Arctic autumn conditions offer you the opportunity to explore rarely visited northern isles of Svalbard. Pack ice opens up to allow us to attempt landings in some of the farthest reaches of the archipelago, including the outer islands of Nordaustlandet, Storøya and Kvitøya. As we sail past spectacular ice caps and dramatic calving glaciers, we’ll keep watch for walrus, ivory gulls and polar bears hunting on pack ice. We’ll step ashore to explore and venture even deeper into the Arctic!

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Starting from $5,700

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TripleTwin SharedTwin Private EconomyTwin PrivateMini SuiteCaptain's Suite
Aug 30, 2019 - Sep 9, 2019$5,700


Day 1: Longyearbyen

Enjoy a guided tour of Spitsbergen’s coloorful capital of Longyearbyen. Embark Polar Pioneer late in the afternoon, and enjoy a warm welcome from our expert expedition team.

Day 2: Spitsbergen’s Northwest Coast

Awaken in the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park - the rugged north-west corner of Svalbard’s largest island, Spitsbergen. Alpine peaks and glacier valleys dominate the landscape which is home to reindeer, walrus and Arctic fox. We’ll cruise past spectacular sea-cliffs, watching as the last of the season’s seabirds take flight, and explore the region’s calving glaciers such as Smeerenburg on Amsterdam Island and discover the remains of ancient whaling stations at Ytre Norskøya.

Days 3-4: Nordaustlandet North Coast

Our captain steers Polar Pioneer northeast to reach the coast of Svalbard’s second largest island, Nordaustlandet - a polar desert rich in geological wonders. We’ll traverse the northern coastline, landing ashore for tundra walks amongst the autumn-hues in search of wildlife like reindeer and walruses. If weather and ice permits, we hope to attempt landings or cruises at Sjuøyane (The Seven Isles), the most northerly point of the Svalbard archipelago (and Norway) and home to a large colony of walruses and frequented by roaming polar bears. We also hope to explore the magnificent 40 kilometer fjord at Rijpfjord.

Days 5-6: East of Nordaustlandet

We continue across the top of Nordauslandet towards Svalbard’s most easterly islands, Kvitøya and Storøya (also the most easternmost part of Norway), and aim to take a spectacular Zodiac cruise around Karl XII Island – Norway’s second-most northern point – on route . Over the next two days weather and ice will dictate our journey as we head further north into the thickening pack ice in search for polar bears and walrus as they hunt and haul-out on the ice and keep watch for the elusive and elegant ivory gull.

Days 7-8: South of Nordaustlandet

Completing our circumnavigation of Nordaustlandet, we’ll head north through the Hinlopen Strait. Along the way we may take a Zodiac cruise around Austfonna, an impressively large ice cap with one of the longest glacier fronts in the northern hemisphere. We'll also Zodiac cruise under the impressive sheer cliffs of Alkfjellet, the summer nesting ground of thousands of birdlife as well as explore Isisøya by Zodiac, and make a landing at Murchisonfjorden, both of which are steeped in rich history and amazing scenery.

Days 9-10: Spitsbergen North & West Coast

Returning along the stunning north-western Spitsbergen coast, we keep an eye on ice and weather conditions and make as many landings as possible. Possible landing spots include Woodfjord, Liefdefjord, Krossfjord and Kongsfjord.

Day 11: Longyearbyen

We cruise down Isfjorden and return to Longyearbyen, where we disembark from our journey.

Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer

Deckplan & Cabin Photos


  • Reach Svalbard’s most easterly islands of Kvitøya and Storøya thanks to late season ice conditions
  • Cross 80°north into pack ice to spot the Arctic’s most majestic predator, the polar bear
  • Follow in the footsteps of Arctic explorers like Amundsen and Nobile
  • Photograph walrus and seals as they haul-out on the pack ice
  • Zodiac cruise past the impressive Austfonna ice cap and its glacial front, one of the longest in the northern hemisphere!


  • Group sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen on arrival (pre-voyage)
  • Group transfer from airport to Polar Pioneer in Longyearbyen (pre-voyage)
  • Group transfer from Polar Pioneer to airport in Longyearbyen (post-voyage)
  • Accommodation on the Polar Pioneer in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • All entry fees to historic landing sites
  • All port taxes and charges

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $790 per person
  • Photography Workshop: FREE

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.

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