Every day is a new adventure as you explore Spitsbergen in Depth. 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 2-12 Circumnavigate Spitsbergen View Polar bears, walrus, seabirds and incredible landscapes
Day 13 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

Your Spitsbergen Arctic voyage begins in Longyearbyen when you board your ship the Ocean Nova. Enjoy views of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains, rising majestically from icy waters.

Days 2-12 Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

Polar bear and cub Spitsbergen

Every day is a new adventure as you circumnavigate Spitsbergen. First head North where you will explore smaller, outlying islands. 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, Ny London, Phippsøya, Alkefjellet and the seldom-visited Kvitøya.


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).

Spitsbergen Tundra

Stopping at sites such as Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhornet you may spot reindeer. The Expedition Team will keep an eye out for polar bears during the voyage and no doubt you will spot a few, particularly in Phippsøya and Isbukta which are two of the bears’ preferred places for hunting, where you may even see them in action.


Visit old waling sites from the 16th century at Smeerenburg. You will see colourful tundra meadows which look particulauly striking as icebergs bob in the bays. Keep your eyes out for the rare beluga whales.

Day 13 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: contact@arctictravelcentre.com.au

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.