Circumnavigation Spitsbergen 12 days aboard MS Spitsbergen
Join us for this wonderful cruise around the Svalbard archipelago, with a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen, to discover the area’s fascinating wildlife and stunning scenery. Enjoying exciting landings, hikes, Zodiac excursions and optional kayaking activities throughout we aim to sail well above the 80th parallel and bring you closer than 600 nautical miles from the Geographical North Pole. Visiting the great eastern nature reserves and experiencing some of the most spectacular highlights of the Arctic, we will be on a constant look out for wildlife, with sightings of Polar Bears, reindeers, Arctic foxes, seals and thousands of seabirds very likely.
This 12 day expedition gives us 2 more days to venture even further Northeast to discover rarely explored areas like Kvitøya.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
- Circumnavigate Spitsbergen
- Spectacular scenery
- Great chance of seeing polar bears
- Whales, walrus, reindeer and other wildlife
- Myriad birds
- Historical associations
- Experience the midnight sun
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Return economy flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen
- One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage including breakfast and lunch
- Transfers in Longyearbyen including a town excursion
- Wind and water-resistant jacket
- Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
- Professional English-speaking Expedition team that provide lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
- Free tea and coffee
ITINERARY11 Nights 12 Days
- Day 1 | Oslo - Longyearbyen
- Day 2 | Longyearbyen - Embarkation
- Days 3 - 5 | NW Spitsbergen National Park
- Days 6 - 10 | Eastern Svalbard and South Spitsbergen
- Day 11 | Isfjord
- Day 12 | Longyearbyen-Oslo
Oslo - Longyearbyen
Your Arctic adventure will begin with an included flight from the Norwegian capital of Oslo to Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of Svalbard, where upon arrival you will be transferred to your included hotel for an overnight stay. You can enjoy an evening here in this town perched on the edge of the Arctic wilderness. Longyearbyen is surprisingly cosmopolitan, with first-class facilities, charming architecture, an internationally renowned museum and several bars and restaurants. Enjoy a great night’s sleep in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead.
Longyearbyen - Embarkation
This morning we can enjoy an exciting excursion in Longyearbyen allowing you to get to know this unique town and get a glimpse into life here in this most remote of areas. In the afternoon embarkation will begin and after settling in to your cabin and exploring your new surroundings you may want to spend some time on deck as we sail through the scenic Isfjord and our adventure truly begins.
NW Spitsbergen National Park
During these days we will explore the beautiful North West corner of Spitsbergen, an exceptionally scenic area scattered with islands, fjords and beaches, and a constantly changing frozen landscape. As with all Arctic expeditions our itinerary will be flexible, with your captain constantly monitoring the weather and ice conditions to establish the best routes to take to make the most of your time here and get the very best wildlife and scenic experiences. Throughout your time here we hope to make multiple landings to bring you up close to what this remarkable area has to offer and one of the highlights will be a visit to Kongsfjorden. Kongsfjorden is considered one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations, and we hope to go on shore here to visit the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund.
We also hope to see the huge Monaco Glacier in Liefdefjord where we will take a Zodiac (small boat) cruise around the area. In the Magdalenafjorden and Gravneset areas we hope to offer the chance for guests to earn their Arctic Swimming Certificate as they take a dip in the frigid Arctic waters. Exciting hiking and kayaking excursions will also be offered as we take advantage of the midnight sun and enjoy every minute here.
Eastern Svalbard and South Spitsbergen
This expedition offers the rare chance to explore the whole way around the island, and as we sail east we will be venturing even further into the wilderness to discover a world like no other. The eastern and southern areas of Spitsbergen offer the highest chances of seeing the “King of The Arctic” and with Eastern Svalbard boasting the highest population of polar bears on the archipelago our chances of unforgettable encounters are very high.
Our likely route here will be to sail to Isflakbukta on Phippsøya on the far north of the Svalbard archipelago to see the tens of thousands of seabirds that mate here and walrus diving for clams in the bay. We also aim to cruise in Sorgfjorden, which borders the North East Spitsbergen Nature Reserve, and was the site of a famous 17th-century battle between whalers. If the weather is favourable here, we can enjoy a hike in beautiful Eolsneset or a Zodiac cruise in the Hinlopen Strait area before travelling onwards to Kvitøya, the easternmost island in the Svalbard archipelago. Kvitøya is 98 % covered by the Kvitøyjøkulen ice cap and we plan to make a landing on the western point of the island to discover this rarely explored and fascinating area.
We continue on to Edgeøya, the third-largest island in the archipelago, to discover its unique and largely un-glaciated landscape before making our way round the southern cape and heading towards Hornsund. Here we will find a wonderfully varied landscape and even more chances of spotting polar bears.
Our final adventure will be in the scenic Isfjord, the most extensive fjord system in Svalbard. Here we will spend a day exploring the inner and outer parts of the fjord looking for the large populations of Svalbard Reindeer and the thousands of Brunnich's guillemots which nest in the Alkehornet peak during the summer season. This delightful area offers excellent photographic opportunities with U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago, and as we make our way back to Longyearbyen our cameras will be as full as our memory banks.
Arrival back in to the port of Longyearbyen signals the end of our Arctic adventure and sadly it will be time to bid a fond farewell to our expedition team and fellow passengers. After disembarkation you will join your included flight back to Oslo. Longyearbyen is the gateway to countless Arctic excursions so should you wish to stay on here for more adventures please feel free to contact us for more details.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
What a great trip! Wildfoot built a great trip for us and every aspect was spot on. Our Iguazu guide was fun, interesting and helpful and all the transfers were timely and comfortable. The Antarctica Trip was superb - WIldfoot had given us the best advice and helped us choose the right ship and tour for what we wanted - A truly memorable Experience Thank You Wildfoot
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