Spitsbergen cruise to the Arctic

“Board the Polar Pioneer for an exciting journey to the Arctic and explore unspoilt wilderness in the company of experienced naturalists.””


Sail in the comfortable Polar Pioneer | Magdalenefjorden | Ny Ålesund | tundra walks in search of Arctic Foxes and reindeer | explore Woodfjorden and Leifdefjorden in search of polar bears | visit a polar desert | Hinlopen Strait | visit the Polish research station at Isbjornhamna

Description of Spitsbergen cruise to the Arctic

On this incredible Arctic cruise you’ll explore the High Arctic islands of Spitsbergen, part of the Svalbard archipelago and only 600 miles from the North Pole. This rugged landscape of glaciers, ice caps and sprawling tundra is home to 3,500 people and covers an area roughly equivalent to the Republic of Ireland. The fantastic variety of wildlife is the main attraction here. Once popular with whalers and trappers, it’s now tourists who come to this unspoilt wilderness to view enormous marine bird colonies, as well as polar bears, reindeers, arctic foxes and walruses.

You’ll sleep in a comfortable cabin on a small expedition cruise ship called the Polar Pioneer, along with a group of likeminded travellers and experienced naturalists, who will enhance your experience through a series of lectures and discussions about the environment and its wildlife. The long hours of daylight above the Arctic Circle means there will be plenty of time to explore the islands on foot, as well as from the deck of the ship.

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2018: 7 Jul, 17 Jul, 27 Jul

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Spitsbergen cruise to the Arctic


The wilderness areas of the High Arctic are among the most breathtaking in the world as well as the most fragile. We are proud to be an Associate Member of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) and abide strictly by their code of conduct in both the Antarctic and the High Arctic polar regions.

All of our polar guests are briefed not only on the guidelines set by IAATO but also on the scientific reasons for these guidelines. Everyone will learn how to enjoy the wildlife encounters without being intrusive and thus will get the most out of their visit without compromising the pristine environment. From our pre-departure Responsible Travel Guidebook to our on-board comprehensive educational programme, passengers are well informed on all aspects of the environmental issues affecting this polar wonderland.

Our belief in small group adventure travel extends to the High Arctic as we cruise in 52 passenger vessels, among the smallest in the business allowing for minimum impact landings and maximum enjoyment.

The natural landscapes we explore are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.

Our environmental sustainable principles: True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term.

Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.

Our Responsible Travel Guidebook: Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while traveling.

Global Warming and Carbon Balancing: The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely!


Our responsible travel principles: Our company aims to maximise the positive benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses.

We actively minimise the negative effects that tourism can have by ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices on local resources.

We provide opportunities for real cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect.

We contribute to the welfare of the host community. This is epitomised in our Community Project Travel program where we organise for our travelers to spend time in disadvantaged villages upgrading basic facilities such as health, education and water access.

We strive to educate our travelers about the destination and its local cultures as well as providing guidelines on appropriate behaviour to minimise impact.

No local payments policy: Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travelers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travelers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.

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