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Svalbard, an archipelago dotting the frigid waters of the High Arctic, is home to the northernmost town on Earth—along with the world’s most northerly domestic airport, gourmet restaurant, and brewery. Join us as we explore the wonders of these far-flung northern islands by land and by sea, descending into an abandoned coal mine, wandering eerily well-preserved ghost towns, visiting the remains of a 17th-century whaling outpost, and tracing the edge of a sweeping expanse of sea ice. Aboard the Togo, the small expedition vessel we'll have all to ourselves, we’ll find ourselves surrounded by Svalbard’s gleaming natural beauty. We’ll encounter pristine glaciers and spot polar bears on the prowl and colonies of grunting walruses—learning intimately about the spectacular history and modern-day life that exists in this extraordinary Arctic corner of the world.
The total cost of your trip depends on the type of cabin you select. You have four cabin types to choose from based upon availability:
Category A: Two nights in a double room in a hotel in Longyearbyen and eight nights in a double ensuite cabin aboard the Togo ($10,880 per person, based on double occupancy).
Category B: Two nights in a twin room in a hotel in Longyearbyen and eight nights in a twin ensuite cabin aboard the Togo ($10,880 per person, based on double occupancy).
Category C (SOLD OUT): Two nights in a twin room in a hotel in Longyearbyen and eight nights in a twin cabin with shared facilities aboard the Togo ($9,975 per person, based on double occupancy).
Category D: Two nights in a single bedded room in a hotel in Longyearbyen and eight nights in a single cabin with shared facilities aboard the Togo ($8,870 per person). Please note that shared facilities for single cabins are located up a flight of stairs.
The Togo is a 102-foot, ice-strengthened motor yacht, custom-built in 1965 by Dunston Shipyard, and last refitted in 2018. We'll have the entire vessel—the well-appointed galley and mess room, elegant mahogany-paneled salon with a bar and kitchenette, and spacious, semi-enclosed deck areas—to ourselves. She’s a sturdy vessel with elegant, sheer sails from the bygone era of tramp steamers.
Our trip begins in Longyearbyen, where we’ll meet you at the airport and help you transfer to our hotel. We’ll meet up with our guide around 7 p.m. for a short walk and welcome dinner. We recommend you arrive in Longyearbyen by 3 p.m. that day so that you’ll have some time to settle at the hotel before meeting up with the group. Our trip concludes in the morning on Day 11. If leaving Svalbard directly after our trip, we recommend departing any time that afternoon or evening. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’d be more than happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking up to four miles over the course of a day, spending time in nature, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and walking on uneven, rocky, and snowy terrain. Since this is a maritime trip, you should also be comfortable on and around water. Travelers should be comfortable being in confined spaces, as we’ll be walking through a mine in Longyearbyen on Day 2. For those who are up for the challenge, there will be an optional hike between two fjords on Day 9 that will be several miles long and moderately strenuous.
In June, temperatures in Svalbard are typically above freezing, and tend to average around 39°F (4°C). We’ll likely have a mix of sunny and cloudy days with very little wind, due to the high pressure system over the Arctic.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
A cruise on a small expedition vessel has a reduced impact on the fragile Arctic environment compared to a larger vessel. The average expedition cruise ship in Svalbard carries around 300 people at a time, so keeping our numbers around 12 people at one time limits disturbance to sensitive sites and wildlife. Additionally, we’ll be picking up any trash that we find at each landing site, helping to keep Svalbard’s shores free of debris that gets washed up. As AECO members, we endorse and follow their guidelines for environmentally friendly travel and safety at all times. Our expedition leader will brief all travelers about these guidelines, as well as what we all can do to reduce our impact during shore landings.
Visa requirements for Norway vary depending on traveler citizenship. Please check requirements for travel to Norway and any countries passed through in transit. A passport is required for international travel. We recommend your passport expire at least six months after your return home.