Single Cabins Available
Circumnavigate Svalbard 11 DaysAboard: Ocean Albatros Ocean Atlantic
Set sail for the immense beauty of Svalbard on this thrilling Arctic expedition. With the goal of reaching the pack ice at 80° north before circumnavigating around the entirety of the island, you will discover a world of spectacular scenery and enchanting wildlife including the possibility of spotting Polar Bears. Travelling in the Arctic’s high summer, this is the perfect opportunity to discover the natural life on 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.
This trip operates on various dates aboard 2 different vessels. 10 day and 11 day itineraries are available. Mentioned activities may not be applicable to all departure dates. Please enquire for full rates and dates.
- 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)
- Circumnavigate around the whole island of Svalbard
- 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
- Snowshoeing and kayaking options (select departures - fees apply)
- 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
Single Cabins Available
This vessel offers single occupancy cabins, which is a perfect option for solo travellers. Travelling alone is often the best way to see the world. No responsibilities, no difficult choices and no trying to please anyone else…just you, your itinerary and your adventurous spirit!
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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.
Ny Ålesund - 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.
Heading north, overnight we will have passed Prins Karls Forland to 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. There will also be chance to visit the world’s northernmost Post Office.
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.
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
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.
Monaco Glacier & 80 Degrees North
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.
The afternoon 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”.
Sjuøyane / Nordaustlandet
A thrilling day at sea today will see us push even further into the pack ice where the captain will cruise slowly between the floes to look for wildlife.
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.
In the evening we will cruise south into the Hinlopen Strait which separates Nordaustlandet from Spitsbergen.
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.
Edgeøya & Sørkapp
If the ice is passable through the Hinlopen Strait, we will continue our circumnavigation today and cruise through the scenic Freemansundet which separates Barentsøya and Edgeøya to land at Kapp Lee. We will also hope to enjoy a Zodiac cruise along the coast of Edgeøya, Svalbard’s third largest island.
Overnight we will sail west across Sørkapp on the southern coast of the island, and then north along the west coast.
This morning will see us arrive in the spectacular Hornsund area, where the 30kms long fjord with its glaciers and towering coastal mountains make it one of the most beautiful and impressive regions in all of Svalbard. We will spend some time here soaking up the incredibly impressive surroundings and the ice shows that may unfold before us, as well as enjoying a possible visit to the Polish research station that can be found here.
As we are travelling in the Arctic summer, the ice will hopefully have melted enough for us to visit the Bellsund fjord area today, where we will explore around in search of wildlife sightings and scenic photo opportunities. A landing at Vårsol Bay should bring us close to an impressive little auk cliff whilst a walk along the tundra and beach may reward in sightings of Svalbard reindeer and the chance to spot remains from early industrial eras.
During lunch, we will cross the fjord along the 4 km long (but quite narrow) island of Akseloya. We will make a Zodiac landing at Calypsobyen in Recherche Fjord, a previous mining area which offers visitors a glimpse of the era of Neo-Industrialism. A pleasant walk can also be enjoyed along the tundra.
Prince Karls Forland
Overnight we will have sailed into Forlandssundet which separates Spitsbergen from Prince Karls Forland and is an excellent place to spot (and smell!) walruses, who haul out here in large numbers. We will visit Poolepynten for a close-up look at these iconic animals before sailing back into the exceptionally scenic Isfjord area to search for more wildlife sightings and discover even more unforgettable landscapes. We will arrive back into Longyearbyen this evening.
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.
A view from Above
The brand-new (November 2022) Ocean Albatros has been built to the highest Polar code 6 and Ice class 1A and is the ideal vessel for small-ship cruising due to its sturdy construction and X-Bow®-Infinity class, which provides high stability in rough weather and allows for the smoothest movements on high waves. Designed to surpass environmentally friendly standards, the Ocean Albatros is part of the Green Initiative Program and is a low-energy vessel with 4 diesel engines and 2 electro engines, all controlled electronically to optimize speed and fuel consumption. The ship will have more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels. The vessel also features a Solas 2012 classification which facilitates a safe return to port. The 95 very comfortable and stylishly furnished staterooms and suites, which are split into 9 different categories with varying features, all offer unobstructed sea views and the majority of these also offer a private balcony. 12 dedicated solo travel cabins are also available without a single supplement. The communal areas on board this high-end vessel include 2 restaurants, an Albatros Nordic Bar, a fantastic panorama sauna, open-air swimming pool with lounging deck and jacuzzis, an open deck dining area, wellness area with gym and Polar spa, an observation lounge, boutique giftshop and a modern lecture theatre.
The newly renovated (2016) Ocean Atlantic expedition ship is the perfect vessel for comfortable cruising through the Polar waters, with an international ice class rating of 1B, high manoeuvrability, elegant communal areas and good quality accommodation for up to 198 passengers. Each of the private staterooms feature either windows or portholes and have been stylishly appointed to offer comfort and space. Each room has its own private bathroom facilities, individual temperature controls and a TV. The bright and spacious restaurant offers 4-star international cuisine surrounded by sea views, whilst the professionally staffed bar is the perfect spot to relax with a drink after a long day of exploration. On the observation deck you will find an open-air swimming pool and jacuzzi, and below deck you will find a gym and a sauna. The ship also features a library, panorama lounge and a lecture theatre.
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