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Expedition Cruise on board the M/V Polar Star

11 days / 10 nights, Oslo - Longyearbyen - Isfjord - Barentsburg - Ny Ålesund -

Kongs Fjord - Magdalene Fjord - Wood Fjord - Amsterdamøya - Danskøya -

Hinlopenstrait - Austfonna Glacier - Longyearbyen - Oslo

Standard Departure Dates:
June 13 - 23, June 20 - 30, June 27 - July 07, July 04 - 14, July 11 - 21, August 01 - 11, August 08 - 18

Peak Departure Dates:
July 18 - 28, July 25 - August 04



Featuring Expedition Guides, Lecturers and Zodiac Landings

Towards the very top of the Northern Hemisphere lies the Svalbard Archipelago. It is the most accessible high Arctic area in the world, yet its vast expanses of pristine nature appear almost completely untouched by humans. Large parts of Svalbard are national parks and nature preserves outside the few human settlements. There are no roads connecting the settlements, making Svalbard one of the few remaining areas of unspoiled wilderness. Surprisingly rich in fauna and flora, that has adapted to the demanding arctic conditions, many places are green and lush, with beautiful flowers in many colors. Fascinating geology, ancient rock formations, rich deposits of coal, fossilized plants, several hundred million years old, are still commonly found. Svalbard provides a wealth of wildlife, and our expedition cruises will reward you with views of colonies of nesting sea birds, mammals, reindeer, arctic fox, and the king of Svalbard, the polar bear, with an estimated number of 2,500 bears in the Svalbard area.


Spitsbergen with its rugged mountains, sweeping tundra, ice caps and glaciers is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, and only 600 miles from the North Pole. Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen has a population of over 3000, and about 1000 people live in the Russian settlement Barentsburg, but the island’s 62,000 sq. km are largely unspoiled. The coasts are ice free in the summer and colorful wildflowers, mosses and lichens abound. Depending on ice conditions, our aim on this voyage is to circumnavigate Spitsbergen clockwise or counter-clockwise, with the emphasis on exploring key locations in the east, where Polar Bears abound. Late in the summer, the ice has usually broken up sufficiently to allow passage through Hinlopen Strait or via Kvitøya, a remote island east of Nordaustlandet, to give access to the wildlife-rich east and abundance of bird life.


Depart Tuesdays from the U.S. on your transatlantic flight to Oslo.


Arrival in Oslo and transfer to downtown. You'll have the rest of the day to explore this interesting capital with its sights including the Vigeland Park, Viking Ship, the Norwegian Folk Museum, and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Overnight at Hotel.


Breakfast at your hotel. Day at leisure. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Longyearbyen. Arrive in Longyearbyen shortly after midnight, where you'll be met by a guide and transfer to the Spitsbergen Hotel. Overnight Spitsbergen Hotel.


After breakfast, an information meeting will be held. Time on you own before lunch. After lunch enjoy a sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen before embarking the ice breaker M/V Polar Star, where a welcome meeting will be held, familiarizing you with the ship and crew. Now your adventure begins-seals, whales, an abundant birdlife, unique Arctic flora, and hopefully, polar bears will fill your days. Your journey is enhanced by daily lectures covering each day's upcoming itinerary, and questions regarding places and sights already experienced. On your way out of the Isfjord, you'll call at Barentsburg, a Russian mining community, and the headquarters for Russian activities in Svalbard, where you'll enjoy a guided tour.



Today you'll have reached the northern parts of the Prins Karls Forland Island, one of many natural parks, with its sharply-peaked mountains on all sides surrounded by massive glaciers that will take your breath away, and a remarkable wildlife, including walruses, seals, wild reindeer, and Arctic foxes.

Continue passed the majestic Kongsfjord to the international research center of Ny-Ålesund, also the starting point for many 1920s expeditions trying for the North Pole, where you'll enjoy a guided tour. Then proceed north to the famous Magdalenefjord, one of the most beautiful fjords in Spitsbergen, with its steep, towering rock faces edged by surrounding rugged mountains interrupted by several glaciers. Thousands of rare little auks can be found here, and whale spotting is possible.

You'll then enter into the Smeerenburgfjord, another spectacular fjord, and the first stop will be at Amsterdamøya and Danskøya. Visit the old whale hunting site where the Dutch whalers started up whaling in the seventh century. In Zodiacs, you'll cross the narrow sound over to Virgohamna at Danskoya, most famous as the starting point for the Swede Andrée in his 1897 attempt to reach the North Pole with the balloon Eagle.

Farther along the north coast, landing sites and the route of the ship are dependent on weather and ice conditions. Early in the season, there may be pack ice, making it difficult to go far north, but the chance of seeing large Arctic animals is greater at this time of year. The aim is to cross the 80-degree latitude line and try to reach the more easterly parts of Spitsbergen.



Today you'll continue round the northeast corner of Spitsbergen, while Nordaustlandet appears in the distance. Enter into the spectacular Woodfjord, weather permitting. You'll have the opportunity to take a closer look at the impressive Monaco Glacier and make Zodiac landings for an up-close experience of the animals, birds, and wildflowers that give color and vitality to the harsh beauty of the High Arctic.



Glaciers, fjords and ice will dominate these days. King Winter never really relaxes his grip on the east coast of Spitsbergen, which is majestic in its infinite silence. Here you'll find some of Svalbard's most desolate regions, including Nordaustlandet, the second largest island, which is for the most part completely covered by two enormous glaciers. The larger one, Austfonna, has a spectacular front 124 miles and is the origin of Svalbard's largest icebergs. While navigating through Hinlopen Strait you'll enjoy fjords on each side. Weather permitting, participate in a Zodiac landing for a close-up encounter with the glacier ice.

Alternative route early in the season: North along Nordaustlandet, via Wahlenbergfjord, and then on in the direction of Sjuoyane. Alternative route later in the season: via Edgeøya, Storfjord and around the Southern Cape. The program will depend on weather and ice conditions. Ships can sail through Hinlopen Strait early in the season, ice conditions permitting. Early summer is for those who want to experience large amounts of ice and an abundance of bird life. Consider later in the season to go further east, and perhaps sail around all of Spitsbergen.

Early morning arrival in Longyearbyen. Transfer with your guide to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (or optional night in Oslo).


Back to Top    MV Polar Star Cabin Plan

Departure Dates 2006
Spitsbergen Grand Expedition, 11 days

Standard Departures:

June 13 - 23 / June 20 – 30 / June 27 - July 07

July 04 - 14 / July 11 - 21

August 01 - 11 / August 08 - 18

Peak Departures:
July 18 - 28

July 25 - August 04


Prices in US Dollars, per person in double



 Cabin Description






Double (twin), private facilities / windows*


 K2 - D Double (twin), private facilities / windows* 6,245 6,465
 K3 - D Double (twin), private facilities / windows 6,365 6,545

 K4 - T

3 bed superior cabin, private facilities

5,955 6,180

 K5 - D

Double superior cabin, private facilities

6,505 6,685

 K6 - D

Double Junior Suite, windows

7,220 7,400

 K7 - D

Double Suite, Amundsen and Nansen

8,090 8,375

    Single supplement


* Partly obstructed view on deck 3

** Fares do not include an airline fuel surcharge of $180 per person and a fuel bunker fee of $75 per person. This surcharge will appear separately on your invoice

Prices quoted in USD per passenger in cabin categories as described. Subject to availability and change.

Due to continuous increase in the fuel costs, the shipping line had to increase the fuel surcharge on all cruise departures and expeditions including cruise transports.
The fuel charge is imposed on all reservations made in 2006
The fuel surcharge will be:

USD$ 76.00 for the Expedition Cruise (6 days) per passenger.



  • SAS flights, Newark - Oslo, round trip 

  • SAS flight, Oslo - Longyearbyen - Oslo

  • Transfers in Spitsbergen as indicated in itinerary

  • Services of expedition guides

  • 2 nights hotel accommodations, including breakfast

  • Accommodations onboard the M/V Polar Star in select cabin category

  • Three meals daily shipboard

  • Port charges

Not Included

  • Add-on airfares for gateways other than New York

  • Airport Taxes

  • An airline fuel surcharge of $180 per person and a fuel bunker fee of $75 per person 

  • Pre- and post land arrangements

  • Gratuities

  • Personal insurance / personal items

  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended)

  • Fuel Surcharge   

  • $ 25 Service fee

Add-ons: Tour Options
  • Additional hotel stay in Oslo
Please note:

All prices are subject to alteration.

Day-by-day itinerary is subject to change due to weather and ice conditions, and might differ from one departure to another.

Fuel Surcharge of $ 76 per passenger will apply 

List of Hotels

Night 2

Hotel Bristol

Oslo / Norway


Night 3

Spitsbergen Hotel

Longyearbyen / Svalbard


Night 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

On board MV Polar Star


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