A ship floats inside a quiet bay along the Arctic Svalbard coast surrounded by a jagged mountain range covered in of snow.
Svalbard reindeer with brown back fur and white belly and long brown antlers stand in a grassy field against purple mountain range.
A luxury ship colored white and silver with a red stripe float in ice covered water in front of snowy mountain range in Svalbard
3 black Zodiac boats with polar travelers in red jackets, cruise among ice chunks beside snow-covered hills on a sunny day.
2 big walrus with dark skin embrace halfway out of the icy water on a sunny day, seen during a luxury ponant Spitsbergen cruise.
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen Cruise

Cruise along Spitsbergen’s west coast on a comfortable and upscale expedition ship for 8 or 11 days. Cruise to the heart of the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, in the company of specialist teams, to discover the exceptional flora and fauna that lives in these extreme conditions where temperatures reach -86°F in winter.

On the main 8-day Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen itinerary, discover Hornsund, one of Spitsbergen’s most beautiful fjords, which boasts an impressive glacier front, as well as Bellsund, whose lush valleys are sure to delight. Explore Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park, following the footsteps of the former whalers who once settled in the sites that are now home to the graves of many sailors and are frequented by various species of cetaceans. Experience the world’s northernmost small town, Ny-Alesund, an international research base and former mining city that once was the departure point for many expeditions to the North Pole. Finally, reach the sumptuous Kongsfjorden glaciers and the last islands before the North Pole. During this unforgettable expedition, sail to latitudes of 80° north. Watch for walruses and polar bear along the way.

The 8-day Cruising Arctic Norway: Glaciers, Ice Floes & Polar Bears – With Smithsonian Journeys itinerary follows the same route as the main 8-day itinerary. This itinerary is tailored for English-speaking travelers who want to engage with the world. These voyages uniquely include transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world-class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the local environment and culture. Look for the themed icon in the Rates and Dates table below.

An alternative 11-day Pristine Spitsbergen itinerary follows a similar route, uniquely visiting the southern portion of Spitsbergen, Sor-Spitsbergen National Park, as well as sailing close to Bjornoya (Bear Island) en route to disembark in Tromso, Norway. Sor-Spitsbergen National Park offers some of the island’s most beautiful fjords, like the Hornsund with its impressive glacier front. Bjornoya (Bear Island) is a refuge for many birds, in the western part of the Barents Sea.

Two sister ships cruise the icy waters of the Arctic on this once-in-a-lifetime expedition: L’Austral and Le Boreal. Travel in style aboard these 264-guest, luxury French expedition ships that offer refined and attentive service, a plethora of onboard activities and unrivaled elegance. Appreciate understated sophistication, an international feel and top-notch guides aboard these ships on their Svalbard cruises.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruises and Arctic expedition trips.



Itinerary

Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen Itinerary

The 8-day Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen voyage cruises round-trip from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, bookended by charter flights connecting to Paris, France.

Route map of Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen Arctic voyage round-trip from Longyearbyen, Svalbard with bookend flights connecting to Paris, France.
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Day 1
Fly From Paris, France to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen & Embark

Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to -86°F, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see and the untouched nature provide the feeling of being in completely unexplored territory.

Accommodations

L'Austral, Le Boreal

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Hornsund

Nestling between millennial glaciers and carved mountains, and considered to be the crown of Arctic Norway, Spitsbergen is a place that never sees the night. Cruise close to this fascinating archipelago and, more particularly, the Hornsund fjord. Considered to be Svalbard’s southernmost fjord, it is especially reputed to be its most stunning: at the end of its vast bay, eight great glaciers slowly make their way down to the sea before giving way to the many icebergs elegantly drifting along its cold and mysterious waters.

Accommodations

L'Austral, Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Bellsund

Head to the Bellsund fjord to follow in the footsteps of the first explorers who came from the Norwegian coast, or those of the many fur traders seeking game and trophies. Boasting an astonishingly rich wildlife, the arms of the fjord separate to form two lush valleys. Give free rein to the imagination in the heart of this majestic natural environment where time seems to stand still.

Accommodations

L'Austral, Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Sailing Toward The Ice Floes

The captain will sail right up to the limit of the ice, to the edge of the ice floe. Weather conditions and state of the ice allowing, go out in a Zodiac dinghy for a unique experience in the middle of these floating slabs of ice. In addition to this grandiose journey through the middle of these floes with their cut and blue-tinged edges, sometimes over 6.5 feet thick, it is also often an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe: birds, seals and polar bears.

Accommodations

L'Austral, Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Makeoyane & Monaco Glacier

Måkeøyane is a small archipelago in the heart of the Woodfjorden, whose names is a reference to the large quantities of driftwood washing up on the beaches. It is located at the intersection between the Bockfjorden and the Liefdefjorden which leads to the Monaco Glacier, one of the most beautiful in Spitsbergen. Sail around these little islands to observe arctic terns whose eggs sometimes attract polar bears.

Located to the Northwest of the Svalbard archipelago, the Monaco Glacier is probably one of Spitsbergen’s most beautiful and majestic. Named in honor of Prince Albert I of Monaco, a sailor, it stands as an impenetrable, blue-tinged jagged wall, the last glacier before reaching a latitude of 80° North. Imagine the sound of the ice cracking as it breaks free and crashes into the transparent water. And to make the magical landscape even more perfect, possibly spot bears and whales, as these two animals have a special fondness for this area.

Accommodations

L'Austral, Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Raudfjorden & Smeerenburg

Raudfjorden means red fjord, from the color of the sandstone of the surrounding mountains. Along the west coast of this 12.5-mile fjord dissected by many shallow bays, admire some of Spitsbergen’s most spectacular ice formations. At the extremity of the fjord, two offshoots lead to the magnificent glaciers of Chauveaubreen and Raudfjordbreen which is roughly two miles wide. To the east, Alicehamna Beach in Bruceneset Bay has seen trappers, fishermen and explorers arrive for centuries, as evidenced by the Raudfjordhyttathe cabin of a Swedish trapper built in 1927.

Located at the far northwest of the Svalbard archipelago, at the intersection of oceanic and Arctic influences, Smeerenburg is a former Dutch whaling colony on the southern part of Amsterdam Island. In a landscape of hills with steep slopes, plateaus, lakes and lagoons, anchor at a sandy beach. Dotted with driftwood and the remains of ovens that were used to melt the whale blubber, this is one of Spitsbergen’s most important archaeological sites. At the height of the whaling activity, 200 men worked here and several are buried here.

Accommodations

L'Austral, Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Ny-Alesund & Kongsfjorden (King Bay)

Discover Ny-Ålesund, a former mining town that has been transformed into a scientific base. Founded in 1916, this small town was the departure point for many Arctic expeditions, including those of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen. Don’t miss a visit to the museum and its famous post office, considered to be the most northerly in the world!

Very close to the former mining town of Ny-Ålesund, set off to discover Kings Bay. Sail in one of the most beautiful fjords in Svalbard: Kongsfjorden (the fjord of the King), a gateway to grandiose landscapes. Here, the snowcapped mountains are reflected in the water where superb icebergs try to outdo each other in their beauty, a delight for photographers. Seals, reindeer, barnacle geese and black guillemots frequent these places that have a unique atmosphere. Upon arriving at the end of the fjord, admire the Kongsbreen (glacier of the King) and its three characteristic rocky points which take their names from three Scandinavian countries: Svea (Sweden), Dana (Denmark) and Nora (Norway).

Accommodations

L'Austral, Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Fly to Paris, France & Depart

Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to -86°F, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see and the untouched nature provide the feeling of being in completely unexplored territory.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
181 days or more – $250
180 to 91 days – 25% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen voyage begins and ends in Paris, France (CDG). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Round-trip Economy class group charter flights between Paris, France and Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen is included with this trip’s itinerary. The charter flights are unique per departure and details will be confirmed in advance. There is a luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 18 lbs (8 kg) cabin baggage for Economy class. Additional Economy class baggage allotment can be requested and purchased and is based on availability. Business Class seating is available upon request and may incur an additional charge. The luggage limit for business class is two 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 22 lbs (10 kg) cabin baggage.

Activities

Optional activities on your Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen voyage include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising, walking, hiking and museum visits. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this expedition. Children under 18 years old at time of travel may receive special discounts when sharing a cabin with one or two full-fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Pristine Spitsbergen Itinerary

The 11-day Pristine Spitsbergen voyage cruises from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to Tromso, Norway, bookended by charter flights connecting to Paris, France.

Route map of Pristine Spitsbergen Arctic voyage round-trip from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to Tromso, Norway with bookend flights connecting to Paris, France.
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Day 1
Fly From Paris, France to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen & Embark

Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to -86°F, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see and the untouched nature provide the feeling of being in completely unexplored territory.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Isfjorden

The vast Isfjorden is one of the main fjords in Svalbard. These different branches reach the heart of the island of Spitsbergen. Located deep inside the Billejforden, the Nordenskiöld Glacier with its front of ice, nearly three miles wide, is one of the most spectacular in the Svalbard Archipelago. Possibly discover the ghost town of Pyramiden. Constructed at the foot of a mountain in the form of a pyramid, this former mining townfounded by Sweden at the beginning of the 20th century before being sold a few years later to the Soviet Union, and abandoned in 1998has conserved all the buildings from its glory days, when it lived off coal mining.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Kongsfjorden (King Bay) & Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park

Very close to the former mining town of Ny-Ålesund, set off to discover Kings Bay. The ship will sail in one of the most beautiful fjords in Svalbard: Kongsfjorden (the fjord of the King), a gateway to grandiose landscapes. Here, the snow-capped mountains are reflected in the water where superb icebergs try to outdo each other in their beauty, a delight for photographers. Seals, reindeer, barnacle geese and black guillemots frequent these places that have a unique atmosphere. Upon arriving at the end of the fjord, admire the Kongsbreen (glacier of the King) and its three characteristic rocky points which take their names from three Scandinavian countries: Svea (Sweden), Dana (Denmark) and Nora (Norway).

Like the other protected areas of Svalbard, the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park was established in the early 1970s to protect this exceptional environment against the growing interest of the mining industry. Nunataks, glaciers, islands and large bays, arctic tundra scattered with moss and lichen in shades of silver and gold… This region will fascinate with its landscapes and with the numerous vestiges that bear witness to the history of the menwhale hunters and those involved in the first expeditions to the North Polewho found themselves on these shores from the start of the 17th century. In this pristine environment, observe arctic terns or seals on the rocks that emerge at low tide.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Sailing Ice Floes

Enjoy the absolutely unique experience of sailing to the heart of the ice floe, this vast expanse of virgin, immaculate ice. The landscapes are constantly changing, shifting from a smooth, flat wilderness to a chaos of ice, then to channels of open water. Sail along these naturally open channels and through the areas where the frozen layer is thinnest, offering the chance to experience magic maritime moments in the midst of drifting sea ice. It will also often be an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park

Like the other protected areas of Svalbard, the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park was established in the early 1970s to protect this exceptional environment against the growing interest of the mining industry. Nunataks, glaciers, islands and large bays, arctic tundra scattered with moss and lichen in shades of silver and gold… This region will fascinate with its landscapes and with the numerous vestiges that bear witness to the history of the menwhale hunters and those involved in the first expeditions to the North Polewho found themselves on these shores from the start of the 17th century. In this pristine environment, observe arctic terns or seals on the rocks that emerge at low tide.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 8
Sor-Spitsbergen National Park

The Sor-Spitsbergen National Park, established in 1973, is the largest national park in Norway and Europe with an area of up to 5,135 square miles. Two-thirds of its area is made up of ice and its sublime landscapes are divided between vast plains along the coast, alpine relief and impressive glaciers. Discover Hornsund, the southernmost fjord and one of the most beautiful fjords in Spitsbergen with a length of 17 miles. Its eight large glaciers extend down to the sea and form an immense 15.5-mile-long ice front and important iceberg calvings, making up one of the most spectacular panoramas in Spitsbergen. Possibly observe numerous colonies of birds and polar bears living in this nature sanctuary.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Sailing by Bjornoya (Bear Island)

Halfway between Norway and Spitsbergen, sail not far from the coastlines of Bjørnøya, the southernmost island of Svalbard. From the ship, observe this isolated piece of land discovered in 1596 by the Dutch navigator Willem Barents, then looking for the Northwest Passage. Following a tough fight between a polar bear and the members of the expedition, he dubbed the place Bear Island. Regularly covered by a thick layer of fog, Bjørnøya shelters a meteorological station built in 1923, which is still in operation. Declared a nature reserve in 2002, the island is above all home to an enormous colony of sea birds: skuas, guillemots, puffins, tridactyl gulls, petrels, gulls and little auks all coexist here.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
At Sea

Make the most of the plethora of services and activities on board during this day at sea. Enjoy a workout class in the fitness center, or a treatment in the spa. Take in lectures or shows, do some shopping in the boutique or meet the ship’s photographers. Visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Disembark Tromso, Norway, Fly to Paris, France & Depart

In the north of the Arctic circle, discover Tromsø, a secluded town located in the county of Troms. Norwegians call it the Paris of the North; see why by discovering its extensive neoclassical architectural heritage. A stunning example is the Arctic cathedral, a major monument whose stylistic purity echoes the outline of the mountains surrounding the town.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
181 days or more – $250
180 to 91 days – 25% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Pristine Spitsbergen voyage begins and ends in Paris, France (CDG). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

An Economy class group charter flight between Paris, France and Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen; and between Tromso, Norway and Paris, France is included with this trip’s itinerary. The charter flights are unique per departure and details will be confirmed in advance. There is a luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 18 lbs (8 kg) cabin baggage for Economy class. Additional Economy class baggage allotment can be requested and purchased and is based on availability. Business Class seating is available upon request and may incur an additional charge. The luggage limit for business class is two 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 22 lbs (10 kg) cabin baggage.

Activities

Optional activities on your Pristine Spitsbergen voyage include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising, walking, hiking and museum visits. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this expedition. Children under 18 years old at time of travel may receive special discounts when sharing a cabin with one or two full-fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

May 17 - May 24, 2023
L'Austral • 8 days
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Le Boreal • 8 days
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May 31 - Jun 07, 2023
L'Austral • 8 days
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Jun 06 - Jun 13, 2023
Le Boreal • 8 days
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Jun 07 - Jun 14, 2023
L'Austral • 8 days
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Jun 13 - Jun 20, 2023
Le Boreal • 8 days
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Jun 14 - Jun 21, 2023
L'Austral • 8 days
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Jun 21 - Jun 28, 2023
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Jun 27 - Jul 04, 2023
Le Boreal • 8 days
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Jul 04 - Jul 11, 2023
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Learn About The Luxury Small Ships On Your Itinerary

The Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen Cruise is operated by two sister ships in a fleet of refined, luxury expedition ships. Aboard these vessels, appreciate an elegant, upscale cruise that offers regular off-ship excursions complemented by a multitude of daily onboard activities. These ships are identical, with public spaces including a fitness room, spa, two restaurants, a library, state-of-the-art theater and open bridge.

Expedition Ship
L'Austral

The 200-to-264-guest L'Austral is a sophisticated, luxury expedition ship cruising Antarctica. Enjoy her chic-yet-casual private yacht atmosphere created by a blend of precious materials, discreet elegance and gastronomic delights, paired with an engaging program of lectures and adventure activities.

Expedition Ship
Le Boreal

The 200-to-264-guest Le Boreal combines high comfort with adventure. Cruising Antarctica and the Arctic, experience luxury, gastronomy, wellness, entertainment and active programming in remote destinations.

Deals

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Le Commandant Charcot North Pole Expedition

Crush through pack ice and reach the North Pole in luxury, aboard the 270-guest, modern, hybrid-electric ship Le Commandant Charcot. Fly round-trip from Paris, or start there and end in Reykjavik, Iceland. With a variety of included activities—such as kayaking, citizen science and ice fishing—this North Pole expedition will not disappoint.

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From $46210USD
Jul Aug Sep
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11 Day Cruise
National Geographic Land of The Ice Bears

The 11-day National Geographic Land of the Ice Bears cruise aboard sister ships 126-guest Nat Geo Endurance and Resolution sails north at a time of year when Svalbard is even wilder, with emerging polar bears, walrus and reindeer awakening as the rising spring sun mounts higher in the Arctic sky.

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From $12350USD
May Jun
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8 - 11 Day Cruise
Icelandic Mosaic Cruise

Board a luxury French expedition ship to sail Iceland's western coast over 8 days, or circumnavigate over 12 days, on this romantic Iceland cruise operating round-trip from Reykjavik.

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From $6310USD
Jun Aug Sep
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11 - 14 Day Cruise
Spitsbergen In Depth

This 14-day voyage around the Svalbard archipelago aboard the 200-guest Ultramarine or the 128-guest Ocean Adventurer seeks out polar bears and remarkably diverse landscapes, exploring everything from jagged mountain peaks to sweeping polar deserts.

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From $11495USD
May Jun Jul
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Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen Cruise

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