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Spitsbergen

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A Spitsbergen cruise will take you way beyond the north coast of Northern Norway, across the Barents Sea bound for the Arctic Ocean, to the Svalbard archipelago, a group of islands of which the largest is Spitsbergen.

A whaling base in the 17th and 18th centuries, these islands were then largely uninhabited until the beginning of the 20th century, when several permanent mining communities were established. No roads connect the settlements; but snowmobiles, aircraft and boats serve as local transport. Therefore to visit this region in comfort a Spitsbergen cruise is really the only option.

Well within the Arctic Circle, this is truly a land of the midnight sun, and is a breeding ground for many seabirds.

In addition you would hope to see reindeer, marine mammals and, if you are lucky, polar bears, with many areas protected nature reserves. The stunning scenery features glaciers, mountains and fjords.

A Spitsbergen cruise is effectively a floating hotel, enabling you to follow the clement weather and more importantly the wildlife as it moves.

It also offers a higher level of comfort, familiarity and convenience than a Spitsbergen holiday that is land based.

Spitsbergen cruises visit during the Arctic summer. Silversea’s Arctic expedition cruise ship Silver Explorer or Hurtigruten’s fleet are regular visitors, and you join them either by flying to Northern Norway, or even to Longyearbyen.

Spitsbergen Explorer

Day 1 - Fly London to Longyearbyen, Norway. Board Silver Explorer
Day 2 - 8 - Cruise & Explore Svalbard. You have several days to explore the bays and fjords of this remarkable land, giving ample opportunity to see polar bears, arctic foxes and an array of birdlife. The mountains and glaciers provide a stunning backdrop to the cruise which has no fixed itinerary, enabling you to seek out wildlife and take advantage of clement weather. You also have the chance to see whales such as Minke and Beluga
Day 9 - Cruise & Explore Bear Island. See tens of thousands of birds on this huge nature reserve
Day 10 - Tromso, Norway. See the Polar Museum in this charming town
Day 11 - Disembark Silver Explorer. Fly Tromso to London

Highlights:

  • The unspoilt landscape of mountains and glaciers
  • The chance to see the mighty polar bear and whales such as Minke and Beluga
  • Exploring the deep fjords

Extend your trip:

  • Extend your cruise and travel on to Iceland and beyond
  • Stay on in Norway to hike or explore by train

Polar Bear
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10 Nights fly-cruise
Prices from

£6,049pp

Hurtigruiten In the Realm of the Polar Bear

Day 1 – Fly London to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway. Overnight hotel stay in Longyearbyen.
Day 2 – Longyearbyen, Norway. Sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen and embark MV Fram where you cruise to Barentsburg, a Russian coal mining settlement.
Day 3 – Cruise & Explore Svalbard. Discover Kongsfjord, Magdalenefjord & Ny Ålesund is the world’s northernmost permanently inhabited community.
Day 4 – Cruise & Explore Svalbard. Today visit the fast moving Monaco Glacier and the Jotunkjeldane thermal springs in Woodfjord.
Day 5 – Cruise & Explore Svalbard. Witness the spectacular bird cliff of Alkefjell.
Day 6 – Cruise & Explore Svalbard. Visit Edgeøya, the third largest island in Svalbard.
Day 7 – Cruise & Explore Svalbard. Discover Hornsund.
Day 8-9 – Cruise & Explore Svalbard. Venture to Isfjord, the largest fjord system in Svalbard.
Day 10 – Fly Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway to London.

Highlights:

  • The unspoilt landscape of mountains and glaciers
  • The chance to see the mighty polar bear, the walruses of Moffen Island and whales such as then Minke and Beluga
  • Sail as far north as possible and reach 80° North

Extend your trip:

  • Extend your stay in Longyearbyen and participate in land based exploration
  • Stay on in Norway to hike or explore by train

Hurtigruten Spitsbergen Polar Bears
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9 Nights fly-cruise
Prices from

£3,895pp

Departures: 14/ 21/28 August 2013; 23/30 July 2014; 6/13 August 2014

This is not all we can offer. If you would like to discuss more ways to visit this destination give us a call. Contact us for more options.

Silversea Spitsbergen & The Norwegian Fjords

Day 1 – Fly London to Bergen, Norway. Embark Silver Explorer
Day 2 – Olden, Norway
Day 3 – Geiranger, Norway
Day 4 – Kristiansund, Norway
Day 5 – Vega Archipelago, Norway
Day 6 – Narvik, Norway
Day 7 – Cruise & Explore Narvik
Day 8 – Cruise & Explore Bear Island
Day 9-12 – Cruise & Explore Svalbard
Day 13 – Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway.  Disembark Silver Explorer. Fly Longyearbyen to London
 

Spitsbergen Ny Alesund
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12 Nights fly-cruise
Prices from

£7,359pp

Departures: 5 June 2014

Silversea Spitsbergen Adventure

Day 1 – Fly London to Longyearbyen,Svalbard, Norway
Day 2-7 – Cruise & Explore Svalbard
Day 8 – Fly Longyearbyen,Svalbard, Norway to London

Spitsbergen Iceberg
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7 Nights fly-cruise
Prices from

£5,658pp

Departures: 7July 2014

Hapag Lloyd Spitsbergen Circumnavigation

Day 1 – Fly London to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
Day 2 – 9 – Cruise & Explore Spitsbergen
Day 10 – Fly Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway to London

Hapag Arctic
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10 Nights fly-cruise

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Departures: 7 July 2014

Hurtigruiten Polar Bears, Inlets & Fjords

Day 1 – Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
Day 2 – Cruise & Explore Longyearbyen & Barentsburg
Day 3 – Cruise & Explore Spitsbergen National Park, Magdalenefjorden & Moffen
Day 4 – Cruise & Explore Hornsund
Day 5 – Cruise & Explore Bjornoya
Day 6 – Cruise & Explore Tromso
Day 7 – Cruise & Explore Bleiksoya, Skipnes & Tinden
Day 8 – Cruise & Explore Trollfjord, Svolvaer & Å
Day 9 – Cruise & Explore Hamaroy & Kjerringoy
Day 10 – Cruise & Explore Traena & Lovund
Day 11 – Cruise & Explore Froya
Day 12 – Cruise & Explore Andalsnes
Day 13 – Bergen, Norway

hurtigruten spitsbergen
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13 Nights cruise only
Prices from

£2,755pp

Departures: 17 September 2014

Lindblad Land of the Ice Bears

Day 1 – Fly London to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
Day 2-9 – Cruise & Explore Svalbard
Day 10 – Fly Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway to London

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9 Nights cruise only

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Departures: 6/13/20 June 2014

Hurtigruiten Realm of the Polar Bear

Day 1 – Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
Day 2 – Cruise & Explore Barentsburg
Day 3 – Cruise & Explore Kongsfjorden, Ny Alesund, Spitsbergen National Park, Magdalenefjorden
Day 4 – Cruise & Explore Monaco Glacier & Bockfjorden
Day 5 – Cruise & Explore Sorgfjorden & Alkefjellet
Day 6 – Cruise & Explore Brasvellbreen, Edgeoya & Strofjorden
Day 7 – Cruise & Explore Hornsund
Day 8 – Cruise & Explore Isfjorden
Day 9 – Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

Spitsbergen - Ny Alesund
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9 Nights fly-cruise
Prices from

£3,895pp

Departures: 14/21/28 August 2013; 23/30 July 2014; 6/13 August 2014

When to go:

The best time to go is during the summer time, when the snow is thawing and the wildlife is out of hibernation.

What to pack: 

As you would expect, the temperatures are quite cool even at the height of the summer, but with luck you will enjoy long hours of sunshine late into the night. For any Arctic cruise layers and thermals are essential, as well as good quality sunglasses, and high factor sunblock. This destination is all about the scenery and very appealing to photographers – remember to come well equipped as you are unlikely to be able to get everything you need locally.