svalbard cruise

Introduction

Join us on an adventurous Tromso to Svalbard cruise and explore the rarely visited Bear Island and the southern coast of Spitsbergen. After crossing the Barents Sea we will spend a full 3 days exploring the remote coast of Bear Island, the most southern of Svalbard’s Islands famed for its sheer bird cliffs and untamed scenery. After crossing to Spitsbergen, we will spend another full 3 days exploring the southern coast as it emerges from the winter. All this with just 12 fellow explorers on a small expedition vessel.

The Voyage

Day 1  Welcome aboard! Depart Tromso

Day 2  Crossing the Barents Sea

Day 3-5  Exploring Bear Island

Day 6  Sailing north to Svalbard

Day 7-9 Exploring southern Svalbard

Day 10  Arrive Longyearbyen am

Day by Day

Days 1 

Tromso, Norway

The voyage casts off from the city of Tromso, situated at the top of mainland Norway above the Arctic circle. Tromso is served with good air connections making it the perfect departure place for a cruise from Norway to Svalbard. Depending on the weather we will either spend a day exploring the fjords close to Tromso or if we have a favourable weather window head straight north towards Bear Island. 

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Days 2

Crossing the Barents Sea

With the compass pointing north, we will say goodbye to mainland Norway as we head across the Barents Sea. Our expedition leader will do a lecture on Bear Island so you learn about its history, wildlife, and some of the places we plan to land.  This is a good day to do some relaxing for the adventure ahead. Spend some time out on the deck watching out for wildlife or read a book in the comfortable saloon. 

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Days 3 to 5

Exploring Bear Island

After a day at sea, we will make our first sighting of the seldom visited Bear Island, first discovered in 1596 by Dutch explorers William Barentz and Jacob van Heemskerck. We will have 3 full days to explore the island and make landings at different sites including the remains of a whaling station. The island is also home to an abundance of birdlife and if conditions allow we will explore the bird cliffs by Zodiac landing craft. We plan to do some hikes ashore. As it is early in the season the shores will likely still be snow-covered and we will supply snowshoes for walking. 

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Days 6 – 9

Exploring Southern Spitsbergen

After spending another day at sea will reach the southern coast of Spitsbergen, the largest of Svalbard’s Islands. We have a full three days to explore the coast with the plan on doing shore landings each day to experience the frozen wilderness of Svalbard as it emerges from the winter months. We will visit the area around Hornsund and use the opportunity for some short hikes ashore. As we sail towards our final destination we will enter the Isfjord where we plan to visit a glacier.

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Day 10

Longyearbyen

After an exciting Tromso to Svalbard cruise, we have our final breakfast together before we say our goodbyes. We disembark in the morning at the port of Longyearbyen after making new friends and sharing an exciting adventure together. Longyearbyen is well served by domestic airlines that connect to Oslo in Norway. Longyearbyen is also a great place to spend a few additional days. Please see our Longyearbyen guide for some suggestions of places to stay and things to do. 

The above itinerary is a guide only. A part of any Tromso to Svalbard cruise is the flexibility to take advantage of the weather and ice conditions. Our expedition leader will make sure you see as much a possible. 

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Inside This trip

Our trips are aimed at anyone with a passion for exploring the Arctic with a small group of like minded individuals on a comfortable small ship cruise and include :

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Amazing Wildlife

We will visit areas where walruses haul out, encounter reindeer and Arctic foxes on land, observe whales and other marine life and explore coasts where polar bears are known to roam. 

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Stunning Scenery

We will encounter mighty glaciers, cruise tranquil steep-sided fjords and spend time outside exploring the beautiful untouched wilderness.  

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Expedition Vessel With 12 Guests

We believe the best way to experience an environmentally sensitive place such as the Arctic is with a small group of travellers. With the new expedition cruise ships now taking over 300 passengers, we believe smaller is better. 

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Expedition Leader and Guide

An aspect of our journeys is to learn about the place you are visiting. Our onboard guides are the core of what we do and will share their passion and knowledge of Svalbard throughout the trip. We offer the best guide to guest ratio available. 

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Zodiac landing craft for shore landings

Shore landings are the essence of every expedition and your guides will take you exploring on a daily basis. The vessel is equipped with landing craft that can be used to reach remote beaches so you can experience the wilderness firsthand. 

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Climate Compensated

Caring for the environment is what we do. For every trip, we run we plant trees in Greenland to offset the emissions. As a member of AECO, we follow strict guidelines to ensure we do not cause a disturbance to wildlife. 

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Meet Our Expert


Andreas Umbreit

Svalbard Expedition Leader

Hi, I’m Andreas and I’m an expedition leader with over 35 years of experience exploring Svalbard. I look forward to welcoming you onboard this Tromso to Svalbard cruise and sharing my passion and knowledge for the Arctic with you.  

Your Vessel

Expedition Motor Vessel Togo

Step aboard M/V Togo a classic expedition vessel.

Togo is a 102ft /31m motor yacht, custom built in 1965 by legendary Dunston Shipyard and last refitted in 2018. Originally built as North Sea trawler she was converted into Lloyd’s safety vessel in 1980s, then into a Yacht with extensive refit 2012 and upgraded to expedition yacht in 2018.

Togo has a well-appointed galley and mess room, elegant and comfortable mahogany paneled salon with bar and kitchenette. Her deck areas are spacious with semi-enclosed sides. She is a sturdy vessel with elegant sheer, sails with abundant intimacy from the bygone era of tramp steamers.

  • Comfortable accommodation in twin cabins and double cabins with private shower and w/c (mostly en-suite)

  • Small group size of 12 guests ensures an intimate experience

  • Hot Showers

  • Equipped with 2 x zodiacs for shore landings
  • Large deck space for photography

  • Large saloon with bar.

  • Ice-strengthened hull for travel in the polar regions

  • Full safety gear

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Dates and Prices

Prices quoted are per person. Twin and double cabins are based on double occupancy.

2021

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
13th - 23rd April 2021
10 Days
£6,400
£6,400
£5,600
£4,800

25th April - 2nd May 2021
8 Days
£7,000
£7,000
£6,300
£5,700

10th - 17th May 2021
8 Days
£6,500
£6,500
£5,800
£5,200

19th - 27th May 2021
9 Days
£7,200
£7,200
£6,400
£5,800

27th May - 4th June 2021
9 Days
£7,700
£7,700
£6,900
£6,300

4th - 12th June 2021
9 Days
£7,200
£7,200
£6,400
£5,800

4th - 12th July 2021
9 Days
£7,200
£7,200
£6,400
£5,800

12th - 26th July 2021
14 Days
£11,200
£11,200
£10,400
£8,000

5th - 13th August 2021
9 Days
£7,200
£7,200
£6,400
£5,800

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
13th - 23rd April 2021
10 Days
€7,400
€7,400
€6,400
€5,500

25th April - 2nd May 2021
8 Days
€8,100
€8,100
€7,100
€6,500

10th - 17th May 2021
8 Days
€7,600
€7,600
€6,600
€6,000

19th - 27th May 2021
9 Days
€8,300
€8,300
€7,300
€6,700

27th May - 4th June 2021
9 Days
€8,800
€8,800
€7,800
€7,200

4th - 12th June 2021
9 Days
€8,300
€8,300
€7,300
€6,700

4th - 12th July 2021
9 Days
€8,300
€8,300
€7,300
€6,700

12th - 26th July 2021
14 Days
€12,900
€12,900
€12,000
€9,000

5th - 13th August 2021
9 Days
€8,300
€8,300
€7,300
€6,700

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
13th - 23rd April 2021
10 Days
$8,000
$8,000
$7,000
$6,000

25th April - 2nd May 2021
8 Days
$8,700
$8,700
$7,700
$7,000

10th - 17th May 2021
8 Days
$8,200
$8,200
$7,200
$6,500

19th - 27th May 2021
9 Days
$9,000
$9,000
$8,000
$7,300

27th May - 4th June 2021
9 Days
$9,500
$9,500
$8,500
$7,800

4th - 12th June 2021
9 Days
$9,000
$9,000
$8,000
$7,300

4th - 12th July 2021
9 Days
$9,000
$9,000
$8,000
$7,300

12th - 26th July 2021
14 Days
$14,000
$14,000
$13,000
$10,000

5th - 13th August 2021
9 Days
$9,000
$9,000
$8,000
$7,300

2022

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
12th - 22nd April 2022
11 Days
£6,900
£6,900
£6,100
£5,300

24th April - 1st May 2022
8 Days
£7,500
£7,500
£6,800
£6,200

9th - 16th May 2022
8 Days
£7,000
£7,000
£6,300
£5,700

18th May - 26th May 2022
9 Days
£8,200
£8,200
£7,400
£6,800

3rd - 11th June 2022
9 Days
£7,700
£7,700
£6,900
£6,300

3rd - 11th July 2022
9 Days
£7,700
£7,700
£6,900
£6,300

11th - 25th July 2022
14 Days
£11,700
£11,700
£10,900
£8,500

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
12th - 22nd April 2022
11 Days
€7,900
€7,900
€6,900
€6,000

24th April - 1st May 2022
8 Days
€8,600
€8,600
€7,600
€7,000

9th - 16th May 2022
8 Days
€8,100
€8,100
€7,100
€6,500

18th May - 26th May 2022
9 Days
€9,300
€9,300
€8,300
€7,700

3rd - 11th June 2022
9 Days
€8,800
€8,800
€7,800
€7,200

3rd - 11th July 2022
9 Days
€8,800
€8,800
€7,800
€7,200

11th - 25th July 2022
14 Days
€13,400
€13,400
€12,500
€9,700

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
12th - 22nd April 2022
11 Days
$8,500
$8,500
$7,500
$6,500

24th April - 1st May 2022
8 Days
$9,200
$9,200
$8,200
$7,500

9th - 16th May 2022
8 Days
$8,700
$8,700
$7,700
$7,000

18th May - 26th May 2022
9 Days
$10,000
$10,000
$9,000
$8,300

3rd - 11th June 2022
9 Days
$9,500
$9,500
$8,500
$7,800

3rd - 11th July 2022
9 Days
$9,500
$9,500
$8,500
$7,800

12th - 26th July 2022
14 Days
$14,500
$14,500
$13,500
$10,500

See Cabins

Cabin A – Double with Ensuite

A comfortable cabin that sleeps 2 in a double bed with an en-suite toilet and shower situated on the lower deck.

Cabin B – Twin with Ensuite

A comfortable cabin that sleeps 2 in 2 single beds with an en-suite toilet and shower situated on the lower deck.

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togo bathroom

Cabin C – Twin with Shared 

A twin cabin that sleeps 2 in 2 single beds with a shared toilet and shower situated directly opposite the cabin on the upper deck.

Cabin D – Single with Shared 

A single cabin on the lower deck with a shared toilet and shower accessed via a staircase on the deck above. 

Peace Of Mind Coronavirus Booking Guarantee

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty with travel due to the coronavirus so we have added a peace of mind guarantee for all bookings made for 2021. If your trip is interrupted due to coronavirus travel restrictions you will be able to move your trip to a future booking free of charge. At this point, we believe that all our trips will be able to operate normally in 2021, and we have put this in place as an added reassurance so you can have full confidence when booking. You can read our full statement here.

Payment Options & Information

We offer payment via the following methods:

  • Credit card
  • Payment by bank transfer
  • Monthly installments to spread the cost of payments

Please let us know at the time of booking your preferred method.

A 30% deposit is taken at the time of booking with the final 70% payable 90 days prior to departure.

We highly recommend you take out comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking that also covers cancellation. 

Single Travelers

Single travellers are welcome on all our voyages. We often host single travellers, particularly on our photo voyages so the chances are you won’t be the only single traveller. We offer the following accommodation options for single travellers:

  • 2 x single cabins
  • Option to share a twin cabin with another traveller of the same sex.
  • Option to have your own cabin for an additional supplement. Please contact us for this option as the price varies depending on trip and availability.

Booking terms

This trip is operated by Secret Atlas and is subject to the Secret Atlas terms and conditions of travel. You can read the full booking terms here. 

Trip notes and what’s included / excluded

Departure Location Tromso
Arrival Location Longyearbyen
Trip StyleExploration
Physical RatingEasy
Maximum Group Size12
Accommodation3 x Twins and 1 x Double with en-suite, 1 x Twin and 2 x Singles with shared bathroom
Duration10 Days
Time of YearApril
Included

Not Included

If you have any questions about this

Tromso to Svalbard cruise please get in touch

 

Useful Information

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What Our Customers Say

On each journey we welcome customers from all corner of the globe, with a variety of different ages and backgrounds all united in their passion to experience what the Arctic has to offer

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Pan – Business Executive from Italy

 

‘This is the closest you can come to a real expedition. We saw glaciers seals, whales, walruses and polar bears’

From an early age Pan dreamed of visiting the Arctic. At the age of 42 he made that dream come true by joining Secret Atlas on an expedition micro cruise.

Annie – Interior Designer from the USA

‘The micro cruise experience felt like being on your own private boat. The crew were fantastic’

Annie had always wanted to go an expedition in Svalbard and joined us as a solo traveler.

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