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11 days Longyearbyen, Svalbard Archipelago, Spitsbergen

With selected voyages during July’s polar summer, depart from the port of Longyearbyen on the remote island of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Norwegian archipelago, Svalbard. This collection of nine main islands is north of mainland Europe in the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean.

In one of the leading and most advanced ice strengthened ships to grace polar climes, you will explore both the islands and the many inlets, fjords and pack ice around this fascinating region.

Keep a look out for breaching whales, teeming seabird colonies, curious arctic foxes and of course the king of the region- the polar bear. An expert team will accompany you and a series of lectures will educate on the region along with a specialist photographic guide to assist everyone, from very beginners to seasoned professionals.

What's included:

  • Cruise ship accommodation (full board)
  • Tea, coffee and snacks
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac trips
  • Rubber boats and snowshoes to borrow
  • All necessary transfers
  • All necessary taxes and fees
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks during dinner

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen

Day 1 – Arrival in Longyearbyen and explore
Day 1 – Arrival in Longyearbyen and explore Listing Image

Upon arrival into this remote town you will be met by a member of the local team and enjoy a tour of Longyearbyen. Visit Camp Barentz in the stunning Advent Valley and meet some local huskies, who play such an important role in this environment. Before embarking your ship, the Greg Mortimer, visit Longyearbyen museum and then settle into your cabin ahead of compulsory briefings this evening and a chance to meet your expedition team.

In the evening the ship departs the port and the journey commences, it is certainly worth finding a spot on the observation deck to glimpse fulmars, ivory gulls, kittiwakes and the occasional puffins escorting you from the harbour.

Days 2-10: Svalbard Archipelago

Day 2-10 Explore the Svalbard Archipelago
Day 2-10 Explore the Svalbard Archipelago  Listing Image

The exact itinerary and routing of the ship will depend on the local weather and ice conditions as well as the wildlife sightings that you encounter enroute and this will be communicated to you by the experienced expedition team during your trip.

The aim is to explore as much of the archipelago as possible from the majestic mountain ranges and windswept tundra to the impressive glaciers and sparkling fjords. As it is during the polar summer there is 24 hours daylight and the crew are always on watch for wildlife sightings, of course everyone wants to see a polar bear, but you also might encounter walruses, seals, whales, reindeer and many specialist seabirds who survive in this region.

As well as the standard activities included in the trip such as walking on the islands, zodiac trips, wildlife watching from deck, photography, educational lectures and for those brave enough the polar plunge, it is also possible to book a place as a kayaker, diver or snorkeller.

Day 11: Departure

Day 11- Disembark and optional tour of Longyearbyen
Day 11- Disembark and optional tour of Longyearbyen Listing Image

The ship will cruise back into Longyearbyen arriving in the early morning and it is not recommended to book a flight home before 12:00 in case of any delays. A transfer is included from the cruise to the airport. For those with a later flight there is an option half day bus tour to take in the sights of Longyearbyen before heading to the airport.

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Why Wayfairer

The ship undertaking this voyage is one of the most advanced vessels in its class and it has been designed with a number of features to limit its impact on the environment. Firstly, it has one of the lowest polluting marine engines in the world, reducing emissions by 80% compared to traditional, tier 1 engines. Secondly, rather than a traditional anchor, which can negatively impact the sea floor, the ship has a virtual anchoring system using a combination of GPS, steering, propellers and thrusters to keep the boat fixed.

Why Wayfairer Svalbard In-Depth

Call us on +44 117 313 3300 to start planning your holiday, we’re looking forward to hearing from you