Pristine Spitsbergen

24 May - 2 June 2019

Duration

9 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

11 Ports

Ship

L'Austral of Ponant

24 May

Setting sail from Tromsø

Tromsø is often referred to as the Gateway to the Arctic. Its beauty astonishes new visitors with its magnificent views over the Tromsø strait. Tromsø's location, well within the Arctic Circle, means the summer months are lit by the Midnight Sun, a compensation for some rather long, dark winters. It is a wonderful city to explore on foot, wandering along the streets with their multi-coloured wooden houses. A must see is the amazing architecture of the Arctic cathedral, or perhaps take the cable car up to Mount Storsteinen (1382ft) for a fantastic view.

Our tip

Visit during June or July to see the Midnight Sun - take the cable car for a better view (we were impressed that it runs until past midnight, but do check).

25 May

At sea

26-27 May

Norway: Bjarkoy, Hornsund

28 May

Norway: Svalbard

28-29 May

Norway: Bellsund, Spitsbergen

30 May

At sea

31 May

Norway: 14th July Glacier

31 May

Norway: Ny Ålesund

1 June

Norway: Isfjorden

Russia: Nordenskjold Archipelago

2 June

Arriving in Longyearbyen

This is the world's northernmost city and the base for tourism in Svalbard. A bit quirky, as you would expect from somewhere that spends four months of the year in near darkness, Longyearbyen doesn't take long to explore. Its brightly coloured wooden houses are built on stilts, as the ground in Svalbard is permafrost. When you enter a building, you are normally asked to remove your shoes, and leave your gun at the door. Gun carrying is more or less essential for the locals, as with 3,000 local hungry polar bears, it is said that you never know when you might need protection. That said, we visited safely without a gun!

Don't miss

At the so called heart of the city, Huset has long been the centre for culture and community. Go there for great food and to sample one of the largest wine cellars in Europe!

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Scandic Ishavshotel, Tromso, Norway

Our favourite hotel in Tromsø

The Scandic Ishavshotel has a great location on the quay so nearly all the rooms have magnificent views.

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.

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.

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

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