This 9 day voyage is a perfect introduction to Spitsbergen. Every day is a new adventure as you see polar bears, sea birds, 16th century whaling sites, beautiful landscapes and bays filled with icebergs.



Day Place Highlights
Day 1 Longyearbyen Embark on your voyage in Longyearbyen
Day 2-8 Spitsbergen Explore the west coast of Spitsbergen. View Polar bears, walrus, seabirds and incredible landscapes.
Day 9 Longyearbyen Disembark the ship in Longyearbyen


Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. The vessel has capacity for 68 passengers accommodated in simple and comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including twin, triple and dedicated single cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, she also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library and an infirmary.

With a maximum of just 68 guests not only can they all be accommodated on a single flight from (or to) Punta Arenas – she also can get everyone into zodiacs and ashore in a short period of time – maximising exploration time.

Day 1 Longyearbyen, Norway

Longyearbyen Spitsbergen Svalbard

Disembark on the ship Ocean Nova in Longyearbyen, the largest settlement on Spitsbergen. As the ship pulls out you will enjoy views of the mountainous landscape surrounding this remote village.

Days 2-8 Explore Spitsbergen

Polar bear and cub Spitsbergen

Every day is a new adventure as you travel along the west coast of Spitsbergen. First head North where you will explore smaller, outlying islands and fjords. There is an incredible variety wildlife and geological formations found here.


Every expedition will be different, depending on the weather and ice, but we do hope to visit a few of our favourite landing sites, including the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet, Hornsund, Smee  and Hinlopen Strait, constantly looking for wildlife as well as stopping at points of historical and geographical interest. Seeing a polar bear in the wild is almost guaranteed, with Hornsund being a preferred hunting ground of the Polar Bear and the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet providing bird eggs that both polar bears and arctic foxes enjoy as a tasty snack.

At Poolepynton you will see a walrus haul-out which is quite a noisy scene as each walrus competes for their own spot on the beach.


For birders, the 14th of July Glacier is home to purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese and arctic terns, while Alkefjellet is home to nesting Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).

Day 9 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Longyearbyen Spitsbergen Svalbard

Your adventure ends in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

To book this cruise contact us on 1300 784 794 or email:

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.