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Book Incredible Cruises to Antarctica and the Arctic

May 01, 2024 - 
May 08, 2024
This program is designed for experienced ski mountaineers who have mastered techniques both for ascent and descent in challenging snow-covered alpine terrain. A typical day involves climbs on mountaintops averaging heights of 700 - 850 meters (2,300 - 2,800 feet) and downhill skiing fro...
May 08, 2024 - 
May 15, 2024
This program is designed for experienced ski mountaineers who have mastered techniques both for ascent and descent in challenging snow-covered alpine terrain. A typical day involves climbs on mountaintops averaging heights of 700 - 850 meters (2,300 - 2,800 feet) and downhill skiing fro...
May 15, 2024 - 
May 22, 2024
Cruise along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen for a great chance of spotting Polar Bears. You’ll sail into beautiful fjords found on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a fantastically beautiful fjord crested with spectacular glaciers and home to Ringed and Bearded Seals. The sh...
May 22, 2024 - 
May 29, 2024
Cruise along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen for a great chance of spotting Polar Bears. You’ll sail into beautiful fjords found on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a fantastically beautiful fjord crested with spectacular glaciers and home to Ringed and Bearded Seals. The sh...
May 26, 2024 - 
Jun 06, 2024
Sailing between our home port of Vlissingen and our most cherished Arctic archipelago, Svalbard, this expedition adventure visits the Scottish port of Aberdeen, the islands of Fair Isle and Jan Mayen, and the amazing Spitsbergen ice edge, giving you the chance to search for whales, and ...
May 01, 2024 - 
May 08, 2024
This program is designed for experienced ski mountaineers who have mastered techniques both for ascent and descent in challenging snow-covered alpine terrain. A typical day involves climbs on mountaintops averaging heights of 700 - 850 meters (2,300 - 2,800 feet) and downhill skiing fro...
May 28, 2024 - 
Jun 06, 2024
Sailing between the Scottish port of Aberdeen and our most cherished Arctic archipelago, Svalbard, this expedition adventure explores the islands of Fair Isle and Jan Mayen as well as the amazing Spitsbergen ice edge, giving you the chance to search for whales, and other animals of the ...
Jun 06, 2024 - 
Jun 13, 2024
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 favoured by Ringed and Bearded Seal. The cliffs and s...
May 08, 2024 - 
May 15, 2024
This program is designed for experienced ski mountaineers who have mastered techniques both for ascent and descent in challenging snow-covered alpine terrain. A typical day involves climbs on mountaintops averaging heights of 700 - 850 meters (2,300 - 2,800 feet) and downhill skiing fro...
May 15, 2024 - 
May 22, 2024
Cruise along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen for a great chance of spotting Polar Bears. You’ll sail into beautiful fjords found on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a fantastically beautiful fjord crested with spectacular glaciers and home to Ringed and Bearded Seals. The sh...
Jun 08, 2024 - 
Jun 18, 2024
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....
Jun 10, 2024 - 
Jun 17, 2024
Join our adventurous expedition to the north of Svalbard’s largest island, taking in the area’s fantastically beautiful landscapes, thousands of seabirds, and possibly even polar bears. While searching for whales, seals, and other exotic wildlife among the sea ice, we’...

Around Spitsbergen, In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice

A voyage around Spitsbergen, where you have chances to see the King of the Arctic, Walrus, Reindeer, various bird species and surprisingly beautiful flora. Near the mouth of Liefdefjorden, we will go ashore for a walk on the tundra of Reindyrsflya. Sailing into Liefdefjorden, we will cruise near the face of the impressive Monaco Glacier. The waters of the glacier front are a favourite feeding spot for thousands of Kittiwakes and occasionally Polar Bear are seen on the glacier.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

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 we might spot the first minke whale of the voyage.

Day 2

Heading north along the west coast, you may arrive by morning in Krossfjorden with great views on glacier fronts. In the afternoon you sail to Ny Ålesund, the northernmost settlement on Earth. Once a mining village served by the world’s most northerly railway – you can still see its tracks – Ny Ålesund is now a research center. Close to the community is a breeding ground for barnacle geese, pink-footed geese, and Arctic terns. And if you’re interested in the history of Arctic exploration, visit the anchoring mast used by polar explorers Amundsen and Nobile in their airships, Norge (1926) and Italia (1928).

Day 3

Depending on the weather, you could sail into Liefdefjorden, land at Texas Bar, and cruise within sight of the 5-kilometer-long (3.1 miles) 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 - 5

The northernmost point of your voyage may be north of Nordaustlandet, at Chermsideøya, and Phippsøya in the Seven Islands. Here you reach 80° north, just 870 km (540 miles) 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.

When the edge of this sea ice is tens of miles north of the Seven Islands (mostly in August), you can spend a second day in this area. Alternatively (mostly in July) you may turn to Sorgfjord, where you have the chance to find a herd of walruses not far from the graves of 17th-century whalers at Eolusneset. A nature walk here can bring you close to families of ptarmigans, and the opposite side of the fjord is also a beautiful area for an excursion. Another possibility is a landing at Heclahamna.

Day 6

Today you sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to bearded and ringed seals as well as polar bears. At the entrance there is even the possibility to spot blue whales. As with Liefdefjorden, you can take an alternate west Spitsbergen route if ice prevents entry into Hinlopen. After cruising among the ice floes of Lomfjord in the Zodiacs, you then 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 in Palanderbukta where reindeer, pink-footed geese, and walruses are likely sights. Alternatively, at Torrelneset you can also visit the polar desert of Nordaustlandet, next to the world’s third-largest ice cap. Here you may encounter walruses during a coastline hike over the area’s raised beaches.

Day 7

The plan is to sail through Freemansundet. Potential stops on Barentsøya include Sundneset with lakes, home of waterfowl.

Day 8

You start the day by cruising the side fjords of the Hornsund area of southern Spitsbergen, taking in the spire-like peaks: Hornsundtind rises 1,431 meters (4,695 feet), and Bautaen is a perfect illustration of why early Dutch explorers named this island Spitsbergen, meaning “pointed mountains.” There are 14 sizable glaciers in this area as well as opportunities for spotting seals, beluga whales, and polar bears. We may land in Samarinvaagen and Birgerbukta.

Day 9

Today you find yourself in Bell Sund, one of the largest fjord systems in Svalbard. The ocean currents make this area slightly warmer than other areas in the archipelago, which shows in the relatively lush vegetation. Here there are excellent opportunities to enjoy both history and wildlife.

A possibility is Ahlstrandhalvøya, at the mouth of Van Keulenfjorden, where piles of beluga skeletons can be found. These remains of 19th-century whale slaughter are a haunting reminder of the consequences of rampant exploitation. Fortunately, belugas were not hunted into extinction, and you have a good chance of coming across a pod.

Alternately, while cruising the side fjords of Bellsund, you can explore tundra where reindeer like to feed as well as rock slopes where little auks are breeding, near Vaarsolbukta.

Day 10

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.

Please Note...

N.B. The chances that we can complete a full Spitsbergen circumnavigation (based on our experiences from 1992 – 2019) are about 30% in the first half of July, 70% in the second half, 90% in the first half of August, and 95% in the second half. In case we cannot complete a full circumnavigation, we may devise a program in northeast or southeast Spitsbergen. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Landings are subject to site availabilities, permissions, and environmental concerns per AECO regulations. Official sailing plans and landing slots are scheduled with AECO prior to the start of the season, but the expedition leader determines the final plan. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed of our vessel is 10.5 knots.

Cabin Information

Ship name Cabin Name Price Sale Price Departs on Returns on
m/v Plancius Quadruple Porthole $5,650 NA Jul 1st, 2025 Jul 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Triple Porthole $7,000 NA Jul 1st, 2025 Jul 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Twin Porthole $8,200 NA Jul 1st, 2025 Jul 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Twin Window $8,850 NA Jul 1st, 2025 Jul 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Twin Deluxe $9,500 NA Jul 1st, 2025 Jul 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Superior $10,650 NA Jul 1st, 2025 Jul 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Quadruple Porthole $5,650 NA Jul 1st, 2025 Jul 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Triple Porthole $7,000 NA Jul 1st, 2025 Jul 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Twin Porthole $8,200 NA Jul 1st, 2025 Jul 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Twin Window $8,850 NA Jul 1st, 2025 Jul 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Twin Deluxe $9,500 NA Jul 1st, 2025 Jul 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Superior $10,650 NA Jul 1st, 2025 Jul 10th, 2025
m/v Hondius Quadruple Porthole $5,400 NA Jul 3rd, 2024 Jul 12th, 2024
m/v Hondius Triple Porthole $6,950 NA Jul 3rd, 2024 Jul 12th, 2024
m/v Hondius Twin Porthole $7,700 NA Jul 3rd, 2024 Jul 12th, 2024
m/v Hondius Twin Window $8,300 NA Jul 3rd, 2024 Jul 12th, 2024
m/v Hondius Twin Deluxe $9,000 NA Jul 3rd, 2024 Jul 12th, 2024
m/v Hondius Superior $10,000 NA Jul 3rd, 2024 Jul 12th, 2024
m/v Hondius Junior Suite $10,650 NA Jul 3rd, 2024 Jul 12th, 2024
m/v Hondius Grand Suite with private balcony $12,300 NA Jul 3rd, 2024 Jul 12th, 2024
m/v Hondius Quadruple Porthole $5,400 NA Jul 3rd, 2024 Jul 12th, 2024
m/v Hondius Triple Porthole $6,950 NA Jul 3rd, 2024 Jul 12th, 2024
m/v Hondius Twin Porthole $7,700 NA Jul 3rd, 2024 Jul 12th, 2024
m/v Hondius Twin Window $8,300 NA Jul 3rd, 2024 Jul 12th, 2024
m/v Hondius Twin Deluxe $9,000 NA Jul 3rd, 2024 Jul 12th, 2024
m/v Hondius Superior $10,000 NA Jul 3rd, 2024 Jul 12th, 2024
m/v Hondius Junior Suite $10,650 NA Jul 3rd, 2024 Jul 12th, 2024
m/v Hondius Grand Suite with private balcony $12,300 NA Jul 3rd, 2024 Jul 12th, 2024
m/v Ortelius Quadruple Porthole $5,650 NA Jul 3rd, 2025 Jul 12th, 2025
m/v Ortelius Triple Porthole $7,000 NA Jul 3rd, 2025 Jul 12th, 2025
m/v Ortelius Twin Porthole $8,200 NA Jul 3rd, 2025 Jul 12th, 2025
m/v Ortelius Twin Window $8,850 NA Jul 3rd, 2025 Jul 12th, 2025
m/v Ortelius Twin Deluxe $9,500 NA Jul 3rd, 2025 Jul 12th, 2025
m/v Ortelius Superior $10,650 NA Jul 3rd, 2025 Jul 12th, 2025
m/v Ortelius Quadruple Porthole $5,650 NA Jul 3rd, 2025 Jul 12th, 2025
m/v Ortelius Triple Porthole $7,000 NA Jul 3rd, 2025 Jul 12th, 2025
m/v Ortelius Twin Porthole $8,200 NA Jul 3rd, 2025 Jul 12th, 2025
m/v Ortelius Twin Window $8,850 NA Jul 3rd, 2025 Jul 12th, 2025
m/v Ortelius Twin Deluxe $9,500 NA Jul 3rd, 2025 Jul 12th, 2025
m/v Ortelius Superior $10,650 NA Jul 3rd, 2025 Jul 12th, 2025
m/v Plancius Quadruple Porthole $5,400 NA Jul 4th, 2024 Jul 13th, 2024
m/v Plancius Triple Porthole $6,550 NA Jul 4th, 2024 Jul 13th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Porthole $7,700 NA Jul 4th, 2024 Jul 13th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Window $8,300 NA Jul 4th, 2024 Jul 13th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Deluxe $9,000 NA Jul 4th, 2024 Jul 13th, 2024
m/v Plancius Superior $10,000 NA Jul 4th, 2024 Jul 13th, 2024
m/v Plancius Quadruple Porthole $5,400 NA Jul 4th, 2024 Jul 13th, 2024
m/v Plancius Triple Porthole $6,550 NA Jul 4th, 2024 Jul 13th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Porthole $7,700 NA Jul 4th, 2024 Jul 13th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Window $8,300 NA Jul 4th, 2024 Jul 13th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Deluxe $9,000 NA Jul 4th, 2024 Jul 13th, 2024
m/v Plancius Superior $10,000 NA Jul 4th, 2024 Jul 13th, 2024
m/v Hondius Quadruple Porthole $5,650 NA Jul 9th, 2025 Jul 18th, 2025
m/v Hondius Triple Porthole $7,000 NA Jul 9th, 2025 Jul 18th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Porthole $8,200 NA Jul 9th, 2025 Jul 18th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Window $8,850 NA Jul 9th, 2025 Jul 18th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Deluxe $9,500 NA Jul 9th, 2025 Jul 18th, 2025
m/v Hondius Superior $10,650 NA Jul 9th, 2025 Jul 18th, 2025
m/v Hondius Junior Suite $12,150 NA Jul 9th, 2025 Jul 18th, 2025
m/v Hondius Grand Suite with private balcony $13,150 NA Jul 9th, 2025 Jul 18th, 2025
m/v Hondius Quadruple Porthole $5,650 NA Jul 9th, 2025 Jul 18th, 2025
m/v Hondius Triple Porthole $7,000 NA Jul 9th, 2025 Jul 18th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Porthole $8,200 NA Jul 9th, 2025 Jul 18th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Window $8,850 NA Jul 9th, 2025 Jul 18th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Deluxe $9,500 NA Jul 9th, 2025 Jul 18th, 2025
m/v Hondius Superior $10,650 NA Jul 9th, 2025 Jul 18th, 2025
m/v Hondius Junior Suite $12,150 NA Jul 9th, 2025 Jul 18th, 2025
m/v Hondius Grand Suite with private balcony $13,150 NA Jul 9th, 2025 Jul 18th, 2025

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