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Svalbard Expedition Cruise

Journey to the icy edge on our farthest northern expedition

Svalbard translates literally to the ‘cold edge’ in old Norse and it is the perfect place to experience polar bears, pack ice and Arctic history among jagged peaks and glaciated terrain. Travelling in the early part of the season, we will maximise our chances of seeing polar bears on sea ice and experiencing all the wonders of the Arctic. Whether you are a sea kayaker or cruiser, the Svalbard archipelago is a must-visit destination.


For those who prefer lower levels of activity but are still there for the adventure, join our trip in the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy at least two outings per day cruising in zodiacs, exploring a series of wonderful landing sites in a small group and soak up your surrounds ashore. We have an exceptional team of passionate polar experts to help you enjoy and understand the regions wildlife, geology, flora and history onboard with our lecturer or while out adventuring.

Cruise & Kayak

Join our paddling program and experience this polar world in a more active, adventurous way. Using our sturdy base camp, the M/S Quest, we will select the best locations to kayak. We will paddle any time the weather allows and will offer at least one extended day of paddling, starting in one location and having the ship collect us in another destination. Don’t miss this opportunity to paddle amongst the pack ice and under the jagged peaks of Svalbard.

Expert Tuition Photographic Package

From wildlife to landscapes, ice and the ever changing light of the midnight sun, Svalbard is a world class photographic location. For those looking to go above and beyond with their camera skills, add on the photographic package and join the grand master of the lens, Paul Hoelen. Operating within an intimate photography group, Paul will ensure you make the absolute most out of every opportunity. He will offer guidance with equipment choices, settings plus technical and artistic approaches to different types of subject matter. Paul will give practical help on how to familiarise yourself and manage your equipment in an extreme environment. He will help to refine your visual approach before, during and after your voyage to ensure you return with a breadth and depth of imagery you can be proud of for a lifetime.


Easy – Moderate

This trip is suitable for active individuals with a thirst for adventure. The kayaking option suits paddlers with some kayak experience.


2 – 13 July 2025


From USD $8,990.00

*Prices are exclusive of optional activity supplements.

*Final price will depend on cabin chosen.

*Enquire for special offers and package deals.


One night’s hotel accommodation (twin share) in Longyearbyen, transfer from hotel to ship, transfer from ship to airport in Longyearbyen at the end of the trip, ten nights ship accommodation – all public areas are open to passengers, all meals on board ship, a welcome toast and captain’s drinks, zodiac shore excursions from the ship, lectures, videos, slide and film shows, expedition guide services, port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities, medical services – there is a resident doctor and well-equipped clinic on board.


Any flights unless listed in the itinerary, single supplements, visa, passport and vaccination charges, airport departure taxes, hotels and meals not included in the voyage itinerary, optional excursions not included in voyage itinerary, laundry, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone/email charges, tips on board for crew and service personnel, emergency evacuation charges, alcohol unless specified. The kayaking and photography activities are an additional cost.


Arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to our hotel.

DAYs 2-11

Explore Longyearbyen independently before joining your group for lunch. In the afternoon, embark on the expedition ship to sail through Isfjorden, marking the start of our Arctic adventure. Our journey is governed by ice, weather, and wildlife encounters, influencing our daily plans. We aim for daily Zodiac cruises and shore landings, with potential visits to select locations based on these conditions.

DAY 12

Disembark from expedition ship early and begin our journey back home.

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