Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife of Svalbard

Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife of Svalbard

9 Days / 8 Nights • Cruise Adventure

US $5,795 per person (based on triple)

Jun 1 – Jun 9, 2019

Jun 9 – Jun 17, 2019


  • 8 nights on board Ocean Adventurer
  • All meals onboard the vessel (incl non-alcoholic drinks such as coffee, tea, water)
  • Expedition leaders, daily lectures and discussions
  • Daily excursions via Zodiac
  • NEW! Charter airfare INCLUDED on select departures (see below)


  • See and photograph arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and reindeer
  • Enjoy the opportunities continuous daylight allows
  • Get off the ship to hike the tundra and the polar desert
  • Explore glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more – all from the comfort of a Zodiac
  • Take an optional kayaking adventure and experience the Arctic up-close!

Day 1 - Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Norway

Your Spitsbergen adventure begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island’s largest settlement. As you embark, you’ll enjoy great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this seaside village.

Days 2 to 8 - Exploring Spitsbergen

You’ll cruise around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife.

Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so there is no fixed itinerary; however, we do have some favorite destinations, including the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Hornsund being one of their preferred hunting areas, and the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet providing many free bird egg meals for both them and the arctic fox.

Poolepynton is great for walrus viewing and photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget. These lumbering giants of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

If you’re itching for a more personal and intimate view of the arctic scenery, then taking an optional kayaking excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen is highly recommended. Smeerenburg is a great place for an optional snowshoeing excursion, if conditions permit. You can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site honors the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme arctic conditions.

There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species, a polar bear on the hunt, or a century-old abandoned hut.

Day 9 — Depart Longyearbyen

The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Ocean Adventurer

This ship, with its ice-strengthened hull, has long been taking passengers to the polar regions. Well-known and loved by many (including us!), she was known as the Sea Adventurer in a previous life. But now she will now be barely recognizable to anyone who has been on board in earlier years. In 2017 the Ocean Adventurer underwent a massive renovation, to excellent effect.

Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife of Svalbard

Jun 1 – Jun 9, 2019

This departure includes free round-trip charter flight from/to Olso (OSL) to/from Longyearbyen (LYR), valued at $800 USD.

Jun 9 – Jun 17, 2019

This departure includes a free one-way charter flight from Olso (OSL) to Longyearbyen (LYR), valued at $400 USD.

Triple Cabin:

A Triple Cabin has two lower berths and one upper berth, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Triple (3 berths): $US 17,385
Share (1 berth): $US 5,795 

Lower Deck Twin:
A Lower Deck Twin cabin has two lowerberths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Single (1 berth): $US 12,402 
Double (2 berths): $US 14,590 

Share (1 berth): $US 7,295 

Main Deck Twin Window

A Main Deck Twin Window cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.

Single (1 berth): $US 15,122
Double (2 berths): $US 17,790
Share (1 berth): $US 7,895 
Superior **
A Superior cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Single (1 berth): $US 19,590
Double (2 berths): $US 19,590
Deluxe **
A Deluxe Cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.

Single (1 berth): $US 21,790
Double (2 berths):$US 21,790 

Suite **

A Suite has a double bed, windows with exterior views, private facilities. Cabin 403 has a bathtub; other Suites have showers.

Single (1 berth): $US 23,990
Double (2 berths):$US 23,990

Owner’s Suite **
An Owner’s Suite has a double bed and private sitting room. One features a large panoramic window facing aft, and the other two suites face port and starboard.

Single (1 berth): $US 26,590
Double (2 berths):$US 26,590

Expedition Cruising relies on many factors such as weather, water and ice conditions. Therefore, while the captain and crew make every possible effort to follow the posted itinerary, there are sometimes necessary changes made for the safety and enjoyment of the passengers on board. This is the nature of expedition cruising.

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Helen Hewetson

Price is per person based on three people sharing a triple cabin. Other cabin types: please inquire. Proof of insurance is mandatory; if you need to purchase trip cancellation or health insurance please inquire. For full Booking Conditions, please see Tour is operated by The Travel Society, Inc., 174 Spadina Ave., Suite 404, Toronto, ON, M5T 2C2, Canada; 1 (877) 926 2500; TICO Registration #1280649