Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife of Svalbard

Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife of Svalbard


Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife of Svalbard

10 Days Starting and ending in Longyearbyen

Visiting: Arctic

Tour operator:

Exodus Adventure Travels

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 199

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Tour Overview

This voyage provides the opportunity to get a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer, from Polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. Be treated to daily presentations by the Expedition Team on board the ship, and daily wildlife sightings on land. Hike, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Arctic on this adventure to Spitsbergen.


  • Explore the remarkable Svalbard Archipelago in 24 hour daylight

  • Travel in a small expedition vessel

  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff

  • Incredible wildlife viewing including seabirds, walrus, Arctic foxes and Polar bears


Day 1

Our Arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. If you
arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and green spaces to keep
you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.

Day 2

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private
charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, where
you’ll have some time to explore before embarkation. As theship sets sail,
enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains
rising majestically from icy waters.

Day 3-9

Cruise around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. The
expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and
outlying islands to the north. From Polar flora to immense glaciers, the
natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. Each expedition
presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so there is no
fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we may visit include the 14th of
July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The
destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an
appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen.

The island offers multiple opportunities for wildlife photography. Spotting
Polar bears is more likely here than almost anywhere else, as the Svalbard
archipelago is one of their preferred hunting areas. The towering cliffs of
Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brunnich’s guillemots
(Thick-billed murres).

Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. These
giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies
for a choice spot of coastline.

In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The tundra can be
surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of
sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something interesting, whether it is unique
Arctic wildlife, a Polar bear resting between hunts, or abandoned sites from
centuries ago.

Day 10

The time to say goodbye has come. Our Arctic adventure ends as it began, in
the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer
you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo.

What's Included

  • Meals
    2 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 2 dinners.

* All meals while on the ship
* Beer and house wine during dinner
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Full complement of qualified Expedition Staff
* We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

What's Not Included

  • Mandatory transfer package (including charter flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen return) which is from £700 per person (or equivalent in booking currency) paid upon booking

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

  • Travel insurance

  • Visas or vaccinations


All meals while on the ship included.

*Typical Meals*

The ships galley offers good quality service and cuisine throughout, with
excellent chefs preparing international menus including vegetarian dishes,
accompanied by a wide variety of drinks from around the world on sale.

*Breakfast:* Buffet style – unlimited tea and coffee, a selection of fruit
juices, hot options including bacon and eggs or omelettes, a selection of
bread and toast and jam/honey/marmalade, fruit and cereal.

* Lunch:* Three course set meal or buffet, or the occasional BBQ.

*Dinner:* Three or four courses with a starter of soup and/or salad, a choice
of mains with at least one vegetarian option and a dessert, with tea and

Vegetarians and vegans can be well catered for on this holiday - please do
inform us before departure of any special dietary requests so that our local
team can be well prepared.


The Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife of Svalbard voyage is offered on the Ocean Adventurer and the Ultramarine which are Polar Adventure Ships. One night in a standard hotel in Helsinki is included. Full board accommodation on the ship, generally on a twin share basis in a variety of cabin types, all with en suite facilities. Please visit the Polar Fleet page for Ship Information and Deck Plans.

Polar Adventure Ships

These are small ice rated vessels well qualified for Polar waters. Intimate adventures are always more enjoyable with like-minded passengers and staff, so these voyages are for people who like flexible itineraries and plenty to keep them busy. Activities include frequent Zodiac excursions, trekking, kayaking and many hours on deck in areas that other ships only dream about accessing. Food and staff are superb and every guest benefits from the technical advances of this superb fleet. Rest assured our Polar Adventure Ships enable any traveller to maximize their experience sensitively in the Poles.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?


  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    18+ age people can go on this tour.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    We can include flights from the UK. Please contact us for a quote.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

What an amazing trip !!

We loved every moment of this trip - the ship (Oce

We loved every moment of this trip - the ship (Ocean Adventurer) was extremely comfortable the food and service was second to none the guides were experts in their fields and passionate about the wildlife and the area. We were lucky enough to see Polar Bears in their own Enviroment as well as Puffins, Seals.Walrusss,Artic fox and other bird species. I would advise anyone thinking about this trip to go ahead and do it !!

Introduction to Spitsbergen

A thoroughly we organised and interesting trip.

A thoroughly we organised and interesting trip.

On top of the world with an incredible crew

More of an expedition around a remote arctic archi

More of an expedition around a remote arctic archipelago than a cruise. Everyday provided a different exciting element of wildlife and nature features, with plenty of time to relax and reflect. We were very lucky with the weather and we’re able to go twice a day on zodiacs. We saw incredible birds, walruses, seals, reindeer, arctic fox, and polar bear. In fact we saw 10 polar bears from different distances. Very clearly. Final we also saw a big chunk of glazier wall breaking up and falling in the sea with a loud noise and subsequent tsunami. The ship was very comfortable and the crew was fantastic and very patient. Food outstanding.

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  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Exodus Adventure Travels allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform exodus adventure travels, 43 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Exodus Adventure Travels requires a minimum deposit of 25% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of exodus adventure travels charges.

    Up to 70 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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