Around Spitsbergen Voyages


Around Spitsbergen Voyages provide the longest and most complete exploration of this polar archipelago, with its mountains, fjords, glaciers and fascinating High Arctic wildlife. Extended trips of up to 13 days allow greater time for in-depth exploration both onboard and onshore supported by 24 hours daylight. The plan is to circumnavigate the archipelago and although not always possible due to prevailing ice conditions, this still provides more days in which to explore. High on the list are opportunities to observe polar bears, walrus, reindeer, whales and several species of seal.

Polar Bears on Whale Carcass - Pippa Zintilis

Around 183 species of bird breed in the High Arctic and voyages July to Mid August provides plenty of time and guiding expertise to observe a diverse range of both the migratory and resident bird populations. With planned twice daily landings, expert natural history experts invite you to enjoy walks to suit your fitness and interests and take you onboard zodiacs to experience the ice floes and bird cliffs such as Alkefjellet a haven for thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots and a myriad of other sea birds.

On the West coast of the island group, where the waters and vegetation are influenced by the warm Gulf Stream, we tend to find some of the most prolific birdlife and greatest diversity of plantlife. To the North, an Around Spitsbergen voyage in the right conditions may visit Phippsoya,  just 540 miles from the North pole and the permanent ice cap of North East land. The Hindlopen Strait is narrow and can often be blocked by mid season ice denying access from north to East Spitsbergen, a reminder that this is an expedition in the truest sense and one must expect change and find opportunity as it arises.

Braswellbreen (Austfonna) - Bjoern Koth

Diversity in Eastern Spitsbergen is considerably lower than the west coast, it being sheltered from the Gulf Stream and vulnerable to the influence of the East Spitsbergen Current bringing contrasting conditions of Arctic ice flows and sub zero conditions, even in midsummer.

As a fully ATOL bonded travel company, Aqua-Firma Worldwide have the expertise to arrange international flights, hotels, extended stays in Oslo and additional day trips in Spitsbergen before or after your voyage. These include sea kayaking, trekking, learning to dog sled on wheels and fossil hunting.


Arctic Wildlife & Adventure Voyages

Adventure options of sea kayaking, camping, snow shoe trekking, extended trekking, photography workshops, skiing and diving exist on several of our Spitsbergen Voyages. We can also arrange dog sledding, trekking and sea kayaking before or after your voyage.

For further information, please Contact Us to speak to one of our polar experts.

 

Itinerary

10 Day Sample Itinerary

These Around Spitsbergen voyages aim to circumnavigate Spitsbergen, which is the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago.

NB: The chances that the ship can complete a full Spitsbergen Circumnavigation (based on our experiences from 1992 until 2012) are about, 30% in the first half of July, 60% in the second half of July, 90% in the first half of August, 95% in the second half of August. In case you cannot complete a full circumnavigation, your Captain and Expedition Team will mostly resort to a program in Northeast or Southeast Spitsbergen.

Day 1: Embarkation in Longyearbyen

Please note that our polar itineraries are written to provide a flavour of each voyage.  The actual route will be decided by the captain and expedition team in accordance with prevailing ice, weather and sea conditions and opportunities to see wildlife and wilderness scenery.

Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church is well worth visiting. We also suggest that you may like to use the opportunity to visit the Svalbard Museum, which harbours an interesting collection on the history of Spitsbergen, the mining industry and polar exploration. In the surrounding area of Longyearbyen, more than 100 species of plants have been recorded. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden.

Day 2: Krossfjorden & Ny Ålesund

Heading north along the west coast, you arrive by morning in Krossfjorden, where you may  get on the Zodiacs for an exhilarating cruise along the sculpted front of the 14th of July Glacier. Heading north along the west coast, you arrive by morning in Krossfjorden. Here you might board the Zodiacs for a cruise near the towering blue-white face of the Fourteenth of July Glacier. On the green slopes near the glacier, colorful flowers bloom while flocks of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots nest on the cliffs. You have a good chance of spotting an Arctic fox scouting for fallen chicks, or a bearded seal paddling through the fjord. In the afternoon you sail to Ny Ålesund, the world's most northerly settlement.

Once a mining village served by the world’s most northerly railway – you can still see its tracks – Ny Ålesund is now a research center. Close to the community is a breeding ground for barnacle geese, pink-footed geese, and Arctic terns. And if you’re interested in the history of Arctic exploration, visit the anchoring mast used by polar explorers Amundsen and Nobile in their airships, Norge (1926) and Italia (1928).

Day 3: Liefdefjorden & Monaco Glacier

Depending on the weather, you could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 5-kilometer-long (3.1 miles) face of the precipitous Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen can be implemented.

Days 4 & 5: Seven Islands

The northernmost point of your voyage may be north of Nordaustlandet, in the Seven Islands. Here you reach 80° north, just 870 km (540 miles) from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears inhabit this region, so the ship may park for several hours among the pack ice before wheeling around west again.

When the edge of this sea ice is tens of miles north of the Seven Islands (mostly in August), you can spend a second day in this area. Alternatively (mostly in July) you may turn to Sorgfjord, where you have the chance to find a herd of walruses not far from the graves of 17th-century whalers. A nature walk here can bring you close to families of ptarmigans, and the opposite side of the fjord is also a beautiful area for an excursion.

Day 6: Hinlopen Strait & Alkefjellet

Today you sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to bearded and ringed seals as well as polar bears. At the entrance there is even the possibility to spot blue whales. As with Liefdefjorden, you can take an alternate west Spitsbergen route if ice prevents entry into Hinlopen. After cruising among the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in the Zodiacs, you then view the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with their thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots. On the east side of Hinlopen Strait, you may attempt a landing where reindeer, pink-footed geese, and walruses are likely sights. Near Torrelneset you can also visit the polar desert of Nordaustlandet, next to the world’s third-largest ice cap. Here you may encounter walruses during a coastline hike over the area’s raised beaches.

Day 7: Freemansundet

The plan today is to make landings in Freemansundet, though polar bears sometimes make this impossible. Potential stops on Barentsøya include Sundneset (for an old trapper’s hut), Kapp Waldburg (for its kittiwake colony), and Rindedalen (for a walk across the tundra). You might also cruise south to Diskobukta, though Kapp Lee is more likely your destination. On Kapp Lee is a walrus haul-out, Pomor ruins, and the chance for hikes along Edgeøya.

Day 8: Hornsund

You start the day by cruising the side fjords of the Hornsund area of southern Spitsbergen, taking in the spire-like peaks: Hornsundtind rises 1,431 meters (4,695 feet), and Bautaen is a perfect illustration of why early Dutch explorers named this island Spitsbergen, meaning “pointed mountains.” There are 14 sizable glaciers in this area as well as opportunities for spotting seals, beluga whales, and polar bears.

Day 9: Bellsund

Today you find yourself in Bell Sund, one of the largest fjord systems in Svalbard. The ocean currents make this area slightly warmer than other areas in the archipelago, which shows in the relatively lush vegetation. Here there are excellent opportunities to enjoy both history and wildlife. A possibility is Ahlstrandhalvøya, at the mouth of Van Keulenfjorden, where piles of beluga skeletons can be found. These remains of 19th-century whale slaughter are a haunting reminder of the consequences of rampant exploitation. Fortunately, belugas were not hunted into extinction, and you have a good chance of coming across a pod. Alternately, while cruising the side fjords of Bellsund, you can explore tundra where reindeer like to feed as well as rock slopes where little auks are breeding.

Day 10: Disembark in Longyearbyen

Return to Longyearbyen and disembark for the transfer to the airport and the flight to Oslo and home.

Dates

03 - 12 Jun 2019 - from £ 5,300

Oslo - Oslo (10 days)
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking
Includes: return flights Oslo - Longyearbyen, 1n accommodation in Longyearbyen & free Expedition jacket
Voyage embarks and disembarks in Longyearbyen. Please contact us for a detailed itinerary

11 - 20 Jun 2019 - from £ 5,300

Oslo - Oslo (10 days)
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking
Includes: return flights Oslo - Longyearbyen, 1n accommodation in Longyearbyen & free Expedition jacket
Voyage embarks and disembarks in Longyearbyen. Please contact us for a detailed itinerary

19 - 28 Jun 2019 - from £ 5,300

Oslo - Oslo (10 days)
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking
Includes: return flights Oslo - Longyearbyen, 1n accommodation in Longyearbyen & free Expedition jacket
Voyage embarks and disembarks in Longyearbyen. Please contact us for a detailed itinerary

03 - 12 Jul 2019 - from € 3,990

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 days)
Bilingual voyage: English & German

05 - 14 Jul 2019 - from € 3,990

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 days)
Brand new vessel for 2019 season

11 - 20 Jul 2019 - from £ 5,280

Oslo - Oslo (10 days)
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking
Includes: return flights Oslo - Longyearbyen, 1n accommodation in Longyearbyen & free Expedition jacket
Voyage embarks and disembarks in Longyearbyen. Please contact us for a detailed itinerary

14 - 23 Jul 2019 - from € 3,990

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 days)
Brand new vessel for 2019 season

15 - 25 Jul 2019 - from £ 4,190

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (11 days)
Activities: Kayaking, Scuba diving, Snorkelling

23 Jul - 01 Aug 2019 - from € 3,990

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 days)
Brand new vessel for 2019 season

23 Jul - 04 Aug 2019 - from £ 5,790

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (13 days)
Activities: Kayaking
Includes: free Expedition Jacket

25 Jul - 04 Aug 2019 - from £ 4,190

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (11 days)
Activities: Kayaking, Scuba diving, Snorkelling

25 Jul - 17 Aug 2019 - from £ 8,650

Longyearbyen - Reykjavik (24 days)
Activities: Kayaking, Climbing, Photography
Includes: Dog sledding tour in Longyearbyen
Extended voyage including Spitsbergen Circumnavigation & Spitsbergen to North East Greenland

27 Jul - 07 Aug 2019 - from £ 6,520

Oslo - Oslo (12 days)
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking
Includes: return flights Oslo - Longyearbyen, 1n accommodation in Longyearbyen & free Expedition jacket
Voyage embarks and disembarks in Longyearbyen. Please contact us for a detailed itinerary

01 - 10 Aug 2019 - from € 3,990

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 days)
Brand new vessel for 2019 season

06 - 17 Aug 2019 - from £ 6,520

Oslo - Oslo (12 days)
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking
Includes: return flights Oslo - Longyearbyen, 1n accommodation in Longyearbyen & free Expedition jacket
Voyage embarks and disembarks in Longyearbyen. Please contact us for a detailed itinerary

10 - 21 Aug 2019 - from € 5,990 € 4,890

Save up to 19% on new bookings!
Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (12 days)
Brand new vessel for 2019 season
Itinerary includes Kvitøya

17 - 26 Aug 2019 - from € 3,990

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 days)
Itinerary includes Kvitøya

19 - 30 Aug 2019 - from € 4,440

Tromsø - Longyearbyen (12 days)
Please contact us for a detailed itinerary

22 Jun - 02 Jul 2020 - from £ 5,100

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (11 days)
Brand new vessel for 2020!
Activities: Kayaking, Photography Workshops, Diving, Snorkelling
Includes: free Expedition Jacket

24 Jun - 03 Jul 2020 - from € 4,190

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 Days)

24 Jun - 07 Jul 2020 - from £ 6,890 £ 6,200

Save 10% on selected cabins plus free transfer package!
Oslo - Oslo (14 Days)
Activities: Kayaking
Includes: free expedition jacket
Transfer Package includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Oslo & return OSL-LYR flights
BONUS OFFER: Save an additional 10% on new bookings paid in full by 15 June 2019. Offers expire 15 Jun 2019

26 Jun - 05 Jul 2020 - from € 4,190

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 Days)

26 Jun - 06 Jul 2020 - from £ 3,880

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (11 Days)
Activities: Kayaking
Includes: free Expedition Jacket

27 Jun - 10 Jul 2020 - from £ 6,890 £ 6,200

Save 10% on selected cabins plus free transfer package!
Oslo - Oslo (14 Days)
Activities: Kayaking
Includes: free expedition jacket
Transfer Package includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Oslo & return OSL-LYR flights
Bilingual voyage: English & French
BONUS OFFER: Save an additional 10% on new bookings paid in full by 15 June 2019. Offers expire 15 Jun 2019

01 - 10 Jul 2020 - from € 4,190

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 Days)

02 - 12 Jul 2020 - from £ 5,100

Longyearbyen - Kirkenes (11 days)
Brand new vessel for 2020!
Activities: Kayaking, Photography Workshops, Diving, Snorkelling
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Please contact us for a detailed itinerary

05 - 14 Jul 2020 - from € 4,190

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 Days)

10 - 19 Jul 2020 - from € 4,190

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 Days)
German Language Voyage

13 - 23 Jul 2020 - from £ 3,880

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (11 Days)
Activities: Kayaking
Includes: free Expedition Jacket

19 - 28 Jul 2020 - from € 4,190

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 Days)
Bilingual Voyage: English & German

28 Jul - 06 Aug 2020 - from € 4,190

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 Days)
German Language Voyage

30 Jul - 09 Aug 2020 - from £ 4,090

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (11 Days)
Includes: free Expedition Jacket

30 Jul - 12 Aug 2020 - from £ 6,890 £ 6,200

Save 10% on selected cabins plus free transfer package!
Oslo - Oslo (14 Days)
Activities: Kayaking
Includes: free expedition jacket
Transfer Package includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Oslo & return OSL-LYR flights
Bilingual voyage: English & French
BONUS OFFER: Save an additional 10% on new bookings paid in full by 15 June 2019. Offers expire 15 Jun 2019

02 - 11 Aug 2020 - from € 4,190

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 Days)

03 - 12 Aug 2020 - from € 4,190

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 Days)

06 - 15 Aug 2020 - from € 4,190

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 Days)

09 - 19 Aug 2020 - from £ 4,090

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (11 Days)
Includes: free Expedition Jacket

09 - 31 Aug 2020 - from £ 10,600

Reykjavik - Longyearbyen (23 days)
Brand new vessel for 2020!
Activities: Kayaking, Photography Workshops, Climbing
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Extended voyage exploring Greenland's east coast and a semi-circumnavigation of Spitsbergen. Please contact us for a detailed itinerary.

12 - 21 Aug 2020 - from € 4,190

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 Days)

15 - 24 Aug 2020 - from € 4,190

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen (10 Days)
Itinerary includes Kvitøya
Bilingual Voyage: English & German

07 - 19 Jul 2021 - from £ 7,190

Longyearbyen - Kirkenes (13 Days)
Activities: Kayaking, Photography Workshops
Includes: free Expedition Jacket    

18 - 30 Aug 2021 - from £ 7,490

Kirkenes - Longyearbyen (13 Days)
Activities: Kayaking, Photography Workshops
Includes: free Expedition Jacket  

18 Aug - 11 Sep 2021 - from £ 12,990

Kirkenes - Reykjavik (25 Days)
Activities: Kayaking, Climbing, Photography Workshops, Diving, Snorkelling
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Itinerary includes a semi-circumnavigation of Spitsbergen. Contact us for a detailed itinerary.

Notes:

Our prices include:
Voyage as indicated in draft itinerary
Group airport transfers to & from the vessel (when arriving/departing on recommended group flight)
All meals, snacks, coffee and tea
All shore excursions and zodiac activities
Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
All miscellaneous services taxes and port charges throughout the programme
Comprehensive pre-departure material

Prices exclude:
Airfares
Pre and post land arrangements
Transfers to and from the vessel (except when arriving/departing on recommended group flight)
Cancellation and personal insurance
Passports and visas
Arrival and departure tax
Meals ashore
Baggage
Items of a personal nature (alcohol, laundry etc)
Tips.

Single supplement:
There is no single supplement to pay if you are willing to share your cabin with someone of the same gender.
For a cabin to yourself the supplement is from 1.8x  the per person rate

Potential Fuel Surcharge: If the cost per Brent barrel price rises significantly then there may be an additional fuel surcharge applied to some voyages.

Activity Level: Low to Medium

Trip Reviews: Around Spitsbergen Voyages

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