West Svalbard - Antarctic Cruise

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Embark on an unparalleled voyage of luxury and discovery to the Arctic aboard our deluxe cruise, where adventure awaits amidst the  landscapes of West Svalbard and the awe-inspiring Polar Ice Edge. Join us as we navigate through icy waters, surrounded by towering glaciers and rugged coastlines, on a journey that promises to enchant and inspire at every turn. Immerse yourself in the wilderness of the Arctic, where polar bears roam freely and majestic wildlife thrives in its natural habitat.

10 Day Artic Itinerary

Day 1: Oslo

Oslo was named the "Green Capital of Europe" in 2019. You'll be staying in a hotel near the Oslo Airport so you can easily catch your flight on Day 2 to Longyearbyen.

Take the airport train to central Oslo, if you are adventurous and have time. Trains depart and arrive throughout the day. Oslo Central Station is surrounded by shops, cafés, the Botanical Garden and cultural attractions.

Day 2: Longyearbyen

You will fly to Longyearbyen today (regular flight), which is the administrative centre of Svalbard, and where we begin our Arctic Expedition! Our staff will greet you at the Longyearbyen Airport and transfer you to the dock where you will board the expedition ship. Set up your suite, and then explore your ship. This will be home for the next few days. Your expedition team will provide you with comprehensive briefings as well as introductions once the ship is underway. Step out on the decks after the first delicious dinner to enjoy the beautiful scenery and endless evening lights as we sail through Isfjorden - one of Svalbard's largest fjords.

Day 3 to 9: Spitsbergen & Ny Alesund

This itinerary focuses on western Spitsbergen - the largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago - and its spectacular coasts, islands, and fjords. The area is home to some of Svalbard’s most stunning scenery, as well as the best opportunities for viewing wildlife in the Arctic. The weather conditions and the ice will determine our exact itinerary and route. In our exploration area, we can see polar bears or other Arctic icons at any time.

South Spitsbergen National Park is one of the most pristine areas of this trip. It's a huge region with polar deserts, impassable mountain ranges, and countless glaciers. Hornsund is the centerpiece of the park, an idyllic fjord with countless glaciers that cascade down from mountaintops to icy bays. We are certain to see fast ice, which is sea ice fastened along the shore, at this time of year. It is possible to observe polar bears hunting for ringed sea seals. This park includes Bellsund's southern shores, where you can see the remnants of historic whaling operations. These include wooden boats, log cabins, and thousands of bones of whales. The area offers hiking trails through landscapes rich in Arctic birdlife and flora, as well fascinating geology.

On our way, we will also pass the Northwest Spitsbergen National Park - the crowning jewel of Svalbard. We find huge tidewater glaciers that calve icebergs in turquoise water, and deep fjords flanked with serrated mountains. This area is alive and teeming with Arctic seabirds. We are in the right place at the right time on this trip to see the millions of murres and guillemots returning to their breeding grounds, which include small islands, mountainsides and sea cliffs. It is also possible to see marine mammals such as various types of seals, Arctic whales and other species. In the midst of this amazing scenery, wildlife and activity we can also see evidence from Svalbard’s first sealers and whaling.

Forlandet National Park is also included in our exploration area. Prins Karls Forland is one of Svalbard's best spots to see walrus herds hauled on land. North Isforden National Park is also along this route, and we can see endemic Svalbard Reindeer grazing in the lush tundra.

Ny Alesund is a town that was once inhabited by a mining community and an airship base, but now houses arctic researchers from around the world. It is the most northern settlement in the world, with a post office, a gift shop and a museum.

We make an extra effort to get to the edge of the pack ice. We have a unique opportunity to observe the dynamic interplay of polar bears with seals at this boundary, which is a transition between sea ice and ocean. In order to observe polar bears, we will bring the ship as near as possible and safely the constantly moving and jumbled ice floes. The ice is close to mainland Spitsbergen at this time of the year and we will spend a short time on open waters.

West Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge offers an amazing variety of Arctic animals and landscapes with a minimum amount of sailing between excursions. Each day brings something exciting and new. The opportunity to see incredible Arctic scenery and wildlife as well as walk in the steps of historical expeditions will never be missed.

Day 10: Longyearbyen

We will provide you with transfers to Longyearbyen after your last breakfast buffet onboard. You may be planning your next trip to the polar regions with us!

Itinerary Map

West Svalbard

10 Day Artic Itinerary Includes

  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All scheduled landings/excursions
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • WiFi on board
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Predeparture materials
  • Digital Voyage Log

10 Day Artic Itinerary Does not Include

  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person
  • Staff gratuities

10 Day Artic Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore South Spitsbergen's stunning landscapes, home to majestic glaciers and roaming polar bears.
  • Discover Northwest Spitsbergen's beauty, with deep fjords, towering peaks, and vibrant wildlife
  • Experience the Forlandet National Park, where walruses bask on land and reindeer graze in lush meadows.
  • Visit Ny Alesund, a former mining town turned research hub, and explore its history and culture amidst Arctic landscapes.
  • Venture to The Polar Ice Edge, where polar bears hunt amidst shifting floes.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 9 Dinners
  • 10 Lunches
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10 Day Artic cruise activities

Sea Kayaking
Under full instruction from your sea kayaking guide, experience true tranquillity as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realise the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. Some experience is required.
Ice Camping
Camp out on the ice and experience the silence which blankets the continent by night. This is your chance to completely connect with this ethereal ice world – wrap up warm and embrace the Antarctic elements.
Get a spring in your step when you slip on a pair of snowshoes in Antarctica. Enabling you to easily scale gentle slopes, this unique activity allows you to access hard to reach places and seek out the most impressive views.
Learn to capture wildlife and landscape shots in a small group photography program, including critiquing sessions and editing classes. Plus, Explorer Boat excursions with a dedicated photography expert on landings.
Explorer Boats
Achieve the best views and photographs from a forward facing Explorer Boats. They allow you to sit comfortably and securely while crackling through the ice-strewn waters. Look out for wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales as you cruise.
It doesn’t get more serene than complimentary yoga classes to the tune of glacial scenery. Join the most unique exercise setting in the world after a day of exploration. Classes are regular but are dependent on weather conditions and swell.
West Svalbard
10 Days
From $7,895.00 per person

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