Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen Cruise

Cruise along Spitsbergen’s west coast on a comfortable and upscale expedition ship for 8 or 11 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.

On the main 8-day Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen itinerary, 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.

The 8-day Cruising Arctic Norway: Glaciers, Ice Floes & Polar Bears itinerary follows the same route as the main 8-day itinerary. This itinerary is tailored for English-speaking travelers who want to engage with the world. These Ponant voyages in alliance with Smithsonian Journeys uniquely include transfers to and from the ship on embarkation and disembarkation days, talks and discussions aboard ship by world-class experts from Smithsonian Journeys, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the local environment and culture. Look for the themed icon in the Rates and Dates table below.

Three sister ships cruise the icy waters of the Arctic on this once-in-a-lifetime expedition: L’Austral, 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.