Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief (Ultramarine)

Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief (Ultramarine)

From AUD $8,900


On this extraordinary journey, you will pack all the excitement of an epic Arctic cruise into just seven days, cruising through pack ice up to 80° north 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.

As one of our most popular Arctic voyages, Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief is now available on two ships, each providing a distinct polar experience. Ultramarine, our new, game-changing polar vessel, can take you to remote destinations no other ships can reach. Aboard Ultramarine, explore Spitsbergen in brand new ways—taking advantage of the 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, the most extensive adventure options in the industry, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ship its size—to create the Arctic experience perfect for you. Ocean Adventurer, a passenger favorite, is much loved for its intimate onboard ambiance that enables guests to connect with other travelers and members of the expedition team.


One night’s pre-expedition hotel night at Oslo airport hotel, with breakfast
Charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
Arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen
Charter flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo

Trip Name
Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief (Ultramarine)
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship Length: 128 metres Passenger Capacity: 199 Built: 2019-2020 Ultramarine is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places, and to immerse you in the best the region has to offer. Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine offers the most robust portfolio of adventure activities in the industry, the most spacious suites in its category, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size. It also features an innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards. With all this and more, Ultramarine is set to deliver the ultimate polar expedition experience. Cabin - Spacious Entryways, Personal Safes, Spa-inspired Bathrooms, Heated Bathroom Floors, Premium beds and bed linens, Convertible Beds, Individual Temperature Controls, HD Flatscreen Televisions, Oversized Windows With Sweeping Views, Electrical Supply: 220V Aboard - 2 Dining Areas, 4 Bars, Panorama Lounge, Lecture Theater, Library, Polar Boutique, Spa & Fitness Center, Oceanview Sauna, Zodiac Hangar with 4 Embarkation Points, 2 Ready Rooms with Individual Lockers, Walkaround Deck, Bridge Activities -  Flightseeing (Included), Zodiac Cruising (Included), Hiking (Included), Lectures (Included), Camping (Optional), Sea Kayaking (Optional), Stand-Up Paddleboarding (Optional), Paddle Excursions (Optional), Cross Country Skiing (Optional), Mountaineering (Optional)


Day 1 - Day 1 — Arrive in Oslo, Norway
Your Arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and green spaces to keep you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.
Day 2 - Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
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 town.
Day 3 - 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.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 the Andoyane Islands (where polar bears have been known to roam). If ice conditions permit reaching 80°N, you’ll reach a walrus sanctuary on the tiny, crescent-shaped 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.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 dinner.
Day 4 - Day 7 — Disembark in Longyearbyen & fly to Oslo
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 Oslo.
Day 5 - 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.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
03-05-202109-05-2021AUD $12,600Balcony Suite
03-05-202109-05-2021AUD $14,800Deluxe Balcony Suite
16-05-202122-05-2021AUD $23,000Ultra Suite
16-05-202122-05-2021AUD $8,900Explorer Triple
16-05-202122-05-2021AUD $11,900Explorer Suite
16-05-202122-05-2021AUD $12,600Balcony Suite
16-05-202122-05-2021AUD $12,600Solo Panorama
16-05-202122-05-2021AUD $14,800Deluxe Balcony Suite
16-05-202122-05-2021AUD $15,600Terrace Suite
16-05-202122-05-2021AUD $17,100Penthouse Suite
16-05-202122-05-2021AUD $20,800Owner's Suite
21-05-202127-05-2021AUD $8,900Explorer Triple
21-05-202127-05-2021AUD $11,900Explorer Suite
21-05-202127-05-2021AUD $12,600Balcony Suite
21-05-202127-05-2021AUD $12,600Solo Panorama
21-05-202127-05-2021AUD $14,800Deluxe Balcony Suite
21-05-202127-05-2021AUD $15,600Terrace Suite
21-05-202127-05-2021AUD $17,100Penthouse Suite
21-05-202127-05-2021AUD $20,800Owner's Suite
21-05-202127-05-2021AUD $23,000Ultra Suite
07-06-202113-06-2021AUD $8,900Explorer Triple
07-06-202113-06-2021AUD $11,900Explorer Suite
07-06-202113-06-2021AUD $12,600Balcony Suite
07-06-202113-06-2021AUD $12,600Solo Panorama
07-06-202113-06-2021AUD $14,800Deluxe Balcony Suite
07-06-202113-06-2021AUD $15,600Terrace Suite
07-06-202113-06-2021AUD $17,100Penthouse Suite
07-06-202113-06-2021AUD $20,800Owner's Suite
07-06-202113-06-2021AUD $23,000Ultra Suite


    • View iconic arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and reindeer
    • Enjoy all the adventure of an arctic expedition in a week
    • Cruise in a Zodiac to explore glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more
    • Hike the colorful tundra
    • Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Arctic with optional kayaking adventures