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Introduction

 

Have you dreamed of your own private Svalbard expedition with your family or a group of friends? We offer custom itineraries of between 8 and 15 days to explore the beautiful natural wilderness of Svalbard with real explorers. Step onboard a safe and comfortable expedition vessel and set out exploring. Expect magical glaciers, an abundance of wildlife and breathtaking natural landscapes.

Our private expeditions are led by a highly experienced expedition team who will take you ashore on a daily basis to hike and explore. All our of itineraries are customisable to your requirements and the fitness of your group.

Example 9-day Private Svalbard Expedition

Day 1  Welcome aboard! Depart Longyearbyen pm

Day 2  Prins Karls Foreland

Day 3  Ice edge

Day 4  Exploring north west coast

Day 5  Exploring north west coast

Day 6  Exploring north west coast

Day 7  Ny-Alesund

Day 8  Isfjord

Day 9  Arrive Longyearbyen am

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9 Day Private Svalbard Expedition Itinerary

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Day 1

Longyearbyen

Your private expedition begins in Longyearbyen, the most northerly town in the world. After an introduction from our expedition leader and a safety briefing from the Captain, you and your group will sail out of the Adventfjord. As we wave goodbye to Longyearbyen we will not see civilisation for the next 9 days. In the evening we will sail out through the Isfjord and spend time on deck wildlife watching with our guide. Whales are frequent visitors to Svalbard in this area. 

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Days 2-3

Prins Karls Foreland & Sea Ice

In the morning our plan is to explore Prins Karls Foreland, an island of magical scenery off the west coast of Spitsbergen. We will drop anchor and explore the shore and hike to a Walrus haul out earlier. In the afternoon we will do a wilderness hike. We frequently see Svalbard reindeer here. From here, if we have favourable conditions our plan is to sail up to the edge of the sea ice which extends all the way to the North Pole. In calm conditions, we will cruise the edge of the sea ice keeping a sharp lookout for wildlife including polar bears that hunt on the ice.

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Days 4-6

Exploring the North-West Coast

Every private expedition to Svalbard involves an element of unknown and exploration which is all part of the adventure. Under the guidance of our expedition leader, we will explore the coastline to the North of Spitsbergen and show you the best that the area has to offer. Over the next days, we will explore the coast and visit areas that are rarely visited. The plan is to make shore landings on a daily basis to visit different natural and historical sites including glaciers, do wilderness hikes and spend some time enjoying the raw nature of the Arctic. We can set the itinerary around your groups interests. 

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Days 7-8

Lilliehook Fjord, Kongsfjorden and Ny-Alesund

As we turn around and head south we explore the area in and Kongsfjorden. Expect majestic glaciers, some of Svalbard’s most beautiful fjords and scenery from the decks. Here we encounter one of Svalbard’s most breathtaking sites, the Lilliehook glacier, one of Svalbard’s largest calving glacier fronts. We will spend time here witnessing nature’s beauty in its rawest form with the option of doing a wilderness hike to a neighbouring fjord. The following day we will do a short sailing to the scientific community of Ny-Alesund, the most northerly settlement on earth. Here there are some interesting historical sites and a great museum. 

Days 9

Longyearbyen

In the morning you and your group will arrive back at the port of Longyearbyen after an exiting Svalbard expedition. After breakfast, we make our goodbyes after sharing a wonderful adventure together.

All our itineraries are customisable to git your group and your requirements. The above itinerary is a guide only. A part of any private Svalbard expedition 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 Private Svalbard Expedition

Our private Svalbard expeditions are aimed at anyone with a passion for exploring the Arctic in a small group 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 travelers. 

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Expedition Leader and Guide

On your private Svalbard expedition, you will be accompanied by a highly experienced expedition leader.  An aspect of our journeys is to learn about the place you are visiting and our leader will share their passion and knowledge of Svalbard throughout the trip. 

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Zodiac landing craft for shore landings

Shore landings are the essence of every private expedition and your leader 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 minimal disturbance to wildlife and natural sites.

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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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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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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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. 

If you have any questions about this private Svalbard expedition

or would like to check availability please get in touch

 

Useful Information

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Longyearbyen Travel Guide


All the information you need to plan your trip including how to get to Longyearbyen, arrival information, places to stay, and activities to do before your cruise.  

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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.