Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic (2024)

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5 Based on 2 Reviews
  • duration 12 days
  • tour type Group Request as private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 199
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-21632
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Helsinki, Finland
  • Ends Helsinki, Finland
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Sail beyond the Arctic Circle to 80° north
  • Zodiac and shore excursions to discover the icy wilderness
  • Arctic fox, whales, walrus and huge 200,000 strong colonies of Little auk
  • Polar bears often seen hunting on ice floes
  • Travel in a small expedition vessel
  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff
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Start and end in Helsinki, the tour "Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital Of The Arctic (2024)" is a guided polar expeditions and cruise tour that takes 12 days. You will be traveling through Svalbard, Spitsbergen and Helsinki in Norway and Finland. "Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital Of The Arctic (2024)" is a group tour which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others. Please see the package includes section for further details.

If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition cruise, this is it. Get all the best of Spitsbergen by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas home to Polar bears and walrus. Come across colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands and watch for whales in the water. Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea-kayaking, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the “wildlife capital of the Arctic".In 2025, this itinerary is 10 days long; in 2024, it is 12 days long.
  • Day 1: Start in Helsinki, Finland
  • Day 2: Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
  • Day 3 - 11: Exploring Spitsbergen and the Svalbard Archipelago
  • Day 12: Disembark in Longyearbyen and fly to Helsinki
  • All accommodation
  • Beer and house wine during dinner
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Mandatory transfer package including return flights between Helsinki and Longyearbyen
  • We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.
  • Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff
  • All meals while on the ship
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
5 - Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 11 2023
5 - Excellent
Everything hoped for
What you see on a trip such as this is always dependent on being in the right place at the right time. However the hard work and depth of knowledge of the expedition guides made for a memorable experience. They were always up,... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 25 2022
5 - Excellent
Free in nature after two years delay
This expedition on Quark's ship the Ultramarine was delayed from July 2020, and the original booking was for another ship, but then this new one was available, and has dedicated single cabins. Because of the pandemic we had to... Read more
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic (2024) tour. You can cancel the tour up to 93 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 92 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 14 September 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 September 2024, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 92 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic (2024) tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic (2024) tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

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