svalbard cruise

Introduction

 

Explore Svalbard on a small ship expedition cruise with just 48 guests in total. This expedition takes place on the newly refitted Polar Pioneer, one of the smallest and most rugged expedition cruise ships visiting Svalbard, perfect for visiting the ice edge. On this expedition we will venture to the northern wilderness to explore the beautiful landscapes, wildlife and glaciers of north west Spitsbergen, home to an abundance of polar wildlife. Every day is an adventure and we will use the Zodiac landing craft to explore various sites of interest and to take short hikes ashore in the nature. This is an intimate small group experience with the minimum of one guide for every 10 guests.

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The Voyage

Day 1  Welcome aboard! Depart Longyearbyen pm

Day 2  Prins Karls Foreland

Day 3  Ice edge

Day 4  Exploring north west coast

Day 5  Exploring north west coast

Day 6  Exploring north west coast

Day 7  Exploring north west coast

Day 8  Exploring north west coast

Day 9 Kongsfjord

Day 10  Arrive Longyearbyen am

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Svalbard Cruise Day by Day

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Day 1

Longyearbyen

You will step onboard Polar Pioneer in the port of Longyearbyen in the afternoon. After an introduction from our expedition leader and a safety briefing from the Captain, we set sail out through the majestic Adventfjord. As Longyearbyen disappears astern and we turn north, we wave goodbye to civilisation for the next 9 days. As we sail out through the Isfjord we will spend time on deck watching for the whales that frequent the waters.

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Days 2-3

Prins Karls Foreland & Sea Ice

Every expedition is different and we base our choices around the weather conditions and potential wildlife sightings. Our plan is to head north at the start of the expedition. We plan to make our first shore landing in the area around Prins Karls Foreland which is home to Walrus colonies. If the conditions allow we will attempt to reach the edge of the sea ice which is a magical experience (although this can never be guaranteed).  Polar Pioneer is a tough ice strengthened vessel and in the right conditions we will attempt to sail through the ice.

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Days 4-8

Exploring the North-West Coast

As we venture to the north west region of Spitsbergen we will encounter numerous glaciers and stunning Artic landscapes. Under the guidance of the expedition leader we will use the Zodiacs to go ashore and explore various places on a daily basis including glacier fronts, places of historical interest and wildlife sites. When ashore there will be the opportunity to do wilderness hikes which is the perfect way to experience the raw nature of the Arctic.

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Days 9

Sailing South

As we sail back south we explore the area in and Kongsfjorden. Expect majestic glaciers, some of Svalbard’s most beautiful fjords and scenery from the decks. Here we encounter one of Svalbard’s most breathtaking sites, the Lilliehook glacier, one of Svalbard’s largest calving glacier fronts. We will spend time here witnessing nature’s beauty in its rawest form with the option of doing a wilderness hike to a neighbouring fjord. 

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Days 10

Longyearbyen

In the morning we arrive back at the port of Longyearbyen. After breakfast we say our goodbyes after making new friends and sharing a wonderful 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 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 :

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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. 

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Stunning Scenery

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

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Expedition Vessel With 48 Guests

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

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Expedition Leader and Guides

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 have a team of expedition leader and 4 guides onboard offering the best guide to guest ratio available. 

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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 6 landing craft that can be used to reach remote beaches so you can experience the wilderness firsthand. The beauty of a small ship expedition is that everyone onboard can fit in a Zodiac at the same time, so no waiting to go ashore.

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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.

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Your Vessel

Expedition Motor Polar Pioneer

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Step aboard Polar Pioneer a true polar expedition vessel

Polar Pioneer needs no introduction. She is a veteran expedition vessel with a proven track record exploring the polar regions. She returns in 2022 with a full refurbishment.

We love this vessel because she was built for the polar regions and is a very strong and capable vessel to explore the ice with. She takes just 48 passengers offering the lowest group numbers in Antarctica and South Georgia.

She has a large deck space with raised areas making her perfect for photography. She features a large passenger saloon with bar, and an onboard sauna to warm up in after a day in the cold.

She is crewed by a team of experts with decades of experience navigating polar waters, and is an ideal vessel for guests looking to go on a real expedition with an authentic expedition vessel.

There is accommodation for 48 guests across twins, triple cabins and suites. She is equipped with Zodiacs that can accommodate all guests for shore landings and exploring.

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  • Capable expedition vessel with highest ice class gives the best chance of reaching the sea ice edge

  • Small group size of 48 guests ensures an intimate experience

  • Large passenger saloon with bar

  • Newly refurbished to a high standard with warm, comfortable cabins

  • Sauna
  • Equipped with 5 x zodiacs for shore landings. All guests can fit in the Zodiacs together so no waiting to go ashore.
  • Large open deck space and raised areas for photography

  • Expert team of crew and guides

  • Boots provided for shore landings

Svalbard Cruise 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
Cabin E
18th - 25th April 2022
8 Days
€8,300
€7,800
€7,300
n/a
n/a
9th - 17th May 2022
9 Days
€9,300
€8,800
€8,300
n/a
n/a
17th May - 25th May 2022
9 Days
€9,300
€8,800
€8,300
n/a
n/a
14th - 23rd July 2022
10 Days
€10,800
€9,800
€8,800
€7,800
€6,900
15th - 24th July 2022
10 Days
€9,900
€9,400
€8,900
n/a
n/a
2nd - 11th August 2022
10 Days
€9,900
€9,400
€8,900
n/a
n/a
Date
Trip Name
Duration
Vessel
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
Cabin E
18th - 25th April 2022
8 Days
$9,900
$9,200
$8,500
n/a
n/a
9th - 17th May 2022
9 Days
$10,900
$10,300
$9,500
n/a
n/a
17th May - 25th May 2022
9 Days
$10,900
$10,300
$9,500
n/a
n/a
14th - 23rd July 2022
10 Days
$12,600
$11,500
$10,300
$9,200
$8,000
15th - 24th July 2022
10 Days
$11,600
$10,900
$10,300
n/a
n/a
2nd - 11th August 2022
10 Days
$11,600
$10,900
$10,300
n/a
n/a
Date
Trip Name
Duration
Vessel
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
Cabin E
18th - 25th April 2022
8 Days
£7,200
£6,700
£6,200
n/a
n/a
9th - 17th May 2022
9 Days
£8,000
£7,500
£7,000
n/a
n/a
17th May - 25th May 2022
9 Days
£8,000
£7,500
£7,000
n/a
n/a
14th - 23rd July 2022
10 Days
£9,300
£8,400
£7,500
£6,700
£5,900
15th - 24th July 2022
10 Days
£8,500
£8,000
£7,500
n/a
n/a
2nd - 11th August 2022
10 Days
£8,500
£8,000
£7,500
n/a
n/a

Polar Pioneer is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment. We can’t wait to share the new images with you shortly. For the time being the photos below show the cabins before the refurbishment as reference to their layout.

A render of the new cabin style for our 2022 season

Captain’s Suite (Category A)

With double bed and separate lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. Forward and port windows. 

Cabin Size: 22.5 m2

Mini-Suite (Category B)

With double bed and separate lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. These cabins have a window.

Cabin Size: 16.8 m2

Twin Cabin with Private Facilities (Category C)

With two lower berths, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. These cabins have a window, private bathroom, 2 lower berths, except #402 and #403 which have upper and lower bunks and a couch. 

Cabin Size: 9.8 m2

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Twin Cabin with Shared Facilities (Category D)

With two lower berths and sofa, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private washbasin, hairdryer. Nearby shower and toilet facilities are shared with other Main Deck cabins. These cabins have a porthole.

Cabin Size: 9.8 m2

Triple Cabin With Shared Facilities (Category E)

With one bunk (one upper and one lower berth) and one additional lower berth, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private washbasin. Nearby shower and toilet facilities are shared with other Main Deck cabins. This cabin has a porthole.

Cabin Size: 10.2 m2

Peace Of Mind Coronavirus Booking Guarantee

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.

Payment Options & Information

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. 

Single Travelers

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

  • 2 x single cabins
  • Option to share a twin cabin with another traveller of the same sex.
  • 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.

Booking terms

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. 

Trip notes and what’s included / excluded

Departure Location Longyearbyen
Arrival Location Longyearbyen
Trip Style Exploration
Physical Rating Easy
Maximum Group Size 48
Accommodation Twins with En Suite or Shared Facilities and Suites
Duration 10 Days
Time of Year July, August
Included

Not Included

If you have any questions about this Svalbard cruise
please get in touch

 

Useful Information

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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

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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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