svalbard cruise

Introduction

As the sea around Svalbard opens up from the ice during the summer months it gives us the opportunity to take you on our most detailed exploration of the archipelago. The focus on this trip is on exploring and we will be making daily shore landings with our expedition leader and guide to experience the raw beauty and majestic nature of Svalbard. Our aim is to circumnavigate Spitsbergen and to explore the Austonna Ice Cap depending on conditions.

The Voyage

Day 1  Welcome aboard! Depart Longyearbyen pm

Day 2  Prins Karls Foreland

Day 3-4  Ny-Alesund and Kongsfjord

Day 5  Sea Ice

Day 6-8 Nordaustlandet and Hinlopen Strait

Day 9-11 South-East Spitsbergen

Day 12 Hornsund

Day 13  Isfjord

Day 14  Arrive Longyearbyen am

svalbard circumnavigation map

Day by Day

walruses in svalbard

Days 1 and 2

Longyearbyen and Prins Karls Foreland

Our exciting expedition departs from the port of Longyearbyen in the afternoon. The overall schedule is flexible to allow us to see as much as possible and will be led by our highly experienced leader. Taking advantage of the beautiful 24-hour sunlight we will sail out of the Isfjord and towards Prins Karls Foreland where we will do shore landings and visit a walrus colony on day 2. Our plan is to sail north and attempt a clockwise circumnavigation of Spitsbergen. 

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sea ice in svalbard

Days 3 to 5

Ny-Alesund, Kongsfjord and Ice Edge

As we head north our first port of call is the scientific community of Ny-Alesund, the most northerly inhabited settlement on earth which is home to an interesting historical site and museum. We will explore the majestic Kongsfjord and the fjords that branch into it. We will sail close to an impressive calving glacier face and there will also be an opportunity for hikes ashore with our expedition leader. We will then sail north and if we have calm conditions attempt to reach the edge of the sea ice which extends all the way to the North Pole, a really impressive sight.

svalbard circumnavigation cruise

Days 6 to 8

Nordaustlandet and Hinlopen Strait

We will sail along the north coast of Spitsbergen keeping a lookout for wildlife including polar bears that inhabit the area. Depending on the sea ice conditions, we aim to continue along the north coast to reach the island of Nordaustlandet and cruise along the Austfonna Ice Cap, a truly breathtaking sight. If the sea ice doesn’t allow us access then the other option is to head south through the Hinlopen Strait. We aim to make shore landings on a daily basis to explore the majestic wilderness of this area. 

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svalbard small ship cruise

Days 9 – 13

Southern Spitsbergen

We will follow the compass south and explore the region along the south coast of Spitsbergen. We will visit rarely visited landing sites and have lots of chances to take in the breathtaking nature, wildlife, and scenery. As we round the southern tip of Spitsbergen, we will enter the area around Hornsund where we will have a day to explore and do some wilderness hikes. We will then set sail north along the coast towards Longyearbyen.

svalbard circumnavigation cruise

Day 14

Longyearbyen

Safely back in the port of Longyearbyen after our epic 14-day cruise we will enjoy a final breakfast together. We say our goodbyes and disembark in the morning after making new friends and sharing an incredible adventure together.

The above itinerary is a guide only. A part of any Arctic adventure 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 average expedition cruise ship 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. 

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expedition vessel cruise in svalbard

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.

  • 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

Dates and Prices

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

Early Bird booking offer save €500. Book before September 1st 2020.

2020

£

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
1st August - 9th August 2020
Natural Wonders
9 Days
£7,700 £7,200
£7,700 £7,200
£6,900 £6,400
£5,800 £5,300

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
1st August - 9th August 2020
Natural Wonders
9 Days
€8,300 €7,800
€8,300 €7,800
€7,300 €6,800
€6,700 €6,200

$

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
1st August - 9th August 2020
Natural Wonders
9 Days
$9,500 $9,000
$9,500 $9,000
$8,500 $8,000
$7,800 $7,300

2021

£

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
13th - 23rd April 2021
Bear Island and Svalbard Cruise
10 Days
£6,400 £5,900
£6,400 £5,900
£5,600 £5,100
£4,800£4,300

25th April - 2nd May 2021
Frozen Svalbard Photo Tour
8 Days
£7,000 £6,500
£7,000 £6,500
£6,300 £5,800
£5,700 £5,200

10th - 17th May 2021
Frozen Svalbard Cruise
8 Days
£6,500 £6,000
£6,500 £6,000
£5,800 £5,300
£5,200 £4,700

27th May - 4th June 2021
Natural Wonders Photo Tour
9 Days
£7,700 £7,200
£7,700 £7,200
£6,900 £6,400
£6,300 £5,800

4th - 12th June 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
£7,200 £6,800
£7,200 £6,800
£6,400 £5,900
£5,800 £5,300

4th - 12th July 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
£7,200 £6,800
£7,200 £6,800
£6,400 £5,900
£5,800 £5,300

12th - 26th July 2021
Svalbard Pioneer Cruise
14 Days
£11,200 £10,700
£11,200 £10,700
£10,400 £9,900
£8,000 £7,500

5th - 13th August 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
£7,200 £6,800
£7,200 £6,800
£6,400 £5,900
£5,800 £5,300

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
13th - 23rd April 2021
Bear Island
10 Days
€7,400 €6,900
€7,400 €6,900
€6,400 €5,900
€5,500 €5,000

25th April - 2nd May 2021
Frozen Svalbard Photo
8 Days
€8,100 €7,600
€8,100 €7,600
€7,100 €6,600
€6,500 €6,000

10th - 17th May 2021
Frozen Svalbard
8 Days
€7,600 €7,100
€7,600 €7,100
€6,600 €6,100
€6,000 €5,500

27th May - 4th June 2021
Natural Wonders Photo
9 Days
€8,800 €8,300
€8,800 €8,300
€7,800 €7,300
€7,200.00 €6,700

4th - 12th June 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
€8,300 €7,800
€8,300 €7,800
€7,300 €6,800
€6,700 €6,200

4th - 12th July 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
€8,300 €7,800
€8,300 €7,800
€7,300 €6,800
€6,700 €6,200

12th - 26th July 2021
Svalbard Pioneer
14 Days
€12,900 €12,400
€12,900 €12,400
€12,000 €11,500
€9,000 €8,500

5th - 13th August 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
€8,300 €7,800
€8,300 €7,800
€7,300 €6,800
€6,700 €6,200

$

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
13th - 23rd April 2021
Bear Island
10 Days
$8,000 $7,500
$8,000 $7,500
$7,000 $6,500
$6,000 $5,500

25th April - 2nd May 2021
Frozen Svalbard Photo
8 Days
$8,700 $8,200
$8,700 $8,200
$7,700 $7,200
$7,000 $6,500

10th - 17th May 2021
Frozen Svalbard
8 Days
$8,200 $7,700
$8,200 $7,700
$7,200 $6,700
$6,500 $6,000

27th May - 4th June 2021
Natural Wonders Photo
9 Days
$9,500 $9,000
$9,500 $9,000
$8,500 $8,000
$7,800 $7,300

4th - 12th June 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
$9,000 $8,500
$9,000 $8,500
$8,000 $7,500
$7,300 $6,800

4th - 12th July 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
$9,000 $8,500
$9,000 $8,500
$8,000 $7,500
$7,300 $6,800

12th - 26th July 2021
Svalbard Pioneer
14 Days
$14,000 $13,500
$14,000 $13,500
$13,000 $12,500
$10,000 $9,500

5th - 13th August 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
$9,000 $8,500
$9,000 $8,500
$8,000 $7,500
$7,300 $6,800

See Cabins

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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.

twin cabin expedition vessel

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.

bunk room

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.

togo single cabin expedition ship

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.

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 Longyearbyen
Arrival Location Longyearbyen
Trip Style Exploration
Physical Rating Easy
Maximum Group Size 12
Accommodation 3 x Twins and 1 x Double with en-suite, 1 x Twin and 2 x Singles with shared bathroom
Duration 14 Days
Time of Year July
Included

Not Included

If you have any questions about this trip
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