The Arctic beckons with a cruise to the northern extremes of the planet. 

Admire the snowy mountains peaks, blue-ice glaciers, vast frozen fields, and lonesome ice floes in this part of the world, while also keeping an eye out for polar bear, walrus and reindeer. Enjoy Zodiac cruises amid picturesque cliffs teeming with sea birds and hikes across the timeless tundra.

Departure date: 13 July 2016

Current tour status: Places available

Your itinerary at a glance

12 July 2016 / Arrive into Oslo from your international flight and transfer to overnight accommodation (Radisson Blue or similar).

13 July 2016 / Transfer to the airport and fly to Tromsø, then transfer for embarkation aboard the Silver Explorer.

14 July 2016 / Day at sea.

15 July 2016 / Bear Island, Norway.

16-22 July 2016 / Cruising the Arctic around Svalbard, Norway.

23 July 2016​ / Disembark and take the charter flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo before transferring to your overnight accommodation.

24 July 2016 / Transfer to the airport for your international departure flight.​​​


From £11,250 per person (single travellers)

From £5950 per person (based on two adults sharing).

Prices include:

  • Fully escorted by Colin Prior from arrival into Tromsø, including all photography workshops
  • 10 nights’ accommodation aboard the Silver Explorer cruising from Tromsø to Longyearbyen
  • All meals and beverages aboard the cruise
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified expedition team alongside Colin
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shore side activities led by the expedition team
  • Private/group transport throughout including hotel and airport transfers
  • 1 night’s pre-cruise accommodation in Oslo on 12 July 2016
  • Silversea charter flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo
  • 1 night’s post-cruise accommodation in Oslo on 23 July 2016
  • Prices are based upon accommodation in an Adventurer's Suite, subject to availability​

Prices exclude:

  • International flights to Tromsø and from Oslo – guide price for round-trip international economy class flights UK-Tromsø-Oslo-UK is £500 per person. Please speak to your Travel Director regarding all international flight arrangements.
  • Alternative flight arrangements and upgrades can be provided, subject to availability, and may have a supplementary cost.​​​​
Your Itinerary

10 nights Tromsø to Longyearbyen​​

Day 1 / Oslo

Arrive into Oslo and transfer to your overnight accommodation at the Radisson Blue or similar.

Day 2 / Oslo to Tromsø, Norway

Transfer to Oslo Airport for your onward flight to Tromsø, then embark Silver Explorer in the afternoon. After a mandatory safety briefing, you'll meet your expedition team and enjoy a special welcome aboard cocktail party.

Day 3 / Day at sea

Today you'll meet Colin and some of your fellow explorers as you become acquainted with the amenities found on board Silver Explorer. Spend time learning about the region’s endemic wildlife and nature with the knowledgeable lecturers who are experts in a variety of scientific fields.

Day 4 / Bear Island, Norway

Approaching Bear Island (Bjørnøya), head out on deck to watch for whales that are known to frequent the area; and as the ship nears this arctic island, now a nature reserve, you'll see thousands of seabirds diving into and out of the island’s steep cliffs. With the Zodiacs you will explore the rugged coastline and if weather conditions are favourable, make a landing with the expedition team providing insights into the environment, the terrain, and the wildlife that exist in these extreme conditions.

Days 5–11 / Cruise & Explore Svalbard

Journeying along an expansive archipelago of the Arctic Ocean woven between the North Pole and Norway, you'll explore the eastern and least visited sections of Svarlbad's breathtaking and dramatic Spitsbergen. Once there, you'll locate wildlife, spend the maximum amount of time possible hiking on the tundra. Svalbard is also one of the last major European wilderness areas with pristine mountains, fauna, deep fjords, picturesque icebergs and massive ice sheets, and home to approximately 2500 Polar Bears, so you'll hopefully encounter a good number of them during your voyage.

​​​​Travel along the same routes as famous polar explorers such as Andrée, Nordenskiöld, Amundsen and Nobile. Trek along beaches blanketed with walruses, hoping to see reindeer and maybe even spot the Arctic fox or Bearded Seal. Seabirds, such as Ivory Gulls, auks and puffins, will be your constant companions and you may even encounter a variety of known whale species, in particular the Minke and Beluga.

Photographic Highlights

  • Coastline and wildlife around Bear Island
  • Seabirds and whale spotting
  • Pristine landscapes of glaciers and icebergs
  • Deep fjords lined with rugged mountains
  • Polar Bears, Walrus, Reindeer, Arctic Fox, and Bearded Seal
  • Whales including Minke and Beluga
  • The Arctic Tundra
  • Birdlife such as Eiders, Terns, Skuas, Sandpipers, Auks and Puffins
  • Zodiac cruises among remote bird cliffs Ruins of long-defunct whaling operations 

A flexible itinerary allows the cruise to take advantage of favourable ice and weather conditions. Search for walruses, seals, reindeer, Arctic Foxes and Polar Bears. Shore walks and Zodiac landings will bring you up close to the mystical settings and passing icebergs. Each day the expedition leader and Captain will determine the best course, depending on changing weather, ice conditions and the wildlife encountered, with the possibility of enjoying:

Ice Cruising - With the strengthened hull of Silver Explorer, you have the perfect platform to search for walrus and Polar Bears as at least one day is devoted to exploring the pack ice north of Spitsbergen. Conditions permitting, your expedition leader may choose to take you out in the Zodiacs for an even closer look.

Bellsund - Pushing about 50 miles into Spitsbergen is the more than 12-mile wide Bellsund. At the entrance of the fjord you are likely to encounter some Common Eiders, Arctic Terns, and Arctic Skuas. Snow Bunting and Purple Sandpipers are also common in the area. The plan is to explore the seldom-visited Van Keulenfjord, where you'll witness awe-inspiring landscapes as you trek along the tundra.

Prins Karls Forland — Off the west coast of Spitsbergen, you'll encounter the island of Prins Karl Forland with cragged mountains, massive glaciers and remarkable wildlife. The entire island and the surrounding seas make up Forlandet National Park and members of the expedition team will take you ashore at Poolepynten, a well-known walrus hang out, where the marine biologist explains the habits and habitat of these amazing creatures.

Edgeøya - Enter the realm of the Polar Bear on the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Conditions permitting, you'll go ashore at the hard-to-get-to Diskobukta, where you'll discover interesting fauna and flora and take a walk amongst thousands of kittiwakes and a few Arctic Foxes. The coastal waters often provide fantastic opportunities to see walrus and Polar Bear on ice floes too.

Barentsøya - Just north of Edgeøya lies the fourth-largest island in Svalbard. Here you'll be immersed in a wide tundra landscape, perfect for long hikes and short walks, and you may also encounter Polar Bears and discover the ruins of 15th-century Russian Pomors.

Hornsund - The southernmost fjord on the rugged west coast of Spitsbergen Island. Jagged mountain peaks tower above glacier-filled bays. Listen for the crash of white thunder as huge chunks of ice fall into the fjord. Amidst floating iceberg jewels, watch for Bearded Seals, the rare Beluga Whale and the king of the Arctic — the Polar Bear. Sightings are fairly common as the Polar Bear’s favourite food, the Ringed Seal, breeds here in the fjord. The surrounding bird cliffs are home to thousands of pairs of nesting Little Auks, and you may also visit the Polish research station or the remains of whaling stations and trappers’ huts.

Day 12 / Longyearbyen to Oslo, Norway

Following breakfast, you will disembark Silver Explorer and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Oslo. Upon arrival into Oslo you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation (Radisson Blue or similar).

Day 13 / Depart

You will be transferred back to Oslo airport for your onward departure.

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Colin, your expedition leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for photography and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity.​

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