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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.5° N, .4° E

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. 

.3° N, .2° E

.9° N, .6° E

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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. 

.2° N, .6° E

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.

2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5th - 13th August 2021
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
10 Days
€7,400 €6,900
€7,400 €6,900
€6,400 €5,900
€5,500 €5,000

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

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

27th May - 4th June 2021
9 Days
€8,800 €8,300
€8,800 €8,300
€7,800 €7,300
€7,200 €6,700

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

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

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

5th - 13th August 2021
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
10 Days
$8,000 $7,500
$8,000 $7,500
$7,000 $6,500
$6,000 $5,500

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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. 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 Longyearbyen
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
Duration14 Days
Time of YearJuly
Included

Not Included

If you have any questions about this trip
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 back grounds all united in their passion to expereince 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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