A polar bear standing on ice drinking water from aboard a Svalbard Odyssey cruise
A mother reindeer seen behind her calf on a mossy grass ground
Two travelers in a yellow kayak seen still and smiling in icy Arctic water in front of a glacier.
A group of travelers hike toward the camera on a rocky shoreline with the ocean, a ship and mountains behind them in the distance.
6 pillars of the Ring of Brodgar on the Orkney Islands are seen by a path through grass with the ocean and land behind them.
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Svalbard Odyssey

Over 12 or 15 days aboard a small, Norwegian-designed expedition ship, enjoy the best of Svalbard, a world of endless daylight where polar bear sightings quicken your pulse, guillemot cries echo from sea cliffs and beluga whales rise from the sea. The option to add on scuba diving, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and snorkeling, as well as an alternative itinerary that includes Scotland, are particularly unique for expeditions in this region.

Choose from a 12-day Svalbard Odyssey route, or the extended 15-day Svalbard in Depth that spends an extra three days exploring the archipelago. Enjoy a flexible itinerary around the archipelago, which allows the 126-guest Greg Mortimer and 132-guest Sylvia Earle to follow the best weather and wildlife-spotting opportunities. You’ll explore tundra adorned with wildflowers and look out for arctic fox. Discover historic camps of explorers and hunters. Push through pack ice to find walrus and bearded seals, or simply enjoy breathtakingly beautiful Norwegian fjords.

Or, opt for the 15-day Across the Arctic Circle itinerary, which starts in Aberdeen, United Kingdom, to combine three unique worlds on one unforgettable journey. Visit picturesque villages and castles that were once strongholds of Scottish clans and encounter Neolithic sites dating back more than 5,000 years. From Stone Age villages to Iron Age forts, the Orkney and Shetland Islands reveal a proud Scottish heritage. Vikings, fjords and fishing folk feature along the sublime Norwegian coastline, which includes a visit to famous Lofoten Islands. Then cross the Arctic Circle to Svalbard, discovering a landscape of towering cliffs alive with breeding birds, and a frozen wonderland of gleaming glaciers and where the mighty polar bear reigns supreme. 

Read on for details about these Svalbard routes aboard Greg Mortimer and Sylvia Earle, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Svalbard cruises and widespread Arctic cruisesArctic trips and small ship cruises in Northern Europe.



Itinerary

Svalbard Odyssey Itinerary

This 12-day itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer sails round-trip from Longyearbyen, Norway, with a flexible itinerary to take advantage of the best weather and wildlife encounters in the Svalbard archipelago.

An illustrated map showing the path of the Svalbard Odyssey cruise round-trip from Longyearbyen.
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Day 1
Arrive Longyearbyen, Norway

Having made your way to Longyearbyen, you will be met by a ship representative and transferred to the group hotel. Upon arrival at the included hotel, request cabin tags from the hotel check-in staff, and label the tags with your name and ship cabin number. This evening, enjoy a light refreshment as you meet your fellow expeditioners at a Welcome Reception and Pre-Embarkation Briefing. Afterwards, dine at your leisure (dinner not included).

Accommodations

Radisson Blu Polar Hotel

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Embark Longyearbyen

This morning, ensure any cabin luggage is fitted with cabin tags and take it down to hotel reception. Luggage will be collected from the hotel and transferred directly to port for clearance and delivered to your cabin ahead of embarkation. Keep any valuables or personal items with you throughout the day, as well as wet-weather gear in case the ship needs to be reached by Zodiac for embarkation.

Enjoy a sightseeing excursion of Longyearbyen before transferring to the pier for embarkation in the late afternoon. Settle into your cabin before attending important safety briefings and enjoy the thrill of departure as the crew “throws the lines” and sets sail. This evening, get to know your fellow expeditioners and the friendly Expedition Team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure.

Sail out of the beautiful Isfjorden, escorted by gliding fulmars and perhaps the occasional puffin. Find a spot in one of the observation areas to watch seabirds, including graceful ivory gulls, kittiwakes and guillemots. They rise and fall skillfully, using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer

Meals

breakfast, dinner

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Days 3 - 11
Svalbard Archipelago

Svalbard offers Arctic wilderness at its best. The ship’s experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your day-to-day itinerary, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, sea-ice conditions and wildlife encounters.

Phenomenal fjords, magnificent mountains ranges and a polar desert rich in fossils set the stage for heroic tales of early exploration. See walrus hauled-out on sea ice or on beaches. On land, stretch your legs on walks across tundra coming out in brightly-colored wildflowers. Visit towering cliffs noisy with nesting guillemots and puffins, and scree slopes that hold Svalbard’s largest little auk colonies. Most memorable are encounters with the majestic polar bear on pack ice. Your expedition team is just as keen as you to find them— they will be on constant watch to spot these inspiring creatures.

If you have chosen an optional activity such as diving or kayaking, you’ll have the option to enjoy the activity when conditions allow. For those who are enthusiastic to participate in a polar plunge, as soon as conditions are suitable, you’ll hear the announcement to prepare for an exhilarating plunge, a memory you’ll savor for years to come.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Disembark Longyearbyen, Norway

During the early morning, cruise into Longyearbyen, where you will say farewell your Expedition Team and fellow passengers upon disembarkation and enjoy some free time before transferring to the airport to continue your journey.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Arrival transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1; welcome reception/pre-embarkation briefing on Day 1; one night’s hotel accommodation in Longyearbyen on Day 1 (including breakfast on Day 2); group sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen, prior to embarkation on Day 2; group transfer from ship to airport in Longyearbyen on Day 12; onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service; all meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage; beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner; all shore excursions; educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team; complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult); a 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket; complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage; comprehensive pre-departure information; port surcharges, permits and landing fees; gratuities for ship’s crew.

Exclusions

International or domestic flights, unless specified in the itinerary; transfers not mentioned in the itinerary; airport arrival or departure taxes; passport, visa and vaccination charges; travel insurance, emergency evacuation charges or personal insurance (required); hotels and meals not included in itinerary; optional excursions not included in the itinerary; optional activity surcharges; all items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, WiFi, email or phone charges, discretionary expedition team gratuities (USD cash only).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking (additional nonrefundable $250 deposit is required for optional activities). The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Svalbard Odyssey Cruise begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway (LYR). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. At the latest, plan flights to arrive to Longyearbyen by midday or early afternoon on Day 1 to have time to attend the welcome reception and pre-embarkation briefing. An arrival transfer to the group hotel is included. Plan flights to depart Longyearbyen no earlier than 12:00pm noon on disembarkation day. A group transfer from the pier to the airport is included following disembarkation. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Birdwatching, walking, Zodiac cruising, photography tips, lectures, a polar plunge & all trips ashore are included in the rate. Various optional activities may be available, with per-person 2023 prices starting at: kayaking $980; scuba diving $1,010. To participate in polar diving, you must be a trained, certified scuba diver with proof of certification beyond entry level, i.e. Advanced Diver certification or equivalent rating as well as experience in dry-suit diving at a minimum of 30 dives. Please contact AdventureSmith for details on which activities are available on your specific departure date and to reserve space with your booking.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Solo travelers willing to share may be matched with a person of the same gender, and if the other cabin berth goes unsold, will only pay the standard double-occupancy rate. 

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children between 8-17 years of age must pay the adult price of the expedition.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum required coverage of $250,000 USD per person, covering medical, accident and repatriation/emergency evacuation, as well as baggage loss and cancellation or curtailment of holiday. 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

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Svalbard In Depth Itinerary

Spend three more days exploring the Svalbard archipelago on this 15-day itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle. A flexible itinerary round-trip from Longyearbyen, Norway, allows you to take advantage of the best weather and wildlife encounters.

An illustrated map showing the path of the Svalbard In Depth cruise round-trip from Longyearbyen.
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Day 1
Arrive Longyearbyen, Norway

Having made your way to Longyearbyen, you will be met by a ship representative and transferred to the group hotel. Upon arrival at the included hotel, request cabin tags from the hotel check-in staff, and label the tags with your name and ship cabin number. This evening, enjoy a light refreshment as you meet your fellow expeditioners at a Welcome Reception and Pre-Embarkation Briefing. Afterwards, dine at your leisure (dinner not included).

Accommodations

Radisson Blu Polar Hotel

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Embark Longyearbyen

This morning, ensure any cabin luggage is fitted with cabin tags and take it down to hotel reception. Luggage will be collected from the hotel and transferred directly to port for clearance and delivered to your cabin ahead of embarkation. Keep any valuables or personal items with you throughout the day, as well as wet-weather gear in case the ship needs to be reached by Zodiac for embarkation.

Enjoy a sightseeing excursion of Longyearbyen before transferring to the pier for embarkation in the late afternoon. Settle into your cabin before attending important safety briefings and enjoy the thrill of departure as the crew “throws the lines” and sets sail. This evening, get to know your fellow expeditioners and the friendly Expedition Team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure.

Sail out of the beautiful Isfjorden, escorted by gliding fulmars and perhaps the occasional puffin. Find a spot in one of the observation areas to watch seabirds, including graceful ivory gulls, kittiwakes and guillemots. They rise and fall skillfully, using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer

Meals

breakfast, dinner

Read More
Days 3 - 14
Svalbard Archipelago

Svalbard offers Arctic wilderness at its best. The ship’s experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your day-to-day itinerary, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, sea-ice conditions and wildlife encounters.

Phenomenal fjords, magnificent mountains ranges and a polar desert rich in fossils set the stage for heroic tales of early exploration. See walrus hauled-out on sea ice or on beaches. On land, stretch your legs on walks across tundra coming out in brightly-colored wildflowers. Visit towering cliffs noisy with nesting guillemots and puffins, and scree slopes that hold Svalbard’s largest little auk colonies. Most memorable are encounters with the majestic polar bear on pack ice. Your expedition team is just as keen as you to find them— they will be on constant watch to spot these inspiring creatures.

If you have chosen an optional activity such as diving or kayaking, you’ll have the option to enjoy the activity when conditions allow. For those who are enthusiastic to participate in a polar plunge, as soon as conditions are suitable, you’ll hear the announcement to prepare for an exhilarating plunge, a memory you’ll savor for years to come.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Disembark Longyearbyen, Norway

During the early morning, cruise into Longyearbyen, where you will say farewell your Expedition Team and fellow passengers upon disembarkation and enjoy some free time before transferring to the airport to continue your journey.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Arrival transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1; welcome reception/pre-embarkation briefing on Day 1; one night’s hotel accommodation in Longyearbyen on Day 1 (including breakfast on Day 2); group sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen, prior to embarkation on Day 2; group transfer from ship to airport in Longyearbyen on Day 15; onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service; all meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage; beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner; all shore excursions; educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team; complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult); a 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket; complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage; comprehensive pre-departure information; port surcharges, permits and landing fees; gratuities for ship’s crew.

Exclusions

International or domestic flights, unless specified in the itinerary; transfers not mentioned in the itinerary; airport arrival or departure taxes; passport, visa and vaccination charges; travel insurance, emergency evacuation charges or personal insurance (required); hotels and meals not included in itinerary; optional excursions not included in the itinerary; optional activity surcharges; all items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, WiFi, email or phone charges, discretionary expedition team gratuities (USD cash only).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking (additional nonrefundable $250 deposit is required for optional activities). The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Svalbard In Depth Cruise begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway (LYR). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. At the latest, plan flights to arrive to Longyearbyen by midday or early afternoon on Day 1 to have time to attend the welcome reception and pre-embarkation briefing. An arrival transfer to the group hotel is included. Plan flights to depart Longyearbyen no earlier than 12:00pm noon on disembarkation day. A group transfer from the pier to the airport is included following disembarkation. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Birdwatching, walking, Zodiac cruising, photography tips, lectures, a polar plunge & all trips ashore are included in the rate. Various optional activities may be available, with per-person 2023 prices starting at: kayaking $1,190. Please contact AdventureSmith for details on which activities are available on your specific departure date and to reserve space with your booking.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Solo travelers willing to share may be matched with a person of the same gender, and if the other cabin berth goes unsold, will only pay the standard double-occupancy rate. 

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children between 8-17 years of age must pay the adult price of the expedition.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum required coverage of $250,000 USD per person, covering medical, accident and repatriation/emergency evacuation, as well as baggage loss and cancellation or curtailment of holiday. 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

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Across the Arctic Circle Itinerary

This 15-day itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer sails from Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom, to Longyearbyen, Norway, to combine three unique worlds on one unforgettable journey. Visit the Orkney and Shetland Islands as well as the Norwegian coastline and its famous Lofoten Islands, before crossing the Arctic Circle to Svalbard.  

An illustrated map showing the path of the Across the Arctic Circle cruise from Aberdeen, Scotland to Longyearbyen.
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Day 1
Arrive Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Having made your way to Aberdeen, you will be met by a ship representative and transferred to the group hotel. Upon arrival at the included hotel, request cabin tags from the hotel check-in staff, and label the tags with your name and ship cabin number. This evening, enjoy a light refreshment as you meet your fellow expeditioners at a Welcome Reception and Pre-Embarkation Briefing. Afterwards, dine at your leisure (dinner not included).

Accommodations

Sandman Signature Hotel

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Embark Aberdeen

This morning, ensure any cabin luggage is fitted with cabin tags and take it down to hotel reception. Luggage will be collected from the hotel and transferred directly to port for clearance and delivered to your cabin ahead of embarkation. Keep any valuables or personal items with you throughout the day.

Enjoy a sightseeing city tour of Aberdeen before transferring to the pier for embarkation in the late afternoon. Settle into your cabin before attending important safety briefings and enjoy the thrill of departure as the crew “throws the lines” and sets sail. This evening, get to know your fellow expeditioners and the friendly Expedition Team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer

Meals

breakfast, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
Orkney Islands

Among Orkney’s archipelago of 70 windswept islands, six miles north of the Scottish mainland, a rich tapestry of archaeology, history and wildlife awaits. Follow the passage of time… from 5,000-year-old World Heritage Neolithic sites, past relics from wandering Vikings and reminders of World War II occupation, to present-day crofting communities. Imposing sea cliffs teem with seabirds, and clifftop paths and bleak moors beckon keen hikers. Those opting for the kayak program will use paddle-power to explore sections of Orkney’s fascinating coastline.

Midway between Orkney and Shetland is Fair Isle, home to quaint croft houses and famous for its knitwear and historical shipwrecks. The 70 or so islanders mostly live in traditional crofts on the more fertile low-lying southern part of the island.

A bird watcher’s paradise and boasting a major European bird observatory, Fair Isle lies on the intersection of major bird flight paths from Scandinavia, Iceland and Faroe. It attracts common species and also eastern rarities such as the lanceolated warbler. In summer, the cliffs teem with breeding fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots, gannets, shags and puffins. Fair Isle is an excellent place to view seabirds at close range – especially puffins. The island also has more than 250 species of flowering plants, including rare orchids, alpine and wetland species and common wildflowers. You will be welcomed by the hospitable villagers, and may take a hike or visit the museum.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Shetland Islands

Britain’s most northerly islands lie almost 100 miles north of the Scottish mainland, at a similar latitude to the southern tip of Greenland, or Bergen in Norway. Kept relatively warm by the Gulf Stream, Shetland’s 100 islands experience almost 24 hours of daylight in summer. They abound with nature reserves and archaeological sites, and offer a taste of traditional island life. Today’s plan is to visit some of Shetland’s best preserved and most complex archaeological sites, brochs – fortified Iron Age towers.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
At Sea

Sail towards the Norwegian coastline today. The bridge or the outer decks offer an excellent and warm vantage point for birdwatching. The ship’s historian and naturalists will delight with their informative talks.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 7 - 10
Norwegian Coast

Spend three days exploring the superb Norwegian coastline, cruising the intricate maze of seldom-visited inlets and outer islands. The cod-fishing island of Sør Gjæslingan welcomes you with its delightful wooden houses and cheerful inhabitants. Here, search for nesting kittiwakes and reclusive sea otters. Delight in the hunt for fabled trolls, passing through Torghatten – meaning ‘mountain with a hole’ – said to have been caused by a troll’s arrow.

Crossing the Arctic Circle, make your way to the stunning Lofoten – meaning puma’s foot – Islands. This is a land scoured by ice and legend, the towering crags with their sharp edges, standing in silent protection of the villages below.

As the ship travels north, the days are noticeably longer and you’ll search for blue whales, humpbacks, orca, minke whales, pilot whales and dolphins in the deep, squid-rich ocean trenches off Andenes.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 14
Bear Island & Svalbard

Approach Spitsbergen at its most southerly point, South Cape or Sørkapp, and explore the coastline, entering a different world – that of the polar desert. Enormous peaks and deeply gouged fjords make our visit to Hornsund a powerful experience. As Hornsund is the southernmost fjord in Svalbard, keep a lookout for polar bears, and Zodiac-cruise along glacial fronts that are home to bearded and ring seals, kittiwakes and guillemots. Here in Svalbard continue your exploration into human history dating back 400 years, encompassing trapping and hunting, whaling and mining. If the skies are clear you may catch a glimpse of the dramatic Hornsundtind, peaking at 4,695 feet.

Dramatic folds characterize the geological landscape of Bellsund and here enjoy magnificent vistas, steep bird cliffs and lush vegetation, always an open invitation to arctic fox and polar bears. Little auks, guillemots, northern fulmar and pink-footed geese make this their breeding home. Reindeer graze the slopes peacefully and as the fjord branches, there are numerous places to explore.

Polar bears pass through the area on their way to the west coast, and if you are lucky, you may encounter the elusive and alluring white beluga whale. 

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Disembark Longyearbyen, Norway

During the early morning, cruise into the port of the remote village Longyearbyen, the “capital” of Spitsbergen. After bidding farewell to newfound friends, you’ll be transferred into town, where there is time to explore and shop before transferring to the airport in the afternoon.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Arrival transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1; welcome reception/pre-embarkation briefing on Day 1; one night’s hotel accommodation in Aberdeen on Day 1 (including breakfast on Day 2); half-day city tour of Aberdeen, prior to embarkation on Day 2; group transfer from pier to airport or hotel in Longyearbyen on Day 15; onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service; all meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage; beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner; Captain’s Welcome & Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, and non-alcoholic beverages; all shore excursions; educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team; complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult); a 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket; complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage; comprehensive pre-departure information; port surcharges, permits and landing fees; gratuities for ship’s crew.

Exclusions

International or domestic flights, unless specified in the itinerary; transfers not mentioned in the itinerary; airport arrival or departure taxes; passport, visa and vaccination charges; travel insurance, emergency evacuation charges or personal insurance (required); hotels and meals not included in itinerary; optional excursions not included in the itinerary; optional activity surcharges; all items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, WiFi, email or phone charges, discretionary expedition team gratuities (USD cash only).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking (additional nonrefundable $250 deposit is required for optional activities). The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Across the Arctic Circle Cruise begins in Aberdeen, United Kingdom (ABZ), and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway (LYR). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. At the latest, plan flights to arrive to Aberdeen by midday or early afternoon on Day 1 to have time to attend the welcome reception and pre-embarkation briefing. An arrival transfer to the group hotel is included. Plan flights to depart Longyearbyen no earlier than 12:00pm noon on disembarkation day. A group transfer from the pier to the airport is included following disembarkation. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Birdwatching, walking, Zodiac cruising, photography tips, lectures, a polar plunge & all trips ashore are included in the rate. Various optional activities may be available, with per-person 2023 prices starting at: kayaking $900; paddling $580; scuba diving $940; snorkeling $580; stand-up paddleboarding $440. To participate in polar diving, you must be a trained, certified scuba diver with proof of certification beyond entry level, i.e. Advanced Diver certification or equivalent rating as well as experience in dry-suit diving at a minimum of 30 dives. Please contact AdventureSmith for details on which activities are available on your specific departure date and to reserve space with your booking.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Solo travelers willing to share may be matched with a person of the same gender, and if the other cabin berth goes unsold, will only pay the standard double-occupancy rate. 

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children between 8-17 years of age must pay the adult price of the expedition.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum required coverage of $250,000 USD per person, covering medical, accident and repatriation/emergency evacuation, as well as baggage loss and cancellation or curtailment of holiday. 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

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

May 16 - May 30, 2023
Greg Mortimer • 15 days
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May 29 - Jun 09, 2023
Greg Mortimer • 12 days
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Greg Mortimer • 12 days
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Jun 26 - Jul 10, 2023
Sylvia Earle • 15 days
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Sylvia Earle

Due to sail in December 2022, Sylvia Earle offers a robust menu of adventure activities from kayaking and polar diving to mountaineering and backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Cruise responsibly knowing this brand new icebreaker polar expedition ship was built with cutting edge nautical technology including one of the lowest polluting marine engines in the world.

Expedition Ship
Greg Mortimer

The Greg Mortimer is a brand new, icebreaker polar expedition ship. Carrying an average of 126 guests, this small ship features a unique bow designed for efficiency. It features active programming with adventure gear for backcountry skiing, polar diving, snowshoeing, climbing and kayaking.

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Save Up to 20% Aboard Greg Mortimer & Sylvia Earle

For a limited time, save up to 20% on 2023 voyages in Europe and the Arctic aboard Greg Mortimer and Sylvia Earle.

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Todd Smith • January 19th, 2021
Expert Aboard: Sylvia Earle & Greg Mortimer Ship Review

Read a detailed ship review about the identical polar sister ships Greg Mortimer & Sylvia Earle and what they offer travelers. Our expert has been aboard and writes this from his firsthand experience.

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Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

Book the 3-day Taste of Oslo extension tour in conjunction with this cruise to make the most of your time in Norway, with included hotels, tours and private transfers. A local guide will take you on a city tour that includes a boat ride across an arm of the Oslo Fjord to tour the Viking Ship Museum, a visit to the Fram Museum, and a walking tour of the city that includes the Vigeland Sculpture Park.

Or, enjoy one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys and then explore picturesque Bergen on the 6-day Norway in a Nutshell extension tour from Oslo to Bergen. This tour includes rail, bus and ferry passes; a full day sightseeing tour; 5 nights accommodation; and more. Inquire for further details to extend your trip.

 

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15 - 24 Day Cruise
Jewels of the Arctic

Choose from one of four voyages to discover the jewels of the Arctic aboard cutting-edge small expedition ships. From Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland, to routes focused on the remote Jan Mayen or Northern Lights, there is something for every traveler to discover. Add-ons like kayaking, SUP, rock climbing and scuba diving make the journey even more rewarding for the adventurous.

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Jun Jul Aug Sep
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14 - 17 Day Cruise
Jewels of the British Isles

Discover some of the British Isles' most historically significant and wildlife-rich destinations on one of two voyages. Both routes hug the western and northern coastlines of Scotland to end in Aberdeen, but choose to either start your journey in England or Ireland. Stroll through charming fishing villages, visit majestic castles and gardens, and soak up the remarkable history of a land that has been continuously inhabited for more than 5,000 years.

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From $9146USD
May Jun
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11 Day Cruise
Iceland Circumnavigation Cruise

Circumnavigate Iceland aboard the 132-guest Sylvia Earle on a flexible route that includes plenty of time ashore, plus add-on activities like scuba diving and kayaking.

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From $10195USD
Jun
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11 - 14 Day Cruise
Spitsbergen In Depth

This 14-day voyage around the Svalbard archipelago aboard the 200-guest Ultramarine or the 128-guest Ocean Adventurer seeks out polar bears and remarkably diverse landscapes, exploring everything from jagged mountain peaks to sweeping polar deserts.

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From $11495USD
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Around Spitsbergen

Circumnavigate Spitsbergen to Zodiac cruise, hike and photograph deep fjords, towering glaciers, sharp mountains, lush tundra and Arctic wildlife like polar bears from the 170-guest Hondius or Janssonius, 116-guest Ortelius or Plancius, or 33-guest schooner Rembrandt van Rijn.

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Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard

Join National Geographic expert leaders aboard a selection of Nat Geo expedition ships to see the Arctic's unparalleled beauty, exploring where polar bears prowl and walruses haul out on rocky shores, or focusing closer to the Arctic Circle along Iceland and south to Scotland.

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