A cruise around Spitsbergen gives you ample opportunity to explore all the aspects of this fascinating Arctic island. See the great eastern nature reserves and some of the most spectacular highlights of the Arctic. We aim to take you well above the 80th parallel and bring you closer than 600 nautical miles from the Geographic North Pole. The eastern part of Svalbard is more barren and characteristically High Arctic than any other place we visit with MS Fram. Enjoy expedition landings, hikes, kayaking, and other activities in the largest Arctic wilderness in Europe.
Visiting the Settlements on Spitsbergen
Longyearbyen is a prime destination for adventure travelers. This Norwegian settlement is a unique little town. The influence of the Arctic environment is obvious and it is also a surprisingly cosmopolitan town. The Russian settlement, Barentsburg, is a ‘company coal-mining town’. Explore the exotic collection of old Russian artifacts and architecture, visit the Pomor Museum, or soak up the real Russian atmosphere in the local pub. Ny-Ålesund is situated at 78º 55’ N, and is one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities. Previously a coal-mining community, it is now an advanced High Arctic research station.
Fjords, Glaciers, and Polar Bears
During this voyage you will see some of the most spectacular fjords of Spitsbergen. The eastern part of Svalbard is mainly divided into two large nature reserves. Combined, they represent one of the last large, mainly untouched wilderness areas in Europe. Traversing the large fjord east of Spitsbergen will give you spectacular views of the island’s east coast with hundreds of glaciers and mountains. We may see some of Svalbard’s marine mammals such as seal and walrus, and wherever there is ice there is a great opportunity to see polar bears!