Venture into a remote wilderness of overwhelming beauty, to a place rich in wildlife and one of the last remaining untouched areas on planet earth. Welcome to the Arctic Circle: a land of midnight sun and polar bears; of intrepid explorers and bountiful marine life; of reindeer sleighs and other-worldly landscapes; a land of unforgettable adventures.
Located in the High Arctic wilderness, the dramatic Svalbard archipelago is the last piece of land separating Norway from the North Pole. Embark on a fascinating 9-night cruise on board the RCGS Resolute, taking in vast glaciers, soaring mountains and swathes of eerie terrain peppered with polar bears.
Price: 9 nights from £4,950 pp
You save £600 pp *
* Saving based on June 2020 Spitsbergen Encounter departure on the RCGS Resolute, but equivalent savings also apply on selected Antarctic and Arctic cruises throughout 2019/2020.
Having flown to Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s capital, you will set sail through Adventfjorden into Isfjorden, enjoying the magnificent views from the observation deck.
Arrive into the narrow sound of Bourbonhamna and scan the waters for beluga whales. Head ashore to hike to Ingebrigstenbukta, keeping a look out for reindeers.
Sail towards the Lillliehook Glacier, which is 7,000 metres long and over 80 metres high. Head out in the Zodiacs to look for seals and be dwarfed by the sheer scale of the glacier.
Monaco Glacier & Liefdefjorden
Sail into Liefdefjorden to see the mighty Monaco Glacier. Take a morning Zodiac to discover the glacier's tumbling face, before heading for dry land to hike across the Arctic tundra.
Taking you as close as possible to the pack ice, your vessel heads for the frigid wilderness of Phippsoya. This remote outpost is near permanently frozen, making it the perfect spot for polar bears to stalk seals and walruses.
Head south through the Hinlopen Strait, where vast cliffs are home to abundant seabirds. Kayak through the tranquil waters of Murchison Fjord, coming ashore to hike the trails that criss-cross the islands.
Your next stop is Smeerenburg with its centuries-old whaling history. Hike the shoreline of the old whaling station, learning about the role whaling played in the discovery and exploration of the Svalbard archipelago.
Prince Charles Island
Visit the walrus colony on Prince Charles Island and marvel at these ungainly animals on shore. Enjoy your last night on board before cruising back to Longyearbyen to disembark.