Svalbard Explorer: Best of High Arctic Norway- 10 days

Aboard Ocean Explorer – 138 passengers

This fascinating expedition provides a taste of everything Spitsbergen has to offer, starting with its largest settlement, Longyearbyen. The largest island of the Svalbard archipelago is known as the “wildlife capital of the Arctic,” and on this stirring voyage, we show you why. A key focus of this 10-day expedition will be to seek out the abundant wildlife that resides here, including walrus, reindeer, and that most iconic of Arctic denizens, the polar bear, in their natural habitat, while marveling at the surreal experience of continuous daylight. Explore the unique Arctic landscape, hike the vast and colorful tundra, learn about the history and geology of this remote wilderness, and join us on a gripping excursion to a faraway, unforgettable land.

Tour Dates

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Helsinki, Finland
Your Arctic adventure begins in Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary architecture and intriguing mix of eastern and western influences. If you arrive early, explore the many museums, galleries and restaurants, relax at a Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at your included hotel.

Day 2: Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Embark
This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from frigid waters.

Day 3 – 9: Exploring Spitsbergen
You’ll cruise around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords to the north. From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife.
Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so there is no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen.

The island offers multiple opportunities for wildlife photography. Since most of Svalbard’s Arctic ecosystem is uninhabited and well-protected, this remote archipelago is one of the world’s best places to spot polar bears against stunning natural backdrops of mountains and ice. The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres). Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. Get a chance to witness the intimate gatherings of giant pinnipeds as they haul out together on small coastal strips.

If you’re itching to experience a more intimate view from the water, you can book the sea kayaking or paddling excursion adventure options.

In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something interesting, whether it is an ever-changing gallery of spectacular icebergs, a polar bear resting between hunts, or an abandoned historical site from centuries ago.

Day 10: Disembark in Longyearbyen and Fly to Helsinki
The time to say goodbye to your Expedition Team and shipmates has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the historic frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Helsinki, included in the transfer package.

EXPEDITION SPIRIT: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your Expedition Team  must  consider  the sea, ice and weather to guide the route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you may experience on this voyage; please  be  aware  that  no  specific  itinerary can be guaranteed. By the same  token,  wildlife  encounters  as  described  are  expected,  but  not  guaranteed.  Your  Expedition  Team  will  use  their  considerable  experience to seek out wildlife in known habitats, but the presence of any particular species of bird or marine wildlife is not guaranteed.

Route Map

Trips and Rates

Please note, rates are Per Person in USD
Studio Double
$10,395
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$8,836
Limited
Studio Veranda
$10,995
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$9,346
 
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$11,595
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$9,856
 
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$12,195
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$10,366
 
Deluxe Veranda
$12,495
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$10,621
 
Grand Veranda
$13,295
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$11,301
 
Royal Veranda
$15,395
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$13,086
 
Junior Suite
$17,495
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$14,871
 
Explorer Suite
$18,095
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$15,381
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Owner's Suite
$18,695
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$15,891
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Studio Single
$13,295
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$11,301
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Studio Veranda Single
$16,295
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$13,851
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Transfer Package
$1,195
 
Studio Double
$11,695
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$9,356
Full
Studio Veranda
$12,395
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$9,916
Full
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$12,995
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$10,396
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Deluxe Veranda Mid
$13,695
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$10,956
 
Deluxe Veranda
$14,095
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$11,276
 
Grand Veranda
$14,995
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$11,996
 
Royal Veranda
$17,395
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$13,916
Limited
Junior Suite
$19,695
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$15,756
 
Explorer Suite
$20,395
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$16,316
Limited
Owner's Suite
$21,095
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$16,876
Limited
Studio Single
$14,995
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$11,996
Full
Studio Veranda Single
$18,395
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$14,716
Full
Transfer Package
$1,195
 
Studio Double
$11,695
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$8,771
Full
Studio Veranda
$12,395
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$9,296
Limited
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$12,995
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$9,746
Full
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$13,695
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$10,271
 
Deluxe Veranda
$14,095
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$10,571
 
Grand Veranda
$14,995
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$11,246
 
Royal Veranda
$17,395
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$13,046
 
Junior Suite
$19,695
Save 25%
$14,771
 
Explorer Suite
$20,395
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$15,296
Limited
Owner's Suite
$21,095
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$15,821
Limited
Studio Single
$14,995
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$11,246
Full
Studio Veranda Single
$18,395
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$13,796
Limited
Transfer Package
$1,195
 
Studio Double
$11,695
Save 20%
$9,356
Full
Studio Veranda
$12,395
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$9,916
Full
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$12,995
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$10,396
Limited
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$13,695
Save 20%
$10,956
 
Deluxe Veranda
$14,095
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$11,276
 
Grand Veranda
$14,995
Save 20%
$11,996
 
Royal Veranda
$17,395
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$13,916
Limited
Junior Suite
$19,695
Save 20%
$15,756
 
Explorer Suite
$20,395
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$16,316
Limited
Owner's Suite
$21,095
Save 20%
$16,876
Limited
Studio Single
$14,995
Save 20%
$11,996
Full
Studio Veranda Single
$18,395
Save 20%
$14,716
Limited
Transfer Package
$1,195
 
Studio Double
$11,695
Save 25%
$8,771
Full
Studio Veranda
$12,395
Save 25%
$9,296
Full
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$12,995
Save 25%
$9,746
Full
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$13,695
Save 25%
$10,271
 
Deluxe Veranda
$14,095
Save 25%
$10,571
 
Grand Veranda
$14,995
Save 25%
$11,246
 
Royal Veranda
$17,395
Save 25%
$13,046
Limited
Junior Suite
$19,695
Save 25%
$14,771
 
Explorer Suite
$20,395
Save 25%
$15,296
Limited
Owner's Suite
$21,095
Save 25%
$15,821
Limited
Studio Single
$14,995
Save 25%
$11,246
Full
Studio Veranda Single
$18,395
Save 25%
$13,796
Full
Transfer Package
$1,195
 
Studio Double
$11,695
Save 15%
$9,941
Full
Studio Veranda
$12,395
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$10,536
Full
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$12,995
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$11,046
Full
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$13,695
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$11,641
Limited
Deluxe Veranda
$14,095
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$11,981
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Grand Veranda
$14,995
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$12,746
 
Royal Veranda
$17,395
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$14,786
 
Junior Suite
$19,695
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$16,741
 
Explorer Suite
$20,395
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$17,336
Full
Owner's Suite
$21,095
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$17,931
Full
Studio Single
$14,995
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$12,746
Full
Studio Veranda Single
$18,395
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$15,636
Full
Transfer Package
$1,195
 
Studio Double
$11,695
Save 25%
$8,771
Limited
Studio Veranda
$12,395
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$9,296
Limited
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$12,995
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$9,746
 
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$13,695
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$10,271
 
Deluxe Veranda
$14,095
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$10,571
 
Grand Veranda
$14,995
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$11,246
 
Royal Veranda
$17,395
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$13,046
 
Junior Suite
$19,695
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$14,771
 
Explorer Suite
$20,395
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$15,296
Limited
Owner's Suite
$21,095
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$15,821
Limited
Studio Single
$14,995
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$11,246
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Studio Veranda Single
$18,395
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$13,796
Limited
Transfer Package
$1,195
 
Studio Double
$10,895
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$8,171
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Studio Veranda
$11,495
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$8,621
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Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$12,195
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$9,146
 
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$12,795
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$9,596
 
Deluxe Veranda
$13,195
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$9,896
 
Grand Veranda
$13,995
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$10,496
 
Royal Veranda
$16,195
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$12,146
 
Junior Suite
$18,395
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$13,796
 
Explorer Suite
$19,095
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$14,321
Limited
Owner's Suite
$19,695
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$14,771
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Studio Single
$13,995
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$10,496
Limited
Studio Veranda Single
$17,095
Save 25%
$12,821
Limited
Transfer Package
$1,195
 
Studio Double
$10,995
Save 25%
$8,246
Limited
Studio Veranda
$11,595
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$8,696
Limited
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$12,295
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$9,221
Full
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$12,895
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$9,671
Limited
Deluxe Veranda
$13,295
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$9,971
 
Grand Veranda
$14,095
Save 25%
$10,571
 
Royal Veranda
$16,395
Save 25%
$12,296
 
Junior Suite
$18,595
Save 25%
$13,946
 
Explorer Suite
$19,195
Save 25%
$14,396
Limited
Owner's Suite
$19,795
Save 25%
$14,846
Limited
Studio Single
$14,095
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$10,571
Full
Studio Veranda Single
$17,295
Save 25%
$12,971
Full
Transfer Package
$1,195
 
Studio Double
$9,295
Save 30%
$6,507
Full
Studio Veranda
$9,795
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$6,857
Limited
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$10,395
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$7,277
Limited
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$10,895
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$7,627
 
Deluxe Veranda
$11,295
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$7,907
 
Grand Veranda
$11,895
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$8,327
 
Royal Veranda
$13,895
Save 30%
$9,727
 
Junior Suite
$15,695
Save 30%
$10,987
 
Explorer Suite
$16,295
Save 30%
$11,407
Limited
Owner's Suite
$16,795
Save 30%
$11,757
Limited
Studio Single
$11,895
Save 30%
$8,327
Full
Studio Veranda Single
$14,595
Save 30%
$10,217
Limited
Transfer Package
$1,195
 

Transfer Package is $995/person on Svalbard Explorer or $695/person on Three Arctic Islands and not included in the cabin cost. 

Single Travelers:

  • Can book a Studio Veranda Single or Studio Single at the prices listed above
  • Can book into a share cabin in the following categories: Studio Double, Studio Veranda, Deluxe Veranda Forward, Deluxe Veranda Middle and Deluxe Veranda.
  • Can book a twin cabin at solo occupancy at 1.7x the per person share price in Studio Double – Deluxe Veranda and 2x the per person price for all other categories

Adventure Options:

  • Kayaking (full program, multiple paddles): $795/person – requires experience
  • Paddling (one-time): $195/person

Single Travelers:

  • Can book into a dedicated Single cabin (Studio Single or Studio Veranda Single) at the prices listed above
  • Can book into a share cabin in Studio Double – Deluxe Veranda
  • Can book a twin cabin at solo occupancy at 1.7x the per person share price in Studio Double – Deluxe Veranda and 2x the per person price for all higher categories

Adventure Options:

  • Kayaking (full program, multiple paddles): $995/person – requires experience
  • Paddling (one-time): $295/person
  • Camping: $295/person

Availability & prices are subject to change at anytime. Please contact us for the real time availability & prices.

Cabin Descriptions

Owner's Suite

This palatial, airy apartment offers stunning views from its large private veranda on the highest cabin level (deck 7). The luxurious suite features a large master bedroom, living room and dining area and two large master bathrooms, among other amenities. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus a fold out sofa bed.

443 square feet (41.2 sq. m.) 

Explorer Suite

This unique 2-room suite is located on Deck 7. It has one double bed that can be configured into two singles in the inner bedroom and the outer sitting area is furnished with a sofa-bed. Walk-out from either room to a double sized balcony. There are also 2 TV’s, state of the art ‘infotainment’ system and private bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor. And an additional powder room in the outside sitting area.

269 sq. ft (25.0 sq. m.)

Ocean Explorer Junior Suite

Junior Suite

The decor and layout of this stately suite will amaze. The private veranda, convenient Deck 6 location, plus proximity to the lounge and downstairs dining room are equally impressive. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus a fold out sofa bed.

296 square feet (27.5 sq. m.) 

Ocean Explorer Royal Veranda Stateroom

Royal Veranda Stateroom

This spacious, classic stateroom allows you to stretch freely. Centrally located on Decks 4 and 6. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus a fold out sofa bed.

189 – 272 square feet (17.6 – 25.3 sq. m.) 

Ocean Explorer Grand Veranda Stateroom

Grand Veranda Stateroom

Near the center of the ship on Deck 6, this stateroom offers easy access to the lounge, dining room and a private veranda. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus a fold out sofa bed. 

195 – 205 square feet (18.1 – 19 sq. m.) 

Deluxe Veranda Stateroom

Revel in superior comfort of this stateroom on Deck 4 while taking in the panoramic ocean views from your private veranda. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus a fold out sofa bed.

200 – 205 square feet (18.6 – 19 sq. m.) 

Deluxe Veranda Middle Stateroom

These classic staterooms on Deck 4 ensure guests have easy access to all amenities the ship has to offer. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus some with a fold out sofa bed.

203 – 272 square feet (18.9 – 25.3 sq. m.)

Deluxe Veranda Forward Stateroom

Enjoy privacy and elegance at the front of the ship on Deck 4 where guests are treated to sweeping views from their private veranda. One double bed made up of two twin berths.

168 – 195 square feet (15.6 – 18.1 sq. m.)

Studio Veranda Stateroom

Located on Deck 6 these cabins have one double bed that can be configured into two singles.  There is a floor to ceiling glass view that opens to a walkout balcony.  There is also a desk and chair, TV, state of the art ‘infotainment’ system and private bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor.

173 sq. f. (16.1 sq. m,) 

Studio Double

Enjoy the calm ambience of this Deck 3 stateroom which features a porthole window and every amenity essential for your polar voyage. One double bed made up of two twin berths.

175 – 186 square feet (16.2 – 17.3 sq. m.)

Studio Veranda Single

Designed for one. This unique cabin is located on Deck 7 .  It has one twin bed with a  floor to ceiling glass view that opens to a generous walkout balcony. There is also TV, state of the art ‘infotainment’ system and private bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor. There is only 1 cabin in this category so it typically sells out far in advance. 

162 sq. f. (15.1 sq. m.)

Studio Single

Designed for one.  This cabin is located on Deck 3 with one double bed and a porthole view.  There is also a desk and chair, TV, state of the art ‘infotainment’ system and private bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor. There is only 1 cabin in this category so it typically sells out far in advance. 

177 sq. ft. (16.5 sq. m,) 

Deck Plan

Ocean Explorer - deck plan

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions: 

  • Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
  • Free beer, standard wines, spirits, and cocktails during bar service hours and dinner
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • An official expedition parka to keep
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
  • Transfers between Longyearbyen town center and port on embarkation and disembarkation day
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi service on one device permitting basic Internet browsing, email, posting on social media and voice applications. (Premium packages are available for more data intensive applications.)

Exclusions: 

  • International airfare
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Helsinki
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Adventure Options not listed in Included Activities