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Small Ship Cruises to Svalbard

Explore the Arctic in Style

Svalbard is an archipelago of islands located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. This remote and pristine region is home to some of the most stunning scenery and wildlife in the world. From towering glaciers and icebergs to polar bears and walruses, Svalbard is a nature lover's paradise.

Small ship cruises offer the best way to explore Svalbard. With their intimate size and experienced crew, these cruises allow you to get up close and personal with the region's natural wonders. You'll have the opportunity to go ashore for hikes, kayaking expeditions, and wildlife encounters. And because Svalbard is sparsely populated, you'll often have these amazing experiences all to yourself.

Experiences of a Lifetime on a Svalbard Small Ship Cruise

Whale Antarctica - Polar Latitudes

Here are just a few of the things you can expect to see and do on a small ship cruise to Svalbard:

  • Explore the stunning fjords and glaciers of Spitsbergen, the largest island in Svalbard.
  • Go ashore for hikes in the tundra, where you can see reindeer, Arctic foxes, and other wildlife.
  • Visit abandoned whaling stations and mining settlements, which offer a glimpse into the region's rich history.
  • Keep an eye out for polar bears, walruses, seals, and other marine life.
  • Take a Zodiac cruise through the ice, and get up close to icebergs and glaciers.
  • Enjoy the midnight sun in the summer.

Why You Should Take a Small Ship Cruise to Svalbard

Kayak with Seals in Walvis Bay

If you're looking for an unforgettable Arctic adventure, a small ship cruise to Svalbard is the perfect choice for you. With their intimate size, experienced crew, and focus on exploration, these cruises offer the best way to experience this remote and pristine region.

How to choose the right ship?

How to choose the right ship?

Choosing the right ship for a cruise to Antarctica or the Arctic seems difficult, but it doesn't have to be. With more than 30 vessels, there is one that is perfect for you. Learn more about how to choose the right ship.

Aurora Expeditions Silver Earle _ Across the Antarctic Circle

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Sustainable Tourism in the Polar Regions

Svalbard Odyssey

With over 30 dedicated expedition cruise vessels regularly sailing their waters, the polar regions have become an increasingly popular destination for Arctic and Antarctic exploration cruise ships. However, these pristine and far-flung regions are far from being tourist hotspots, and expedition vessel owners and operators are united in keeping the places they visit unspoiled. We only recommend Arctic and Antarctic cruise operators who are members of IAATO - the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators. Their code of conduct and practices ensure that every care is taken to ensure the pristine landscapes you will encounter remain that way.

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