North Spitsbergen Polar Bear & Pack Ice Special, 8-day

Hondius Luxury Expedition Cruise Ship
Hondius
176 Passengers
Adventure Options

Sailing along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen, will give us the best opportunities to spot the King of the Arctic. We sail to Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favored by Ringed and Bearded Seal. The cliffs and shoreline of the fjord also support thriving seabird colonies and a surprisingly rich vegetation, which flourishes in sheltered spots. Polar bear are often seen here.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Embarkation and departure from Longyearbyen
Day 2 Route to Raudfjorden
Day 3 The massive Monaco Glacier
Day 4 Highlights of Hinlopen
Day 5 Stop at the Seven Islands
Day 6 Sailing the continental shelf
Day 7 Reindeer, foxes, and so many seabirds
Day 8 Arrival and disembarkation in Longyearbyen

Day 1 — Embarkation and departure from Longyearbyen

You touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage.

Day 2 — Route to Raudfjorden

Sailing to Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, you take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears.

Day 3 — The massive Monaco Glacier

Depending on the weather, you could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 3.1 mi (5-km) face of the precipitous Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen can be implemented.

Day 4 — Highlights of Hinlopen

Today you sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to bearded seals, ringed seals, and polar bears. At the entrance there is even the possibility to spot blue whales. After cruising among the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in the Zodiacs, you can view the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with their thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots. On the east side of Hinlopen Strait, you may attempt a landing on Nordaustlandet. Here reindeer, pink-footed geese, and walruses are likely sights.

Day 5 — Stop at the Seven Islands

The northernmost point of your voyage may be north of Nordaustlandet, in the Seven Islands. Here you reach 80° north, just 540 mi (870 km) from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears inhabit this region, so the ship may park for several hours among the pack ice before wheeling around west again.

Day 6 — Sailing the continental shelf

While retracing your route west, keep watch for polar bears and elusive Greenland (bowhead) whales. About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen, you sail the edge of the continental shelf. Here fin whales forage during the summer in the upwelling zones (where cold, nutrient-rich water wells up from below the sea’s surface) that run along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of Kongsfjorden, you have a good chance of sighting minke whales.

Day 7 — Reindeer, foxes, and so many seabirds

Walruses sometimes haul out in Forlandsundet, your next stop. Alternatively, you might sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation. You arrive in Longyearbyen later at night.

Day 8 — Arrival and disembarkation in Longyearbyen

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

Only show rates under
$ X
Please note that availability is updated about once a week.
Per Person USD
Rates Arctic 2019
Quadruple Porthole
Triple Porthole
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Superior
Junior Suite
Grand Suite
Hondius Suite
Snowshoe
$2,5001 Berth$3,1001 Berth$3,450 $3,800 $4,100 $4,600 $4,950 $5,750 $6,600 
Snowshoe
$2,2501 Berth$2,800Full$3,100 $3,400 $3,650 $4,150 $4,450 $5,150 $5,900 
Snowshoe
$4,050Full$5,000Full$5,600Full$6,100Full$6,500Limited$7,350Limited$7,900 $9,100 $10,500 
Snowshoe
$4,050Limited$5,000Full$5,6001 Berth$6,100Full$6,500 $7,350Limited$7,900 $9,100 $10,500Full
$4,050Full$5,000Full$5,600Full$6,100 $6,500 $7,350 $7,900 $9,100 $10,500 
$5,000Limited$6,250 $7,300 $7,800 $8,350 $9,400 $10,100 $11,600 $13,350 
$5,000Limited$6,2501 Berth$7,300 $7,800 $8,350 $9,400 $10,100 $11,600 $13,350 
$5,000Limited$6,250Full$7,300 $7,800Full$8,350 $9,400 $10,100 $11,600 $13,350 
$5,000Limited$6,250 $7,300 $7,800 $8,350 $9,400 $10,100 $11,600 $13,350Full
$7,450 $9,350 $10,900 $11,650 $12,450 $14,050 $15,050 $17,300 $19,900 
Kayak
$4,500 $5,600 $6,500 $6,950 $7,450 $8,400 $9,050 $10,350 $11,950 
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.

All rates are quoted per person in US Dollar, based on twin occupancy.

Single travelers can choose between "single occupancy" at a supplement of 1,7 x the Twin or Superior cabin rate , or "sharing basis" in Twin, Triple or Quadruple category at no additional cost.

Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 with parents may receive 40% discount in Superior, Triple (sharing with 2 parents / adults) and Quadruple Cabins (sharing with 3 parents / adults).

Kayaking: $410 & must be pre-booked.

Transfer supplement for bus shuttle between Reykjavik and Akureyri, Iceland (approx. 6 hours): $90 p.p. one way, $180 p.p. return. Must be requested and paid for in advance.

Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required on all trips.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

DeckPlan_Hondius_c

   Hondius Suite
4 windows • 1 double bed • Sofa Bed • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flat screen TV • Telephone and WiFi • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Walk-in closet • Safe
One Spacious Suite on Deck 6, 375 ft² (35 m²)
   Grand Suite
1 double window • 1 double bed • Sofa Bed • Private balcony with sliding door • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Six Suites on Deck 7, 290 ft² (27 m²) with balcony
   Junior Suite
1 double window • 1 double bed • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Eight Suites on Deck 7, 205-225 ft² (19-20 m²)
   Superior
2 windows • 1 double bed • Sofa Bed • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Eight Cabins on Deck 6, 215-225 ft² (20-21 m²)
   Twin Deluxe
2 windows • 2 single beds • Sofa • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Eleven Cabins on Deck 6, 205-225 ft² (19-21 m²)
   Twin Window
1 window • 2 single beds • Small sofa • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Fourteen Cabins on Deck 4, 130-150 ft² (12-14 m²)
   Twin Porthole
2 portholes • 2 single beds • Small sofa • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Twenty-Nine Cabins on Deck 3, 130-200 ft² (12-18 m²)
   Triple Porthole
2 portholes • 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths • Small sofa • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe • This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin
Two Cabins on Deck 3, approx. 200 ft² (18 m²)
   Quadruple Porthole
2 portholes • 2 upper & lower berths • Small sofa • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe • This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin
Four Cabins on Deck 3, approx. 200 ft² (18 m²)