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Svalbard in 11 Days

July 20-30, 2022

Spend 11 days exploring the Svalbard archipelago. See large haul-out sites of walrus, closely watched closely by stealthy polar bears. We cruise to the world’s northernmost settlements, take in the views of vast glaciers where beluga swim under the midnight sun, and listen out for cracking sounds as huge icebergs calve into the deep and beautiful fjords.

Starting at $5,859 usd

Your Itinerary

Day 1

TROMSØ

Known as the Arctic gateway, Tromso is a remote Norwegian city at 69° north, 250 miles above the Arctic Circle, where you can take in the soft glow of the midnight sun. Make time to attend a midnight concert at Tromso’s distinctive Arctic Cathedral or learn more about early polar explorations at the Polar Museum. Famed for the Northern Lights on winter nights, you can find out more about this natural spectacle at the Science Centre.

DAY 2

BEAR ISLAND

The greatest bird cliff in the Barents Sea is on Bear Island, or Bjørnøya, Svalbard’s southernmost island. Thousands of breeding seabirds - Atlantic puffin, northern gannet, glaucous gull, great skua, black-legged kittiwake, little auk, common guillemot and Brünnich’s guillemot colonies nest on the steep cliffs south of Sørhamna around Kapp Kolthoff. Only Zodiacs can come alongside, where distinctive sea stack rock columns, impressive sea caves and tunnels, such as Perleporten, have been created by the battering seas.

Days 3-5

SVALBARD

Located deep inside the Arctic Circle, approaching the Svalbard archipelago feels a lot like sailing towards the edge of the world. Known as the kingdom of the polar bears, we’ll be hoping to spot some of its subjects as we explore some of the most varied polar landscapes in the Arctic. Down in our Zodiac boats, we’ll get close to the gargantuan glaciers, rapidly retreating from the oceans that they feed. In the north of the archipelago, past the magnificent fjords, the remaining sea ice offers the perfect hunting ground for polar bears. Closer to Longyearbyen, the landscape is punctuated with large areas devoid of snow and ice alongside vast tundra and exposed beaches. Alongside Svalbard’s 3,000 polar bears, this Arctic wildlife hotspot is also home to walrus, Svalbard reindeer, ringed seal, the arctic fox and many species of marine mammals and seabirds.

Day 6

HINLOPEN STRAIT

Hinlopen Strait is a waterway that divides Svalbard’s largest island, Spitsbergen, from its second-largest island, Nordaustlandet. Whilst often congested with ice, this is a scenic place with interesting history and rich wildlife, including polar bears and several species of ducks and geese. The name is probably derived from the director of a Dutch whaling company in the 17th century. Sailing in the Hinlopen Strait, in the heart of the Arctic Ocean promises an unforgettable experience and offers offers breathtaking panoramas.

Day 7-9

SVALBARD

Located deep inside the Arctic Circle, approaching the Svalbard archipelago feels a lot like sailing towards the edge of the world. Known as the kingdom of the polar bears, we’ll be hoping to spot some of its subjects as we explore some of the most varied polar landscapes in the Arctic. Down in our Zodiac boats, we’ll get close to the gargantuan glaciers, rapidly retreating from the oceans that they feed. In the north of the archipelago, past the magnificent fjords, the remaining sea ice offers the perfect hunting ground for polar bears. Closer to Longyearbyen, the landscape is punctuated with large areas devoid of snow and ice alongside vast tundra and exposed beaches. Alongside Svalbard’s 3,000 polar bears, this Arctic wildlife hotspot is also home to walrus, Svalbard reindeer, ringed seal, the arctic fox and many species of marine mammals and seabirds.

DAY 10

AT SEA

Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

Day 11

TROMSØ

Returning to Tromso in the early morning, you will have plenty of time to get an onward flight to wherever you may choose.

Join us aboard the Vega

Only 150 guests.

Polar Class 5.

All-inclusive.

Swan Hellenic's brand-new ship has been designed to journey to off the beaten path destinations and remote polar regions in style and comfort. The Vega, named after the first ship to cross the Arctic Northeast Passage, incorporates a PC5 ice-strengthened hull combined with extra-large stabilizers to make your journey as smooth as possible.



All is included on your expedition. All you need to purchase is your international flights and your travel insurance.

An All-Inclusive Arctic Experience

All Excursions

All excursions in Svalbard are included on this trip of a lifetime. Zodiac cruises, hikes, wildlife watching and more.

Pre-Cruise Hotel

One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel in Tromso or onboard.

Expedition Gear

Your Parka and boots are provided onboard. No need to pack bulky jackets and heavy boots. The parka is yours to keep.

Tips, Meals, Bar and Wifi

No one likes paying for the extras, so we've included all meals, tips for the crew, alcohol and drinks, as well as standard wifi.

Room Service

Seriously - 24-hour room service is also included in your fare. Enjoy some late night snacks or breakfast in bed.

New, 5-Star Ship

Featuring modern Scandinavian inspired design showcasing unobstructed views and oceans of outside space

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