Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Spitsbergen In Depth

Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. It is rugged, wild, unspoiled and utterly unforgettable. When it comes to viewing Arctic wildlife, Spitsbergen is known as one of the most prolific destinations and this 14-day Spitsbergen In Depth small ship cruise sets off to cover its entire coastline, aboard either the 132-guest Ocean Adventurer or 176-passenger World Explorer. 

The aim of this expedition is to circumnavigate the whole Svalbard archipelago if conditions permit, though embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel so there are no guarantees. Offering the world’s best opportunity to view polar bears, you’ll have a great chance to see the world’s largest carnivores in their natural habitat. 

Walrus populations love Spitsbergen as well, feeding in the food-rich icy waters around the island. Whales and seabirds will entertain you during the sailing portions of the expedition, while you may catch a sighting of reindeer or arctic fox when taking Zodiac excursions to land. Optional kayaking and paddle excursions may be available at an added cost.

In 2020, all departures begin and end in Oslo, Norway, with a private group charter flight to Longyearbyen, where the itinerary picks up as described above. Experience the Arctic for yourself on this stunning Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers & Wildlife of Svalbard cruise. 

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruises.