Overall rating based on 1,051 votes
Overall rating based on 1,051 votes





Outdoor activities



by Sylvie Wesser

The trip with Noorderlicht in September 2018 was an amazing and a great experience. Due to weather and wind situations we had to change the route, which was the best we could have done! We had 6 great days in Central-Spitsbergen with sunshine and blue sky every day! Even Northern Lights we could spot during the night and during the day we had great warm “sunset-light” the whole day. We went on different hikes, explored the fascinating ghost town Pyramiden and had a beautiful bonfire at the beach. During the last landing some even went for a “refreshing” polar plunge. We also managed to sail on some days, a great experience to sail without any noise through that beautiful arctic landscape between glaciers, rough mountains and fresh snow powdered valleys. Expeditionsleader Sarah, Capitan Floris and the Noorderlicht-crew arranged a comfortable stay for us on the cozy Noorderlicht. Thank you for this great week in Svalbard.

by So She Travelled

I came to the Arctic because I'm worried about global warming and feel I only have a superficial knowledge of what is happening to pack ice and what that looks like in relation to the eco-system. My research into sustainable tourism to visit pack ice and polar bears in Svalbard led me to Oceanwide and I'm so pleased it did as they went above and beyond all the statutory wildlife viewing requirements with their investment into eco-tourism including everything from a reusable bottle on arrival to a special electric boat motor on Plancius, in order to be the least obtrusive icebreaker in the Arctic. The ashore walks were very carefully arranged for the safety of the wildlife and the guests and when we had to sail all the way to 82.46 degrees just to reach the pack ice, the significance of finding polar bears 150 miles from the nearest land to stay on the ice resonated with everyone. This is a really important trip to make if you're in the same position I was and I would highly recommend Oceanwide's tour programme to North Spitsbergen as the experience of sailing among pack ice was truly unique and honestly as exciting as seeing a polar bear. I hope to see it again one day.

by Gerbrand Kip

If you ever wanted to know how it felt when the first settlers or whalers set foot on the remote, cold, rugged shores of what must be referred to as the classic Ultimate Thule you have to join a ship as the Noorderlicht. With an extraordinary experienced and warm crew and guide you get to explore waters and landings round Spitsbergen: an almost primal and pristine wilderness where humpback whales accompany your morning coffee and a wandering polar bear catches the first rays of the sun. Polar foxes rummage alongside the shoreline in the shade of a massive gletscher. And hear your heart beat, really beat, on top of a hill overlooking green waters and marble blue ice fields. Floris, Robert, Mick, Gabriella and Sarah, thank you for plotting the right course, setting sail, providing the food and taking care of a bunch of people by teaching them about the beauty and vulnerability of a place like Spitsbergen.

by David Allsopp

My wife and I were on the Plancius Spitsbergen trip leaving August 29th. This was our first expedition cruise so we were a bit apprehensive. However the Plancius proved to be a very comfortable ship, the cabin was more spacious than we expected, although we didn't spend much time in it! The crew were excellent, always cheerful and polite. The food was also varied and appetising and served with a smile. The expedition leader Lynn and the other guides were very knowledgeable and organised a full programme of shore excursions and lectures. The Captain and Lynn together decided to go as far north as it took to find the pack-ice and we were rewarded with fabulous polar bear encounters. Pushing through the ice made us feel like real explorers! As well as the polar bears we saw whales, walruses, dolphins, seals, fox, reindeer. and numerous bird species. Overall this was an amazing experience.

Alles in allem eine interessante Reise, wenn ich mir auch mehrere Tiersichtungen gewünscht hätte. Die Umweltprobleme wurden gut vermittelt, sowie auch andere Themen zu Tieren, Biologie, Geologie und Glaciologie duch kompetente Fachleute. Sicher eine Reise, die zum Denken und Handeln anregt.

by Tereza Jelinkova

I would like to thank you all for this very well organized trip. Special thanks to hotel manager Zsuzsanna, who was always kind and ready to help. She and her team had no problem to customise the meal menu according to our vegan diet. I really admire the Capatin's skills and appreciate his willingness to get us as close as possible to almost unreachable locations just to have bether view to enjoy the scenery or animals. Sailing through icebergs at Austfona and through frozen sea at Pack ice looking for polar bears was definitely outstanding, extraordinary and special. The trip was wery well organized and every member of the crew and guides did their best to give the best experinces from Arctic. We were watching walruses wery closely for app 2 hours. That was quite amazing - even for the guides. We saw polar bears several times and watching the King of Arctic in his natural environment, how he is moving, swimming and sometime just laying on the ground was one of the most emotional experience in my life. So thank you you all for this opportunity.

by Lalitha Reddy

This was an epic trip ! My family and I traveled to Arctic (m/v Plancius) between August 29th and Sept 5th 2018 and indeed it was a great trip. Definitely the wildlife, beautiful glaciers, flora and the landscapes made the trip wonderful but this went to the next level because of the expedition crew /guides and the captain. All of them were exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced, they were always on a look out if they can spot wildlife to show us. Secondly, Plancius was comfortable with good food and people behind it need special mention and nothing was less than perfect. Thanks to the management and kitchen crew for making our trip enjoyable. I have an Arctic hangover, so looking forward to travel again with fantastic ship and crew. Finally thanks to the expedition crew - Lynn , Sandra, Gerard, Isabelle, Shelly, Irene, Laurence and Johanna for making the trip worthwhile.

by Don Campbell

My wife and I have long wanted to photograph polar bears. Val had been several years ago with One Ocean, to see a total eclipse of the sun, but had with her only a small point and shoot, which proved to be totally inadequate for the task. Now she is a competent photographer with a good camera, and she captured some great images. I have photographed bear before, but never these magnificent white guys. We wish the trip had dedicated more time to the ice pack, where the bears are. You gave us great naturalists, superb photography resource people (we LOVE Daisy) and an excellent crew. Thanks for a terrific experience.

by Eliane Schaller

A fantastic 10 day trip around Svalbard. Great weather and wonderful memories. The expedition guides were all brilliant, kept us safe and sound, well informed and were flexible to ensure we had the best experience possible with the weather conditions (including a run to the pack ice) The crew onboard MS Plancius were also excellent, friendly, always smiling and the food was hearty and there was lots of it. We will happily go on another trip with Oceanwide and for sure we'll recommend you to all our friends.

by Monika Ziegler

Es war eine unglaublich gut organisierte Reise und Die Reiseführer auf dem Schiff waren Fänomenal !!!! Können diese Reise nur weiterempfehlen.

by Sabine Hildebrandt

Es war eine perfekte Reise. Unsere Erwartungen wurden erfüllt bzw. übertroffen. Die Crew, die Guides, die mitreisenden Passagiere, das Wetter- es hat alles gepasst. Wir hatten unvergessliche Tage auf der MS Plancius, die Planung der Route entsprechend den Wetterbedingungen hätte nicht besser sein können. Der Recherchefjord war der krönende Abschluss der Reise. Das Essen war super, der Service hat gepasst, alles zu unserer Zufriedenheit. Wir werden noch lange von den Erlebnissen dieser Reise zehren, manchmal fehlen einem noch die Worte, es war überwältigend.

by Jean-Louis Müller

Von Anfang bis Schluss ein tolles Erlebnis mit einer kompetenten Crew. Herrliche Zodiacfahrten, faszinierende Tierwelt in einer sich abwechselnden Natur im Treib- und Packeis. Hervorragendes Essen. Zusammenfassend: Ein einmaliges Erlebnis

I was very impressed from the tour, the high level of the competence of the expeditions crew. The service on board, incl,. the quality of the meals were also excellent. The comfort of the cabines was more than only satisfied. we have also seen a lot of birds, wales, polar bears and walruses....

by Roswitha Fischer

Das war eine tolle Reise, alles hat gepasst. Wetter, Tierwelt, Schiff, Crew usw.

Diese Reise mit der MC Plancius um Spitzbergen und zum Packeis in das Land der Eisbären hat meine Erwartungen voll erfüllt, besser noch bei Weitem übertroffen. Wir haben in den 9 Tagen viele Eisbären, Walrosse, verschiedene Robben, ganz, ganz viele interessante Vögel, Polarfüchse und Spitzbergen Rentiere gesehen, teilweise (Walrosse) zum Greifen nahe. Es war ein unglaubliches Erlebnis all diese Tiere in ihrer wunderschönen Natur beobachten zu können. Am letzten Tag haben sich dann in der Bucht, in der wir vor dem Gletscher kurz untergetaucht sind in 5 Grad kaltem Wasser, kurz zuvor noch eine Gruppe Belugas gezeigt. Die gesamte Schiffscrew hat uns phantastisch versorgt, sowohl an der Rezeption, Küche, Bar, Zimmer und beim Zodiakfahren, die Herren auf der Brücke haben uns wundervoll durchs Packeis und an unglaublich schönen Gletschern vorbeigeschifft und damit diese Reise unvergesslich gemacht. Mein ganz, ganz besonderes Lob und mein herzlichster Dank geht an Christian, Sandra, Irene, Johanna, Julia, Gerard, Fritz, Lucas und den Doc, die uns wundervoll betreut haben und uns dieses einzigartige Abenteuer ermöglicht haben, uns mit viel Sachverstand alle Fragen beantwortet haben.