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TRAVELLING TO Spitsbergen

Deep inside the Arctic Circle lies the remote and rugged Svalbard archipelago, the final strip of land separating Norway from the North Pole. With its stark but beautiful landscape of glaciers, fjords, jagged snow-capped mountains and frozen tundra, this is the land of the polar bear and the midnight sun. Remote and untouched, the ‘wildlife capital of the Arctic’ is home to Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes, colonies of walruses, whales, seals, thousands of migratory seabirds nesting on coastal cliffs and in excess of 3,000 polar bears. If the scenery and wildlife are not draw cards enough, Svalbard also offers a fascinating history, the staging post for many expeditions to the North Pole in the 16th century due to its close proximity.

 

Spitsbergen, the largest island of the archipelago offers spectacular scenery on an epic scale, a place where polar bears outnumber humans. One of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas, Spitsbergen, meaning ‘pointed mountains’ in Dutch, houses the frontier-like settlement of Longyearbyen. Remote and surrounded by polar bears, the town was founded at the turn of the 20th century as a mining town. Colourful wooden houses line the streets and reindeer wander through the town.

 

Discover the pristine wilderness and incredible wildlife of this spectacular region aboard one of our expedition cruises that will take you to remarkable corners of the Svalbard archipelago, where the next stop is the North Pole!

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Deep inside the Arctic Circle lies the remote and rugged Svalbard archipelago, the final strip of land separating Norway from the North Pole. With its stark but beautiful landscape of glaciers, fjords, jagged snow-capped mountains and frozen tundra, this is the land of the polar bear and the midnight sun. Remote and untouched, the ‘wildlife capital of the Arctic’ is home to Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes, colonies of walruses, whales, seals, thousands of migratory seabirds nesting on coastal cliffs and in excess of 3,000 polar bears. If the scenery and wildlife are not draw cards enough, Svalbard also offers a fascinating history, the staging post for many expeditions to the North Pole in the 16th century due to its close proximity.

 

Spitsbergen, the largest island of the archipelago offers spectacular scenery on an epic scale, a place where polar bears outnumber humans. One of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas, Spitsbergen, meaning ‘pointed mountains’ in Dutch, houses the frontier-like settlement of Longyearbyen. Remote and surrounded by polar bears, the town was founded at the turn of the 20th century as a mining town. Colourful wooden houses line the streets and reindeer wander through the town.

 

Discover the pristine wilderness and incredible wildlife of this spectacular region aboard one of our expedition cruises that will take you to remarkable corners of the Svalbard archipelago, where the next stop is the North Pole!

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WHY TRAVEL WITH CHIMU ADVENTURES

  • We are true polar specialists. Almost every Chimu team member has travelled to either Antarctica or the Arctic and has an average of ten years' experience in selling the region. 

  • We have inspected and continue to thoroughly research each individual vessel we work with, selecting only small ships with strong environmental, safety, and ethical credentials. 

  • We know all things polar by heart and will work with you to determine which ship and itinerary is best suited. Travellers visit the polar regions for different reasons, including wildlife, photography, snowshoeing, and kayaking, so we'll find the perfect expedition for your interests. 

  • From your initial enquiry until your trip ends, you'll be assigned a personal Destination Specialist who will offer a full service to your travel needs: we can book flights, insurance, and any additional travel to complete your journey. 

FEATURED Spitsbergen TRIPS & DEALS

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10 Days

Intro to Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen, The Arctic

Ship: Ultramarine

START: Helsinki, Finland

FINISH: Helsinki, Finland

  • 01/06/2024
  • 19/06/2024

Spitsbergen TOURS

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8 Days

Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen

SHIP: Le Boreal

START: Paris, France

FINISH: Paris, France

  • 09/06/2024

  • 16/06/2024
  • 15/06/2025
  • 22/06/2025
  • 29/06/2025

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10 Days

Intro to Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen, The Arctic

SHIP: Ultramarine

START: Helsinki, Finland

FINISH: Helsinki, Finland

  • 01/06/2024

  • 19/06/2024

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6 Days

Polar Bear Express

Svalbard

SHIP: Ocean Albatros

START: Oslo, Norway

FINISH: Oslo, Norway

  • 16/06/2024

  • 21/06/2024

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10 Days

Svalbard Explorer: Best of High Arctic Norway

Svalbard

SHIP: Ocean Explorer

START: Helsinki, Finland

FINISH: Helsinki, Finland

  • 15/05/2025

  • 23/05/2025
  • 31/05/2023
  • 08/06/2025
  • 16/06/2025
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12 Days

From the Northern Lights to the Polar Night Le Commandant Charcot

Arctic, Spitsbergen, Norway

SHIP: Le Commandant Charcot

START: Paris, France

FINISH: Paris, France

  • 18/10/2024

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21 Days

Transarctic: The Quest for the Two North Poles

Arctic, North Pole, Svalbard, Canadian Arctic

SHIP: Le Commandant Charcot

START: Seattle, United States

FINISH: Paris, France

  • 06/09/2024

  • 05/09/2025

Spitsbergen REVIEWS

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

BLOGS ON Spitsbergen

Whether you are looking for advice on when to travel to Antarctica or the Arctic, which ship to travel on or which itinerary will suit you best, Chimu blogs are likely to have it covered. The range of topics is vast, with new and fascinating blogs being added regularly. There is ship information, guides about the activities you can do in the Polar regions, what to pack and what not to pack, and even blogs on various Polar explorers!

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The unit of currency in Spitsbergen is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). 
Please check websites such as www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for up to date exchange rates prior to your departure.
 
On all Arctic cruises meals are included but drinks and souvenirs need to be purchased separately. Most cruise ships accept Euros € and US $. Major credit cards, in particular Visa and MasterCard are also widely accepted on board.
 

The official language of Svalbard and Spitsbergen is Norwegian. Russian is used in the Russian settlements.

A high level of fitness is not necessary for Arctic cruises to Spitsbergen, but you need to be in good health as although there is generally a doctor on board the ships, you may be a long way from any other medical assistance. The majority of activities are focused around shore excursions and zodiac cruising and so you need to be agile and able-bodied enough to climb into and out of the inflatable zodiacs from both the ship and the shore. On shore landings you may need to negotiate uneven and slippery ground. Shore excursions generally involve some walking.

All of our tours are 100% tried and tested to ensure that when you travel with us, you’re doing so in a controlled and safe environment with trained experts. We consistently monitor weather conditions and will always provide you with the best possible adventure without risk of injury to you or the vessel. While some activities may need to be rescheduled or cancelled due to weather, every effort is made to have a contingency plan should such conditions become a reality during your expedition. We use our vast experience and knowledge when picking the vessels we sell to provide you with an adventure that’s unforgettable for all the right reasons.

Spitsbergen is a visa-free area. If you are flying into or out of Longyearbyen via mainland Norway, a pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Norway for citizens of the following countries:

-        Australia

-        United Kingdom

-        The United States

-        Ireland

-        Canada

-        New Zealand

-        European Union

For other nationalities, please visit the website of the relevant consulate.

 

Most Arctic cruises that include Spitsbergen combined with other Arctic destinations such as Greenland or the Russian Arctic, typically spend 2 to 4 days exploring Spitsbergen. Those cruises that feature Spitsbergen travel only generally spend between 8 and 13 days in the region.

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