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What’s included

  • 7 nights aboard the M/S Expedition in twin-share cabins (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole window). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing
  • Prices based on Category 2 Cabins
  • Zodiac excursions and shore visits with our expert expedition team. Lectures and educational programs
  • Free high performance expedition parka jacket
  • Use of on board sauna, gym and library
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Airport transfers in Longyearbyen
  • 2 nights good standard hotel accommodation (4 star), in Oslo and Longyearbyen
  • Waterproof boots supplied for men's UK sized 7-13 & women's UK sized 3-7
  • All meals included on board the M/S Expedition. Breakfast included at the hotels
  • One Expedition team member per 10 guests (the highest ratio amongst Polar ships 1:10)
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece

Realm of the Polar Bear, Arctic Wildlife

Polar Cruising

Norway, Arctic | Polar Cruising

Realm of the Polar Bear, Arctic

Duration:  10 days from the UK  
Walks on: Regular zodiac landings throughout the cruise

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Discover the Svalbard archipelago, its exceptional wildlife and the mighty polar bear.

Highlights

  • Expert guides, great food and spacious cabins on the M/S Expedition cruise ship
  • Daily Zodiac excursions to get up close to the abundant wildlife
  • Discover Polar bears roaming in the wild
  • A breathtaking landscape of spectacular icebergs, fjords and glaciers

Reviews          

An amazing and varied itinerary. Each day is so different showcasing all the the Arctic has to offer. A must for anyone interested in wildlife, Polar exploration, geology or just looking to experience an extraordinary environment.
L Noakes, Mountain Kingdoms

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You know you want to see a Polar Bear in the wild and there’s no better way of doing that then on an exciting Arctic cruise.

Always on the lookout for exotic animals, we’ll explore this landscape not only by ship but also on foot and via Zodiac boats. We’ll visit ice-covered fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery, and glaciers crashing into the sea and spend time steaming through the ice in search of polar bears hunting seals. At one or more of the stops it will be possible to encounter Svalbard’s arctic fox and the region’s unique reindeer.

We sail on the M/S Expedition polar cruise ship which has generous en suite cabins, panoramic viewing decks and first-rate facilities including a library, sauna, gym and Polar Bear pub.

Our ‘Land Only’ and ‘Flight Inclusive from’ prices are based on category 2 cabins, twin-share with porthole windows, and include 1 night in a hotel in Oslo and one night in a hotel in Longyearbyen before the start of the cruise, plus arrival and departure transfers.

 


At a glance

Duration:  10 days from the UK  
Walks on: Regular zodiac landings throughout the cruise

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 1 clients

Maximum group size: 0

Land only joining city: Oslo

Accommodation types: Hotels, Expedition Ship

Hotels:



The M/S Expedition boasts spacious, en suite, cabins. Our prices are based on Category 2 twin cabins which have a porthole window and ample storage for all your kit.

Upgrades are available to the following cabin types: Category 3 twin cabins which are slightly roomier and have a picture book window; Category 4 twin share which are larger still with a bigger window; and Category 5 cabins that offer a junior double suite with separate living area as well as larger bedroom and bathroom.

Safety Features:
• Designed to Ice Class 1B specifications for service in sea ice.
• Four totally covered lifeboats provide capacity for all passengers and crew, while six life-rafts boast a capacity of 150 persons.
• Full immersion cold weather survival suits for all passengers and crew

Facilities & Amenities:
The M/S Expedition offers stability at sea, comfortable cabins and ample communal areas. With a maximum of 140 guests you will be well catered for by expert guides, staff and crew.
• 360° top observation deck
• All cabins with private, en suite bathrooms and outside views
• Raised forward observation deck
• Large fleet of Zodiacs with four stroke engines
• Complimentary wellington boots for duration of your cruise
• Fine dining – international cuisine in one sitting
• Large aft deck with barbecue facilities
• Polar Bear Pub
• Gift shop
• Medical clinic
• Sauna
• Computer room with internet where available
• Gym
• Expert guides, 55 members of staff & crew

Meal arrangements: B&B at hotels, full board on cruise

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1
Fly London to Oslo, overnight at airport hotel.
2
Fly Oslo to Longyearbyen, overnight at hotel. (Depending on flight availability we may fly on from Oslo to Longyearbyen, thereby spending two nights in Longyearbyen and none in Oslo).
3
Embarkation day Longyearbyen.
4-9
Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen.
10
Disembark M/S Expedition. Fly Longyearbyen to London (via Oslo).
Leader: Specialist Leaders, Polar cruises
Specialist Leaders, Polar cruises

On board are expert, English-speaking guides who have an intimate knowledge of the area and an infectious passion for nature. They are very hard-working, attentive and helpful. On your Expedition cruise, shore excursions, and on board, lectures will be provided by knowledgeable, expert members of the crew.


The M/S Expedition has one of the highest ratios of expedition team members to guests – with one expert for every 10 guests there is always someone on hand to answer your questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the world at its extremes. The expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure. Their goal is to provide an informed and balanced interpretation of the destination, accomplished through stimulating lectures, day-to-day briefings, and informal discussions. Your lecturers and Expedition Leader will cover all aspects of the voyage including ornithology, marine biology, geography, geology, history and the environment, as well as practical things like photography. The expedition staff work conscientiously with you on deck and in the field, improving your observational skills to allow you to experience all that the destination has to offer. Their strong sense of ethics and ecological knowledge make for stimulating and mindful conversation whether onshore or at the dinner table. The Expedition Staff will pilot the Zodiac landing craft used for shore landings and Zodiac cruises; they are experienced drivers who operate the Zodiacs in a responsible manner.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Oslo

    Fly London to Oslo. Arrive Oslo and make your way to the airport hotel (100m from terminal).

    Overnight iconOvernight: Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
  2. Day 2 - FLY OSLO TO LONGYEARBYEN. AT LEISURE.

    You will need to make your own way back to the terminal to check in and then will fly Oslo to Longyearbyen. On arrival in Longyearbyen you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You are then free to relax around your hotel and mooch around Longyearbyen at leisure, which, while not the main event, has quite an interesting history.

    Longyearbyen is the largest settlement on the archipelago of Svalbard with a population of about 2,060 people and about as many snowmobiles, certainly more than cars! Most of the inhabitants are Norwegian, and some are Russian, plus an international population who attend the most northerly higher education institute based in Longyearbyen. Located in the Advent Fjord at the entrance of the Advent Valley, this community has an infrastructure fit for a much larger city. Within the islands, there are four inhabited settlements and some scientific stations. Barentsburg, a Russian coal mining settlement, has approximately 850 inhabitants. Sveagruva, the functional Norwegian mine, has around 100 inhabitants, and Ny Ålesund, a scientific settlement, has between 30 and 150 inhabitants, depending on the season. All settlements are found on the west coast, the part of Spitsbergen with the mildest climate due to the warm Gulf Current.

    Longyearbyen is located at 78°13°N 15°33°E. The Governor of Svalbard resides there. Due to its location far north of the polar circle, it is polar night from mid-October to mid-February and polar day from mid-April to mid-August. Longyearbyen has an arctic tundra climate.

    History and present day facilities
    The settlement was founded in 1906 by John Munroe Longyear, main owner of the Arctic Coal Company of Boston. "Byen" is Norwegian for "the city". It was destroyed by the Germans in 1943 and rebuilt after World War II, with the old foundations still visible in some places. Until the early 1990s the coal mining industry was the major employer in Longyearbyen. The daily life revolved only around the mining business. Today, the community offers a wide range of activities and facilities. There is a bank, post office, hospital, public library, cafes/restaurants, tourist information, a swimming hall, a climbing wall, a big sports hall, a grocery store, three pubs, three hotels, one church, several tourists shops, there are various forms of lodging, from hostels to modern full-service hotels, a cinema (Sundays) and one night club. During summer, most of the people you meet here will be tourists or young people working to accommodate the visitors. A very friendly and international atmosphere reigns. And, of course, Longyearbyen has its own international airport.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Longyearbyen
  3. Day 3 - EMBARKATION DAY LONGYEARBYEN.

    Today is embarkation day in Longyearbyen. All passengers are required to drop their luggage at the meeting point between 0900-1200. Conveniently the meeting point is the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel. All passengers will be transferred to the ship as a group for embarkation at 1600. You can also walk down to the ship as it is only 10 minutes from the hotel. When you embark you are given a card which is your identification and used to swipe off and on the ship each day to ensure you are not left on shore at any point! It is also used for any purchases and the final bill paid at the end of the cruise.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M / S Expedition
  4. Day 4 - SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO / SPITSBERGEN
    realm of polar bear arctic ms expedition ship.

    Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. Distances are relatively short in the Archipelago and as there are no ocean crossings, the seas are normally calm.

    Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet that offers such a wealth and diversity of natural and cultural history sites. During these six days you will visit ice covered seas, fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers flowing into the sea around you.

    By not having a set itinerary, there is an expedition spirit and the ship is free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M / S Expedition
  5. Day 5 - SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO / SPITSBERGEN.

    You will spend time steaming through the ice in search of polar bears hunting seals. Ivory gulls will be a highlight for the birders, while we keep a constant lookout for walrus hauled out on ice floes or on sandy beaches. Your Zodiacs will be primed and ready for one or two shore landings per day or to cruise around the ice flows.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M / S Expedition
  6. Day 6 - SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO / SPITSBERGEN
    realm of polar bear arctic alkefjellet guillemot cliffs nest.

    You will visit, ice permitting, spectacular bird cliffs filled with thousands of murres (guillemots), as well as kittiwakes and glaucous gulls. A little auk colony will also be on your agenda. Your shore stops will be highlighted with flowers nearing, or at the peak of, their bloom. The plant life here has adapted to survive in this terrain and you will have the opportunity to observe and discuss some of their adaptations to what is considered a harsh environment.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  7. Day 7 - SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO / SPITSBERGEN

    At one or more of your stops, you may see Svalbard's unique subspecies of reindeer. They are much smaller than their southern relatives, but still carry impressive antlers. You also have the possibility of seeing Arctic foxes. This is a land of history: from whaling to reaching for the pole, to trapping, coal mining and war. We will visit some of these historic sites

    Overnight iconOvernight: M / S Expedition
  8. Day 8 - SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO / SPITSBERGEN
    realm of polar bear arctic glacier zodiac excursion.

    You may cruise in Zodiacs along the ice edge viewing seals or walrus, in fjords with glaciers spilling down to the sea or in front of spectacular seabird cliffs. You will have opportunities to walk on shore, observe and photograph the Arctic flora and fauna. As you are in the land of the polar bear, your expedition staff will carry rifles and flare guns on shore for your protection.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M / S Expedition
  9. Day 9 - SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO / SPITSBERGEN

    Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Strait, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund and Bellsund are just a few of the places that you may visit.

    The evening of your last full day of adventure will find the expedition ship anchored off Longyearbyen.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M / S Expedition
  10. Day 10 - DISEMBARK MS EXPEDITION. FLY LONGYEARBYEN TO LONDON (VIA OSLO)

    On departure day, all passengers with flights scheduled on that day will be offered transfers to Longyearbyen Airport. Disembark MS Expedition by 0800.
    Those passengers with flights departing Longyearbyen around 0400-0500 will be offered an early morning disembarkation and transfer to the airport (dependent on airline schedules).

    For those passengers disembarking at our regular time of 0800, you will be transferred to either the airport or the Radisson Blu Polar hotel, depending on the time of your flight. Those transferred to the hotel will have an opportunity to explore the town centre on their own, and then be transferred to the airport later in the day as per flight schedules. Transfer times will be confirmed, and communicated onboard prior to departure. Luggage storage at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel will be available until time of departure.

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2018

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No surcharges will be applied to your holiday after you book. Prices on this website are updated regularly. The Flight Inclusive holiday price, or Land Only holiday price, will be confirmed to you at the time you make your booking. There will be no surcharges after your booking has been confirmed.

Flight inclusive holidays

The 'flight inclusive' holiday prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication.

We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • 7 nights aboard the M/S Expedition in twin-share cabins (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole window). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing
  • Prices based on Category 2 Cabins
  • Zodiac excursions and shore visits with our expert expedition team. Lectures and educational programs
  • Free high performance expedition parka jacket
  • Use of on board sauna, gym and library
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Airport transfers in Longyearbyen
  • 2 nights good standard hotel accommodation (4 star), in Oslo and Longyearbyen
  • Waterproof boots supplied for men's UK sized 7-13 & women's UK sized 3-7
  • All meals included on board the M/S Expedition. Breakfast included at the hotels
  • One Expedition team member per 10 guests (the highest ratio amongst Polar ships 1:10)
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Oslo and Longyearbyen
  • Optional kayaking from the M/S Expedition (Only some departures and must be booked in advance, contact the office for details).
  • Tips


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Reviews

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Overall score:           (Based on 1 reviews)

Amazing and varied          

An amazing and varied itinerary. Each day is so different showcasing all the Arctic has to offer. A must for anyone interested in wildlife, Polar exploration, geology or just looking to experience an extraordinary environment.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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