svalbard cruise

Introduction

Join us on a truly unique in-depth 14-day Svalbard circumnavigation cruise. As the sea around Svalbard opens up from the ice during the summer months it gives us the opportunity to take you on our most detailed exploration of the archipelago. The focus on this trip is on exploring and we will be making daily shore landings with our expedition leader and guide to experience the raw beauty and majestic nature of Svalbard. Our aim is to circumnavigate Spitsbergen and to explore the Austfonna Ice Cap depending on conditions.

The Voyage

Day 1 Welcome aboard! Depart Longyearbyen PM

Day 2 Prins Karls Foreland

Day 3-4 Ny-Alesund and Kongsfjord

Day 5 Sea Ice

Day 6-9 Nordaustlandet and Hinlopen Strait

Day 10-11 South-East Spitsbergen

Day 12 Hornsund

Day 13 Isfjord

Day 14 Arrive Longyearbyen AM

Day by Day

Days 1 and 2

Longyearbyen and Prins Karls Foreland

Our Svalbard circumnavigation cruise departs from the port of Longyearbyen in the afternoon. The overall schedule is flexible to allow us to see as much as possible and will be led by our highly experienced leader. Taking advantage of the beautiful 24-hour sunlight we will sail out of the Isfjord and towards Prins Karls Foreland where we will do shore landings and visit a walrus colony on day 2. Our plan is to sail north and attempt a clockwise circumnavigation of Spitsbergen.

.2° N, .6° E

.3° N, .7° E

Days 3 to 5

Ny-Alesund, Kongsfjord and Ice Edge

As we head north our first port of call is the scientific community of Ny-Alesund, the most northerly inhabited settlement on earth which is home to an interesting historical site and museum. We will explore the majestic Kongsfjord and the fjords that branch into it. We will sail close to an impressive calving glacier face and there will also be an opportunity for hikes ashore with our expedition leader. We will then sail north and if we have calm conditions attempt to reach the edge of the sea ice which extends all the way to the North Pole, a really impressive sight.

Days 6 to 8

Nordaustlandet and Hinlopen Strait

We will sail along the north coast of Spitsbergen keeping a lookout for wildlife including polar bears that inhabit the area. Depending on the sea ice conditions, we aim to continue along the north coast to reach the island of Nordaustlandet and cruise along the Austfonna Ice Cap, a truly breathtaking sight. If the sea ice doesn’t allow us access then the other option is to head south through the Hinlopen Strait. We aim to make shore landings on a daily basis to explore the majestic wilderness of this area.

.5° N, .4° E

.5° N, .3° E

Days 9 – 13

Southern Spitsbergen

We will follow the compass south and explore the region along the south coast of Spitsbergen. We will visit rarely visited landing sites and have lots of chances to take in the breathtaking nature, wildlife, and scenery. As we round the southern tip of Spitsbergen, we will enter the area around Hornsund where we will have a day to explore and do some wilderness hikes. We will then set sail north along the coast towards Longyearbyen.

Day 14

Longyearbyen

Safely back in the port of Longyearbyen after our epic 14-day Svalbard circumnavigation cruise, we will enjoy a final breakfast together. We say our goodbyes and disembark in the morning after making new friends and sharing an incredible adventure together.

The above itinerary is a guide only. A part of any Arctic adventure is the flexibility to take advantage of the weather and ice conditions. Our expedition leader will make sure you see as much a possible.

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Inside This Svalbard Circumnavigation Cruise

Our trips are aimed at anyone with a passion for exploring the Arctic with a small group of like minded individuals on a comfortable small ship cruise and include :

Amazing Wildlife

We will visit areas where walruses haul out, encounter reindeer and Arctic foxes on land, observe whales and other marine life and explore coasts where polar bears are known to roam.

Stunning Scenery

We will encounter mighty glaciers, cruise tranquil steep-sided fjords and spend time outside exploring the beautiful untouched wilderness.

Expedition Vessel With 12 Guests

We believe the best way to experience an environmentally sensitive place such as the Arctic is with a small group of travelers. New expedition cruise ships now take up to 350 passengers, we believe smaller is better.

Expedition Leader and Guide

An aspect of our journeys is to learn about the place you are visiting. Our onboard guides are the core of what we do and will share their passion and knowledge of Svalbard throughout the trip. We offer the best guide to guest ratio available.

Zodiac landing craft for shore landings

Shore landings are the essence of every expedition and your guides will take you exploring on a daily basis. The vessel is equipped with landing craft that can be used to reach remote beaches so you can experience the wilderness firsthand.

Climate Compensated

Caring for the environment is what we do. For every trip we run we plant trees in Greenland to offset the emissions. As a member of AECO, we follow strict guidelines to ensure minimal disturbance to wildlife and natural sites.

Our Ship

MV Origo in ice

MV Origo

A classic expedition vessel with the highest ice class hull and a charming interior. Explore Svalbard in comfort and nostalgia.

See Ship See Cabins

Dates and Prices

Prices quoted are per person. Twin and double cabins are based on double occupancy.

Date

Trip Name

Duration

Vessel

Cabin A

Cabin B

Cabin C

Cabin D

 
6th - 13th May 2023Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Florian Ledoux8 DaysMV Explorer€ 10,900€ 11,900€ 8,900€ 8,500Book
13th - 20th May 2023Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Florian Ledoux8 DaysMV Explorer€ 10,900€11,900€ 8,900€ 8,500Book
31st May - 8th June 2023Natural Wonders Cruise9 DaysMV Kinfish€ 9,500€ 8,700n/an/aBook
13th - 20th June 2023Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Rinie van Meurs8 DaysMV Explorer€ 10,900€ 11,900€ 8,900€ 8,500Book
27th July - 6th August 2023Natural Wonders Cruise11 DaysMV Kinfish€ 11,500€10,700n/an/aBook
5th - 18th August 2023Svalbard Pioneer14 DaysMV Origo€ 14,700€ 13,300€ 12,600n/aBook
6th - 16th August 2023Natural Wonders Cruise11 DaysMV Kinfish€ 11,500€10,700n/an/aBook
7th - 18th August 2023Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Rinie van Meurs12 DaysMV Explorer€ 18,300€19,900€14,900€13,500Book
16th - 25th August 2023Natural Wonders Cruise10 DaysMV Kinfish€ 10,600€9,800n/an/aBook
25th August - 3rd September 2023Natural Wonders Cruise10 DaysMV Kinfish€ 10,600€9,800n/an/aBook

Date

Trip Name

Duration

Vessel

Cabin A

Cabin B

Cabin C

Cabin D

Cabin E

 
6th - 13th May 2023Svalbard Photo Tour8 DaysMV Explorer£9,500£10,400£7,700£7,500n/aBook
13th - 20th May 2023Svalbard Photo Tour8 DaysMV Explorer£9,500£10,400£7,700£7,500n/aBook
31st May - 8th June 2023Natural Wonders Cruise9 DaysMV Kinfish£8,200£7,600n/an/an/aBook
13th - 20th June 2023Natural Wonders Cruise *8 DaysMV Explorer£9,500£10,300£7,800£7,500n/aBook
27th July - 6th August 2023Natural Wonders Cruise11 DaysMV Kinfish£10,000£9,300n/an/an/aBook
5th - 18th August 2023Svalbard Pioneer14 DaysMV Origo£12,320£11,200£10,500n/an/aBook
6th - 16th August 2023Natural Wonders Cruise11 DaysMV Kinfish£10,000£9,300n/an/an/aBook
7th - 18th August 2023Svalbard Expedition12 DaysMV Explorer£15,900£17,200£12,900£11,700n/aBook
16th - 25th August 2023Natural Wonders Cruise10 DaysMV Kinfish£9,200£8,500n/an/an/aBook
25th August - 3rd September 2023Natural Wonders Cruise10 DaysMV Kinfish£9,200£8,500n/an/an/aBook

2024 dates and pricing to be announced shortly. Please get in touch to express an interest and be the first to be notified about new dates.

We would like to ensure our guests about our risk free booking policy.

As travel returns to normal we would like to ensure you we will do everything to make sure your trip goes ahead as planned.

If your trip is canceled by us you can rebook on another departure free of charge or receive a full refund with no questions asked.

If you can’t enter the departure country due to covid travel restrictions we will offer you a free rebooking on a future departure.

You can read our full policy here.

We offer payment via the following methods:

  • Credit card
  • Payment by bank transfer

Please let us know at the time of booking your preferred method.

A 30% deposit is taken at the time of booking with the final 70% payable 90 days prior to departure.

We highly recommend you take out comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking that also covers cancellation.

Solo travellers are welcome on all our voyages. We often host solo travellers, particularly on our photo voyages so the chances are you won’t be the only one. We offer the following accommodation options:

  • Option to share a twin cabin with another traveller of the same gender.
  • Option to have your own cabin for an additional supplement. Please contact us for this option as the price varies depending on trip and availability.

This trip is operated by Secret Atlas and is subject to the Secret Atlas terms and conditions of travel. You can read the full booking terms here.

Departure Location Longyearbyen
Arrival Location Longyearbyen
Trip StyleExploration
Physical RatingEasy
Maximum Group Size12
AccommodationTwin Cabins
Duration14 Days
Time of YearJuly
Included
Not Included

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What Our Customers Say

On each journey we welcome customers from all corner of the globe, with a variety of different ages and backgrounds all united in their passion to experience what the Arctic has to offer

Pan – Business Executive from Italy

‘This is the closest you can come to a real expedition. We saw glaciers seals, whales, walruses and polar bears’

From an early age Pan dreamed of visiting the Arctic. At the age of 42 he made that dream come true by joining Secret Atlas on an expedition micro cruise.

Annie – Interior Designer from the USA

‘The micro cruise experience felt like being on your own private boat. The crew were fantastic’’

Annie had always wanted to go an expedition in Svalbard and joined us as a solo traveler..

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