Poseidon Expeditions - your polar cruise operator

Arctic / Svalbard

At Poseidon Expeditions, we offer various breathtaking polar cruises for every taste. However, Svalbard, with its gorgeous views and wildlife, is one of the most spectacular locations to visit.

Discover Breathtaking Svalbard Cruises

If you are eager to discover the beauty of polar terrain this year or have a vacation planned for 2023, we offer numerous Svalbard tours to choose from, such as Spitsbergen, Greenland, Polar Ice Edge, and more.

Spitsbergen is the largest and most beautiful island of the Svalbard archipelago, which consists of two smaller islands, Nordaustlandet and Edgeøya. Mostly, the cruises depart from the administrative center of this area named Longyearbyen.

There are many attractions for travelers when choosing a Svalbard cruise. Dive into the world of icy landscapes, arctic climate, and raw nature. Take a chance to see polar ice caps, wild animals, and northern lights in person. All of it is available with any of our Svalbard tours.

As for activities, each voyage becomes truly memorable due to an inspiring photography experience, exciting sea kayaking adventure, and breathtaking views during a challenging hiking trip.

What Can You See in Svalbard?

Svalbard has a lot of sightseeing to offer travelers. As a former no man’s land, it is a gorgeous northern terrain with rich wildlife and breathtaking views. It is easy to meet polar bears and walruses when you go on a Svalbard expedition cruise.

However, Svalbard archipelago islands are not only famous for wild animals. The following locations are well-known landmarks of the islands and, without a doubt, worth attention during a trip.

Why travel with Poseidon Expeditions?

Poseidon Expeditions is one of the leading operators of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. Since 1999, we’ve offered voyages that combine the spirit of adventure with a generous measure of onboard comfort and well-being, along with educational enrichment.

Why travel with us?
M/V Sea Spirit – Tiny but Mighty

M/V Sea Spirit – Tiny but Mighty

With a maximum capacity of just 114 passengers, we usually operate with 100 guests off the ship. It maximizes our travelers' time ashore because there is no need for splitting passengers into groups for landing rotations as required on larger ships.

A real polar expedition

A real polar expedition

Experience active exploration of the polar regions through a variety of activities. Weather permitting, we schedule up to 3 excursions per day and offer optional kayaking and, in Antarctica, camping. Enrich your polar knowledge in an engaging and interactive way through Poseidon’s edutainment program.

25 years of polar cruising

25 years of polar cruising

Polar cruising is our passion and expertise and over the past 24 years, we’ve gained tremendous experience building a strong team of enthusiastic polar professionals who are all experts in their field. Each cruise is a thoughtfully crafted expedition voyage.

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Highlights

Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen

An administrative center located on Spitsbergen island, this northernmost town forms the heart of the Svalbard archipelago. Mostly, expeditions to Svalbard that take travelers to explore the Arctic depart from here.

The place is a lively center offering various entertainment options, such as museums, galleries, pubs, sports-recreation facilities, etc. Take an excursion to the North Pole Museum to learn exciting facts about the Arctic.

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Smeerenburg

Smeerenburg

The Longyearbyen cruise can take you to Smeerenburg, a former whaling station with a rich history. Get a glimpse of massive blubber remains carefully preserved since the 17th century. Take a boat trip to feel the spirit of the past and enjoy the beautiful views, including fjords, glaciers, and mountains.

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Glaciers

Glaciers

The expedition ship will take you to the most remarkable glaciers of Svalbard, Monaco Glacier, and 14th of July Glacier.

Monaco Glacier, located in Liefdefjorden and named after its discoverer, Prince Alber I of Monaco, is famous for the large surface and blue tint. The beauties of this 7km wide glacier also include polar bears and other wildlife.

14th of July Glacier, in the extent of 16 km, is located in Haakon VII Land and delivers gorgeous views and unique wildlife, such as arctic terns, barnacle geese, and others.

Those spots are worth adding to the itinerary to get the best of the cruise.

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Svalbard Circumnavigation and Kvitøya
Svalbard Circumnavigation and Kvitøya Svalbard Circumnavigation and Kvitøya map route

US$ 8 921

14

Sea Kayaking Photography

Svalbard & NE Greenland National Park
Svalbard & NE Greenland National Park Svalbard & NE Greenland National Park map route

US$ 7 796

14

Sea Kayaking Photography

West Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge
West Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge West Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge map route

US$ 6 371

10

Sea Kayaking Photography

Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge
Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge map route

US$ 7 561

12

Sea Kayaking Photography

Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland map route

US$ 8 581

14

Sea Kayaking Photography

British Isles, Jan Mayen & Svalbard
British Isles, Jan Mayen & Svalbard British Isles, Jan Mayen & Svalbard map route

US$ 5 776

13

Photography

Departures

Itinerary Dates Days Activities Special Offer Rates from
Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge
Svalbard Through the Camera Lens
25 Jun - 07 Jul 2024 13 Photography FLIGHTS OSLO ↔ LONGYEARBYEN INCLUDED
US$ 9 595
per person
Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge
Best of Svalbard
05 Jul - 16 Jul 2024 12 Sea Kayaking Photography FLIGHTS OSLO ↔ LONGYEARBYEN INCLUDED
US$ 9 195
per person
Svalbard Circumnavigation and Kvitøya
In-Depth Exploration in the Land of the Polar Bear
15 Jul - 28 Jul 2024 14 Sea Kayaking Photography FLIGHTS OSLO ↔ LONGYEARBYEN INCLUDED
US$ 10 695
per person
Svalbard & NE Greenland National Park
Icebergs, Fjords, Polar bears and Arctic wildlife
08 Aug - 21 Aug 2024 14 Sea Kayaking Photography 25% OFF LAST-MINUTE DEAL SPECIAL GUEST: KARI HERBERT FLIGHTS LONGYEARBYEN ↔ OSLO INCLUDED
US$ 10 395
US$ 7 796
per person
Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
Arctic Odyssey
20 Aug - 02 Sep 2024 14 Sea Kayaking Photography
SOLD OUT
British Isles, Jan Mayen & Svalbard
Crossing the Arctic Circle
27 May - 08 Jun 2025 13 Photography SUPER EARLY BIRD SAVINGS UP TO 20% OFF*
US$ 6 795
US$ 5 776
per person
West Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge
West Svalbard
07 Jun - 16 Jun 2025 10 Sea Kayaking Photography SUPER EARLY BIRD SAVINGS UP TO 20% OFF*
US$ 7 495
US$ 6 371
per person
Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge
Best of Svalbard
15 Jun - 26 Jun 2025 12 Sea Kayaking Photography SUPER EARLY BIRD SAVINGS UP TO 20% OFF*
US$ 8 895
US$ 7 561
per person
Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge
Best of Svalbard
25 Jun - 06 Jul 2025 12 Sea Kayaking Photography SUPER EARLY BIRD SAVINGS UP TO 20% OFF*
US$ 8 895
US$ 7 561
per person
Svalbard Circumnavigation and Kvitøya
In-Depth Exploration in the Land of the Polar Bear
05 Jul - 18 Jul 2025 14 Sea Kayaking Photography SUPER EARLY BIRD SAVINGS UP TO 20% OFF*
US$ 10 495
US$ 8 921
per person
Svalbard Circumnavigation and Kvitøya
In-Depth Exploration in the Land of the Polar Bear
17 Jul - 30 Jul 2025 14 Sea Kayaking Photography SUPER EARLY BIRD SAVINGS UP TO 20% OFF*
US$ 10 495
US$ 8 921
per person
Svalbard Circumnavigation and Kvitøya
Historical Expedition Cruise "In the Footsteps of Aviation Pioneers"
29 Jul - 11 Aug 2025 14 Sea Kayaking Photography GERMAN LANGUAGE ONLY UP TO 20% OFF*
US$ 10 595
US$ 9 006
per person
Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
Arctic Odyssey
10 Aug - 23 Aug 2025 14 Sea Kayaking Photography SUPER EARLY BIRD SAVINGS UP TO 20% OFF*
US$ 10 095
US$ 8 581
per person
Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
Arctic Odyssey
22 Aug - 04 Sep 2025 14 Sea Kayaking Photography SUPER EARLY BIRD SAVINGS UP TO 20% OFF*
US$ 10 095
US$ 8 581
per person
Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
Arctic Odyssey
03 Sep - 16 Sep 2025 14 Sea Kayaking Photography
SOLD OUT
Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
Arctic Odyssey Under a Solar Eclipse
02 Aug - 15 Aug 2026 14 Sea Kayaking Photography SOLAR ECLIPSE IN THE ARCTIC SPECIAL GUEST
US$ 11 495
per person

About Svalbard

svalbard-seoblock-2.jpgLocated in Norway, the Svalbard archipelago is a unique and distinctive arctic terrain with its history, peculiarities, and culture.

Geographical Facts

Svalbard is a northern archipelago that forms part of Norway. It is situated in the waters of the Arctic Ocean above the Arctic Circle.

There are nine islands in the archipelago; however, Spitsbergen is the largest one and serves as an important location in polar tours. In most cases, all arctic expeditions in the area depart from Longyearbyen, a developed administrative center.

Historical Background

Svalbard means “cold coast” in translation from Old Norse.

It is believed that it was discovered back in 1194. Although it only became widely known after rediscovering in 1596 by Willem Barents and Jacob van Heemskerck.

From 1611 many European whalers arrived in Svalbard and began to argue over whaling rights. All issues were settled by the decline of whaling only in 1800.

That led to a focus shift from whaling to coal, which also caused quarrels over export rights between European, Russian and American companies. Nowadays, only Norway and Russia are authorized to extract coal on the Svalbard territory.

Northern Landscape

svalbard-seoblock-4.jpgIt can be very exciting to go on a Spitsbergen cruise in Norway due to the unique mountainous landscape caused by faulting. The Newton Peak is considered the highest point (1717 meters).

Over half of the territory is covered with snowfields and glaciers that extend as far as the sea. Besides, there are many fjords on the northwestern coast of Spitsbergen.

Also, the packed ice around Spitsbergen accumulates quickly, which complicates access to the territory.

Climate conditions

The climate of Svalbard is truly arctic. The average temperature usually varies from +6°С in the summertime to -15°С in winter.

If you plan a cruise to Spitsbergen, remember it is a traditional yet fascinating, polar adventure.

Abundant wildlife

The raw nature of the Svalbard archipelago is the perfect habitat for iconic wildlife. Most of the territory is inaccessible to people, which gives animals the unique opportunity to flourish. Summer features the beautiful blooming Arctic tundra with arctic foxes and the Svalbard reindeer. This is also the best time for spotting polar bears, walruses, ringed seals and beluga whales. Bird lovers will enjoy the abundance of species, such as the Arctic skua, black-legged kittiwake, common eider, red-throated diver, barnacle goose and the snow bunting. Cruising aboard small expedition ships is the best way to spot wildlife in the most remote areas. On your Svalbard voyage, you’ll have the best chance of experiencing polar bear sightings. The midnight sun will provide plenty of time to explore, observe and take the best photos.

Svalbard expedition enables tourists to exclusively observe different Arctic animals and sea mammals in their natural habitat. Prepare to meet polar bears, blue and white arctic foxes, reindeer, seals, walruses, and whales. Such excursions make dreams come true.

Top Things to See

svalbard-seoblock-3.jpgHere is the list of the most attractive Svalbard locations and activities for visitors in 2021 that is worth your attention.

  • A ghost town named Pyramiden grants the mysterious impression of visiting the Soviet Union.

  • Isfjord is one of the largest and most beautiful fjords in the area, where you can meet polar bears, enjoy glacier views, or join a snowmobile safari.

  • Barentsburg, the second-largest settlement in Svalbard, is an interesting place to visit for beautiful views, historical sightseeing, and wildlife.

  • The uninhabited Edge island is the third-largest in Svalbard, where you can meet polar bears, walruses, and other animals and capture the most stunning views.

  • The Svalbard Museum will help you learn more about the history and culture of the area.

  • The North Pole Expedition Museum tells the amazing story of airships exploring the north.

  • Svalbard snowmobile safari, ice cave visiting, dog-sledding with a husky, and many other activities and places are available.

Plan Your Svalbard Tour

svalbard-seoblock-5.jpgHere is how to get ready for your unforgettable expedition.

How to Get to Svalbard

Poseidon Expeditions offers Svalbard cruise packages and will help you get to the location where your Svalbard cruise begins. Cruises to Svalbard (Norway) in 2023/24 depart from Longyearbyen. However, we can easily arrange your transfer to Spitsbergen cruises from any location at a low cost.

For an unforgettable cruise to Svalbard, we’ll provide you with all the information you need for flights, bookings and accommodations. Onboard information is included – so you’ll be safe and ready for polar travel.

Each Svalbard expedition is always thoroughly supported by our team. On top of onboard entertainment, we help the travelers to learn about the peculiarities of polar vacation and explain precaution measures.

Visa Control

If you plan to visit Svalbard this year or in 2022, you should remember about the visa control. Sometimes trips to Spitsbergen might require a special visa.

Our company will provide you a piece of expert advice on the necessity of getting a visa in your particular case. We will also assist you in applying to the consulate or embassy and preparing the set of needed documents.

Svalbard Ships

We deliver only a high-class fleet for each Svalbard cruise. We rely on our small but advantageous ship:

The deluxe expedition ship Sea Spirit is very maneuverable and contains 114 passengers. Comfortable accommodation on board and an additional fleet of Zodiacs make this vessel very attractive.

On our ship, we offer many different onboard entertaining options: restaurants, bars, game lounge, gym, shops, swimming pool, etc. You will never get bored. Besides, due to low passenger groups going ashore during stops is very pleasant.


svalbard-seoblock-1.jpgThe summer season is the most pleasant time to visit Spitsbergen. So, you can plan your tour to Svalbard from May to September to get the best of it.

When to Visit Svalbard

The weather can vary depending on your location. The average temperature in Longyearbyen during the summer season is between 3°С and 7°С. And the average summer temperature in Barentsburg is usually between 4°С and 8°С.

During the summer months, sea ice in the High Arctic is receding. That’s the best time for an expedition cruise and for Svalbard trips. Warmer temperatures also mean that you may witness calving glaciers. During the winter, pack ice prevails and many places on the Norwegian archipelago are inaccessible.

To be prepared for all contingencies and fully enjoy your expedition, bring clothes following the layered clothing scheme. The weather in Svalbard can change quickly! Opt for synthetics, polar fleece and wool (instead of cotton).

Facts About Svalbard

  • The total area of the land: 61022 km²

  • Svalbard population as of 2022: 2552 people

  • Spitsbergen administrative center: Longyearbyen

  • Currency: Norwegian Krone

FAQ

Remember that for visiting Svalbard, you will need arctic-quality, multi-layer clothes that can be easily changed in case of weather changes.

Usually, the average temperature is above +6°C in summer and -15°C in winter.

The currency in Svalbard is the Norwegian Krone. But the sum can only be calculated depending on your habits and preferences. Some people do not require much money on top of the tour cost. Others consider the vacation cheap and can afford to spend a lot more.

The tour covers all necessary services: transfer, accommodation, catering, entertainment, and excursions. However, all your extra expenses are to be covered additionally.

While it’s not quite as difficult as visiting the North Pole, Svalbard is remote. It is easy to reach the capital of Longyearbyen by plane and then continue via cruise ship. The best way to visit the most remote places on the archipelago is aboard an expedition ship, and we even offer a cruise circumnavigating Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet!

It all depends on where your journey begins. We have various cruises starting in Edinburgh and Longyearbyen. From Edinburgh, we sail north through the Norwegian and Greenland Sea. On our 12-day British Isles cruise, we reach Svalbard on day 9, stopping on the Faroe Islands and Jan Mayen en-route.

The best time and way to sea polar bears is on a summer Svalbard cruise. You get prime views from the deck and during Zodiac cruising, while keeping a safe distance from wildlife.

Travel insurance is always advised for any trip. So to diminish the risks, we suggest you get it even though it is not obligatory.

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