The 12-day Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic expedition gives you great chances to connect with unique arctic wildlife. The archipelago is home to the iconic Polar Bear, as well as a number of whales, Walrus, Svalbard Reindeer and tens of thousands of seabirds. Exploring the tundra is a breath-taking experience - the natural beauty of the landscape is exhilarating, surprisingly colourful and so striking.
If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition cruise, this is it. You’ll get all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas for Polar Bears and Walrus. You’ll come across colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands and search for a number of whales and seals. Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea-kayaking, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the “wildlife capital of the Arctic". The Arctic has been inspiring explorers for centuries, and our expeditions offer the chance for you to discover why. We’re excited to host you on your unforgettable adventure!
Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations. Rockjumper have taken an allotment on this cruise rather than chartering the cruise in its entirety. A Rockjumper leader may not accompany the expedition unless a minimum of 12 participants are signed up through Rockjumper. In the case that a Rockjumper leader is not on board, the professional expedition staff will take care of all participants signed up through Rockjumper.
Ivory, Ross's (Rare), Iceland & Glaucous Gulls, Little Auk, Snow Bunting, Atlantic Puffin, Brunnich’s & Black Guillemots, Black-legged Kittiwake, Long-tailed Duck, King Eider, Sabine's Gull, Pink-footed Goose
Polar Bear, Walrus, Arctic Fox, Bearded & Ringed Seals, Humpback, Beluga, Bowhead (Greenland), Northern Minke & Fin Whales, Svalbard Reindeer
coastal and pelagic waters, glaciers, polar tundra, pack ice
temperate to subzero, sunny and calm conditions expected
Max Group Size
dependent on ship capacity
Tour Pace & Walking
easy pace, mostly undemanding walks, some wet zodiac landings
comfortable expedition cruise ship
Ease of Birding
Number of Species Expected
30 - 35
historical town of Longyearbyen, spectacular Arctic scenery, glaciers, nesting cliffs, whale graveyard, fjords