North Spitsbergen Arctic Wildlife Cruise

Svalbard, Norway

North Spitsbergen Arctic Wildlife Cruise

Sailing along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen will provide you with wonderful opportunities to spot the King of the Arctic. During this 8 day cruise you will sail to Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favoured by winged and bearded seal. The cliffs and shoreline of the fjord also support thriving seabird colonies and surprisingly rich vegetation, which flourishes in sheltered spots.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Set sail from Longyearbyen

    Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Svalbard archipelago.

  2. Day 2: Raudfjord

    We sail to Raudfjord, just off the coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favoured by ringed and bearded seal.

  3. Day 3: Liefdefjorden

    Weather-permitting, we sail to the mouth of Liefdefjorden and go ashore for a walk on the tundra island of Andøya. Many Common Eider and Pink-footed Goose nest here, and the rarer King Eider may also be seen.

  4. Day 4: Hinlopen Strait

    Today we sail into the Hinlopen Strait, where we have a chance of spotting a Blue Whale. We’ll navigate the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in our zodiacs and explore the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet, dotted with thousands of Brünnich’s Guillemot.

  5. Day 5: Seven Islands

    We continue to Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands – 81 degrees north and just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole.

  6. Day 6: Retracing our route Westwards

    Retracing our route westwards, we journey through and alongside the pack ice, all the while keeping watch for Polar Bears and the elusive Greenland Whale (bowhead).

  7. Day 7: Forlandsundet

    Our next stop is Forlandsundet, which separates Prins Karls Forland, where Dutch navigator William Barentsz is believed to have set foot on Spitsbergen for the first time, and Svalbard. Here seabirds nest on the cliffs, and along the coast we will almost certainly see harbour seal (the only population of them found in Spitsbergen). Forlandsundet is also a haul-out place for the walrus colony.

  8. Day 8: Disembark in Longyearbyen

    Disembark in Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Spitsbergen.

Price guide

See dates chart below for available departures. For more details, including prices for triple or twin cabins and information on special offers, please contact us.

8 days from £2850pp


    8 days from £2850pp

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