Overview

Pack in all the excitement of an epic long arctic cruise into only seven days with the Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief itinerary. In just a week, you’ll cruise through the pack ice up to 80°N along the west coast of Spitsbergen like an explorer of long ago, on a constant search for wildlife. Though this rocky island is covered in mountains and glaciers, the towering cliffs and fjords play host to a surprisingly thriving and varied ecosystem. Exploring as much of the area as possible will provide optimal opportunities to spot the most iconic of arctic wildlife, the polar bear.

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.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Ivory, Iceland & Glaucous Gulls, Little Auk, Brunnich’s & Black Guillemots, Black-legged Kittiwake
Top Mammals
Polar Bear, Walrus, Arctic Fox, Bearded & Ringed Seals, Humpback, Beluga, Bowhead (Greenland), Northern Minke & Fin Whales, Svalbard Reindeer
Habitats Covered
coastal and pelagic waters, glaciers, polar tundra, pack ice
Expected Climate
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
Accommodation
comfortable expedition cruise ship
Ease of Birding
easy
Number of Species Expected
25 - 30
Other Attractions
historical town of Longyearbyen, spectacular Arctic scenery, glaciers, nesting cliffs, whale graveyard, fjords
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

Glen and Dennis did a fantastic job on this tour. Birding in the lowland rainforest looking for Pittas was certainly a challenge! Glen was informative, patient and persistent, and did his best in making sure that the entire group saw these fascinating birds. The itinerary was comprehensive, the accommodations were great and the food was excellent. Overall, a wonderful trip.

LM

Rockjumper's office staff continue with their excellent high level of client services. Prompt, concise and courteous replies are a trade-mark of the Rockjumper staff.

H

Marius Coetzee is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced safari (field) guides I have met on my more than 30 trips to Africa. His knowledge of the bush and ability to work with his tracker to find animals is unique and appreciated. As an accomplished photographer, Marius knows how to position his vehicle to get the best photograph and has the patience to make sure that his guests see what they need.

Adam Walleyn did a fantastic job organising the rest of the tour when Erik had to leave due to illness. I really appreciated his hard work and determination; for example: even though he had never been to Samoa before, his logistical work enabled us to get great views of some very difficult and unexpected species (Samoan Triller, Blue-grey Noddy).

MN

I look forward to another RBT tour...you can never go on too many RBT tours.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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