Spitsbergen is home to the iconic polar bear, as well as whales, seals, walrus, Svalbard reindeer and tens of thousands of seabirds. Exploring the tundra and the snow covered landscape is a breathtaking experience. See the best that Spitsbergen has to offer.
Day Place Highlights Day 1 Oslo, Norway Arrive in Norway and explore this vibrant city Day 2 Longyearbyen Embark on your voyage in Longyearbyen Day 3-11 Circumnavigate Spitsbergen View Polar bears, walrus, seabirds and incredible landscapes Day 12 Longyearbyen Disembark the ship in Longyearbyen, fly to Oslo
The Greg Mortimer is a new purpose built, polar expedition vessel taking 120 guests. This vessel has been designed in close consultation with Antarctic expedition specialists and is the first expedition cruise ship designed with the ULSTEIN X-BOW hull. This cutting edge nautical technology allows for gentle travel and motion at sea, improved comfort and safety on-board, reduced vibrations, lower fuel consumption and emissions and ‘virtual anchoring’ which means the ship can float anchor-less while launching the Zodiacs without disturbing delicate sea floor areas. There are four sea-level launching platforms for fast and efficient access to and from Zodiacs.
Your 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 spending the night at the airport hotel. There will be a briefing in the afternoon where you will have a welcome drink and meet your fellow travellers.
This morning you will join a group transfer to the airport and fly from Oslo to Longyearbyen. (This flight is not included in the voyage price and will need to be booked separately. Our consultants will organise this for you).
Longyearbyen is the largest settlement in Spitsbergen. You will be met at the airport and and have a tour of this remote town. Your Spitsbergen Arctic cruise begins in Longyearbyen when you board your ship. Enjoy views of the rugged, glacier-topped mountains, rising from icy waters.
Svalbard offers Arctic wilderness at its best. Our experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design our day-to-day itinerary, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, sea-ice conditions and wildlife encounters.
Phenomenal fjords, magnificent mountains ranges and a polar desert rich in fossils set the stage for heroic tales of early exploration. See walrus hauled-out on sea ice or on beaches. On land, stretch our legs on walks across tundra coming out in brightly-coloured wildflowers. We visit towering cliffs noisy with nesting guillemots and puffins, and scree slopes that hold Svalbard’s largest little auk colonies. Most memorable are encounters with the majestic polar bear on pack ice. Your expedition team is just as keen as you to find them— they will be on constant watch to spot these inspiring creatures.
If you have chosen an optional activity such as kayaking, you’ll have the option to enjoy the activity when conditions allow. For those who are enthusiastic to participate in a polar plunge, as soon as conditions are suitable, you’ll hear the announcement to prepare for an exhilarating plunge, a memory you’ll savour for years to come.
Your adventure ends in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. Farewell the expedition team. From here you may wish to fly to Oslo and continue on your journey home or perhaps explore Europe. Our consultants will be able to make these arrangements for you.