A ship floats inside a quiet bay along the Arctic Svalbard coast surrounded by a jagged mountain range covered in of snow.
Svalbard reindeer with brown back fur and white belly and long brown antlers stand in a grassy field against purple mountain range.
A luxury ship colored white and silver with a red stripe float in ice covered water in front of snowy mountain range in Svalbard
3 black Zodiac boats with polar travelers in red jackets, cruise among ice chunks beside snow-covered hills on a sunny day.
2 big walrus with dark skin embrace halfway out of the icy water on a sunny day, seen during a luxury ponant Spitsbergen cruise.
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen Cruise

Cruise along Spitsbergen’s west coast on a comfortable and upscale expedition ship for 8 days. Cruise to the heart of the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, in the company of specialist teams, to discover the exceptional flora and fauna that lives in these extreme conditions where temperatures reach -86°F in winter.

Discover Hornsund, one of Spitsbergen’s most beautiful fjords, which boasts an impressive glacier front, as well as Bellsund, whose lush valleys are sure to delight. Explore Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park, following the footsteps of the former whalers who once settled in the sites that are now home to the graves of many sailors and are frequented by various species of cetaceans. Experience the world’s northernmost small town, Ny-Alesund, an international research base and former mining city that once was the departure point for many expeditions to the North Pole. Finally, reach the sumptuous Kongsfjorden glaciers and the last islands before the North Pole. During this unforgettable expedition, sail to latitudes of 80° north. Watch for walruses and polar bear along the way.

Two sister ships cruise the icy waters of the Arctic on this once-in-a-lifetime expedition: Le Boreal and Le Lyrial. Travel in style aboard these 244 (Le Lyrial) or 264-guest, luxury French expedition ships that offer refined and attentive service, a plethora of onboard activities and unrivaled elegance. Appreciate understated sophistication, an international feel and top-notch guides aboard these ships on their Svalbard cruises.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruises and Arctic expedition trips.



Itinerary

Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen Itinerary

The 8-day Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen voyage cruises round-trip from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, bookended by charter flights connecting to Paris, France.

Route map of Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen Arctic voyage round-trip from Longyearbyen, Svalbard with bookend flights connecting to Paris, France.
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Day 1
Fly From Paris, France to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen & Embark

Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to -86°F, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see and the untouched nature provide the feeling of being in completely unexplored territory.

Accommodations

Le Boreal, Le Lyrial

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Hornsund

Nestling between millennial glaciers and carved mountains, and considered to be the crown of Arctic Norway, Spitsbergen is a place that never sees the night. Cruise close to this fascinating archipelago and, more particularly, the Hornsund fjord. Considered to be Svalbard’s southernmost fjord, it is especially reputed to be its most stunning: at the end of its vast bay, eight great glaciers slowly make their way down to the sea before giving way to the many icebergs elegantly drifting along its cold and mysterious waters.

Accommodations

Le Boreal, Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Bellsund

Head to the Bellsund fjord to follow in the footsteps of the first explorers who came from the Norwegian coast, or those of the many fur traders seeking game and trophies. Boasting an astonishingly rich wildlife, the arms of the fjord separate to form two lush valleys. Give free rein to the imagination in the heart of this majestic natural environment where time seems to stand still.

Accommodations

Le Boreal, Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Sailing Toward The Ice Floes

The captain will sail right up to the limit of the ice, to the edge of the ice floe. Weather conditions and state of the ice allowing, go out in a Zodiac dinghy for a unique experience in the middle of these floating slabs of ice. In addition to this grandiose journey through the middle of these floes with their cut and blue-tinged edges, sometimes over 6.5 feet thick, it is also often an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe: birds, seals and polar bears.

Accommodations

Le Boreal, Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Monaco Glacier & Makeoyane OR Texas Bar

Makeoyane: Måkeøyane is a small archipelago in the heart of the Woodfjorden, whose names is a reference to the large quantities of driftwood washing up on the beaches. It is located at the intersection between the Bockfjorden and the Liefdefjorden which leads to the Monaco Glacier, one of the most beautiful in Spitsbergen. Sail around these little islands to observe arctic terns whose eggs sometimes attract polar bears.

Texas Bar: Despite the name given to the place, you are neither in Texas nor in a bar; it is actually an unusual place in the High Arctic. Texas Bar is a former trapper’s hut that was used by arctic fox and polar bear hunters in the past. The hut, still in place, has a rudimentary interior with bunkbeds and kitchen utensils. Located at the entrance to Liefdefjorden (the “fjord of love”), it stands peacefully in a landscape of hills covered with moss, lichen and flowers. The cliffs with their changing colors, very frequented by birds, complete the beauty of the panorama. Take a little hike up the slopes and admire the superb view over the Monaco Glacier, which is further south.

Monaco Glacier: Located to the Northwest of the Svalbard archipelago, the Monaco Glacier is probably one of Spitsbergen’s most beautiful and majestic. Named in honor of Prince Albert I of Monaco, a sailor, it stands as an impenetrable, blue-tinged jagged wall, the last glacier before reaching a latitude of 80° North. Imagine the sound of the ice cracking as it breaks free and crashes into the transparent water. And to make the magical landscape even more perfect, possibly spot bears and whales, as these two animals have a special fondness for this area.

Accommodations

Le Boreal, Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Raudfjorden & Smeerenburg

Raudfjorden means red fjord, from the color of the sandstone of the surrounding mountains. Along the west coast of this 12.5-mile fjord dissected by many shallow bays, admire some of Spitsbergen’s most spectacular ice formations. At the extremity of the fjord, two offshoots lead to the magnificent glaciers of Chauveaubreen and Raudfjordbreen which is roughly two miles wide. To the east, Alicehamna Beach in Bruceneset Bay has seen trappers, fishermen and explorers arrive for centuries, as evidenced by the Raudfjordhyttathe cabin of a Swedish trapper built in 1927.

Located at the far northwest of the Svalbard archipelago, at the intersection of oceanic and Arctic influences, Smeerenburg is a former Dutch whaling colony on the southern part of Amsterdam Island. In a landscape of hills with steep slopes, plateaus, lakes and lagoons, anchor at a sandy beach. Dotted with driftwood and the remains of ovens that were used to melt the whale blubber, this is one of Spitsbergen’s most important archaeological sites. At the height of the whaling activity, 200 men worked here and several are buried here.

Accommodations

Le Boreal, Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Ny-Alesund & Kongsfjorden (King Bay) OR Signehamna

Ny-Alesund: Discover Ny-Ålesund, a former mining town that has been transformed into a scientific base. Founded in 1916, this small town was the departure point for many Arctic expeditions, including those of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen. Don’t miss a visit to the museum and its famous post office, considered to be the most northerly in the world!

Kongsfjorden: Very close to the former mining town of Ny-Ålesund, set off to discover Kings Bay. Sail in one of the most beautiful fjords in Svalbard: Kongsfjorden (the fjord of the King), a gateway to grandiose landscapes. Here, the snowcapped mountains are reflected in the water where superb icebergs try to outdo each other in their beauty, a delight for photographers. Seals, reindeer, barnacle geese and black guillemots frequent these places that have a unique atmosphere. Upon arriving at the end of the fjord, admire the Kongsbreen (glacier of the King) and its three characteristic rocky points which take their names from three Scandinavian countries: Svea (Sweden), Dana (Denmark) and Nora (Norway).

Signehamna: Located on the western coast of the Lilliehöök fjord, Signehamna bears many traces of its past. Indeed, you will see the remnants of a former German weather station that was used during the Second World War. In the heart of this sheltered bay frequented by many sea birds, abandoned cans, cables and utensils just lie on the floor like historic evidence that visitors are asked not to touch. Around you, admire the mosses and lichens that are characteristic of the tundra as well as the very old plutonic rocks. A short walk will enable you to enjoy a superb panorama with a view over the lake and a chain of snow-topped mountains.

Accommodations

Le Boreal, Le Lyrial

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Fly to Paris, France & Depart

Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to -86°F, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see and the untouched nature provide the feeling of being in completely unexplored territory.

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Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
365 days or more – $250
364 to 211 days – 10% of total trip cost
210 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen voyage begins and ends in Paris, France (CDG). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Round-trip Economy class group charter flights between Paris, France and Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen is included with this trip’s itinerary. The charter flights are unique per departure and details will be confirmed in advance. There is a luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 18 lbs (8 kg) cabin baggage for Economy class. Additional Economy class baggage allotment can be requested and purchased and is based on availability. Business Class seating is available upon request and may incur an additional charge. The luggage limit for business class is two 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 22 lbs (10 kg) cabin baggage.

Activities

Optional activities on your Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen voyage include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising, walking, hiking and museum visits. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this expedition. Children under 18 years old at time of travel may receive special discounts when sharing a cabin with two full-fare adults. A child sharing a cabin with a single adult is considered to be a paying adult. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change.

May 28 - Jun 04, 2024
Le Lyrial • 8 days
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Jun 04 - Jun 11, 2024
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Jun 09 - Jun 16, 2024
Le Boreal • 8 days
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Jun 11 - Jun 18, 2024
Le Lyrial • 8 days
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Jun 16 - Jun 23, 2024
Le Boreal • 8 days
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Jun 18 - Jun 25, 2024
Le Lyrial • 8 days
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Jul 02 - Jul 09, 2024
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Jun 07 - Jun 14, 2025
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Jun 14 - Jun 21, 2025
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Jun 15 - Jun 22, 2025
Le Boreal • 8 days
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Jun 21 - Jun 28, 2025
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Jun 22 - Jun 29, 2025
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Accommodations

Learn About The Luxury Small Ships On Your Itinerary

The Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen Cruise is operated by one or more sister ships in a fleet of refined, luxury expedition ships. Each vessel in this sister ship fleet of refined, luxury expedition ships ensures an elegant, upscale cruise that offers regular off-ship excursions complemented by a multitude of daily onboard activities. With the exception of Deck 6 cabin configurations, these expedition ships are identical, with public spaces including a fitness room, spa, two restaurants, a library, state-of-the-art theater and open bridge.

Expedition Ship
Le Boreal

The 200-to-264-guest Le Boreal combines high comfort with adventure. Cruising primarily in the polar regions and Pacific, she allows her guests to experience luxury, gastronomy, wellness, entertainment and active programming in remote destinations.

Expedition Ship
Le Lyrial

The 200-to-244-guest Le Lyrial is a refined, luxury expedition ship cruising Antarctica, the Arctic & the East Coast. Enjoy her private yacht atmosphere, understated elegance and culinary delights, paired with an engaging program of lectures, onboard entertainment and off-ship adventures.

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