challenges us with. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve

​Ultimately, it is the sea ice that will determine whether we can cross the 80th parallel, before we attempt to sail through the Hinlopen Strait and continuing towards Edgeøya, the third largest island in the archipelago. (B, L, D)

Day 9

South Spitsbergen National Park and Bellsund

Our aim for these days is to navigate any sea ice and reach the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen. The varied geology here at Hornsund has created a dramatic and photogenic landscape. (B, L, D)


Day 10

South Spitsbergen National Park and Bellsund

​Ice pushed into the fjord early in the season also attracts polar bears that hunt on the floes, so with a bit of luck, we may spot this magnificent predator. (B, L, D)

Day 11


We will spend the day exploring the Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. In the inner parts of Isfjorden, the landscape changes constantly. The immense U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago, are home to large populations of the Svalbard reindeer. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Longyearbyen to Oslo

Our return to the colourful town of Longyearbyen marks the end of a remarkable voyage that brought us just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole. A transfer vehicle will take you to the airport for your flight back to Oslo. (B)

**Estimated time of arrival is 06.00 am**

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