Revel in the diversity of the Svalbard Island and sail into the kingdom of the polar bear. We explore the coastline, with no open sea crossings, against a backdrop of spectacular glacier covered peaks. We discover deep fjords in the west; mysterious, fossil-rich desert plains in the east; and best of all, seals and whales in the Arctic pack ice. This voyage offers the best chance for seeing reindeers and polar bears, and features wildflower walks across sweeping tundra, trapper camps and historic sites. On foot and by Zodiac, we visit abandoned whaling settlements, search for walrus, Arctic fox and reindeer and observe in millions of migratory birds, including little auks, guillemots and puffin.

Highlights


• Sail along Spitsbergen’s glacier-filled coastline

• Almost 24-hours of exquisite Arctic sunlight

• Spot polar bears, walruses, ringed seals and more

• Abandoned whaling stations and trappers huts

• Photograph delicate Arctic tundra flowers

• Large colonies of auklets, guillemots and puffins

Enjoy a guided tour of colourful Spitsbergen’ capital Longyearbyen. Late afternoon sees us warmly welcomed on board Polar Pioneer.
Wake up to spectacular alpine peaks and glacier valleys of Spitsbergen’s rugged west coast. In Magdalenefjorden we Zodiac cruise a safe distance from the aqua-blue ice cliffs of 14th July Glacier or Waggonway Glacier, and take long walks among summer flowers, alert for reindeer and Arctic fox. Thanks to the nutrient-rich Gulf Stream and relatively mild temperatures, Atlantic puffins and guillemots fill the cliffs. We look for bearded seals, with their precious curling whiskers. We may visit the remains of a 350-year old Dutch whaling settlement on Amsterdam Island and learn of an ill-fated ballooning attempt over the North Pole.
Rounding Spitsbergen’s northwest coast, we enter the Arctic Ocean and the world of pack ice. Ghostly beluga whales rise up in open leads and polar bears stalk ringed, bearded and harp seals. Offshore, walruses feed on clams or haul out on beaches, especially on Moffen Island, a walrus sanctuary. We visit trapper huts and stay alert for reindeer and Arctic fox. Delightful walks reveal delicious berries and some of the tundra’s 164 exquisite flowering plants including purple saxifrage, yellow spider plants and Svalbard poppies. If ice conditions allow, we attempt to cross latitude 80° north before turning south to Woodfjorden.
We attempt to pass through narrow Hinlopen Strait, a channel flanked by austere, cream-coloured slopes rich in fossils between Spitsbergen and ice-capped Nordaustlandet. This polar desert is a landscape eroded by severe frost. Even in summer, pack ice could bar our way, but there is much to strive for. We Zodiac cruise beneath Alkefjellet, sheer basalt cliffs rising at more than 250 metres – literally buzzing with some 200,000 nests of Brunnich’s guillemots. During shore excursions, we seek eider ducks, Arctic foxes and the elusive Svalbard ptarmigan. As we pass Barentsøya and Edgeøya islands, we cross polar bear migration routes.
This is true expedition cruising. If ice conditions allow, we round South Cape and sail north toward Hornsund and Bellsund, deep fjords home to stunning glaciers and wildlife. If ice bars our way, we simply adjust our itinerary, backtrack and delve deeper into the wonders of Spitsbergen’s north and west coasts.
A midnight cruise of glorious Isfjorden returns us to Longyearbyen and the end of our voyage.
Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

Triple Share

$ 7200 AUD pp
Triple Share
SIZE: Total Cabin: 423cm x 241cm = 10.2 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks and one upper bunk, a desk, a small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Public

$ 8600 AUD pp
Twin Public
SIZE: Total Cabin: 400cm x 245cm = 9.8 sq m CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space, a couch and a porthole. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Private

$ 10500 AUD pp
Twin Private
SIZE: Deck 4: Bedroom/Bathroom – 411cm x 260cm = 10.7 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x 256cm = 3 sqm Deck 5: Bedroom/Bathroom – 494cm x 243cm = 12 sqm Bathroom – 110cm x 170cm = 1.9 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, windows and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. #402 and #403 have upper and lower bunks and a couch.

Mini Suite

$ 11200 AUD pp
Mini Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom/Bathroom – 453cm x 370cm = 16.8 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in a separate room, foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, TV, video player, windows, desk, table area, fridge, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Captain's Suite

$ 13200 AUD pp
Captain's Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom – 450cm x 500cm = 22.5 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in separate room, plus foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, forward and port windows, lounge and table area, fridge, TV, video player, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Triple Share

$ 7200 AUD pp
Triple Share
SIZE: Total Cabin: 423cm x 241cm = 10.2 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks and one upper bunk, a desk, a small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Public

$ 8600 AUD pp
Twin Public
SIZE: Total Cabin: 400cm x 245cm = 9.8 sq m CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space, a couch and a porthole. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Private

$ 10500 AUD pp
Twin Private
SIZE: Deck 4: Bedroom/Bathroom – 411cm x 260cm = 10.7 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x 256cm = 3 sqm Deck 5: Bedroom/Bathroom – 494cm x 243cm = 12 sqm Bathroom – 110cm x 170cm = 1.9 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, windows and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. #402 and #403 have upper and lower bunks and a couch.

Mini Suite

$ 11200 AUD pp
Mini Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom/Bathroom – 453cm x 370cm = 16.8 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in a separate room, foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, TV, video player, windows, desk, table area, fridge, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Captain's Suite

$ 13200 AUD pp
Captain's Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom – 450cm x 500cm = 22.5 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in separate room, plus foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, forward and port windows, lounge and table area, fridge, TV, video player, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Triple Share

$ 7200 AUD pp
Triple Share
SIZE: Total Cabin: 423cm x 241cm = 10.2 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks and one upper bunk, a desk, a small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Public

$ 8600 AUD pp
Twin Public
SIZE: Total Cabin: 400cm x 245cm = 9.8 sq m CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space, a couch and a porthole. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Private

$ 10500 AUD pp
Twin Private
SIZE: Deck 4: Bedroom/Bathroom – 411cm x 260cm = 10.7 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x 256cm = 3 sqm Deck 5: Bedroom/Bathroom – 494cm x 243cm = 12 sqm Bathroom – 110cm x 170cm = 1.9 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, windows and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. #402 and #403 have upper and lower bunks and a couch.

Mini Suite

$ 11200 AUD pp
Mini Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom/Bathroom – 453cm x 370cm = 16.8 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in a separate room, foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, TV, video player, windows, desk, table area, fridge, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Captain's Suite

$ 13200 AUD pp
Captain's Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom – 450cm x 500cm = 22.5 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in separate room, plus foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, forward and port windows, lounge and table area, fridge, TV, video player, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Triple Share

$ 7200 AUD pp
Triple Share
SIZE: Total Cabin: 423cm x 241cm = 10.2 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks and one upper bunk, a desk, a small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Public

$ 8600 AUD pp
Twin Public
SIZE: Total Cabin: 400cm x 245cm = 9.8 sq m CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space, a couch and a porthole. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Private Economy

$ 10100 AUD pp
Twin Private Economy
Cabin Numbers: 402, 403 Deck: Deck 4 Cabin Features Private en-suite Upper and lower bunk and a couch Side-facing window Desk and chair Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Outside deck access to main deck Cabin Size: 12 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.9 m2

Twin Private

$ 10400 AUD pp
Twin Private
Cabin Numbers: 400, 401, 404, 405, 406, 408, 504, 505, 506, 507 Deck: Deck 4 & Deck 5 Cabin Features Private en-suite Two lower bunk beds (Note: #402 and #403 have an upper and lower bunk and a couch) Side-facing window Desk and chair Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Outside deck access to main deck (Deck 4 cabins only) Outside deck access to upper deck (Deck 5 cabins only) Cabin Size: 12 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.9 m2

Mini Suite

$ 11500 AUD pp
Mini Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom/Bathroom – 453cm x 370cm = 16.8 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in a separate room, foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, TV, video player, windows, desk, table area, fridge, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Captain's Suite

$ 13100 AUD pp
Captain's Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom – 450cm x 500cm = 22.5 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in separate room, plus foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, forward and port windows, lounge and table area, fridge, TV, video player, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Triple Share

$ 7200 AUD pp
Triple Share
SIZE: Total Cabin: 423cm x 241cm = 10.2 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks and one upper bunk, a desk, a small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Public

$ 8600 AUD pp
Twin Public
SIZE: Total Cabin: 400cm x 245cm = 9.8 sq m CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space, a couch and a porthole. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Private Economy

$ 10100 AUD pp
Twin Private Economy
Cabin Numbers: 402, 403 Deck: Deck 4 Cabin Features Private en-suite Upper and lower bunk and a couch Side-facing window Desk and chair Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Outside deck access to main deck Cabin Size: 12 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.9 m2

Twin Private

$ 10400 AUD pp
Twin Private
Cabin Numbers: 400, 401, 404, 405, 406, 408, 504, 505, 506, 507 Deck: Deck 4 & Deck 5 Cabin Features Private en-suite Two lower bunk beds (Note: #402 and #403 have an upper and lower bunk and a couch) Side-facing window Desk and chair Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Outside deck access to main deck (Deck 4 cabins only) Outside deck access to upper deck (Deck 5 cabins only) Cabin Size: 12 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.9 m2

Mini Suite

$ 11500 AUD pp
Mini Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom/Bathroom – 453cm x 370cm = 16.8 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in a separate room, foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, TV, video player, windows, desk, table area, fridge, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Captain's Suite

$ 13100 AUD pp
Captain's Suite
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom – 450cm x 500cm = 22.5 sqm Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in separate room, plus foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, forward and port windows, lounge and table area, fridge, TV, video player, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Polar Pioneer

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 71 metres

Passenger Capacity: 50

Built / refurbished: 1985 / 2000

Polar Pioneer is one of the most popular style of vessels currently used in Antarctica and the Arctic. Originally built as an ice-strengthened research vessel in Finland in 1982, she was refurbished in 2000 and converted into a passenger ship for expeditions to the polar regions. Polar Pioneer’s excellent reputation for polar expedition cruising is due to her strength, maneuverability and size. She is small and nimble, which means she can sail up close to landing sites and venture where other, larger ships can’t. Carrying just 54 passengers, she allows us to offer you a far more personal and intimate experience of the destination we are visiting.

Dining

Our professional chefs present three healthy, delicious meals daily, with morning and afternoon tea available in the dining rooms in between. All of our produce is sourced locally, with fresh fruit and vegetables, and freshly baked bread and pastries, served wherever possible. We are able to cater for a range of special meal requests, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, lactose free and other allergy specific requirements – please ensure you list this on your personal details form.

Observation Decks

Our spacious observation decks provide a congenial place to watch for wildlife or follow the ship’s progress on nautical charts. Rug up for unparalleled scenery from the outer decks or flying bridge, where our naturalists help you identify wildlife.

Learning and Lectures

At sea, join our polar specialists as they entertain and inform us with illustrated talks, and prepare us for making shore visits with mandatory safety and environmental briefings.

Captain and Crew

Our highly experienced Russian captain and crew are among the best ice navigators in the world. Our efficient stewardesses attend to rooms and serve our meals, whilst the crew work mainly behind-the-scenes to help our expedition leader get the ship to where we want to go.

Getting Ashore

Polar Pioneer boasts a fleet of Zodiacs that transport us ashore to penguin rookeries, scientific stations and historic sites, and provide us with a platform for photography. Our small excursion crafts take us beyond the reach of giant cruisers, and our philosophy of “getting out amongst it” is put to practice.

Medical Clinic

A basic medical clinic is managed by our English-speaking Ship’s Doctor, who is available at all times to assist with bouts of sea sickness and other unexpected emergencies.

On-board Entertainment

From socialising in our fully-stocked lounge bar to enjoying Captain’s drinks, trivia nights and charity auctions, or escaping to the sauna for some R&R; our small ship offers some fun entertainment options for when we’re not out and about.

Technology and Connectivity

Polar Pioneer has communication services that are available for an additional fee. These include satellite telephone, email and fax. Please note that these services are basic and not suitable for continuous use. Internet access is available on board for an additional cost. Please note that due to the remote nature of our expeditions, connection cannot always be guaranteed. 

Cabin layout for Polar Pioneer

Kayaking. From (1025.00 USD)

Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.

Scuba Diving. From (1100.00 AUD)

Go beyond the average adventure and delve deep into the waters of Antarctica and the Arctic exploring dive sites where no one has gone before. Available to experienced dry-suit divers only.

Polar Snorkelling. From (740.00 AUD)

Our latest adventure activity. This is your chance to don a dry-suit and take the ultimate plunge into the icy waters of Antarctica and the Arctic for an up-close underwater experience. Not for the faint-hearted!

Norway in a Nutshell

Our most popular add-on tour! Discover Norway's cultural and historical wonders, its rolling green hills and spectacular fjords on this awesome 6-day rail, bus and ferry journey.

3 Days in Tromso

Discover Northern Norway's largest city, vibrant Tromso, and try your hand at husky puppy training!

Arctic Fjords & Coastal Highlights

This 10-day trip-of-a-lifetime takes you through the very best of Norway - an unmissable experience!

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Aboard Polar Pioneer

From Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen - 11 Days

15 & 25 July 2019

EARLYBIRD OFFER - 10% OFF 2019 DEPARTURES!

2018/19 Early Bird Offers are available on new bookings across selected 2018/19 Antarctica, 2019 Arctic, 2019 Scotland and 2019 Kimberley expeditions until 30 September 2017 or until sold out. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offer and available on selected cabin categories only. Offers are capacity controlled and may be modified, withdrawn, or amended without prior notice. Offer must be requested at the time of booking, offer will not be automatically allocated or retrospectively added. Other terms and conditions may apply; please contact us for full details.  

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