Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

Search for birdlife, Arctic foxes and the mighty polar bear on this 10-day expedition cruise around Spitsbergen.

Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

This 10-day cruise will see you circumnavigate the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard Archipelago. Travelling north from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s de facto capital, you’ll journey through the Krossfjorden and to the Seven Islands, in northernmost Svalbard, before returning to Longyearbyen via Barents Island. Along the way, you can hope to see fascinating wildlife and stunningly beautiful ice floes.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Set sail from Longyearbyen

    You will be met on arrival at Longyearbyen Airport and transferred to the ship (if overnighting in Longyearbyen prior to your cruise, we will arrange for you to be collected from your hotel/lodge).

  2. Day 2: Glacier cruise and birdwatching

    You arrive this morning at Krossfjorden, where you have your first excursion aboard a zodiac, allowing you to get up close to the starkly beautiful Fourteenth of July Glacier.

  3. Day 3: Monaco Glacier

    Setting sail once more, your cruise continues through Liefdefjorden and alongside the long and impressive Monaco Glacier.

  4. Day 4-5: Polar bear spotting

    Your voyage arrives at the Seven Islands on day 4. 81 degrees north and approx. 540 miles from the geographic North Pole, this is the northernmost region of Svalbard that you will visit during your cruise.

  5. Day 6: Hinlopen Strait

    Today you begin the journey south into the Hinlopen Strait and along the eastern coast of Spitsbergen. Here you have a good chance of seeing ringed and bearded seals, and on very rare occasions blue whales are also sighted in these waters.

  6. Day 7: Barents Island

    The plan for today may vary depending on the movements of the wildlife. Typically, the day will see you sail into the sound of Freemansundet and stop on the shores of Barents Island.

  7. Day 8: Hornsund

    Spitsbergen’s most southerly fjord, Hornsund, is also often described as its most beautiful, and with good reason!

  8. Day 9: Bellsund

    Today you arrive at the Sound of Bell, or Bellsund, entrance to Van Keulenfjorden and Van Mijenfjord. Bellsund was one of the first fjords in Spitsbergen to be used by whalers, a haunting reminder of which can be seen in the form of piles of whale bones at the mouth of Van Keulenfjorden.

  9. Day 10: Arrive Longyearbyen

    Your voyage disembarks in Longyearbyen this morning. A bus transfer will be arranged from the pier to the airport or to your hotel in Longyearbyen if overnighting in town.

Price guide

Rates start from £3,445 per person in a shared twin cabin (triple cabins from £4,295pp; twin from £5,029pp). Please see available departure dates below. For more information, including availability and details of current special offers, please contact us.
Pricing

10 days from £3445pp

  • Date: 24/06/2020 - 03/07/2020

    Pricing: 10 days from £3,590pp

    Quoted price is per person in a quad cabin on board the the m/v Hondius. Triple cabin rates start from £4,465pp; twin from £5,330pp. Please contact us for current availability.

  • Date: 26/06/2020 - 05/07/2020

    Pricing: 10 days from £3,590pp

    Quoted price is per person in a quad cabin on board the the m/v Ortelius. Triple cabin rates start from £4,465pp; twin from £5,330pp. Please contact us for current availability.

  • Date: 01/07/2020 - 10/07/2020

    Pricing: 10 days from £3,590pp

    Quoted price is per person in a quad cabin on board the the m/v Plancius. Triple cabin rates start from £4,465pp; twin from £5,330pp. Please contact us for current availability.

  • Date: 05/07/2020 - 14/07/2020

    Pricing: 10 days from £3,590pp

    Quoted price is per person in a quad cabin on board the the m/v Ortelius. Triple cabin rates start from £4,465pp; twin from £5,330pp. Please contact us for current availability.

  • Date: 14/07/2020 - 23/07/2020

    Pricing: 10 days from £3,590pp

    Quoted price is per person in a quad cabin on board the the m/v Ortelius. Triple cabin rates start from £4,465pp; twin from £5,330pp. Please contact us for current availability.

  • Date: 19/07/2020 - 28/07/2020

    Pricing: 10 days from £3,590pp

    Quoted price is per person in a quad cabin on board the the m/v Plancius. Triple cabin rates start from £4,465pp; twin from £5,330pp. Please contact us for current availability.

  • Date: 02/08/2020 - 11/08/2020

    Pricing: 10 days from £3,590pp

    Quoted price is per person in a quad cabin on board the the m/v Hondius. Triple cabin rates start from £4,465pp; twin from £5,330pp. Please contact us for current availability.

  • Date: 15/08/2020 - 24/08/2020

    Pricing: 10 days from £3,590pp

    Quoted price is per person in a quad cabin on board the the m/v Plancius. Triple cabin rates start from £4,465pp; twin from £5,330pp. Please contact us for current availability.

Pricing

10 days from £3445pp

Corporate Group Adventure in Arctic Circle

Sarah-our G&M representative-accompanied us throughout the trip and the assistance she provided was impeccable

Corporate Group Adventure in Arctic Circle

Small Group Safari (Tanzania)

Just wanted to let you know personally that we had a truly memorable trip.

Stephen and Junko