Expedition Vessel Villa

MV Villa is a former strengthened research vessel that has been recently converted into a passenger ship that can accommodate 12 guests in tasteful cabins. We love Villa because she is built for the polar environments making her an ideal vessel for expedition cruising. Her fast speed coupled with her rugged exterior makes her the ideal vessel for adventuring into the pack ice north of Svalbard (something many ships are not capable of). She delivers the perfect expedition experience every time.

There is a large viewing area located on the bridge level which is perfect for viewing Svalbard’s stunning scenery from the warm. She features a large dining saloon, small library, wine cellar and a reading room.

Crewed by a team of experts with decades of experience navigating Arctic waters, she is a the ideal vessel for guests looking to go on a real expedition. She is perfect for adventurous private expeditions to explore rarely visited and hard to get to areas in Svalbard.

There is accommodation for 12 guests across 6 comfortable cabins with shared facilities located next to the cabins (some cabins have direct access). She is equipped with Zodiacs for shore landings and exploring.

The areas of operation are Svalbard, Franz Josef Land, Norway, Iceland and Greenland.

Key Features:

  •  Accommodates 12 guests in 6 x twin cabins.
  • All cabins are well-appointed and are finished to a high standard.

  • Large dining saloon.

  • Spacious observation area on bridge deck.

  • Equipped with 2 Zodiac landing crafts for shore landings
  • Semi enclosed deck spaces to enjoy the view

  • Ice strengthened hull

  • Fully staffed with experienced captain, crew and expedition leaders. 
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The Cabins

MV Villa sleeps 12 guests in 6 well appointed cabins.

Nansen (Category A)

A suite with 2 lower twin beds, en suite toilet and shower, sitting area and window.

Arnesen (Category C)

A twin cabin with bunk beds, sink, wardrobe, seating, window and shared toilet and bathroom with Andree.

Arnesen Cabin

Boyd (Category C)

A twin cabin with bunk beds, sink, wardrobe, seating, window and shared toilet and bathroom with Shackleton.

Bathroom

Amundsen (Category B)

A twin cabin with bunk beds, sink, wardrobe, seating, window and en suite bathroom.

Andree (Category C)

A twin cabin with bunk beds, sink, wardrobe, seating, window and shared toilet and bathroom with Arnsen.

Shackleton (Category C)

A twin cabin with bunk beds, sink, wardrobe, window and shared toilet and bathroom with Boyd.

Facilities

expedition vessel facilities

Deck Plan

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Information

  • Areas of operation – Greenland, Svalbard, Norway and Iceland.
  • Ice-reinforced hull
  • Guests: 12 people
  • Cruising Speed: 9 knots
  • Zodiacs: 2
  • Highly experienced expedition team

Expeditions on MV Villa