Revel in the diversity of the Svalbard Island and sail into the kingdom of the polar bear. We explore the coastline, with no open sea crossings, against a backdrop of spectacular glacier covered peaks. We discover deep fjords in the west; mysterious, fossil-rich desert plains in the east; and best of all, seals and whales in the Arctic pack ice. This voyage offers the best chance for seeing reindeers and polar bears, and features wildflower walks across sweeping tundra, trapper camps and historic sites. On foot and by Zodiac, we visit abandoned whaling settlements, search for walrus, Arctic fox and reindeer and observe in millions of migratory birds, including little auks, guillemots and puffin.

Highlights


• Sail along Spitsbergen’s glacier-filled coastline

• Almost 24-hours of exquisite Arctic sunlight

• Spot polar bears, walruses, ringed seals and more

• Abandoned whaling stations and trappers huts

• Photograph delicate Arctic tundra flowers

• Large colonies of auklets, guillemots and puffins

Enjoy a guided tour of colourful Spitsbergen’ capital Longyearbyen. Late afternoon sees us warmly welcomed on board Polar Pioneer.
Wake up to spectacular alpine peaks and glacier valleys of Spitsbergen’s rugged west coast. In Magdalenefjorden we Zodiac cruise a safe distance from the aqua-blue ice cliffs of 14th July Glacier or Waggonway Glacier, and take long walks among summer flowers, alert for reindeer and Arctic fox. Thanks to the nutrient-rich Gulf Stream and relatively mild temperatures, Atlantic puffins and guillemots fill the cliffs. We look for bearded seals, with their precious curling whiskers. We may visit the remains of a 350-year old Dutch whaling settlement on Amsterdam Island and learn of an ill-fated ballooning attempt over the North Pole.
Rounding Spitsbergen’s northwest coast, we enter the Arctic Ocean and the world of pack ice. Ghostly beluga whales rise up in open leads and polar bears stalk ringed, bearded and harp seals. Offshore, walruses feed on clams or haul out on beaches, especially on Moffen Island, a walrus sanctuary. We visit trapper huts and stay alert for reindeer and Arctic fox. Delightful walks reveal delicious berries and some of the tundra’s 164 exquisite flowering plants including purple saxifrage, yellow spider plants and Svalbard poppies. If ice conditions allow, we attempt to cross latitude 80° north before turning south to Woodfjorden.
We attempt to pass through narrow Hinlopen Strait, a channel flanked by austere, cream-coloured slopes rich in fossils between Spitsbergen and ice-capped Nordaustlandet. This polar desert is a landscape eroded by severe frost. Even in summer, pack ice could bar our way, but there is much to strive for. We Zodiac cruise beneath Alkefjellet, sheer basalt cliffs rising at more than 250 metres – literally buzzing with some 200,000 nests of Brunnich’s guillemots. During shore excursions, we seek eider ducks, Arctic foxes and the elusive Svalbard ptarmigan. As we pass Barentsøya and Edgeøya islands, we cross polar bear migration routes.
This is true expedition cruising. If ice conditions allow, we round South Cape and sail north toward Hornsund and Bellsund, deep fjords home to stunning glaciers and wildlife. If ice bars our way, we simply adjust our itinerary, backtrack and delve deeper into the wonders of Spitsbergen’s north and west coasts.
A midnight cruise of glorious Isfjorden returns us to Longyearbyen and the end of our voyage.
Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

Triple Share

$ 6995 AUD pp
Triple Share
SIZE: Total Cabin: 423cm x 241cm = 10.2 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks and one upper bunk, a desk, a small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Public

$ 8400 AUD pp
Twin Public
SIZE: Total Cabin: 400cm x 245cm = 9.8 sq m CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space, a couch and a porthole. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Private

$ 10200 AUD pp
Twin Private
SIZE: Deck 4: Bedroom/Bathroom – 411cm x 260cm = 10.7 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x 256cm = 3 sqm Deck 5: Bedroom/Bathroom – 494cm x 243cm = 12 sqm Bathroom – 110cm x 170cm = 1.9 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, windows and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. #402 and #403 have upper and lower bunks and a couch.

Mini Suite

$ 10800 AUD pp
Mini Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom/Bathroom – 453cm x 370cm = 16.8 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in a separate room, foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, TV, video player, windows, desk, table area, fridge, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Captain's Suite

$ 12900 AUD pp
Captain's Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom – 450cm x 500cm = 22.5 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in separate room, plus foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, forward and port windows, lounge and table area, fridge, TV, video player, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Triple Share

$ 6995 AUD pp
Triple Share
SIZE: Total Cabin: 423cm x 241cm = 10.2 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks and one upper bunk, a desk, a small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Public

$ 8400 AUD pp
Twin Public
SIZE: Total Cabin: 400cm x 245cm = 9.8 sq m CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space, a couch and a porthole. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Private

$ 10200 AUD pp
Twin Private
SIZE: Deck 4: Bedroom/Bathroom – 411cm x 260cm = 10.7 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x 256cm = 3 sqm Deck 5: Bedroom/Bathroom – 494cm x 243cm = 12 sqm Bathroom – 110cm x 170cm = 1.9 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, windows and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. #402 and #403 have upper and lower bunks and a couch.

Mini Suite

$ 10800 AUD pp
Mini Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom/Bathroom – 453cm x 370cm = 16.8 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in a separate room, foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, TV, video player, windows, desk, table area, fridge, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Captain's Suite

$ 12900 AUD pp
Captain's Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom – 450cm x 500cm = 22.5 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in separate room, plus foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, forward and port windows, lounge and table area, fridge, TV, video player, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Triple Share

$ 7200 AUD pp
Triple Share
SIZE: Total Cabin: 423cm x 241cm = 10.2 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks and one upper bunk, a desk, a small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Public

$ 8600 AUD pp
Twin Public
SIZE: Total Cabin: 400cm x 245cm = 9.8 sq m CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space, a couch and a porthole. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Private

$ 10500 AUD pp
Twin Private
SIZE: Deck 4: Bedroom/Bathroom – 411cm x 260cm = 10.7 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x 256cm = 3 sqm Deck 5: Bedroom/Bathroom – 494cm x 243cm = 12 sqm Bathroom – 110cm x 170cm = 1.9 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, windows and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. #402 and #403 have upper and lower bunks and a couch.

Mini Suite

$ 11200 AUD pp
Mini Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom/Bathroom – 453cm x 370cm = 16.8 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in a separate room, foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, TV, video player, windows, desk, table area, fridge, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Captain's Suite

$ 13200 AUD pp
Captain's Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom – 450cm x 500cm = 22.5 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in separate room, plus foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, forward and port windows, lounge and table area, fridge, TV, video player, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Triple Share

$ 7200 AUD pp
Triple Share
SIZE: Total Cabin: 423cm x 241cm = 10.2 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks and one upper bunk, a desk, a small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Public

$ 8600 AUD pp
Twin Public
SIZE: Total Cabin: 400cm x 245cm = 9.8 sq m CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space, a couch and a porthole. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Private

$ 10500 AUD pp
Twin Private
SIZE: Deck 4: Bedroom/Bathroom – 411cm x 260cm = 10.7 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x 256cm = 3 sqm Deck 5: Bedroom/Bathroom – 494cm x 243cm = 12 sqm Bathroom – 110cm x 170cm = 1.9 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, windows and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. #402 and #403 have upper and lower bunks and a couch.

Mini Suite

$ 11200 AUD pp
Mini Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom/Bathroom – 453cm x 370cm = 16.8 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in a separate room, foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, TV, video player, windows, desk, table area, fridge, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Captain's Suite

$ 13200 AUD pp
Captain's Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom – 450cm x 500cm = 22.5 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in separate room, plus foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, forward and port windows, lounge and table area, fridge, TV, video player, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Triple Share

$ 7200 AUD pp
Triple Share
SIZE: Total Cabin: 423cm x 241cm = 10.2 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks and one upper bunk, a desk, a small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Public

$ 8600 AUD pp
Twin Public
SIZE: Total Cabin: 400cm x 245cm = 9.8 sq m CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space, a couch and a porthole. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Private

$ 10500 AUD pp
Twin Private
SIZE: Deck 4: Bedroom/Bathroom – 411cm x 260cm = 10.7 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x 256cm = 3 sqm Deck 5: Bedroom/Bathroom – 494cm x 243cm = 12 sqm Bathroom – 110cm x 170cm = 1.9 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, windows and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. #402 and #403 have upper and lower bunks and a couch.

Mini Suite

$ 11200 AUD pp
Mini Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom/Bathroom – 453cm x 370cm = 16.8 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in a separate room, foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, TV, video player, windows, desk, table area, fridge, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Captain's Suite

$ 13200 AUD pp
Captain's Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom – 450cm x 500cm = 22.5 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in separate room, plus foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, forward and port windows, lounge and table area, fridge, TV, video player, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Polar Pioneer

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 71 metres

Passenger Capacity: 50

Built / refurbished: 1985 / 2000

Polar Pioneer was built in Finland in 1985 as an ice-strengthened research ship, and for many years she plied the treacherous waters of the USSR's northern coast. In 2000 she was refurbished in St Petersburg to provide comfortable accommodation for 54 passengers.

A combined bar/lounge/library area (stocked with a good collection of polar books) was also created by simple internal restructuring.

This class of vessel has a fine reputation for polar expedition cruising, due to its strength, manoeuvrability and small number of cabins. All cabins have outside portholes plus ample storage space. The Russian captain and crew are among the most experienced ice-navigators in the world and their enthusiasm is legendary.

The spacious bridge is always open to us and the decks are ideal for viewing. The chefs are European, and the dining room is attended by Russian stewardesses.

Polar Pioneer is not a luxury vessel as such, but this is a popular ship for travel to the Polar regions. The accommodation is simple yet comfortable, and the meals are wholesome and uncomplicated. A small fleet of inflatable Zodiacs with outboard motors enable us to travel from ship to shore.

Cabin layout for Polar Pioneer

Kayaking. From (1025.00 USD)

Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.

Scuba Diving. From (975.00 USD)

Go beyond the average adventure and delve deep into the waters of Antarctica and the Arctic exploring dive sites where no one has gone before. Available to experienced dry-suit divers only.

Polar Snorkelling. From (600.00 USD)

Our latest adventure activity. This is your chance to don a dry-suit and take the ultimate plunge into the icy waters of Antarctica and the Arctic for an up-close underwater experience. Not for the faint-hearted!

Norway in a Nutshell Extension

Our most popular add-on tour! Discover Norway's cultural and historical wonders, its rolling green hills and spectacular fjords on this awesome 6-day rail, bus and ferry journey.

10% OFF on Spitsbergen Odyssey aboard Polar Pioneer

From Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen - 11 days.

Aboard Polar Pioneer.

6 , 16 & 26 July 2017

Saving: AU$699.5 - AU$1 290

Discounted Rates: AU$6 295.5 - AU$11 610

Standard Rates: AU$6 995 - AU$12 900

Special Offer: 10% OFF all remaining berths

Special offer is valid on new bookings made between 16 January 2017 and 28 February 2017. Discounts are not combinable with any other offer. Bookings are subject to availability. Other terms and conditions may apply. Contact us for more details.


Book Two Arctic Voyages Back to Back aboard Polar Pioneer and Save 15%

See more of the European Arctic for less!

From Oban to Longyearbyen - 24 days or From Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen - 26 days.

Aboard Polar Pioneer.

13 or 23 June 2017.

Saving: USD$2 052 - USD$3 660

Discounted Rates (combined itinerary): USD$11 628 - USD$20 740

Standard Rates (combined itinerary): USD$13 680 - USD$24 400

Special Offer: BOOK TWO 2017 ARCTIC VOYAGES BACK TO BACK AND SAVE 15%!

SAVE 15%: Combine Wild Scotland with Across the Arctic Circle and save over $2,130 per person! SAVE 15%: Combine Across the Arctic Circle with Spitsbergen Odyssey and save over $2,000 per person! TERMS & CONDITIONS: Savings based on Triple Cabin category. Offer valid only when combining Across the Arctic Circle with Wild Scotland or Spitsbergen Odyssey; When combining Across the Arctic Circle with Wild Scotland, Wild Scotland will be your first departure, followed by Across the Arctic Circle;  when combining Across the Arctic Circle with Spitsbergen Odyssey, Across the Arctic Circle will be your first departure, followed by Spitsbergen Odyssey. Both voyages must be booked at the same time for the discount to be valid. Offer is subject to availability and not combinable with any other promotions. Other terms and conditions may apply. 

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