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Svalbard in depth with Swan Hellenic

9-day expedition cruise from £6,475 pp incl. flights

£2,023 pp off selected 2023 sailings


Short description

Join polar expedition specialists Swan Hellenic on a voyage to the wilds of Svalbard


  • Sail in style aboard one of Swan Hellenic’s newest ships
  • Cruise among giant glaciers and dramatic fjords
  • Explore the remote Hinlopen Strait, home to rare birdlife and roaming polar bears
  • Enjoy a full programme of polar excursions
  • Relax in comfort, with gourmet dining and use of an onboard sauna, gym and Jacuzzis

In Brief

  • 1 Night Oslo
  • 7 Nights Svalbard


Recommended for:
Expedition cruise

Sailing out from Longyearbyen, this is your chance to experience and explore the remotest corners of the Svalbard archipelago in style. Keeping eyes peeled for polar bears, you’ll sail between majestic glaciers and towering fjords, enjoying daily shore excursions designed to bring you up close to the unique landscapes and wildlife of this most far-flung of regions. Then, back on board, you’ll savour all the luxuries of your Scandi-inspired ship, complete with stylish accommodation, saunas, Jacuzzis, a state-of-the-art gym, sophisticated dining spaces and a choice of observation areas, including a star-gazing deck up top.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Oslo

With included UK airport lounge access, you’ll set off in feeling relaxed on your flight to Oslo. On arrival, transfer to your city-centre accommodation and spend the rest of the day exploring the Norwegian capital at your own pace.

Stay: Oslo accommodation (Superior)

Day 2

After breakfast, you’ll return to the airport to board your flight north to the island of Spitsbergen, part of the Svalbard archipelago. On arrival in Longyearbyen – the world’s most northerly town – you’ll make your way to your waiting ship, the excitement building as you prepare for your expedition to begin.

Stay: SH Vega (Superior) 

Meals: B D

Day 3

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, you’ll be hoping to spot some of its subjects as you explore what are among the most varied landscapes in the Arctic. Heading out in Zodiac boats, you’ll get close to enormous 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.

Stay: SH Vega

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Hinlopen Strait

Named after the director of a 17th century Dutch whaling company, the Hinlopen Strait divides Svalbard’s largest island, Spitsbergen, from its second-largest island, Nordaustlandet. While it’s often congested with ice, the summer months allow for safe passage among its glorious landscapes, rich history and abundant wildlife. Indeed, as you look to the rugged shoreline, you might well be treated to a sighting of a roaming polar bears, while the skies and seas team with birdlife, including several species of duck and geese.

Stay: SH Vega

Meals: B L D

Days 5-8

As you return towards Longyearbyen, the landscapes are punctuated with large areas devoid of snow and ice alongside vast tundra and remote, windswept 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.

Stay: SH Vega

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Depart for UK

Arrive back in Longyearbyen where you’ll transfer to the airport in time for your flight home, again via Oslo.

Meals: B



Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.


Accommodation rating: Deluxe

9-day expedition cruise from £6,475 pp incl. flights


£2,023 pp off selected 2023 sailings
Book by: 10 March 2023

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Return regional flights to the port of embarkation and/or disembarkation (where specified)
  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
  • All meals onboard in a Balcony Cabin
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Standard WiFi
  • Onboard gratuities and port taxes
  • One selected shore excursion/expedition activity per port of call
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions

Price varies by departure date and cabin availability, please call for details.

Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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