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Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief - Ocean Adventurer


If you're short on time, hope to dovetail a ship expedition with an extended voyage, or are looking for a great value, this very experienced operator will show you the best of Svalbard in just 7 days.

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The Arctic: Drink It In

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Ocean Adventurer

On this extraordinary journey, you will pack all the excitement of an epic Arctic cruise into just seven days, cruising through pack ice along the west coast of Spitsbergen, retracing the steps of explorers from centuries past. Though this rocky island is covered in mountains and glaciers, the towering cliffs and fjords play host to a thriving and diverse ecosystem. Exploring as much of the area as possible, you will enjoy maximum opportunities to spot, among other wildlife, the walrus with its long tusks and distinctive whiskers, the resilient and Arctic birds in all their varied majesty, and that most iconic of Arctic creatures, the polar bear.
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    • This program visits many highlights of the Spitsbergen region in a very short format, great for those with limited time.
    • Travel on a classic expedition vessel with only 128 fellow passengers and enjoy activities like sea kayaking and paddling.
    • Explore the Arctic and search for polar bears with a seasoned operator with over two decades of thrilling expeditions under their belt.

Travel Curator’s Insights:


Save up to 23% on Select Dates

From $5,990 per person
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June 25 - July 1, 2024
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May, July
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Trip Sustainability Awards 



Fantastic advances in minimizing carbon footprints at locations.



On the East African Energy Renewal Board



Runs local educational facilities for children.


Day 1: Arrive in Helsinki, Finland

Your Arctic voyage begins in Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary architecture and intriguing mix of Eastern and Western influences. If you arrive early, explore the many museums, galleries, and restaurants, relax at a Finnish sauna, or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at your included hotel.

Day 2: Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Embark

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, where you’ll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy great vistas of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this historic frontier town.

Days 3 to 6: Exploring Spitsbergen

You’ll sail around the shores of this magical island, constantly searching for polar bears and other natural wonders. Covering western Spitsbergen, your expedition will afford ample opportunities to view immense glaciers, deep fjords, soaring mountains, and unique flora and fauna.

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Days 3 to 6: Exploring Spitsbergen (Continued)

Sailing north into Krossfjord, have your camera handy, ready to capture some of the best glacier calving in Spitsbergen. Deep in the fjord, the highly active Lilliehöök Glacier awaits. Listen in awe to the growling as big chunks break off into the icy waters below. A Zodiac excursion to nearby Ny-London, an abandoned mining settlement, provides an ideal place for a guided walk. Encounters with wildlife, such as the endemic Svalbard reindeer, are possible here.

After cruising overnight, wake up to the stunning sight of the magnificent Monaco Glacier, another prolific iceberg producer. To make this even more thrilling, help your Expedition Team to scan the shorelines and ice edge for marine mammals. Possible landing sites include Texas Bar, Worsleyneset and Alicehamna. If ice conditions permit reaching 80°N, you’ll reach a walrus sanctuary on the tiny, crescentshaped Moffen Island. Watching from the water as large groups of these lumbering giants jockey for space is an unforgettable experience, so be ready with your binoculars.

At Smeerenburg you can see the remains of an abandoned settlement that was established by Dutch whalers nearly 400 years ago. Here, at one of Europe’s most northerly outposts, you’ll have time to explore ashore and learn about Spitsbergen’s whaling history. Afterwards, cruising to Magdalenafjord rewards you with panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains and massive glaciers reflected in the crystal-clear waters.

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Days 3 to 6: Exploring Spitsbergen (Continued)

During your last full day of your Arctic adventure, you may visit the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, home of Russia’s northernmost brewery. We hope to round out the day in Alkehornet, taking in the towering cliffs teeming with nesting seabirds, such as fulmars and Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres). Encounters with reindeer might be possible here too. Later, in the evening, swap stories with your shipmates and crew one last time, at the captain’s farewell dinner.

Day 7: Disembark in Longyearbyen and Fly to Helsinki

The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Helsinki, included in the transfer package.

Please Note: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Adventure Options: (At extra cost. Ask your Travel Curator.) Sea Kayaking (Optional) Paddling (Optional) Due to local regulations in Svalbard, flightseeing and other helicopter-supported adventure options are not available on these voyages.

Mandatory Transfer Package:

• One night’s pre-expedition hotel night at Helsinki hotel, with breakfast

• Charter flight from Helsinki to Longyearbyen

• Arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen

• Charter flight from Longyearbyen to Helsinki

(Required for all passengers, included in rates)

Ocean Adventurer

Ocean Adventurer has long been a fleet favorite among guests and crew who’ve appreciated the charm and intimacy of this 128-passenger vessel, its ample outdoor deck space, numerous cozy spots to socialize onboard—and the outdoor jacuzzi. A few years ago, Ocean Adventurer underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation involving a talented team of marine architects, engineers, interior designers and polar expedition specialists. This operator is proud of the enhancements to the much-loved polar vessel—which subsequently won the Travel Weekly Magellan Award for Overall Small Cruise Ship (500 passengers or under).

The refurbishments now enjoyed by guests include a refreshed, contemporary new look and feel throughout the ship, the addition of six new twin cabins and three new suites, all existing cabins furnished with new soft furnishings and brand new bathrooms, remodeling of common areas such as the Lounge and Dining Room, major technical enhancements, such as two new Rolls Royce engines, which increase fuel efficiency and minimize carbon footprint.

• Capacity: 128 Guests
• Cabins: 70 Cabins
• Specialists: Credentialed Experts, 87 Staff and Crewmembers


2019 Magellan Awards "Best Overall Small Cruise Ship"
2018 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards – "Best Small Ship Line"

"This classic expedition vessel feels like someone's private yacht with her nautical styling and warm, friendly atmosphere. The 128-passenger size of this ship means longer shore visits and no waiting for your turn to take a zodiac to land. The expedition staff will be well-versed and very enthusiastic. This reliable operator always delivers a fantastic experience, and this much-loved ship is an outstanding option for 4-star travelers."

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Life On Board

Deck Plan

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Two lower berths and one upper, private bath, porthole with exterior views. Share with same-sex roommates at the Triple rate. Porthole covers may be closed during sea days.

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A Main Deck Twin Window cabin has two lower berths, private bath, two windows with exterior views. Share with a same-sex roommate at the Twin rate in this cabin type. Solo Rate in this cabin: $9,633

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A Suite has a double bed, windows with exterior views, private facilities. Captain's Deck – Approx. 215 square feet with a double bed made up of two twin berths. Solo Rate: $14,527

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Two lower berths, private bath, porthole with exterior views. Share with same-sex roommate at the Twin rate. Porthole covers may be closed during sea days. Solo Rate: $7,567

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Superior cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views. Note: this cabin has either corner or parallel bed configuration. Solo Rate in this cabin: $11,467

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Double bed and private sitting room, large panoramic window facing aft, port, or starboard. Cabin 403 has a bathtub; other Owner's Suites have showers. Solo Rate: $15,292

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Two lower berths, private bath, porthole with exterior views. Share with same-sex roommate at the Twin rate. Porthole covers may be closed during sea days. Solo Rate: $8,944

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A Deluxe Cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views. Located on the Captain's Deck – Approx. 144 square feet. Your Solo Rate to have this cabin type on your own is: $11,467

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Pre-expedition hotel night, with breakfast, charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen, charter flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo.

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I've sent hundreds of travelers with this operator, and they're perfect for active travelers who want to get outside. Seeing polar bears isn't guaranteed on this or any trip, yet you will have some outstanding Arctic experiences on this short journey.

Joy Martinello, Founder



What’s Included & Cancellation Policy:

Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities; All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; All shore landings per the daily program; Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.); Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.

A photographic journal documenting the expedition; A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions; An official parka to keep; Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin; All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; All luggage handling aboard the ship; Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person; Transfers between Longyearbyen town center and port on embarkation and disembarkation day

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