Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

The largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, Spitsbergen is known as the “wildlife capital of the Arctic,” and on this unforgettable 12-day voyage, you will discover why. Building on our Spitsbergen Highlights and Intro to Spitsbergen itineraries, this longer journey has been designed to maximize time on the west and northern/southern tips of the island, providing you optimal chances to witness the remarkable array of creatures who call this spectacular yet forbidding environment home—including whales, walruses, Svalbard reindeer, seabirds by the thousands, and that most iconic of Arctic residents, the polar bear. In addition to giving you opportunities to observe this unique parade of wildlife, the longer itinerary also allows you more time to explore the vast tundra, appreciate the natural beauty of the surprisingly colorful Arctic wilderness, and benefit from our range of on-board lectures and educational programs. Come aboard with the most knowledgeable, experienced and passionate team in the industry for an extraordinary High Arctic adventure.

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, 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, a true frontier town, 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 11

Explore western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. As you cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, your Expedition Team will constantly be searching for animals. Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so we have no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsøya, Alkhornet 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 Svalbard’s legendary wildlife habitat is well-protected and almost entirely uninhabited, it’s one of the world’s best places to spot polar bears in their natural landscapes of ice, Arctic deserts and mountain scenery. 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 prebook 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 an abandoned historical site from centuries ago.

Disembark in Longyearbyen and Fly to Oslo

Day 12

The time to say goodbye has come. Your Arctic adventure ends as it began, in the 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
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Owner's Suite Double (2 berths) $23,695 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Owner's Suite Single (1 berth) $47,390 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Explorer Triple Triple (3 berths) $9,495 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Explorer Triple Share, Male (1 berth) $9,495 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Explorer Triple Share, Female (1 berth) $9,495 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Explorer Suite Double (2 berths) $13,195 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Explorer Suite Single (1 berth) $22,432 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Explorer Suite Share, Male (1 berth) $13,195 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Explorer Suite Share, Female (1 berth) $13,195 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Solo Panorama Single (1 berth) $14,195 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Balcony Suite Double (2 berths) $14,695 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Balcony Suite Single (1 berth) $24,982 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Balcony Suite Share, Male (1 berth) $14,695 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Balcony Suite Share, Female (1 berth) $14,695 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Deluxe Balcony Suite Single (1 berth) $34,790 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Deluxe Balcony Suite Double (2 berths) $17,395 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Terrace Suite Single (1 berth) $35,790 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Terrace Suite Double (2 berths) $17,895 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Penthouse Suite Single (1 berth) $37,190 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Penthouse Suite Double (2 berths) $18,595 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Ultra Suite Single (1 berth) $52,590 None $995
Ultramarine May 31, 2022 Ultra Suite Double (2 berths) $26,295 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Triple Triple (3 berths) $8,495 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Triple Share, Male (1 berth) $8,495 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Triple Share, Female (1 berth) $8,495 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Single (1 berth) $16,992 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Double (2 berths) $9,995 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Share, Male (1 berth) $9,995 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Share, Female (1 berth) $9,995 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Double (2 berths) $11,095 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Single (1 berth) $18,862 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Share, Male (1 berth) $11,095 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Share, Female (1 berth) $11,095 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Double (2 berths) $12,595 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Single (1 berth) $21,412 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Share, Male (1 berth) $12,595 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Share, Female (1 berth) $12,595 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Superior Double (2 berths) $13,695 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Superior Single (1 berth) $27,390 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Deluxe Single (1 berth) $27,390 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Deluxe Double (2 berths) $13,695 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Suite Double (2 berths) $17,395 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Suite Single (1 berth) $34,790 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Owner's Suite Double (2 berths) $18,395 None $995
Ocean Adventurer June 19, 2022 Owner's Suite Single (1 berth) $36,790 None $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, a true frontier town, 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 11

Explore western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. As you cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, your Expedition Team will constantly be searching for animals. Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so we have no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we mayvisit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsøya, Alkhornet 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 Svalbard’s legendary wildlife habitat is well-protected and almost entirely uninhabited, it’s one of the world’s best places to spot polar bears in their natural landscapes of ice, Arctic deserts and mountain scenery. 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 prebook 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 an abandoned historical site from centuries ago.

Disembark in Longyearbyen and Fly to Helsinki

Day 12

The time to say goodbye has come. Your Arctic adventure ends as it began, in the 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