Head into the heart of the Svalbard Archipelago during a unique expedition cruise with National Geographic.
Experience the wonders of this pristine region in the company of a National Geographic Expert and a National Geographic photographer, who will open your eyes to the magical Arctic Far North where ice floes, polar bears and breath-taking glaciers can be found in abundance, and help you capture the story of your journey through this incredible landscape.
Located midway between the northern coast of Norway and the North Pole, this remote island group has dramatic landscapes and is home to the world’s northernmost community with more than 1000 permanent residents. The residents share the archipelago with the iconic polar bears that also call Svalbard home.
Begin your journey in Longyearbyen aboard Le Boreal and head north to the Kongsfjorden (King’s Fjord) before continuing to explore the ice edge.
As we turn south, our journey will take us down the west coast of Spitsbergen, following in the footsteps of the 17th century whalers and explorers who settled in this remote landscape as we search for the majestic wildlife of the area.
Travelling in the company of a National Geographic Expert and a National Geographic photographer, you will have many opportunities to gain a deeper insight into this region, as well as to learn how to capture the story of your journey and the wildlife encounters over these 11 days.
As we say farewell to Spitsbergen, we will finish with a final flourish, sailing through the dramatic Sør-Spitsbergen National Park, the largest National Park in Europe, before concluding our voyage in Tromsø.
Discover why this region of the world has a place on everyone’s bucket list.
At the end of your trip, sit down with your National Geographic Expert and photographer and reflect on the experiences you have shared on your voyage and how they have changed you upon your return. National Geographic and Ponant share the deep belief that when people understand the world, they care more deeply and are inspired to act to protect it.
This Expedition Cruise is onboard Ponant’s Le Boreal ship, part of the Sisterships fleet.
Flight Paris/Longyearbyen + transfers + flight Tromsø/Paris.