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What’s included

  • 10 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
  • Hotel accommodation (4 star) in Longyearbyen before the cruise
  • 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 hotel
  • 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 Mountain Kingdoms Water-to-Go bottle or a Mountain Kingdoms fleece

Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth, Arctic Wildlife

Polar Cruising

Norway, Arctic | Polar Cruising

Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth, Arctic

Duration:  12 days from the UK

Flight inclusive from £5,965,
Land only from £5,200

Book now or call 01453 844400

Discover the Svalbard archipelago in depth, with extra time to explore its exceptional wildlife and to see the mighty polar bear.

Highlights

  • Explore the Arctic in-depth on a 10 night cruise
  • 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
  • Observe Polar bears roaming in the wild
  • Discover a breathtaking landscape of spectacular icebergs, fjords and glaciers

Reviews          

Trust in MK to get everything right. More than met our expectations, brilliant sights, exploring and information. And service on board was much more than we expected and up to posh cruise standard.
Mrs A C, York

Most enjoyable.
Mr A W, North somerset

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.
Liz Noakes, former Operations Manager, Mountain Kingdoms

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The journey to the start of your trip at Longyearbyen makes you immediately aware of how remote an area you are travelling to, and adds to the sense of anticipation and excitement of going to the Arctic. Having set sail on the M/S Expedition cruise ship you will soon appreciate the excellent facilities. Cabins are spacious and en suite and all have sea-facing windows. Dining is first rate with a high standard of international cuisine and even the chance for al fresco dining one evening. The highly experienced M/S Expedition crew comprises experts in geology, ornithology and marine biology as well as a resident photographer, and there are regular presentations and film shows to make sure you get the most out of your voyage. There’s a gym, sauna, medical centre and library on board to keep mind and body active as well as a pub and lounge to relax in.

From the panoramic observation desks you can lookout for exotic animals and you’ll explore the Arctic landscape by foot and via Zodiac boats.  From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights.  Roaming polar bears, lounging seals, Svalbard’s unique reindeer grazing and colonies of birds all co-exist in this harsh land only navigable by sea a few months of the year.

You will experience the midnight sun while gazing at breathtaking fjords and massive glaciers. You’ll also learn about Arctic history and ecology from expert guides and you might even brave the Arctic waters and take a polar plunge. In this feast for the senses you will also experience the impressive silence of the Arctic tundra. Early season voyages often provide the greatest opportunity to see large ice floes in the Arctic pack ice, which usually means excellent wildlife viewing. Later in the season, you’ll cover more territory, which may allow you to explore the entire archipelago. This can lead you into the less explored regions of Nordaustlandet and Kvitøya, or the continental edges where large whales are attracted by nutrient rich upwellings.

This tour is similar to our ‘Realm of the Polar Bear’ tour but with an additional three days exploring the more remote regions to the east of the Svalbard archipelago - ice conditions permitting.

Our ‘Land Only’ and ‘Flight Inclusive from’ prices are based on category 2 cabins, twin-share with porthole windows, and include accommodation in a 4* hotel in Longyearbyen before the start of the cruise, plus arrival and departure transfers.


At a glance

Duration:  12 days from the UK

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 1 clients

Maximum group size: 0

Land only joining city: Longyearbyen

Accommodation types: Hotel, 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 hotel, full board on cruise.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1
Fly to Longyearbyen.
2
Arrive Longyearbyen. Morning at leisure. Embark on cruise in the afternoon.
3-11
Cruise around the Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen on board the M/S Expedition Polar cruise ship. Enjoy wildlife watching, shore visits and Zodiac excursions.
12
Disembark M/S Expedition. Fly Longyearbyen to London.
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 Longyearbyen

    Fly from London to Longyearbyen via Oslo.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Longyearbyen
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Longyearbyen. Morning at leisure. Embarkationon on M/S Expedition in the afternoon.

    You will arrive in Longyearbyen soon after midnight. On arrival you will find a Flybuss shuttle service waiting outside the airport which will transfer you to your hotel. You need your transfer voucher to hand for this service which goes to all Longyearbyen hotels. On arrival at your hotel you will check in and get some rest.

    After breakfast you are free to relax around your hotel and explore Longyearbyen at leisure. While not the main event Longyearbyen is an interesting place to spend a day. Longyearbyen is located at 78°13°N 15°33°E. 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.

    The town is the largest settlement on the archipelago of Svalbard with a population of about 2,060 people and about as many snowmobiles. The Governor of Svalbard resides here. Most of the inhabitants are Norwegian, and some are Russian. 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.

    All passengers are required to drop their luggage at the meeting point between 09:00-13:00. Conveniently the meeting point is the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel. All passengers will be transferred to the ship as a group for embarkation at 16:00. 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
  3. Day 3 - Exploration of Svarlbard & The Spitsbergen Archipelago

    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 us.

    By not having a set itinerary, we take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  4. Day 4 - Exploration of Svalbard and the Spitsbergen Archipelago.

    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 you 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
  5. Day 5 - Exploration of Svalbard and the Spitsbergen Archipelago.

    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
  6. Day 6 - Exploration of Svalbard and the Spitsbergen Archipelago.

    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 also a land of history: from whaling to reaching for the pole, to trapping, coal mining and war. You will visit some of these historic sites.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  7. Day 7 - Exploration of Svalbard and the Spitsbergen Archipelago.

    Further exploration today with opportunities for wildlife viewing and Zodiac rides - weather permitting. You can also enjoy the onboard presentations from the expedition team or perhaps do a little research and reading in the library.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  8. Day 8 - Exploration of Svalbard and the Spitsbergen Archipelago.

    More opportunity to spot polar bears, walruses and other marine life while enjoying the magnificent scenery as you sail around Spitsbergen.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  9. Day 9 - Exploration of Svalbard and the Spitsbergen Archipelago.

    Your cruise continues exploring around the archipelago, the crew will select the best options for the weather conditions which will include a landing or cruise in the zodiacs if at all possible. As always, visit the deck at regular intervals when on board and keep your eyes open for wildlife!

    Overnight iconOvernight: M/S Expedition
  10. Day 10 - Exploration of Svalbard and the Spitsbergen Archipelago.

    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
  11. Day 11 - Final day of exploration.
    realm of polar bear in depth arctic midnight sun sailing to kapp lee.

    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
  12. Day 12 - Disembark M/S Expedition. Transfer to Longyearbyen aiport. Fly to London.

    Today you will disembark the M/S Expedition for your flight back to London.

    Those passengers with early flights departing Longyearbyen around 04:00-05:00 will be offered an early morning disembarkation and transfer to the airport (dependent on airline schedules).

    For passengers disembarking at our regular time of 08:00, 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 Raddison Blu Polar Hotel will be available until time of departure.

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2019

Dates Availability Land Only Flight Inclusive from
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    From £115
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  • Cover starts from £155
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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

  • 10 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
  • Hotel accommodation (4 star) in Longyearbyen before the cruise
  • 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 hotel
  • 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 Mountain Kingdoms Water-to-Go bottle or a Mountain Kingdoms fleece

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch in Longyearbyen
  • Optional kayaking from the M/S Expedition (Only some departures and must be booked inadvance)
  • Tips


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 4 reviews)

Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth          

Trust in MK to get everything right. More than met our expectations, brilliant sights, exploring and information. And service on board was much more than we expected and up to posh cruise standard.

Arctic expedition par excellence          

A superb adventure to explore Svalbard via expedition ship, zodiacs, landings and talks. The service, care, and expertise, provided by the guide team and crew was outstanding and ensured we had amazing experiences every day.

Realm of polar bear          

Most enjoyable

Amazing Arctic scenery          

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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