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Spitsbergen Photography | Ultramarine

STYLE: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Trip Code: ACQESPS

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

SHIP: Ultramarine




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This 14 day expedition departing from Helsinki is a perfect way to explore the pristine Norwegian Arctic. On board the latest polar expedition vessel, the Ultramarine, you will undertake a true expedition experience as your itinerary is flexible and tailored to search for polar bears and other elusive wildlife. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Spitsbergen, from snow-capped mountains, massive glaciers and deep fjords. 


*Discounts, promotions and dynamic pricing are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn or changed at any time and subject to availability on selected cabins and departure dates. Discounts are subject to change, availability will be confirmed at time of booking. Some current in market offers may be combinable and Shackleton Club Past Passenger and multi trip discounts may be applied subject to confirmation at the time of booking. Prices are subject to change based on currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, and other external factors. No discount applies to any transfer packages, additional activities or pre/post services.. The advertised prices may also include a 'Pay in full at time of booking' which is a 5-10% early payment bonus. Further conditions may apply, contact us for more information.


Arrival and Overnight in Helsinki

Your Arctic adventure 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.

Embarkation in Longyearbyen

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 your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.

Exploring Spitsbergen - Day 3 to 13

Spitsbergen is graced with an unspoiled beauty that’s just waiting to be discovered. On this one-of-a-kind cruise, you’ll sail along the west coast of this magical island, exploring the coastal fjords and smaller, outlying islands. Each day will be a surprise, treating you to spectacular new sightings and experiences.

Like true explorers, we’ll let the wildlife and pack ice—not a set schedule—guide our route! Our small expedition ship allows us to navigate shallower waters and tighter spaces, so we expect to explore the more hard-to-reach areas frequented by the elusive polar bear.

A haven for present-day explorers, Spitsbergen and the surrounding area offer unforgettable polar experiences that will keep you and your camera active for the duration of the expedition. Although 60 percent of the landscape is covered in glaciers and much of the terrain is mountainous, Spitsbergen (which means “pointed mountains”) surprises visitors with stretches of colourful tundra that burst with wildflowers in summer. Optional hiking activities get you up close—though never obtrusively—to the abundant wildlife. At day’s end, you’ll have plenty of prized photographs and exciting stories to share with your shipmates.

Fly Longyearbyen to Helsinki

Your adventure ends 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.



The newest ship of this expedition fleet; Ultramarine; takes guests to the most isolated and breathtaking wildernesses on the planet. The ship has been purpose-built to meet the specific demands of the polar regions and is well appointed to let guests explore The Arctic and Antarctica safely and comfortably.  It offers a robust portfolio of adventure activities. The mix of sustainability features create innovative operations to offer ultra-immersive polar experiences to guests on board .

Experience the Antarctic in comfort as you sail aboard Ultramarine. The Expedition Ship  can accommodate a maximum of 199 passengers and offers the most spacious suites in its category . The cabins are all elegantly designed and feature oversized windows with sleeping views, flatscreen TV’s and DVD players and spa - inspired bathrooms.

Ultramarine is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places, and 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, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size. It also features a best-in-class 70-day operational range and an innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards.

Ice Class: Length: 128m (420ft)
Breadth: 21.5m (70.5ft)Max
Draft: Cruising
Electricity: Passenger

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We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.


Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.


Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.


Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.


Optional Activities vary for each itinerary. Limited spaces available. Contact your Destination Specialist for pricing & availability.


Experience the unforgettable thrill and serenity of kayaking in Antarctica as part of a small, expertly guided paddling group.

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Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board vessel
    All meals whilst on board
    All scheduled landings and activities
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition team
    Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
    Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia
    Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
    All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
    Comprehensive pre-departure material


    International Airfare 
    Pre- and post- land arrangements
    Passport and visa expenses
    Government arrival and departure taxes
    Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended)
    Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
    The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)

    Mandatory Transfer Package*
    One night’s pre-expedition hotel night at Helsinki airport hotel, with breakfast
    Charter flight from Helsinki to Longyearbyen
    Arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen
    Charter flight from Longyearbyen to Helsinki

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. Please contact us for more information.

  • Please note this itinerary may be subject to change depending on weather, ice and sea conditions.

    Excludes Mandatory Transfer Package*
    One night’s pre-expedition hotel night at Helsinki airport hotel, with breakfast
    Charter flight from Helsinki to Longyearbyen
    Arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen
    Charter flight from Longyearbyen to Helsinki
    PACKAGE PRICE: $995 USD*subject to change 

  • Departure dates, seasonality, availability & currency fluctuation.