Luxury Svalbard Itinerary

Svalbard: An Arctic Wonderland Unveiled

Our Svalbard itinerary takes you to a destination rich in adventure, exploration, and natural wonders, a place to see polar bears in their natural habitat, witness glaciers calve, behold dramatic fjords, and discover the rich expedition history of this strange and spectacular land. This incredible journey divulges the secrets and wonders of this Arctic fairyland.

While Svalbard could be considered a secret in itself, a destination for in-the-know adventurers and curious travelers, the Norwegian archipelago has plenty of lesser-explored attractions. This is a world of near-endless daylight, where polar bear sightings quicken your pulse, guillemot cries echo from towering cliffs, and beluga whales rise from the sea.

Explore tundra adorned with wildflowers, keep watch for arctic fox, and discover historical camps of explorers and hunters. Push through pack ice to find walrus and bearded seals, and delight in the breathtakingly beautiful fjords.

This trip takes you deep into Svalbard, offering immersive experiences that don’t just leave you with fabulous photos (those are almost guaranteed), but with a sense of true connection to this remote Arctic haven, too. With nine main islands, Svalbard is the world’s northernmost place you can visit. Since 1920, Svalbard has been under Norwegian treaty, and yet when you visit, you’ll actually be closer to the North Pole than Oslo. Twice the size of Belgium, but with less than 3,000 residents, there are more polar bears here than residents!




From GBP £11,795 USD $14,000 pp excl. flights


13 days


14 hours 15 mins from London
32 hours 40 mins from NYC


Norwegian Krone



Where you'll go

Monaco Glacier

Alkefjellet Cliffs


Ny Alesund


Hinlopen Strait



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Svalbard is often referred to as the “polar bear capital of the world” and is one of the best places to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

The itinerary

Polar Bears

In a land with a higher population of Polar Bears than humans, the opportunity to see the King of the Arctic is a major highlight of this journey. A close encounter with these iconic creatures provides profound insight into the Arctic ecosystem and leaves you with indelible memories of the frozen North. Polar bear sightings occur mostly in the north and eastern areas of the island, and in front of glaciers while they hunt for seals, and so this expedition hugs the Svalbard coastline where more bears are known to live and roam.

Countless sea birds

Svalbard’s skies come alive with a symphony of avian wonders, making it a paradise for bird enthusiasts. In this Arctic haven, countless bird species, from puffins to Arctic terns, grace the skies and cliffs. Witnessing the elegant flight of fulmars and the playful antics of puffins against the dramatic Arctic backdrop is a sight to behold. The sheer diversity and abundance of birdlife in Svalbard create an ornithological spectacle, painting the Arctic skies with vibrant hues and life.

Sea ice that stretches to the North Pole

Cruising through the Arctic waters of Svalbard is a mesmerizing experience, offering a rare glimpse of the sea ice stretching that stretches the North Pole. On this extraordinary journey, travelers navigate through icy passages, surrounded by a serene expanse of frozen wilderness. The sight of the vast sea ice, dotted with seals and polar bears, creates an unparalleled sense of wonder and adventure. This unique encounter with the Arctic’s icy realm promises a once-in-a-lifetime expedition into the heart of the frozen North.

Potential beluga sightings

This cruise can open the door to exciting encounters with a range of Arctic wildlife, including the thrill of beluga sightings. These iconic white whales, often called “canaries of the sea” due to their vocalizations, grace the blue waters with their presence. Witnessing these majestic creatures in such close quarters is a rare and captivating experience.

Specialist guides

While the crew come with a wealth of technical knowledge and experience – in a range of specialisations, from marine biology, geology and natural history, to wildlife photography, ecology and glaciology – it’s their incredible passion and enthusiasm for sharing their knowledge that makes them so valuable on these trips. Many are multi-lingual, and you’ll always find them onboard, sharing facts and insight and ready to answer questions to make your experience as fulfilling as it can be.

24-hour daylight

While the temperatures may not run high, the sun is out and shining 24/7. Why? Because the sun rises in Svalbard on the 19th of April and doesn’t set again until the 23rd of August – That’s 126 days! Under the Arctic sun, the polar landscapes transform, bathing the icy fjords and snow-capped mountains in a soft, golden glow. This perpetual daylight grants travellers unprecedented opportunities for exploration, be it observing wildlife, hiking glaciers, or witnessing breathtaking sunsets seamlessly blend into sunrises.

The itinerary


Where to stay

Nothing but the best. On this suggested Svalbard itinerary these are our handpicked, tried-and-tested choices.

SH Vega, Expedition Trip

Named after the first ship to cross the Arctic Northeast Passage, journeys to remote polar regions with style and finesse.

Featuring elegant, Scandi-inspired design and state-of-the-art technology that allows the ship to remain in place without having to drop anchor on fragile sea beds, the 152-passenger boutique vessel features three dining venues, a 360-degree viewing platform at the bow and spacious cabins including six suites. Facilities include 12 Zodiacs, kayaks, a small spa, a gym, infinity pool, sauna with a view and large jacuzzi, while the ships’ small size enables it to make landings that bigger ships cannot.


Base Camp, Longyearbyen

The history of Svalbard is embodied in Basecamp, a hotel with bags of character that tells stories of the far north.

Interiors throughout the individually designed rooms feature driftwood, sealskin, maps, pictures and objects that illustrate the past and the present of life in the Arctic, complemented by beautiful views over the town and surrounding mountains. It’s also conveniently located and within walking distance to the restaurants, shops, bars and museums in town.


Rembrandt van Rijn, Expedition Ship

A gorgeous three-masted schooner evoking a bygone era when sail power ruled the waves, exploring the Arctic aboard The Rembrandt is a very special experience.

Perfectly suited for expedition cruising among fjords and icebergs, and for experiencing the sublime beauty of the northern lights, this 33-passenger sailing vessel is both romantic and high tech. Onboard is an experienced crew and expedition leaders who will bring the polar world to life.


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