Svalbard

Cruise to a beautifully stark landscape of glaciers, rugged snow-capped mountains, and the land of the Kings and Queens of the North, the Polar Bear.

Cruises to Svalbard

Around Spitsbergen

Full Spitsbergen Circumnavigation

NOO22-17. Sail around Spitsbergen taking in the wildlife, whaling history, and stunning landscapes. Visit historic whaling stations and search for walruses and reindeer. Head to Hornsund to explore the glaciers and the hunting grounds of the Polar Bear.

Cruise date:

24 Aug - 8 Sep, 2017

Price:

on request

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Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis

A classic three island voyage : Ice , Inuit and Remoteness

PLA15-17. The Spitsbergen and Northeast Greenland cruise sails waters filled with breath-taking scenery. The expedition passes through areas that are home to seals, seabirds, whales, and polar bears, topped off with nighttime viewing of the Northern Lights.

Cruise date:

29 Aug - 11 Sep, 2017

Price:

5950 USD

Central Spitsbergen, Aurora borealis

Arctic autumn

NOO28-17. The central Spitsbergen cruise offers the chance to explore both the beautiful fjord region as well as the history of the people who have lived and worked here. The expedition is also a wonderful way to enjoy the wildlife in its natural habitat and one of the great attractions in the Arctic: The Nor...

Cruise date:

13 Oct - 20 Oct, 2017

Price:

2650 USD

North Spitsbergen, Early Arctic Spring

NOOe-18. At the end of a long Arctic winter, spring is starting to awaken. The climate, however, still clings to the cold: snow-covered mountains, snow-swept shores, temperatures around –10° C (14°F). It’s a good time to experience the last of winter scenery, and with a little luck, also see some polar bears...

Cruise date:

23 Mar - 30 Mar, 2018

Price:

3050 USD

North Spitsbergen, Early Arctic Spring

NOO10-18. At the end of a long Arctic winter, spring is starting to awaken. The climate, however, still clings to the cold: snow-covered mountains, snow-swept shores, temperatures around –10° C (14°F). It’s a good time to experience the last of winter scenery, and with a little luck, also see some polar bears...

Cruise date:

15 Apr - 22 Apr, 2018

Price:

3050 USD

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Svalbard story

A true Polar Bear Special

When I look out of the window I see only ice. Floes as far as the eye can see. It is Saturday, but not your typical Saturday. This morning I...

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Svalbard blog

A Bug’s Life in Svalbard

When you think about Svalbard wildlife, you might imagine reindeer, Arctic foxes, polar bears – the primary animal attractions that draw passengers...

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Svalbard wildlife

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Svalbard cruise reviews

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Overall rating based on 75 votes

Silvia Hugener

Die Reise hat unvergessliche Eindrücke hinterlassen. Die lehrreichen und leicht nachvollziehenden Vorträge von den sehr kompetenten Guides haben mich gefesselt. Das Schiff ist komfortabel, die Küche...

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Brigitte Dürr
TOP
by Brigitte Dürr on Arctic

Alles bestens, Organisation, Alternativen wegen zu dicken Eises, Wetter,

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Hansjürgen van de Loo
Kein "Polar Bear Special"
by Hansjürgen van de Loo on Arctic

Der Titel der Reise weckt Erwartungen, die mit dem Antreffen von 2 Bären an nur einem Tag von 7 für mich nicht erfüllt wurden. Es wurde mehr Wert auf den Besuch von Fjorden gelegt als nach mehr...

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Michael Fox
Very underwhelming
by Michael Fox on Arctic

Not a complete loss, but for a trip sold as a "polar bear special", we left feeling like we'd just been hoodwinked. A single bear at great distance is hardly special. Similarly, a single blue whale,...

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Mirko Daniele Comparetti
Good Morning my Dear Polar Explorers!
by Mirko Daniele Comparetti on Arctic

«Good Morning my Dear Polar Explorers!» was the wake up call we received every morning from our Expedition leader Michael. This kind of expedition was a first time for me and it met all my expectations:...

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Astrid Detzler
Eisbären Spezial
by Astrid Detzler on Arctic

Tolle Reise! Crew: Supernett und zuvorkommend Expeditionsteam: Kompetent und immer für uns da Kabine: Total in Ordnung Essen: Gut und abwechslungsreich LEIDER: Nur einen Eisbären gesehen...

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Svalbard FAQ

What is the best time to travel to Spitsbergen?

This depends on what you want to experience at Spitsbergen. In case you want to experience the Polar night or the Aurora Borealis, November to February is the best time to travel to Spitsbergen. Do you want to see the midnight sun and enjoy boat trips,...

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When is the winter season in Spitsbergen?

The sun sets for the last time in Spitsbergen in mid-September and rises above the horizon again in mid-February. The winter landscape and temperatures prevail until May.   

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What is the temperature and weather like in Svalbard?

The weather in Spitsbergen differs per area and location. Although snow can occur throughout the year in Svalbard, the North Atlantic Current helps provide Svalbard with warmer temperatures than many other areas within similar latitudes. However,...

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Where can I see Polar bears during the Spitsbergen voyage?

As Polar bears are animals which can travel many kilometres in a day, it is impossible to say where and when you can spot Polar bears. Your best chance to observe Polar bears are found in the areas around sea ice. The chance to see Polar bears in Svalbard...

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What wildlife can I see in Spitsbergen?

Your cruise to Spitsbergen will come with an enormous amount of opportunity to spot wildlife. Polar bears are obviously the main attraction regarding wildlife. There are six national parks throughout Spitsbergen, and Svalbard alone is known to contain,...

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What is the time in Svalbard?

Spitsbergen uses CET/Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT +1). This means that if it is 22:00 GMT (10 p.m.) during your cruise to Spitsbergen, it would be 16:00 (4 p.m.) in New York City, USA, 21:00 (9 p.m.) in London, U.K. and 09:00 (9 a.m.) the next morning...

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About Svalbard

Svalbard weather

Svalbard is located located in the high Arctic and shares the Arctic’s designation as a technical desert when it comes to annual precipitation (or lack thereof). Particularly the eastern part of Svalbard sees relatively little precipitation annually. The west coast sees more precipitation in the form of rain and snow. Depending on when you take your Svalbard cruise you can expect temperatures to average anywhere from -14°C in the winter to 6°C in the summer.

 

Facts about Svalbard

  • The name “Svalbard” is an old name (going back to at least the 1100s) meaning “cold coasts.”
  • Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s only true town, was founded by an American in 1906. It has a little over 2000 inhabitants.
  • Almost 65% of Svalbard is a protected nature reserve or a national park.
  • Svalbard is the archipelago (chain of islands) off the north coast of Norway.
  • Svalbard has the world’s third biggest ice sheet, coming behind only Antarctica and Greenland.
  • Svalbard is made up of 4 main islands, and almost 150 smaller islands.
  • Nobody gets buried on Svalbard. Because of the cold in the ground bodies generally fail to decompose, meaning that the graveyards would quickly get overrun. Therefore bodies are shipped to mainland Norway and buried there.

Travel to Svalbard

Travel to Svalbard and experience one of the Earth’s northernmost human inhabitations. Your Svalbard expedition cruise will take you to a beautifully stark landscape of glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains. During your Svalbard holiday you’ll explore the preserved and protected history of the region, watch high Arctic wildlife on both land and at sea. Come during the late autumn/early winter months and your Svalbard cruise will be capped off by the great wonder of the Polar skies, the Northern Lights. For the polar bear enthusiasts special polar bear itineraries are arranged to offer the best polar bear experiences. 

Polar bear video by Vedat Mihmat