Intro to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife of Svalbard

This fascinating expedition provides a taste of everything Spitsbergen has to offer, starting with its largest settlement, Longyearbyen. The largest island of the Svalbard archipelago is known as the “wildlife capital of the Arctic,” and on this stirring voyage, we show you why. Geared toward optimum wildlife viewing, this 10-day expedition provides ample opportunities to witness walrus, reindeer, and that most iconic of Arctic denizens, the polar bear, in their natural habitat, while marveling at the surreal experience of continuous daylight. Explore the unique Arctic landscape, hike the vast and colorful tundra, learn about the history and geology of this remote wilderness, and join us on a gripping excursion to a faraway, unforgettable land. This exciting introductory journey to the remote Norwegian island, renowned for its stunning scenery and abundant, varied wildlife, is now available on two ships, each providing a distinct polar experience. Ultramarine, our new, game-changing polar vessel, can take you to remote destinations no other ships can reach. Aboard Ultramarine, explore Spitsbergen in brand new ways—taking advantage of the 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ship its size—to create the Arctic experience perfect for you. Ocean Adventurer, a passenger favorite, is much loved for its intimate onboard ambience that enables guests to connect with other travelers and members of the expedition team.

Itineraries

Arrive in Oslo, Norway

Day 1

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

Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Embark

Day 2

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.

Exploring Spitsbergen

Days 3 to 9

You’ll cruise around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so there is no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. The island offers multiple opportunities for wildlife photography. Since most of Svalbard’s Arctic ecosystem is uninhabited and well-protected, this remote archipelago is one of the world’s best places to spot polar bears against stunning natural backdrops of mountains and ice. The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres). Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline. If you’re itching to experience a more intimate view from the water, you can book the sea kayaking or paddling excursion adventure options. In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something interesting, whether it is an ever-changing gallery of spectacular icebergs, a polar bear resting between hunts, or abandoned historical site from centuries ago.

Disembark in Longyearbyen and Fly to Oslo

Day 10

The time to say goodbye to your Expedition Team and shipmates has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the historic frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo, included in the transfer package.

Route Map

Trip Sailings

Ship Name Departs on Cabin Name Cabin Description Price Per Person Promo Price Per Person Mandatory Transfer Price
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Triple Triple (3 berths) $6,495 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Triple Share, Male (1 berth) $6,495 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Triple Share, Female (1 berth) $6,495 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Double (2 berths) $8,395 $7,136 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Single (1 berth) $14,272 $12,131 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Share, Male (1 berth) $8,395 $7,136 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Share, Female (1 berth) $8,395 $7,136 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Single (1 berth) $15,292 $12,998 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Double (2 berths) $8,995 $7,646 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Share, Male (1 berth) $8,995 $7,646 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Share, Female (1 berth) $8,995 $7,646 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Single (1 berth) $16,142 $13,721 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Double (2 berths) $9,995 $8,496 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Share, Male (1 berth) $9,995 $8,496 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Share, Female (1 berth) $9,995 $8,496 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Superior Single (1 berth) $22,190 $17,752 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Superior Double (2 berths) $11,095 $8,876 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Deluxe Single (1 berth) $22,190 $17,752 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Deluxe Double (2 berths) $11,095 $8,876 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Suite Single (1 berth) $27,390 $21,912 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Suite Double (2 berths) $13,695 $10,956 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Owner's Suite Single (1 berth) $29,390 $23,512 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 3, 2022 Owner's Suite Double (2 berths) $14,695 $11,756 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Triple Triple (3 berths) $6,495 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Triple Share, Male (1 berth) $6,495 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Triple Share, Female (1 berth) $6,495 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Double (2 berths) $8,395 $7,136 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Single (1 berth) $14,272 $12,131 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Share, Male (1 berth) $8,395 $7,136 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Share, Female (1 berth) $8,395 $7,136 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Double (2 berths) $8,995 $7,646 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Single (1 berth) $15,292 $12,998 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Share, Male (1 berth) $8,995 $7,646 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Share, Female (1 berth) $8,995 $7,646 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Double (2 berths) $9,995 $8,496 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Single (1 berth) $16,142 $13,721 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Share, Male (1 berth) $9,995 $8,496 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Share, Female (1 berth) $9,995 $8,496 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Superior Single (1 berth) $22,190 $17,752 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Superior Double (2 berths) $11,095 $8,876 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Deluxe Single (1 berth) $22,190 $17,752 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Deluxe Double (2 berths) $11,095 $8,876 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Suite Single (1 berth) $27,390 $21,912 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Suite Double (2 berths) $13,695 $10,956 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Owner's Suite Single (1 berth) $27,990 $22,392 $995
Ocean Adventurer June 11, 2022 Owner's Suite Double (2 berths) $14,695 $11,756 $995

Arrive in Helsinki, Finland

Day 1

Your Arctic adventure begins in Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary architecture and intriguing mix of eastern and western influences. If you arrive early, explore the many museums, galleries and restaurants, relax at a Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at your included hotel.

Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Embark

Day 2

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 frigid waters.

Exploring Spitsbergen

Days 3 to 9

You’ll cruise around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so there is no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. The island offers multiple opportunities for wildlife photography. Since most of Svalbard’s Arctic ecosystem is uninhabited and well-protected, this remote archipelago is one of the world’s best places to spot polar bears against stunning natural backdrops of mountains and ice. The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres). Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline. If you’re itching to experience a more intimate view from the water, you can book the sea kayaking or paddling excursion adventure options. In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something interesting, whether it is an everchanging gallery of spectacular icebergs, a polar bear resting between hunts, or an abandoned historical site from centuries ago.

Disembark in Longyearbyen and Fly to Helsinki

Day 10

The time to say goodbye to your Expedition Team and shipmates has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the historic frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Helsinki, included in the transfer package.

Route Map

Trip Sailings

Ship Name Departs on Cabin Name Cabin Description Price Per Person Promo Price Per Person Mandatory Transfer Price