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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.

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North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

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The North Spitsbergen cruise is all about visiting with the Kings of the North, the Polar Bear. The expedition also offers the chance to take in the landscape which is home to sea birds, reindeer, seals, walruses, and more than one kind of whale.

Cruise date:

30 Aug - 6 Sep, 2016

Price:

$5540 $3870 $1670 discount

Up to $800 discount

Central Spitsbergen

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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.

Cruise date:

16 Sep - 23 Sep, 2016

Price:

$2650 $1850 $800 discount

Up to $490 discount

Alpine Peaks of Spitsbergen - Ski & Sail

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This is a voyage for experienced ski mountaineers who climb snow covered alpine mountains and ski downhill. A typical day will involve ski climbs on mountain tops which are in average 700-850 m high and downhill skiing from there (actual accumulated altitude climbed over the course of a day can exce...

Cruise date:

12 May - 19 May, 2017

Price:

$3210 $2720 $490 discount

Up to $490 discount

North Spitsbergen, Arctic Spring

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The North Spitsbergen cruise sails to some of the remotest locations of northern Europe. The expedition gives you the opportunity to spot historic whaling remains, glaciers, a variety of Arctic birds including the Little Auk, and polar bears.

Cruise date:

19 May - 26 May, 2017

Price:

$3210 $2720 $490 discount

Up to $490 discount

North Spitsbergen, Arctic Spring

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The North Spitsbergen cruise sails to some of the remotest locations of northern Europe. The expedition gives you the opportunity to spot historic whaling remains, glaciers, a variety of Arctic birds including the Little Auk, and polar bears.

Cruise date:

26 May - 2 Jun, 2017

Price:

$3210 $2720 $490 discount

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Svalbard story

Mesmerised by the wild beauty of Svalbard

Myrtle Ryan found herself mesmerised by the wild beauty of the icy high Arctic, and the many fascinating creatures which call it home. A customer...

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Amphibian, reptiles and herbivore mammals in the Arctic

Arctic ecosystems are relatively young in terms of geological time, having developed mainly over the past three million years. In general, species...

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Svalbard wildlife

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Svalbard cruise reviews

Overall rating based on 40 votes

Bruno Wild
Einfach Super
by Bruno Wild on Arctic

Ja, das war eine wirklich einmalige Reise für uns. Nicht nur das Wetter und all die Naturschönheiten haben voll „gestimmt“. Auch die Stimmung auf dem Schiff mit all den positiven Kontakten...

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Andreas Jahnel

Im Juli 2016 war es nun endlich soweit. Mein lange erträumtes Ziel, das Archipel Svalbard erreichte ich zu Mitternacht. Eine traumhafte Rundreise mit der Plancius, mit einem Abstecher in das Packeis, brachten...

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Gunter Bock
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by Gunter Bock on Arctic

Es war eine äußerst gelungene Reise. Die Organisation war perfekt. Der Einsatz der Crew war vorbildlich und von hohem Engagment geprägt. Wir haben sehr viel Neues gesehen und erlebt, insbesondere...

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Mark Mussared

The Round-Svalbard Expedition was excellent. As the on board information puts it, Ortelius is basic but very comfortable and very well equipped. Her crew were extremely friendly and accommodating, and the food...

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Bernd Gaus
SUPER Reise
by Bernd Gaus on Arctic

Wunderschönes Spitzbergen, ein allzeit freundliches, kompetentes Team, ein Spitzen- Kapitän, nicht zu toppen was Bärenannäherung im Eis betrifft - und ein gutmeinender Wettergott ! Eine Reise,...

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Peter Afonin

This was my first cruise, so I cannot compare it with any other, but I must say that it exceeded my expectations. I saw everything I wanted to see and more. And I didn't expect such level of comfort from...

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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