Arctic Spitsbergen cruise, 11 day expedition

“Set sail on a small (max 130 passengers) Arctic expedition ship undertaking a flexible 11 day itinerary around Spitsbergen. Zodiacs, snowshoes and bears - oh my!”


Longyearbyen | Spitsbergen | Flexible itinerary depending on weather and animal sightings | Animals you can hope to see include: polar bears, walrus, Arctic foxes, seals, whales and seabirds | Opportunities to hike, snowshoe, kayak and disembark onboard a Zodiac |

Description of Arctic Spitsbergen cruise, 11 day expedition

This 11 day Arctic cruise onboard either one of our Arctic expedition vessels, the Ocean Nova or the Ocean Atlantic, takes you around the gloriously wild and woolly shores of Spitsbergen where winds whirl over vast polar plains and glistening fjords cast shadows as the sun sets across the shimmering Svalbard Archipelago.

With no fixed schedule you’ll be able to make the most of wildlife encounters and calm conditions in the safest way possible with opportunities to hike, snowshoe and kayak adding to the spirit of adventure associated with exploring in the Arctic.

Carpets of flowers adorn rocky tundra before turning into glistening frosted beaches where walrus, reindeer, Arctic foxes and polar bears are all known to reside. Zip over icy waters by Zodiac; focus binoculars on vast colonies of seabirds; watch out for the Northern Lights, twirling overhead; whatever you do, don't miss out on this amazing Arctic adventure.

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Holiday type

Expedition cruising

What is Expedition Cruising?
This is the name we give to cruising holidays which visit the Polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic. Your small vessel will usually carry around 100 - 130 passengers, accompanied by a crew and Expedition Team consisting of experts in the local landscapes, wildlife and history of the islands you will be visiting. How does it work?
Your trip will consist of a combination of cruising and land based discovery. Days at sea will be spent admiring the view, photographing the sea birds and marine wildlife that you may encounter, cruising past stunning icebergs and attending the talks that your Expedition Team will be conducting.

Shore landings will be scheduled to take place weather permitting throughout your trip. Please be aware that due to adverse weather conditions all scheduled shore visits may not be possible, but travelling in the summer months increases our chances of favourable weather.

You will travel ashore in rigid inflatable boats (RIBS) known as zodiacs; a degree of physical mobility will be required for passengers to climb in and out.

What ship will I be travelling on?
Travelling with us to explore the Polar regions, you will be on one of two ships, more details about your particular vessel can be given by our travel consultants when you enquire about your particular date.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Arctic Spitsbergen cruise, 11 day expedition

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


The Arctic is a precious environment full of pristine glaciers, mountain peaks and fantastic glacial structures. Polar bears, whales, reindeers and walruses rely on this natural landscape as their home and our tours are designed to give our travellers the experience of a lifetime, while still protecting this most unique of environments.

Our partners on this trip are Expedition Cruising specialists with over 20 years’ experience operating polar cruises. All trips to this region adhere to the guidelines set out by the Maritime Pollution Prevention (MARPOL), which governs how we dispose of waste from the ships and therefore minimise pollution. We do not dispose of sewage within 12 nautical miles of land, always carry out plastics and the ships are built to prevent, wherever possible, accidental discharges.

All our ships burn Marine Gas Oil (MGO) a clean burning fuel with a low emission factor, serve sustainable seafood and use only eco-friendly laundry chemicals and room amenities.

Every cruise will be accompanied by an Expedition Team which will contain experts in polar history, marine biology and glaciology whose task it will be to ensure that travellers are fully aware of the potential environmental impact of their visit and how to limit it. By travelling in smaller numbers, passengers have greater access to on-board experts, which increases the opportunity for educating people on the Arctic environment, so they understand how they can travel responsibly and the need for protecting its fragility.

The team will conduct briefings and presentations, and talk to customers about Arctic conservation, which is also contained in the AECO (Association of Expedition Cruise Operators) guidelines. Customers will be told not to litter, to leave everything as they find it and to respect the environment and wildlife of the Arctic.

This includes making passengers aware that polar bears are dangerous animals and should not be approached. This also applies to any wildlife in the Arctic, and advice is given on not approaching or photographing animals in any way that could cause them to alter their behaviour. Likewise you will notice that at sea our vessels never follow or ‘chase’ any marine mammals we encounter.

Travelling in a small vessel carrying no more than 199 travellers, we limit the number of people on shore at any given time.


The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.

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