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Your holiday in The Arctic

Spitsbergen Explorer

Explore Spitsbergen on this classic 10 night Arctic expedition cruise. Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea-kayaking, this is a great expedition to explore and discover the wildlife capital of the Arctic. Journey along the western edge of the island and venture to a number of northern outlying areas … you will hopefully see polar bears, walrus and much more!

What not to miss

  • Daily zodiac excursions

  • Polar bears, walrus and reindeer

  • Continuous daylight

  • Hiking the tundra

What’s included

  • Passionate expedition leaders

  • Zodiac excursions

  • Guided walking and hiking

  • Geology and wildlife lectures

  • Expedition parka for you to keep

  • Boots (on loan)

  • Chef prepared meals

  • Daily housekeeping service

  • On board doctor

  • Bathrobes (on loan)

Your holiday in The Arctic

Spitsbergen Explorer

Day 1 | Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen

Your Spitsbergen adventure begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island’s largest settlement. As you embark, you’ll get great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop to this frontier settlement.

Days 2 to 10 | Exploring Spitsbergen

Explore western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. You’ll cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, and your Expedition Team will be constantly searching for wildlife.

Each expedition presents new opportunities, so we have no fixed itinerary; however, we do hope to visit some of our favourite destinations, including the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsøya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Straight.

The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Phippsøya being one of their preferred hunting areas, since the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide many free bird egg meals for both them and the arctic fox. Torellneset and Phippsøya are great places for walrus photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

If you’re itching to get a little closer to the action, you can book the kayaking option and take an excursion to the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen. Smeerenburg is a great place for snowshoeing (optional and complimentary on select voyages), where you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historic site honours the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme arctic conditions.

There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colourful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species or an abandoned site from centuries ago.

Day 11 | Disembarkation Day in Longyearbyen

The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Expedition Cruises | Important Reminder

Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy— and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your holiday in The Arctic

Spitsbergen Explorer

Your holiday in The Arctic

Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel carrying just 78 passengers on our Arctic Voyages. With clean, crisp Scandinavian styling, and an ice-strengthened hull she is ideally suited for expedition travel in the Polar Regions. The Ocean Nova features comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated twin and triple cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, there is a spacious dining room, a bar, a super library and an infirmary.

Ship Specifications

  • Staff and Crew: 38

  • Guests: 78

  • Length: 73 metres

  • Breadth: 11 metres

  • Draft: 3.7 metres

  • Propulsion: 2,000 horsepower

  • Ice Class: 1B (Casco 1A)

  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots

  • Registration: Nassau, Bahamas

  • Lifeboats: 2

Deck Plan

Ship Amenities

  • Bar staffed by a professional bartender

  • Polar Boutique

  • Library with a large collection of polar books and DVD’s

  • Glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room

  • Lounge Areas

  • Exercise Room

  • Spacious dining room with unreserved seating

  • Medical Clinic with licensed doctor

Your holiday in The Arctic

Spitsbergen Explorer

Bridge Deck Twin

Averaging 105 square feet a Bridge Deck Twin Cabin is equipped with two twin beds. Located on Bridge Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.

Upper Deck Twin

An Upper Deck Twin Cabin is equipped with two twin beds. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.

Upper (Lower)

Averaging 88 square feet, an Upper Lower Berth Cabin is equipped with one upper berth and one lower berth bed. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.


Averaging 157 square feet a Quad Cabin is equipped with four twin beds. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities


Averaging 150 square feet, a Triple Cabin is equipped with three twin beds. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.

Your holiday in The Arctic

Spitsbergen Explorer

Cruise Only Prices 2019 (International flights not included)

Dates Ship Nights Twin Cabin Price
06 June - 16 June  Ocean Nova 10 £6035

Tour prices are accurate at time of publication. All cabins are subject to availability.
Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin – please contact us for details of other cabin types.
Deposit requirements are 20% at the time of booking and full payment is due 120 days prior to departure.

Flights + Extra Accommodation

Our BSpoke team can organise your international flights for you. We can also arrange pre/post expedition accommodation. Please contact your Expedition Cruise Expert for more information.

Solo Travellers

Aboard this expedition cruise we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share the cabin with another traveller of the same gender or you can opt to have a single cabin, if available. If you would like a single supplement in a non-single cabin please ask us for prices.

Optional Activities

Contact a BSpoke Expedition Cruise Expert to learn more about adventure options, including physical requirements.

  • Sea kayaking - £530pp (limited availability – all departures)

  • Paddling excursion - £170pp (limited availability – all departures)

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