Spitsbergen In Depth: Big Island, Big Adventure

World Explorer Luxury Expedition Cruise Ship
World Explorer
176 Passengers
Adventure Options

This 14-day itinerary offers the most extensive exploration of Spitsbergen while experiencing all the adventure the island has to offer. This is one of the best regions to see polar bears, walrus and reindeer; plus, the impressive 14th of July Glacier and Alkefjellet cliff are both birdwatching utopias. You’ll also get a glimpse of 16th-century whaling culture at secluded landing sites. This route may include visiting the northernmost Svalbard island of Nordaustlandet if conditions allow.

• Encounter iconic arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and reindeer
    View numerous arctic bird species, like puffins, arctic terns and purple sandpipers
• Take advantage of continuous daylight
• Explore glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more with included Zodiac cruising
• Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Arctic with optional kayaking adventures
• Hike the tundra and polar desert

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Oslo, Norway
Day 2 Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Days 3 to 13 Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 14 Disembark in Longyearbyen & fly to Oslo

Day 1 — Arrive in Oslo, Norway

Your Arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and green spaces to keep you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, where you’ll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.

Days 3 to 13 — Exploring Spitsbergen

Expect a new adventure every day as we begin our circumnavigation by heading north and around the island of Spitsbergen, exploring smaller, outlying islands. We plan to circumnavigate Spitsbergen, but if conditions are favorable, we will also attempt a circumnavigation of the whole Svalbard archipelago. Every expedition will be different, depending on the weather and ice, but some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Ny London, Phippsøya, Alkefjellet and the seldom-visited Kvitøya.

These names may seem strange to you, but each site has its own unique appeal. There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen, where colorful tundra meadows are complemented by immense glaciers. For birders, the 14th of July Glacier is home to puffins, purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese and arctic terns, while Alkefjellet’s cliffs are teeming with nesting Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).

Always on the lookout for wildlife, be sure to have your camera ready to capture reindeer when we visit sites like Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhornet. Searching for the iconic polar bear is a constant activity for your expedition team. Phippsøya and Isbukta are two of the bears’ preferred places for hunting, which translates into great potential for you to view and capture them in action.

A big part of appreciating Spitsbergen comes from understanding the culture—not just how people live today, but also how this land was first explored. Whaling was a key industry, and you will see remains of outposts from the 16th century, plus other evidence of whaling at landing sites such as Smeerenburg.

Day 14 — Disembark in Longyearbyen & fly to Oslo

Your adventure ends in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Triple Cabin
Infinity Cabin
Veranda Cabin
Superior Suite
Deluxe Suite
Owner's Suite
Charter
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Kayak
French Language Accommodation

10% Early Booking Discount (Excludes Triple) PLUS 10% Full-Payment Bonus PLUS Free Charter Air (Prices after ALL discounts in Red)
Expires Jun 15th 2019
$4,495$4,046Full$6,495$5,261$6,495$5,261$7,995$6,476Limited$8,495$6,881$9,995$8,096$895$0
Kayak
French Language Accommodation

10% Early Booking Discount (Excludes Triple) PLUS 10% Full-Payment Bonus PLUS Free Charter Air (Prices after ALL discounts in Red)
Expires Jun 15th 2019
$6,495$5,846$9,495$7,691$9,495$7,691$11,495$9,311$12,495$10,121$13,995$11,336$895$0
Kayak
French Language Accommodation

10% Early Booking Discount (Excludes Triple) PLUS 10% Full-Payment Bonus PLUS Free Charter Air (Prices after ALL discounts in Red)
Expires Jun 15th 2019
$6,495$5,846$9,495$7,691$9,495$7,691$11,495$9,311$12,495$10,121$13,995$11,336$895$0
Kayak
French Language Accommodation

10% Early Booking Discount (Excludes Triple) PLUS 10% Full-Payment Bonus PLUS Free Charter Air (Prices after ALL discounts in Red)
Expires Jun 15th 2019
$8,995$8,096$13,995$11,336$13,995$11,336$15,995$12,956$17,495$14,171Full$19,995$16,196$895$0
Kayak
French Language Accommodation

10% Early Booking Discount (Excludes Triple) PLUS 10% Full-Payment Bonus PLUS Free Charter Air (Prices after ALL discounts in Red)
Expires Jun 15th 2019
$6,495$5,846Full$9,495$7,691$9,495$7,691$11,495$9,311$12,495$10,121$13,995$11,336$895$0
Kayak
French Language Accommodation

10% Early Booking Discount (Excludes Triple) PLUS 10% Full-Payment Bonus PLUS Free Charter Air (Prices after ALL discounts in Red)
Expires Jun 15th 2019
$6,495$5,846$9,495$7,691$9,495$7,691$11,495$9,311$12,495$10,121$13,995$11,336$895$0
Kayak
French Language Accommodation

10% Early Booking Discount (Excludes Triple) PLUS 10% Full-Payment Bonus PLUS Free Charter Air (Prices after ALL discounts in Red)
Expires Jun 15th 2019
$8,995$8,096Limited$13,995$11,336$13,995$11,336$15,995$12,956Limited$17,495$14,171Full$19,995$16,196$895$0
Kayak
French Language Accommodation

10% Early Booking Discount (Excludes Triple) PLUS 10% Full-Payment Bonus PLUS Free Charter Air (Prices after ALL discounts in Red)
Expires Jun 15th 2019
$9,995$8,996$15,495$12,551$15,495$12,551$16,995$13,766Full$18,495$14,981$19,995$16,196$595$0
Kayak
French Language Accommodation

10% Early Booking Discount (Excludes Triple) PLUS 10% Full-Payment Bonus PLUS Free Charter Air (Prices after ALL discounts in Red)
Expires Jun 15th 2019
$9,995$8,996Limited$15,495$12,551$15,495$12,551$16,995$13,766Limited$18,495$14,981$19,995$16,196$595$0
Kayak
French Language Accommodation

10% Full-Payment Bonus PLUS Free Charter Air (Prices in Red)
Expires Jun 15th 2019
$9,995$8,996Full$15,495$13,946Full$15,495$13,946Full$16,995$15,296Full$18,495$16,646Full$19,995$17,996Full$595$0
Kayak
French Language Accommodation

10% Early Booking Discount (Excludes Triple) PLUS 10% Full-Payment Bonus PLUS Free Charter Air (Prices after ALL discounts in Red)
Expires Jun 15th 2019
$7,495$6,746Limited$11,495$9,311$11,495$9,311$12,495$10,121$13,995$11,336$14,995$12,146 
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Drinks included. Soft drinks & juices all the time. House wine & non-premium beer at dinner.

Adventure Options: Kayaking - $695 (for those who want to kayak during entire voyage & have previous experience) OR paddling - $195 (for those w/o experience who want to kayak one time during the voyage). Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability.

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    Owner's Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, these suites have one double or two single beds, and a 110 Sq. ft. (10 m²) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower, his & hers sinks, and bathtub is also featured in each cabin.
355 Sq.ft. (33 m²)
    Deluxe Suite
Located on Deck 5, these suites have one double or two single beds, and a 110 Sq. ft. (10 m²) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, his & hers closets, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower and his & hers sinks is also featured in each cabin.
334 Sq.ft. (31 m²)
  Superior Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, these suites have one double or two single beds, and a 110 Sq. ft. (10 m²) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, walk-in closet, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.
278 Sq.ft. (26 m²)
  Veranda Cabin
Located on Decks 5 and 6, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 55 Sq. ft. (5 m²) walk-out balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.
215 Sq.ft. (20 m²)
  Infinity Cabin
Located on Decks 5 and 6, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a floor-to-ceiling glass Juliet balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.
270 Sq.ft. (25 m²)
  Triple Cabin
Located on Deck 6, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 55 Sq. ft. (5 m²) walk-out balcony. A separate combo sitting area/bedroom with a sofa bed and additional closet, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.
225 Sq.ft. (21 m²)