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Book Incredible Cruises to Antarctica and the Arctic

Feb 01, 2024 - 
Feb 20, 2024
All (sub-)Antarctic highlights in one voyage, with spectacular landing sites on the Falkland Islands and encounters with black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper pinguins. You’ll have the chance to meet at least six different penguin species. You’ll explore the transition fro...
Feb 02, 2024 - 
Feb 21, 2024
All (sub-)Antarctic highlights in one voyage, with spectacular landing sites on the Falkland Islands and encounters with black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper pinguins. You’ll have the chance to meet at least six different penguin species. You’ll explore the transition fro...
Feb 03, 2024 - 
Feb 13, 2024
This Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands cruise delivers you into a landscape of dark rugged rock, pure white snow, and a fantastic variety of wildlife. Come say hello to whales, seals, and thousands of penguins....
Feb 13, 2024 - 
Feb 25, 2024
“Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. We offer “activity modules” which go beyond our normal shore program. The vessel will stay for two or three days at specific locations to serve our active passenge...
Feb 20, 2024 - 
Mar 13, 2024
All (sub-)Antarctic highlights in one voyage, with spectacular landing sites on the Falkland Islands and encounters with black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper pinguins. You’ll have the chance to meet at least six different penguin species. You’ll explore the transition fro...
Feb 25, 2024 - 
Mar 07, 2024
This voyage will take you further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circle. This cruise passes through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance to hike, kayak, and dive in the iceberg-heavy w...
Mar 04, 2024 - 
Mar 16, 2024
“Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. We offer “activity modules” which go beyond our normal shore program. The vessel will stay for two or three days at specific locations to serve our active passenge...
Mar 07, 2024 - 
Mar 21, 2024
This expansive expedition takes you into the Antarctic Circle, combining the rich animal life of the Weddell Sea with the surreal shores and islands of the Antarctic Peninsula. Such key landing sites as the legendary Elephant Island and Crystal Sound make this voyage truly exceptional....
Mar 13, 2024 - 
Mar 28, 2024
This voyage explores a number of historically significant Antarctic areas, such as the very rarely visited Bellingshausen Sea, Marguerite Bay, and Alexander Island. We focus on places discovered by Adrien De Gerlache on his Belgian Antarctic Expedition (1897 – 1899) and Jean-Bapti...
Mar 16, 2024 - 
Mar 29, 2024
This Polar Circle and Antarctic Peninsula cruise will take you further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circe. This expedition cruise passes through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance ...
Mar 21, 2024 - 
Apr 01, 2024
This voyage will take you further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circle. This cruise passes through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance to  dive in the iceberg-heavy waters....
Mar 28, 2024 - 
Apr 20, 2024
The Atlantic Odyssey cruise visits some of the remotest islands in the world, crossing the migratory paths of Arctic Terns, Long-tailed Skuas, other birds, and a variety of whales as they make their annual expeditions north for the breeding season....

North Spitsbergen Explorer – Versatile landscapes, sea ice & wildlife

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 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.

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 you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage.

Day 2-7

This voyage will take you into the pack ice and along the remote shorelines of rugged north Spitsbergen. Places we might visit include the following:

Raudfjord

On the north coast of Spitsbergen, you can enjoy this expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears.

Monaco Glacier

Depending on the weather and sea ice, we could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 5-kilometer-long (3.1 miles) face of Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this precipitous 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 us from sailing here early in the season, we may sail along the west coast of Spitsbergen.

Highlights of Hinlopen

We aim to 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, we may attempt a landing on Nordaustlandet. Here we may see reindeer, pink-footed geese, and walruses. We can take an alternate route if ice prevents entry into Hinlopen.

The Seven Islands

The northernmost point of the voyage may be north of Nordaustlandet, in the Seven Islands. Here we may 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.

Sailing the continental shelf

While retracing our route west, keep watch for polar bears and elusive Greenland (bowhead) whales. About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen, we 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.

Forlandsundet, St. Johns Fjord, or Alkhornet

Walruses sometimes haul out in Forlandsundet. Alternatively, we 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.

Day 8

Even great adventures must eventually come to an end. The vessel arrives back in Longyearbyen in the early morning, and bus transportation to the airport will be provided.

Please Note...

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 $4,300 NA Jun 3rd, 2025 Jun 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Triple Porthole $5,350 NA Jun 3rd, 2025 Jun 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Twin Porthole $5,950 NA Jun 3rd, 2025 Jun 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Twin Window $6,450 NA Jun 3rd, 2025 Jun 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Twin Deluxe $6,800 NA Jun 3rd, 2025 Jun 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Superior $7,750 NA Jun 3rd, 2025 Jun 10th, 2025
m/v Plancius Quadruple Porthole $4,000 NA Jun 6th, 2024 Jun 13th, 2024
m/v Plancius Triple Porthole $5,000 NA Jun 6th, 2024 Jun 13th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Porthole $5,600 NA Jun 6th, 2024 Jun 13th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Window $6,050 NA Jun 6th, 2024 Jun 13th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Deluxe $6,400 NA Jun 6th, 2024 Jun 13th, 2024
m/v Plancius Superior $7,300 NA Jun 6th, 2024 Jun 13th, 2024
m/v Hondius Quadruple Porthole $4,300 NA Jun 9th, 2025 Jun 16th, 2025
m/v Hondius Triple Porthole $5,350 NA Jun 9th, 2025 Jun 16th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Porthole $5,950 NA Jun 9th, 2025 Jun 16th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Window $6,450 NA Jun 9th, 2025 Jun 16th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Deluxe $6,800 NA Jun 9th, 2025 Jun 16th, 2025
m/v Hondius Superior $7,750 NA Jun 9th, 2025 Jun 16th, 2025
m/v Hondius Junior Suite $8,850 NA Jun 9th, 2025 Jun 16th, 2025
m/v Hondius Grand Suite with private balcony $9,550 NA Jun 9th, 2025 Jun 16th, 2025
m/v Plancius Quadruple Porthole $4,000 NA Jun 13th, 2024 Jun 20th, 2024
m/v Plancius Triple Porthole $5,000 NA Jun 13th, 2024 Jun 20th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Porthole $5,600 NA Jun 13th, 2024 Jun 20th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Window $6,050 NA Jun 13th, 2024 Jun 20th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Deluxe $6,400 NA Jun 13th, 2024 Jun 20th, 2024
m/v Plancius Superior $7,300 NA Jun 13th, 2024 Jun 20th, 2024
m/v Hondius Quadruple Porthole $4,300 NA Jun 23rd, 2025 Jun 30th, 2025
m/v Hondius Triple Porthole $5,350 NA Jun 23rd, 2025 Jun 30th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Porthole $5,950 NA Jun 23rd, 2025 Jun 30th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Window $6,450 NA Jun 23rd, 2025 Jun 30th, 2025
m/v Hondius Twin Deluxe $6,800 NA Jun 23rd, 2025 Jun 30th, 2025
m/v Hondius Superior $7,750 NA Jun 23rd, 2025 Jun 30th, 2025
m/v Hondius Junior Suite $8,850 NA Jun 23rd, 2025 Jun 30th, 2025
m/v Hondius Grand Suite with private balcony $9,550 NA Jun 23rd, 2025 Jun 30th, 2025
m/v Plancius Quadruple Porthole $4,300 NA Jun 24th, 2025 Jul 1st, 2025
m/v Plancius Triple Porthole $5,350 NA Jun 24th, 2025 Jul 1st, 2025
m/v Plancius Twin Porthole $5,950 NA Jun 24th, 2025 Jul 1st, 2025
m/v Plancius Twin Window $6,450 NA Jun 24th, 2025 Jul 1st, 2025
m/v Plancius Twin Deluxe $6,800 NA Jun 24th, 2025 Jul 1st, 2025
m/v Plancius Superior $7,750 NA Jun 24th, 2025 Jul 1st, 2025
m/v Plancius Quadruple Porthole $4,000 NA Jun 27th, 2024 Jul 4th, 2024
m/v Plancius Triple Porthole $5,000 NA Jun 27th, 2024 Jul 4th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Porthole $5,600 NA Jun 27th, 2024 Jul 4th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Window $6,050 NA Jun 27th, 2024 Jul 4th, 2024
m/v Plancius Twin Deluxe $6,400 NA Jun 27th, 2024 Jul 4th, 2024
m/v Plancius Superior $7,300 NA Jun 27th, 2024 Jul 4th, 2024

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