Into the drift ice

Svalbard wildlife Cruise August 16 - 26 2025

High Arctic cruise and svalbard photo expedition

This high Arctic cruise will take you up into the drift ice north and east of Svalbard. Polar bears, bowhead whales, belugas, seals and diverse birdlife are on the move making for great opportunities to see Svalbard wildlife during this time of year. We are particularly focusing on the drift ice and the remote corners of Svalbard on this voyage.

The drift ice is like a nameless continent made of ice and full of wildlife. It's covering vast areas of ocean and the ice is drifting according to the ocean current, the tide and wind. It takes time to navigate the icy areas up there but it is rewarding as soon as we find wildlife. In late August we also have sunsets and sunrises and more colour in the light. Our guides and travel leaders know how to handle the constantly changing weather, drifting ice conditions and wildlife on the move, 24 hours a day. Every day is different, every year is different, and the High Arctic nature is in constant change.

The guides aboard the small vessel MS Origo are Norwegian and Swedish, all of them have years of experience hiking and exploring the Norwegian landscape and Svalbard nature. The expedition ship MS Origo is a well suited ship to do expeditions into the drift ice around Svalbard.

Landscapes and scenery is also outstanding for photographic opportunities if you know where to look and what to look for. Please contact us and talk to us about what you can expect and for more information.

If you have questions about this expedition please do not hesitate to send an email on [email protected]

Details

Dates: 16. Aug 2025 - 26. Aug 2025

Duration: 10 nights/11 days

Available: 12 SPOTS

Embark: Longyearbyen, Aug 16, 18:00
Disembark: Longyearbyen, Aug 26, 09:00

Single cabin, private facilities
2 SPOTS
EUR 9900 pr. pax.

Twin cabin, shared facilities
2 SPOTS
EUR 9 000 pr. pax.

Twin cabin, private facilities
6 SPOTS
EUR 9 900 pr. pax.

Twin suite, private facilities
2 SPOTS
EUR 10 500 pr. pax.

Please ask us for latest information about availability. The single cabins can also be used as double cabins.

Deposit payment EUR 2 000. Payment can be done either by wire transfer or credit card. Please ask our booking department.

Practical information

What's included?

Travel Route Svalbard photo expedition

Itinerary

Svalbard is situated at about 80 degrees north, so we schedule the expedition in accordance with prevailing weather and ice conditions. The map on this page shows the estimated route for this expedition. Even if it normally will be some changes in the planned itinerary this route cover the main areas we will visit. In July - August the drift ice edge can be situated further north and usually we spend time there searching for mainly Polar Bears.

Day 0 We always recommend to arrive Longyearbyen at least one day and night in advance.

Day 1 Departure from Longyearbyen throughout Isfjorden. Heading north to the drifting ice.

Day 2-10 Looking for wildlife around Sjuøyane and up in the drifting ice. Visiting Storøya, or even Kvitøya far east, if the weather is good. Depending on the ice conditions and weather we will choose the route for this Svalbard photo expedition. It will be varying from year to year and the ice conditions is the most important consideration we do before deciding where to go.

The route illustrated in the map on this page is just a estimate for where we will sail. It probably will be changed depending on the ice conditions. Maybe we have to sail much further to the north to reach the ice.

Day 11 Leaving the ship after breakfast and prepare the travel home.

What to expect?

  • Navigate far into the icy north for close-up wildlife encounters
  • Enjoy walking in and sailing through incredible landscapes and breath-taking fjords and waterfalls
  • Enjoy the small group flexibility our expeditions provide. We do what we want, when we want!
  • Get close to the Arctic wildlife and have your chances for stunning images
  • Spend the moments and sometimes long waitings for the extraordinary wildlife encounters with like-minded people
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