Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, and on this voyage we’ll attempt a circumnavigation of the island. Lying entirely within the Arctic Circle, Spitsbergen is rugged, wild, unspoiled—utterly unforgettable. When it comes to viewing arctic wildlife, Spitsbergen is known as one of the most prolific destinations.
The island and surrounding area offers one of the best opportunities to view polar bears, and with luck you’ll be able to see the world’s largest carnivores in their natural habitat. Walrus populations love Spitsbergen as well, feeding in the food-rich icy waters around the island. Whales and seabirds will also entertain you during the sailing portions of the expedition, and you may catch a sighting of reindeer or fox when taking Zodiac excursions to shore.
Length of Travel: 10-13 days
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Embarkation in Longyearbyen, Norway
Days 2-9: Explore Spitsbergen
Day 10: Disembarkation in Longyearbyen
Longer trips will allow you a few more days of exploration during your circumnavigation.
* Special Notes
Ice conditions vary from year to year. The success of the circumnavigation depends on the ice.
Day 1: Embarkation in Longyearbyen
We arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Svalbard archipelago of which Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum are well worth visiting.
In the surrounding area of Longyearbyen, more than 100 species of plants have been recorded. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden, where in the mouth of the fjord we may see our first Whale.
Days 2 - 9: Exploring Spitsbergen
Depending on weather and ice, the Expedition Leader and Captain will decide on the best itinerary.
Day 10: Disembarkation
We disembark in Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Spitsbergen, for the flights south to Oslo and onward home.