Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

Vavilov Cruise Ship
Vavilov
92 Passengers
Adventure Options

If polar bears and beluga whales top your list of must-see Arctic wildlife, choose an expedition to Spitsbergen. This remarkable island - largest in the northern archipelago called Svalbard - hosts an astonishing array of Arctic wildlife, protected within six national parks. The island itself has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This 11-day Spitsbergen Explorer tour is perfect for those who prefer frequent shore landings and Zodiac cruises to longer stretches at sea. Here you'll find polar bears, reindeer, walrus and belugas, and add a bounty of sea-bird sightings to your field book - including Arctic Terns and Skua, Barnacle Geese and Snow Buntings.

Day 1: Embarkation: Longyearbyen

Your Spitsbergen Explorer tour begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island's largest settlement. Enjoy your first view of Spitsbergen's rugged glacier topped mountains, rising majestically from icy Arctic waters. 

Days 2 - 4: West Spitsbergen, 14th of July Glacier and Ny Alesund

Zodiac-cruise past the spectacular ice cliffs of the 14th of July Glacier, keeping an eye out for Purple Sandpipers, Common Eiders, Barnacle Geese, Arctic Terns and more. Later visit Ny Alesund, once a remote coal-mining town, now a unique international research station. You may spot the indigenous Svalbard reindeer, so keep your cameras handy!

Days 5 - 7: Smeerenburg, Phippsoya and Tusenoyane

At Smeerenburg, explore Svalbard's whaling past and visit an authentic blubber oven. Next, head for the island of Phippsoya, a well-known polar bear and walrus haunt. At Tusenoyane (Thousand Islands) you'll go ashore to seek Red-throated Divers, and view the beached skeleton of an ancient whale.

Days 8 - 9: Bourbonhamna

  1. The narrow sound near Bourbonhamna is a favored route of beluga whales. Cruise in search for the white whales before going ashore.

Day 10: Longyearbyen: Disembarkation

Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

Only show rates under
$ X
Use the up/down arrows on your keyboard to adjust price.
Per Person USD
Rates Arctic 2014
Triple Shared
Twin Semi-Private
Twin Private
Superior
Suite
One Ocean Suite
Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe

$500 Discount!
$4,195
$3,695
$5,595
$5,095
$5,995
$5,495
$6,995
$6,495
$7,895
$7,395
$8,495
$7,995
Photography, Kayak

$500 Discount!
$5,295
$4,795
$7,195
$6,695
$8,195
$7,695
$8,995
$8,495
$9,995
$9,495
$10,995
$10,495
Photography, Kayak

$500 Discount!
$4,795
$4,295
$6,295
$5,795
$6,995
$6,495
$7,995
$7,495
$8,795
$8,295
$9,595
$9,095
No trips meet your criteria. Please increase the budget above to view more results.
Click on the tour dates in the left column to view a trip itinerary. Point MOUSE at Cabin Category to view DETAILED description.

Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Single cabin prices are 1.5 times the cost of the appropriate twin-share prices listed above. For suites, the Single Cabin Occupancy is 2 times the cost of the prices above.  All cabins are smoke-free. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas only. Airfare to/from destination is not included. Kayaking option available for $695 per person.

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

DeckPlan_Vavilov_b

DeckPlan_Vavilov_CabinDescriptions