Svalbard cruises - Arctic fox

Arctic & Svalbard cruises

An Arctic cruise will take you from the northern coast of Norway, across the Arctic Circle to Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. It’s a glittering alien landscape of rock and ice, a magical place where the summer sun never sets, and yet it’s also teeming with life: you’ll see reindeer, puffins, walruses and, most probably, polar bears.

When to go

May to August

Duration

Starting from 7 nights

How to get there

Flight from the UK via mainland Norway

Our insight

Arctic & Svalbard cruises

A Svalbard cruise will take you way beyond the north coast of Norway, across the Barents Sea bound for the Arctic Ocean and Svalbard, an archipelago of which the largest island is Spitsbergen.

A whaling base in the 17th and 18th centuries, these islands were then largely uninhabited until the beginning of the 20th century, when several permanent mining communities were established. No roads connect the settlements, but snowmobiles, aircraft and boats serve as local transport.

This is truly the land of the midnight sun, and it's a breeding ground for many seabirds. In addition you are likely to see reindeer, marine mammals and, if you are lucky, polar bears, with many areas now protected nature reserves.

For any Arctic cruise, layers and thermals are essential, as well as good quality sunglasses and high factor sunblock. This destination is all about the scenery and is very appealing to photographers - remember to come well equipped, as you are unlikely to be able to get everything you need locally.

Speak to us about any or all the equipment that you may need: we're experienced Arctic travellers (indeed Edwina has even jumped into the Arctic Ocean in Svalbard, for reasons known only to herself!).

Our tips

Ways to make it better

Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen

Where to stay in Longyearbyen

There’s really not much choice! Go for the Radisson Blu.

Snowmobiles near Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Explore Spitsbergen

Travel out of Longyearbyen by snow scooter or dog sled to take a look at the amazing scenery and hunt for wildlife.

Coast around Tromso, Norway

Around Tromsø

Take a tour by RIB to see the beautiful islands and beaches of this remote region, lapped by Gulf Stream waters.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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