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Svalbard Adventure with M/S Stockholm 2018

A trip on board M/S Stockholm is an experience of a lifetime! The atmosphere, the curiosity on board, the classic interior and the delicious food are elements that make this trip unique. The midnight sun reigns supreme, the bird colonies are teeming with life and the mountain ranges are beautifully covered with glittering snow. The ice still keeps the islands in its grip and we can admire the ever-changing ice formations. Spring has arrived and summer is just around the corner. We stay one night in a hotel in Longyearbyen and spend seven nights on board our charming ship while exploring Svalbard’s magical coastlines in search for walruses, whales, Arctic foxes and polar bears.

Accommodation: Cabin on board M/S Stockholm, hotel. Transport: Expedition ship, Zodiacs. Ship: M/S Stockholm. Guides: 2 guides. Passengers: 12 passengers. Languages: English and Swedish. Length: 9 days, 7 nights on ship. Price: From USD 8 990.

Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen, Svalbard 

We arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to our hotel.

Day 2 - 8: Expedition

We start our adventure in Svalbard by exploring Longyearbyen. In the afternoon we embark the expedition ship M/S Stockholm and sail out through Isfjorden. 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 make landings or cruises every day with our Zodiacs. Here are some examples of places we may visit:

Prins Karls Forland
This narrow strip of land is covered by a magnificent and snow-covered mountain chain. The island is also home to many seabirds and harbour seals.

Virgohamna, Danskøya
Two of the most courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. Swedish balloonist 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.

Fantastic 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 and if lucky we can see the rare king eider. 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. 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.

North Spitsbergen & Hinlopen Strait
North of Spitsbergen we might meet the edge of the pack ice. Not many ships venture here and we can marvel at the silence and grandeur of this icy landscape. Chances of meeting polar bears increase as we sail along the ice floes. 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.

Day 9: Longyearbyen

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

Please note: Our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. The places mentioned are just examples of some of the many sites Svalbard has to offer. We always strive to maximize your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

The ship M/S Stockholm

  • Ulrich Kühn
  • Adam Rheborg
  • J-P Lahall
  • Spacious deck
    Lisa Ström
  • Ulrich Kühn
  • Ulrich Kühn
  • Comfortable cabins with portholes and bunkbeds
    J-P Lahall
  • Dining room
    J-P Lahall
  • Ulrich Kühn
  • Adam Rheborg

The M/S Stockholm is a classic ship built in 1953 for the Swedish National Maritime Administration. In 1999 she was totally refitted and started her career as a comfortable polar passenger ship. The M/S Stockholm carries a maximum of 12 passengers in twin cabins with bunk beds. All cabins have private facilities and small windows (portholes).
M/S Stockholm is a marvellous piece of maritime history with beautiful brass details and wooden decks. It is no wonder she is loved by so many! On board the ship you will enjoy delicious meals in the company of likeminded travellers, who are all fascinated by the Arctic nature, wildlife and history.

 The food on board is of high standard and all beverages are included in the price. With such a small party on board, this is like travelling on a private yacht. The crew on board M/S Stockholm are also great enthusiasts of the unique wildlife and unspoiled nature. Their genuine curiosity is a prerequisite for expedition cruises of this kind. A trip on board M/S Stockholm in these northern waters, with its unique wildlife and pristine nature, is an experience of a lifetime!

Cabins & prices

Cabin category Price per person
Twin cabin Twin cabin (bunk bed, shower/WC) USD 8 990
Twin cabin for single use USD 17 000

Price includes: 7 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 . The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew . Comprehensive information material before the expedition . An illustrated post-expedition log

Not included: Flight to/from Longyearbyen . Travel and cancellation insurance

Departures & booking

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Departure Return
31 May 2018 8 June 2018

Our travelers experiences

Every one of the crew worked very hard to give us the best trip possible. They went out of their way to look for bears and seals, to provide Zodiac excursions and to help make it like ‘home’ on the M/S Stockholm. Both our guides spent many hours either up in the crow’s nest, or awake during the night in the bridge, helping to look for photo subjects. We couldn’t have asked for more. Mary Ann McDonald
Jacob and I enjoyed the trip on board M/S Stockholm very much. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide was very helpful and qualified. He was always pleasant and willing to answer questions for everyone. Blair & Jacob Briggs