The king of the Arctic - the Polar BearHenrik Haaning Nielsen
Magical MayMaria Nordvall
©Kerstin LangenbergerKerstin Langenberger
The beautiful puffinEmma Nilsson
Svalbard in MayZet Freiburghaus
Svalbard Adventure with M/S Stockholm 2023
Experience magnificent Svalbard with our beautiful 12-passenger ship M/S Stockholm! We stay one night at a hotel in Longyearbyen and then spend seven night on board the expedition ship exploring this Arctic pearl that has fascinated explorers for centuries. We cruise along glistening glaciers, go ashore to enjoy the unique nature and keep a lookout for the iconic wildlife.
In May, Svalbard is characterised by a wonderful purity and offers breathtaking sceneries. The fairytale winter landscape is dominated by sparkling ice formations, snow covered mountains, fjord ice and pastel coloured skies. It is an indescribable experience to witness the archipelago come to life. The polar bear yearlings venture out for the first time, the Arctic foxes and the Svalbard reindeers still wear their winter fur and seals and walruses can often be seen resting on the fjord ice. The little auks and the Brünnich’s guillemots have returned to their summer nests and the bird cliffs are teeming with life.
- Only 12 passengers
- Unique expedition ship from 1953
- M/S Stockholm has sailed in Svalbard since 1998
- 1 night in Longyearbyen
- 7 nights on board the ship
- 2 experienced guides
- 100 % climate compensated
Day 1: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
We arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to our hotel.
Day 2 - 8: Expedition cruising
We start our great Svalbard adventure by exploring Longyearbyen. In the afternoon we embark the small 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.
Two of the most 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.
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 could 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 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.
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 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 maximise your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!
The Package Travel Directive – protects the traveller’s rights
When you have booked a trip with PolarQuest, you are protected by the Package Travel Directive. This includes that you have the right to rebook your trip or cancel and receive a full refund, if your Government, or other relevant authorities, have implemented restrictions against travelling. This includes documented quarantine requirements in the country you are travelling to. However, free cancellation is only possible when it is less than 30 days to departure, provided the travel restrictions are still in place and clearly will affect your trip. You are also entitled to a full refund, should PolarQuest cancel the trip for any reason whatsoever.
Be inspired by our digital polar lectures!
Few trips can compare with a magnificent adventure to the realm of the polar bear, Svalbard, or the world's most remote continent, Antarctica. Our popular Expedition Leader Adam Rheborg has recorded short lectures on what it is like to travel with PolarQuest to these spectacular places on earth, and we hope that your longing to experience these fantastic places is even greater after you have listened!
The ship M/S Stockholm
The beautiful M/S StockholmUlrich Kühn
Henrik Haaning Nielsen
The service on board is outstandingUlrich Kühn
Cosy cabins with bunkbedsNiklas Nilsson
A CLASSIC EXPEDITION SHIP LOVED BY MANY
The M/S Stockholm is a classic ship built in 1953 for the Swedish National Maritime Administration. In 1998 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! After 20 years of navigating the waters in Svalbard she has the experience and track record of being able to access difficult to reach sites that are inaccessible to other ships.
On board 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! There are two Zodiacs and two guides on board M/S Stockholm.
Cabins & prices
|Cabin category||Price per person|
|Twin Cabin||bunk beds & private facilities (Fully booked, contact us for waiting list.)||USD 9 390|
|Twin for single use||(Fully booked, contact us for waiting list.)||USD 17 890|
- 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
- The trip is climate compensated
- Flight to/from Longyearbyen
- Travel and cancellation insurance
Departures & booking
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or wish to make a reservation.Booking request
|10 May 2023||18 May 2023|
|27 May 2023||4 June 2023|
|10 June 2023||18 June 2023|
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