Arctic Spring is an ideal time to visit Spitsbergen; the light is beautiful, and nature returns to life in all its glory. Explore Svalbard with the experts on an expedition cruise designed to show you the very best of this Arctic paradise under the Midnight Sun, as we discover the realm of the mighty polar bear.
From 59º N to 78º N
Before your evening flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, spend the day in the museums, parks and cafes of the Norwegian capital. When you arrive in Svalbard, you will discover an entirely different world: a tiny town perched on the edge of the vast Arctic tundra.
On arrival, we transfer you to your hotel for an overnight.
The Norwegian Stronghold in the High Arctic
Join an exciting excursion after lunch to get to know this frontier town. The mighty Arctic wilderness dominates life here, but Longyearbyen maintains a lively cultural life, and is considered a prime destination for adventure travelers from around the world. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this colourful outpost before boarding your ship, MS Spitsbergen.
Amazing Fjords with Fascinating History
Spitsbergen´s North West Corner is scattered with rugged islands, beautiful fjords and isolated beaches.
This is true wilderness, so the Captain will work with the elements to create the best itinerary for your expedition cruise.
We hope to visit Kongsfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations. Another possibility is Ny-Ålesund, an international centre for research, that hosts a picturesque mix of old and new buildings.
Perhaps we will call on the Magdalenafjorden and Gravneset areas, where the hardy may have a chance to swim and earn a rare Arctic swimming certificate. Wherever we explore, the Expedition Team will offer great chances to join in landings, ice-cruising and more.
We explore the Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard to take in immense valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago. Scan for the rich population of Svalbard reindeer here.
End of the Expedition
As we arrive back in Longyearbyen after our far north exploration, enjoy the stunning scenery of the icescape that lies just a few hundred miles from the Geographic North Pole. Transfer to the airport for your night flight. Arrival early in the morning in Oslo.