Join a small expedition ship to explore the remote Arctic archipelago of Svalbard early in the season.

Experience this unique voyage with just 12 other guests onboard a custom expedition motor yacht.

Highlights:

  • Encounter Svalbard’s wild and stunning landscapes early in the season when they are snow covered.
  • Daily shore landings (weather permitting) to explore landscapes, visit human settlements with an expert Svalbard guide.
  • Get up close to witness glaciers and sea ice.
  • Encounter the wildlife which could include Polar Bears, Walruses, Arctic Foxes, Svalbard Reindeer and Whales.
  • Learn about the Arctic through onboard lectures delivered by our expert.
  • Explore the coastline by inflatable Zodiac.
  • Comfortable, and intimate ice-strengthened expedition vessel.

Key Information

Departure Location Longyearbyen
Arrival Location Longyearbyen
Trip StyleExploration
Physical RatingEasy
Maximum Group Size12
Accommodation3 x Twins and 1 x Double with en-suite, 1 x Twin and 2 x Singles with shared bathroom
Duration9 Days
Time of YearMay
Included
Not Included

The Voyage

The planned route departs from Longyearbyen, the world’s most northerly inhabited town. From there we will explore the Isfjord and then sail up the north-west coast of Spitsbergen as far as weather and ice conditions allow.

svalbard photography expedition map

A Journey To Explore The Arctic Wilderness

Upon leaving Longyearbyen we will say goodbye to civilisation for the next 9 days to explore Svalbard’s rugged west coast.

Flexible Itinerary

Our itinerary is flexible allowing the captain and expedition team to make the most of the ice and weather conditions and to take advantage of wildlife sightings.

Our goal if the weather permits will be to reach the edge of the sea ice which extends all the way to the north pole. We will also attempt to reach glacier faces, visit historical remains, seek wildlife viewing opportunities and the research settlement of Ny-Ålesund, the most northerly inhabited year round settlement on earth.

Expert Guides and Lectures

On this voyage, we will be accompanied by two passionate expert Svalbard guides who will share information about the places we visit, and run lecturers so you can learn about the geography, history and the wildlife of Svalbard.

Daily Shore Landings

Shore landings are the essence of every expedition. We plan to take you ashore by Zodiac landing craft and visit different sites every day (weather permitting). During shore landings, we will be accompanied by the 2 guides who are armed and trained in Polar Bear protection for our safety.

Where possible we will take you out for zodiac cruises around the ice. A great opportunity for that perfect Arctic photo. The expedition vessel is equipped with 2 zodiacs so there is room for all.

What Will I See?

As this is the wilderness we can make no guarantee about wildlife sightings, but on past trips, we have frequently encountered walrus colonies, whales, arctic foxes, Svalbard Reindeer and Polar Bears. The guides are experienced in finding wildlife and we will seek out wildlife viewing opportunities as they arise.

In May the landscapes of Svalbard are usually completely snow-covered. We will attempt to reach remote glacier faces so you can experience first hand the raw nature of the Arctic.

Why A Small Expedition Vessel?

We believe a small expedition vessel is the best way to experience the Arctic in a closeup and personal way. We have 2 guides, one for every 6 guests, so there are lots of opportunities to talk to your guide and learn more about the area you are visiting. There is no waiting to join a Zodiac as there is space for everyone onboard. Find out why we prefer small ships to larger ships here.

svalbard expedition in may
walruses in svalbard
shore landing by zodiac in svalbard

Are you wondering if this Svalbard expedition is a good fit for you?

Please get in touch and we will use our expertise to recommend the right voyage for you dependent on your experience and comfort levels.

svalbard glacier

Who This Trip Is Aimed At

This trip is aimed at anyone with an interest in exploring a remote, natural wilderness. It is ideal for photographers and people that want to experience the raw beauty of the Arctic. The focus of this trip is on exploring the coastline, doing shore landings and looking for wildlife viewing opportunities.

What Experience Do I need?

This trip is open to everyone and no previous experience is required as you will be accompanied by 2 expert guides at all times. We will provide you with a clothing list prior to departure so you can ensure you are properly dressed for this expedition. A basic level of fitness and mobility is required. A passion for adventure is a must.

Is a Small Expedition Vessel Right For Me?

A small expedition vessel offers a comfortable and spacious platform to explore the Svalbard coastline. She is smaller than an expedition cruise ship with the huge benefit of offering a more intimate and personal experience with just 12 guests. Inside there is a communal saloon area to warm up in after a day in the cold.

This voyage takes place along a mixture of sheltered fjords and open coastline. The Captain will make decisions based on the weather to ensure the most comfortable and safe experience.

Find out why we prefer small expedition vessels to larger ships here.

The Expedition Vessel

Step aboard M/V Togo a classic expedition vessel.

Togo is a 102ft /31m motor yacht, custom built in 1965 by legendary Dunston Shipyard and last refitted in 2018. Originally built as North Sea trawler she was converted into Lloyd’s safety vessel in 1980s, then into a Yacht with extensive refit 2012 and upgraded to expedition yacht in 2018.

Togo has a well-appointed galley and mess room, elegant and comfortable mahogany paneled salon with bar and kitchenette. Her deck areas are spacious with semi-enclosed sides. She is a sturdy vessel with elegant sheer, sails with abundant intimacy from the bygone era of tramp steamers.

small expedition ship cruises in the arctic
  • Accommodation in twin cabins and double cabins with private shower and w/c (mostly en-suite).

  • Small group size of 12 guests ensures an intimate experience

  • Hot Showers

  • Equipped with 2 x zodiacs for shore landings
  • Large deck space for photography

  • Large saloon with bar.

  • Ice-strengthened hull for travel in the polar regions

  • Full safety gear

expedition ship deck plan

Dates & Availability

Select a date to start your journey

29th May - 6th June 2020

Pricing

double cabin svalbard photography

Double Cabin with en suite – Sleeps 2

€7,800 / $8,650 per person based on double occupancy

Cabin 4

Twin Cabin with en suite – Sleeps 2

€7,800 / $8,650 per person based on double occupancy

Cabins 1, 2 and 3

Twin Cabin with shared facilities – Sleeps 2

€7,300 / $8,100 per person based on double occupancy

Cabin 7

togo single cabin expedition ship

Single Cabin with shared facilities – Sleeps 1

€6,800 / $7,550 per person based on single occupancy

Cabin 5 and 6

Payment Options

 

  • Credit card (a surcharge applies of 1.4% for European cards and 2.9% for non-European cards)
  • Payment by bank transfer
  • Monthly instalments to spread the cost of payments

Booking Terms and Conditions

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