Polar bear on the pack ice | Svalbard | Norway
FROM: AUD $10,065 pp
Wild Wonders of the Arctic - 8 days map

Enjoy the immense beauty of Svalbard on this 8-day expedition cruise to the remote Norwegian archipelago. Take in the wild wonders of the Arctic as we cruise among whales, walruses, polar bears and millions of sea birds. Marvel at jaw-dropping glaciers and colossal icebergs, see ruined mining communities and cruise along shimmering fjords.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Expedition Ship
Deck Plan

Trip Highlights

Longyearbyen - Start your voyage in the northernmost town in the world.
North West Svalbard - Discover one of the largest protected wilderness areas in Europe, where Walrus can be found lazing on beaches and polar bears wander
North Svalbard - Spot wonderful birdlife on the barren, high Arctic islands of Nordaustlandet and Sjuoyane islands
Kongsfjord - Marvel at the spectacular scenery in one of the most beautiful and tranquil places on Earth
Experience high summer in the Arctic with Ocean Albatros - one of the few ice-class expedition ships built to withstand the polar pack ice.
Northeast Svalbard - See glaciers flow from the mountains into the sea in this vast icy wilderness and spot hardy animals such as Arctic foxes on the chilly shores
Svalbard Pack Ice - Enter the vast shape-shifting realm of floating ice which crowns our planet, stretching all the way to the North Pole and look out for polar bears hunting for prey
Ny Alesund - Explore this settlement of scientific stations, which is in fact further north than Longyearbyen.

Included

8 day / 7 night cruise on the Ocean Albatros in an en suite outside cabin in the category chosen
Free coffee, tea, and afternoon snacks on the ship
Services of an English-speaking expedition team
Nature hikes and Zodiac cruises per itinerary
Special photo workshop
Digital visual journal link after the voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list, and more
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners - full board with a dinner drink package
Welcome and farewell cocktails
Guided walks with the expedition team
Information briefings and lectures by the expedition team
Taxes, tariffs, and landing fees

Not Included

Optional Transfer Package: Flights between Oslo - Longyearbyen - Oslo and group transfer between Svalbard Airport and the vessel. To be booked 11 months prior to departure at an additional cost
Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 16 per person per day)
International flights and visas
Beverages (other than coffee and tea and dinner-drink package)

Itinerary

Day 1

Longyearbyen, Spitbergen

Welcome to Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago which lies midway between continental Norway and the North Pole! Fly into Svalbard Airport, 5kms from Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard. Make your way to our expedition cruise ship, the Ocean Albatros, which is docked in the port of Longyearbyen.

Board the ship and settle in. The Expedition leader will provide a safety briefing as well as information about the daily routine onboard. Then head onto the outer deck to enjoy a glass of champagne as we leave civilisation behind and our Arctic Adventure commences.

Please note: An optional transfer package will be available to book 11 months prior to departure. This includes flights between Oslo - Longyearbyen - Oslo and a group transfer between Longyearbyen Airport and the vessel.
Overnight: Ocean Albatros  |  Dinner

Days 2-3

North West Svalbard

We spend day 2 and 3 exploring North West Svalbard, a vast wilderness with a rich history dating back to early human explorations. Discover remnants of the past, from Dutch whaling settlements to the thriving wildlife that now calls this area home. Witness Arctic flora and fauna flourishing amidst the harsh conditions, keeping a vigilant eye out for polar bears in their natural habitat.
Overnight: Ocean Albatros  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 4

Northeast Svalbard

This morning we cruise into the icy expanses of northeastern Svalbard, which is characterized by rocky landscapes and towering glaciers. Despite its barren appearance, this region teems with life, from Arctic foxes to seabirds nesting on rocky cliffs. We explore the coastal waters and keep an eye out for walruses as we navigate through this remote wilderness.

The exact locations we visit will depend on the sea, wind and ice conditions in the area, which vary year on year, and can change rapidly even in summer - this is the essence of polar exploration, moving with the rhythms of Mother Nature, and taking the opportunities to explore which she provides!
Overnight: Ocean Albatros  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

North Svalbard

On day 5 we reach the northly coasts Svalbard, which are some of the northmost pieces of land on Earth! We hope to reach the island of Nordaustlandet and the smaller islands of Sjuøyane. Weather permitting we will land and explore the desolate landscapes of these remote islands. Encountering unique flora and fauna adapted to extreme conditions, with opportunities for birdwatching amidst the barren terrain. The birdlife is rich in this area, with flocks of grazing geese and some of the rarer gulls frequently seen on these islands. So pack your binoculars!

As the day draws to a close we set course towards the Arctic ice pack, a vast expanse stretching from Svalbard to the North Pole.
Overnight: Ocean Albatros  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Into the Pack Ice

Experience the mesmerising environment of the Arctic ice pack, a dynamic realm filled with diverse wildlife. Witness the beauty of floating ice formations and encounter seals, beluga whales, and possibly polar bears as you navigate through icy channels. Marvel at the resilience of life in this extreme environment, guided by the expertise of your expedition leader.

The Arctic ice pack is one of Earth's largest habitats, although unlike most it varies hugely year on year, expanding in winter and retreating in summer. The location of the sea ice around Svalbard can also vary wildly - however, your Expedition Leader will work hard to maximise our chances of wildlife sightings and exploring this impossibly remote environment.
Overnight: Ocean Albatros  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Kongsfjord

During the night we cruise past the saw-toothed mountains of Prins Karls Forland and arrive in magnificent Kongsfjord. Wake up and soak up the serene beauty of this remote corner of the world. Surrounded by rugged mountains, Kongsfjord is bound by the magnificent Kongsbreen and Kongvegen Glaciers and the Three Crowns (a set of mountains said to represent the monarchies of Norway, Sweden and Denmark). We land and explore the historic settlement of Ny Alesund, the northernmost human settlement on Earth (if a group of scientific stations, a post office and a single shop open for a few hours can be described as a settlement)! The geographical location of these islands has made them the staging post for exploratory and scientific expeditions for centuries - a proud legacy which continues to this day.
Overnight: Ocean Albatros  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Longyearbyen

Ny Alesund - Longyearbyen. Today our expedition cruise comes to an end as we return to the port of Longyearbyen. Enjoy a final breakfast onboard before we disembark the Ocean Albatros. Make your own way back to Svalbard Airport for your flight back to the Norwegian mainland.

Note: If you book the optional transfer package, a group transfer back to the airport and flight to Oslo will be included.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

The prices shown are per person based on twin occupancy sharing a Category D Twin/Double Cabin with porthole on the Ocean Albatros ship. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single cabin. 'Single Room' prices are based on Category G Single Room.

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2025
Twin Share
Single Room
AUD $10,065
AUD $12,975

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Ocean Albatros, Norway Expedition Cruising

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Expedition Ship

Making her debut in November 2022 the Ocean Albatros is set to become one of the most popular expedition cruise vessels in the world. With the highest Polar code 6 and Ice class 1A, the Ocean Albatros is ideal for small-ship expedition cruising in the Arctic, with a sturdy construction offering high stability in rough weather. For shore landings the ship has 18 motorized rubber ‘Zodiac’ boats, taking you to exciting areas that the larger vessel can't reach. This state-of-the-art vessel is also part of a new generation of low-energy vessels, ensuring it's environmentally friendly with a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition ships. There are 95 comfortable cabins and suites on board, including 12 single cabins. All of the cabins are spacious with an en suite bathroom, sofa and a TV, with either portholes or windows, offering an unobstructed sea view. The higher category of cabins also have their own balcony. On board you can soak up the scenery and spot wildlife from the viewing deck and observation lounge or head to the Sunpool Deck to enjoy the swimming pool, jacuzzi and pool bar. The spa boasts a unique panorama sauna and there's a gym if you want to work up a sweat. Enjoy tasty international cuisine in the two on board restaurants and relax with a drink in the Nordic bar after an incredible day spotting giant glaciers and icebergs.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Longyearbyen
Ends
Longyearbyen
Departs
06 June 2025
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 198
Hotel Rating
Ocean Albatros Expedition Ship
Tour Guide
Services of ship captain and crew
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 7
Countries
Minimum Age
12 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
No - Optional transfer package available to book
Dep. Transfer
No - Optional transfer package available to book
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