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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 amongst 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 wonder 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 aboard the polar pioneer in the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy at least two outings per day to cruise in zodiacs, explore a series of wonderful landing sites amongst 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 Polar Pioneer, we will select the best locations to take our kayaks on the water. 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 Spitzbergen.

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 photography, add the photographic package and join Grand Master of photography Paul Hoelen in an intimate photographically focussed group. Paul will ensure you make the absolute most out of every opportunity photographically. He will be offering daily guidance with equipment choices and settings, technical and artistic approaches to different types of subject matter while helping to familiarise yourself with and manage your equipment in an extreme environment. He will help to refine your visual approach both 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.


2024 dates TBC. Get in touch to stay updated.


From US$7005.00 per person

*Prices above are exclusive of optional activity supplements.

*Final price will depend on cabin chosen.


Hotel accommodation (twin share) in Longyearbyen, Transfer from hotel to ship, Transfer from ship to airport in Longyearbyen at the end of the trip, Eight nights ship accommodation – all public areas are open to all passengers, All meals on board ship, A welcome toast and captains drinks, All shore excursions from the ship including Zodiacs, 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, The price comprises the trip cost plus a surcharge if you choose the kayaking option. This surcharge covers use of a drysuit, all your paddling and kayak equipment and the services of a professional polar sea kayak guide, Tips on board for crew and service personnel


Any flights unless listed in the itinerary, Single supplements, Visa, passport and vaccination charges and 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, Emergency evacuation charges, Alcohol unless specified

Day 1

Overnight in a group hotel, Longyearbyen.

Day 2

Embark Polar Pioneer at 4pm.

Days 3-9

Explore Svalbard archipelago.

Day 10

Disembark Polar Pioneer, Longyearbyen at 9am.

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