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Svalbard – Last Stop Before the North Pole Explore

Svalbard – Last Stop Before the North Pole 8 Days aboard Ocean Atlantic

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7 nights
Wednesday 22 JUN, 2022
Wednesday 29 JUN, 2022

Svalbard – Last Stop Before the North Pole 8 Days aboard Ocean Atlantic

Set sail for the immense beauty of Svalbard on this thrilling Arctic expedition. With the goal of reaching 80° north and the Svalbard pack ice to search for Polar bears, you will discover a world of spectacular scenery and enchanting wildlife. Travelling in the Arctic’s high summer, this is the perfect opportunity to discover the natural life on northern and western Svalbard, including reindeer, Arctic foxes, walruses, whales and a myriad of seabirds. Exciting Zodiac cruises will allow you to view wildlife at close proximity and enjoy exploratory mini cruises in the fjords and glacial landscapes, whilst shore visits accompanied by your expert guides will see you enjoy nature walks whilst learning all about these remarkable Arctic lands. Sailing aboard one of the world’s only ice-class expedition ships built to meet the North Pole pack ice, and with flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen included, this is the ideal itinerary for those seeking to discover the far northern reaches of the world.

Toni Hart

Namibia Birding and Photography Guide

An 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 >

Andy Pollard

Wildlife Guide & Photographer

Andy 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 >

Chris Coe

Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awards

A 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 >

Jenny Luxton

Falklands Expert & Guide

Born 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 >

Doug Allan

Special Guest Lecturer

Exclusive 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 >

Chris Weston

Special Guest Photography Guide

Chris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >


  • Attempt to reach the North Pole pack ice aboard one of the world’s most capable ice-class expedition ships
  • Reach 80° north and discover the incredibly remote Sjuøyane (Seven Islands)
  • Great chances of seeing Polar bears
  • Incredible scenery throughout
  • Get up-close to Arctic wildlife including reindeer, walrus, Arctic fox, seals and whales
  • Witness an abundance of birdlife, particularly around the spectacular Alkefjellet
  • Enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises, and hikes and nature walks on land
  • Travel with a dedicated expedition photographer who will provide lectures and tips for capturing the perfect pictures
  • Kayaking option available (costs apply)

What's Included

  • Return charter flights Oslo-Longyearbyen-Oslo
  • Full board accommodation on board ship with all meals, tea, coffee and snacks
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Zodiac cruises, nature walks and hikes as per itinerary
  • Informative lecture and presentation programme
  • Post-voyage digital journal link with images and voyage log from your trip
Simon Rowland
Simon Rowland
Arctic Specialist

Speak to someone who’s been to Arctic. Start planning your tailor - made trip by calling one of our friendly destination specialists on 0800 195 3385 or 44 1625 581143 for outside the UK.

Single Cabins Available


7 Nights   8 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 | Oslo to Longyearbyen - Embark
  • Day 2 | Krossfjord - Lilliehöök Glacier
  • Day 3 | Smeerenburg - Ytre Norskøya
  • Day 4 | Alkefjellet - Torrelnesset
  • Day 5 | Towards 80 Degrees North
  • Day 6 | Liefdefjord - Monaco Glacier
  • Day 7 | Ny Ålesund - Ny London
  • Day 8 | Longyearbyen to Oslo
Oslo to Longyearbyen - Embark

Oslo to Longyearbyen - Embark

Your included flight from Oslo will bring you to Longyearbyen today, the administrative capital of the Svalbard archipelago, where you will board your vessel and begin your Arctic adventure. After a welcome drink and time to familiarise yourself with the ship, there will be voyage and safety briefings before your captain steers the ship out of Advent Fjord and into the wilderness.

Please note: Your flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen is included in the price of your expedition.

Krossfjord - Lilliehöök Glacier

Krossfjord - Lilliehöök Glacier

As with all Arctic expeditions, our exact route in Svalbard will be dictated by weather and ice conditions, with your experienced captain and crew charting the perfect course each day for unforgettable sights and adventures. This itinerary describes the expected route but may be subject to change.

Overnight we will have passed Prins Karls Forland to arrive in the magnificent Krossfjord area where we plan to explore around the majestic landscape around Regnardneset, and land at Möllerhamna in the morning for our first shore visit. We expect to see a large number of migrating birds here as the Arctic summer months are their most active time.

In the afternoon we will sail further north into the fjord system where we will hope for our first Zodiac cruise along the impressive Lilliehöök Glacier front. We will also hope to navigate past the beautiful scenery in the bay of Fjortende Juli, where the glacier Fjortende Juli-breen calves into the fjord.

Smeerenburg - Ytre Norskøya

Smeerenburg - Ytre Norskøya

In Northwest Svalbard today we plan to cruise in Danskergattet and look for seals in Virgohamna before making our way to Amsterdamøya to land at the legendary 17th century whaling town of Smeerenburg, and the old lookout area of Ytre Norskøya.

Alkefjellet - Torrelnesset

Alkefjellet - Torrelnesset

This morning we plan to enjoy a leisurely cruise along the steep cliffs of the famous Alkefjellet where a dense congregation of Brünichs guillemots covers almost every inch of land…a truly unforgettable sight.

Moving on to the polar desert landscapes of Torrelnesset, we will take an enjoyable walk along the beach to look for sightings of the walruses that are often found in good numbers here feeding on the clams found in the shallows of Svalbard’s waters.

Towards 80 Degrees North

Towards 80 Degrees North

A thrilling day at sea today will see us steer far north towards the edge of the polar pack ice, pushing as northernly as possible with the goal of reaching 80 degrees north! This portion of the trip offers the best possibilities of spotting Polar bears and as we sail through the icy seas and floes we will be on a constant lookout for sightings of the “King of The Arctic”.

We also hope today to reach Sjuøyane and the island of Nordaustlandet. Here we will hope to make land to enjoy a walk across the barren tundra in search of birdlife and wildlife, and enjoy the feeling of standing in one of the most northernly places on the planet.

Liefdefjord - Monaco Glacier

Liefdefjord - Monaco Glacier

Overnight we will have sailed into Liefdefjord and spectacular landscapes greet us as we wake this morning. The plan for a thoroughly enjoyable morning will be a slow cruise along the broad glacier front of Monacobreen which will offer a fantastic insight into the glacial forces here and the unique formations of icebergs.

We also plan to visit Texas Bar, a famous old trapper cabin that was built in 1927 and is surrounded by unforgettable scenery.

Ny Ålesund - Ny London

Ny Ålesund - Ny London

Our final full day of exploration in Svalbard will see us sailing back south along the west coast to the reach the beautiful Kongsfjord area to land at the famous former mining settlement of Ny Ålesund for an enjoyable walk to learn about the history and scientific importance of this area.

On the opposite side of the fjord we find the abandoned marble mining settlement of Ny London where we can take a walk amongst the ruins of workshops, locomotives and cranes that signify the mining rush of days past.

Before arriving back in Longyearbyen we will explore around the exceptionally scenic Isfjord area to search for more wildlife sightings and discover even more unforgettable landscapes.

Longyearbyen to Oslo

Longyearbyen to Oslo

After breakfast this morning it will sadly be time to bid farewell to the crew as you disembark in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for your included flight back to Oslo.

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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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.
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