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East Svalbard and the legendary Kvitøya with M/S Stockholm 2024

Join us on an unforgettable expedition cruise through Svalbard's untamed wilderness, where we hope to reach the legendary Kvitøya!

With the classic 12-passenger ship M/S Stockholm and our sturdy Zodiacs, we explore the spectacular nature and keep a lookout for the iconic wildlife, including walruses, polar foxes, whales, and the king of the Arctic - the polar bear. The tundra invites us to scenic hikes, and at this time of year, the ice has usually released its grip around the islands, giving us good opportunities to reach further east, hopefully all the way to Kvitøya. For most of the trip, we experience the last days of the magical midnight sun. At the end of August, the sun starts to approach the horizon, allowing us to enjoy a warm photo light.

During this expedition, we will attempt to reach Kvitøya, the place where Salomon August Andrée, Knut Frænkel and Nils Strindberg were found 33 years after their fateful North Pole expedition with the hydrogen balloon Örnen (The Eagle). 

  • 10 nights on board M/S Stockholm
  • Only 12 passengers
  • Small group - great experiences
  • Opportunity to reach the legendary White Island
  • Good chance to see whales
  • Perfect time for hiking and photography
Accommodation: Cabin on board M/S Stockholm, hotel. Transport: Expedition ship, Zodiac. Ship: M/S Stockholm. Passengers: 12 passengers. Languages: English & Swedish. Length: 12 days, 10 nights on ship. Price: From USD 11 990. Departure: 18 August 2024

Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen, Svalbard

We arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to our hotel.

Day 2 - 11: Expedition cruising

We start our great adventure in Svalbard by exploring Longyearbyen. In the afternoon we embark the expedition ship and sail out through the spectacular Isfjorden - the Arctic expedition has started! We are now in a part of the world where we are totally dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Our exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife we encounter. Our ambition is to head out on Zodiac cruises every day and when the opportunity arises also go ashore. Here are some examples of places we may visit:

Northwest Spitsbergen

The scientific village of Ny-Ålesund is situated in Kongsfjorden. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole. Two other courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. Swedish explorer Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.

Magnificent fjords

Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During our journey we will explore a few of them such as: Liefdefjorden, meaning “The fjord of love”, is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and here we hope to cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier. Many common eiders and pinkfooted geese nest in the area. In Krossfjorden we revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of the large number of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots nesting on the nearby cliffs. Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty – dominated by beautiful glaciers. It is also a favourite spot for seals and the bird cliffs are bursting with activity.

Hinlopen Strait and Alkefjellet

If the ice allows we enter Hinlopen Strait. Here is Alkefjellet, an impressive, basaltic cliff, which is the home to an estimated 200 000 Brünnich’s guillemots. We may also continue into the beautiful bay Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet.

Eastern Svalbard

The island of Nordaustlandet is covered by an enormous ice cap and fascinates naturalists as well as historians. There are huge glacier fronts here, intersected by hundreds of waterfalls. Barentsøya and Edgeøya offer magnificent landscapes and vast tundra. Chances to encounter walruses, Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer are good here.

 

Kvitøya (White Island)

A number of heroic expeditions, with their sights set on the North Pole, have used Svalbard as a base. One of the most talked-about places in Svalbard is the last camp of Salomon August Andrée and his expedition members Knut Frænkel and Nils Strindberg. After their balloon, Örnen (The Eagle), cut its anchor ropes 11 July, 1897, they crash-landed three days later on the ice north of Nordaustlandet. After a three-month-long trek, the group finally reached land and set up camp on the southwestern coast of Kvitøya, a bit east of Nordaustlandet. They all died at this place during the autumn. Not until 33 years later were their remains found by the crew of the Norwegian vessel Bratvaag, along with items marked “Andrée Expedition”. Even today, the tragic fate of the expedition remains a mystery. If the ice permits and luck is on our side, we will reach this place, where only a few people have set foot. We hope to have the opportunity to experience the flutter of history from our rubber boats and to land to catch a glimpse of the memorial erected in 1931. Please also read the text in the blue box below. 

Read more about the Andrée Expedition here.

Southwest Spitsbergen

The grand fjords of Hornsund offer spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks, often reaching above the clouds. On a clear day we can see the summit of the highest mountain Hornsundtind, measuring 1431 meters. Hornsund is a favourite haunt for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and bearded seals are often seen resting on the fjord ice.

Day 12: Longyearbyen

Early morning we disembark our expedition ship and begin our journey back home.

All itineraries are for guidance only. Our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions, wildlife and government regulations. The places mentioned are just examples of some of the many sites Svalbard has to offer. We always strive to maximise your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

Flights
We offer group flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen with return (limited availability). Contact us for more information!

 

IMPORTANT! During the trip, we will make an attempt to reach the mythical Kvitøya. However, we would like to point out that although the conditions to reach Kvitøya are generally good at this time of the year, we cannot predict the weather or what the ice situation will be like this particular year. We also cannot guarantee that it will be possible to make a landing as the island is a popular haunt for polar bears. Due to new regulations in Svalbard, Kvitøya will no longer be accessible to visitors from January 1, 2025, so this season will be the last chance for us to get there.

You do not need to be interested in history to join the trip, as this is an added value and the main focus will be to experience the magnificent nature and wildlife of Svalbard.

 

 

The ship M/S Stockholm

  • Ulrich Kühn
  • Spacious deck
    Lisa Ström
  • Ulrich Kühn
  • Ulrich Kühn
  • 25 years exploring Svalbard
  • Accommodates only 12 guests
  • 1 guide for every 6 guests
  • All bevarages included
  • Brass details and wooden decks
  • Immersive historical charm

A CLASSIC EXPEDITION SHIP LOVED BY MANY

The M/S Stockholm is a classic vessel, originally built in 1953 for the Swedish National Maritime Administration. In 1998, she underwent a complete refit and embarked on her new journey as a comfortable polar expedition ship. The M/S Stockholm accommodates up to 12 passengers in cozy twin cabins equipped with bunk beds, private facilities, and small windows (portholes). With her beautiful brass details and wooden decks, M/S Stockholm stands as a stunning piece of maritime history, cherished by many for her charm and elegance.

Boasting 25 years of navigating Svalbard's challenging waters, the M/S Stockholm has proven her capability to reach remote sites that are inaccessible to larger ships. 

On board, you'll enjoy delicious meals in the company of like-minded travellers who share a fascination for the Arctic's captivating nature, wildlife, and history. The food on board is of high standard and all beverages are included in the price. The intimate setting, akin to a private yacht, ensures a personalised and unforgettable experience.

The crew's genuine enthusiasm for the Arctic's unique wildlife and pristine environments is a key to the authentic expedition cruises offered on the M/S Stockholm. A journey through these northern waters, with its unparalleled wildlife and untouched landscapes, is an experience of a lifetime! To enhance exploration, the ship is equipped with two Zodiacs and staffed by two knowledgeable guides.

Cabins & prices

Cabin category Price per person
Twin cabin bunk bed & private facilities USD 11 990
Twin cabin for single use bunk bed & private facilities USD 22 690

Price includes

  • 10 nights on board M/S Stockholm
  • 1 night in a hotel in Longyearbyen
  • Lunch day 2
  • All meals on board
  • All beverages
  • 1 Expedition Leader and 1 guide
  • Guiding ashore and talks on board
  • All excursions and activities

Not included

  • Flight to/from Longyearbyen
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Gratuity to the ship’s crew

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