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Boat trips

If you want to see and experience as much of the wild, raw and untouched Arctic nature as possible, you need to go on a boat trip or a combined cruise and fishing trip. Svalbard's unique wildlife is also best seen from a boat, and among the most popular activities you'll find walrus safari and whale safari. The Russian settlements is also reached by boat, both in summer and winter, and there are serveral touroperators offering day trips to both Barentsburg and Pyramiden. 

From early spring until late November or early December, you have many options to depart the quayside in Longyearbyen by boat to explore beautiful Svalbard. Many different types of trips are available so you need to decide what really interests you. Does a short trip by rigid inflatable boat (RIB) to the spectacular bird cliffs tempt you or perhaps the world’s northernmost fjord cruise to Pyramiden – the ghost town in the High North – sounds exciting? There is no shortage of options. The menu often consists of large glacier termini, exciting Arctic wildlife and a tasty lunch straight from the barbecue. Travelling by express boat reduces the travel time to the Russian settlements of Barentsburg and Pyramiden and enables you to visit both places on the same day.


Roy MangersnesUnique wildlife at sea

Svalbard’s unique animal life is well worth experiencing. If you have dreamt of having a close-up encounter with a walrus or experiencing the world’s largest mammal – the majestic whale – then we recommend a walrus and whale safari during the Polar Summer. You can see, smell and photograph the walruses laying and rolling on the beach while enjoying the panoramic view from the boat.

If you visit in the autumn when the Midnight Sun season has ended, you can experience a Northern Lights cruise. Can you imagine a more magical way of experiencing the Northern Lights? The calm Polar Night allows you to gather impressions and find peace and tranquillity out at sea. Far removed from artificial light, you will be able to experience the majestic Northern Lights stronger than ever.

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  1. Kongsfjorden Ny-Ålesund Cruise - Spitsbergen Guide Service AS

    Longyearbyen

    Kongsfjorden – The King’s Fjord – is the most beautiful fjord in Svalbard. It is protected by the Three Crowns and is surrounded by stunning glacier fronts and is inhabited by thousands of birds, seals and whales. In this fjord we may see the…

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    • Closed boat
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  2. Isfjord safari to the bird cliffs at "Fuglefjella" and to Hiorthamn - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    A short boat trip out into the Isfjord, between Longyearbyen and the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, you will find the Bird Mountains. Join us on an exciting open boat tour which combines birds and wildlife with the island’s interesting history.

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    • Open boat
  3. Walrus Safari - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Walruses became protected animals for half a century ago. When this happened, the population was only a couple of hundred animals, after 350 years of hunting. In the recent years, the walrus has come back to its old colonies and we have the…

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    • Closed boat
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  4. Arctic Nature Camp - Spitsbergen Guide Service

    Longyearbyen

    5 days Arctic Nature Camp in Signehamna in the northwestern part of Spitsbergen. During these days we'll hike the surrounding mountains, explore the glaciers and visit historical sites. We feel the location of the camp is in the most beautiful and…

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    • Closed boat
    • Expedition
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    • Hiking
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  5. Fjordsafari to Pyramiden and the Nordenskiöld glacier - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Join us for an exciting and speedy open boat fjord safari to the Russian ghost town Pyramiden and the mighty Nordenskiöld glacier. Pyramiden was once one of the largest settlements on Svalbard, with about 1000 inhabitants. It was a good place to…

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  6. Boat trip to the Von Post-glacier - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    With a speed boat the distance between civilisation and the wilderness is made short, as you can experience on this tour to Von Postbreen. The glacier is found at the head of the Tempelfjord, together with its surging brother, Tunabreen. In the…

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    • Food
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  7. Ny-Aalesund, the northernmost settlement in the world - Spitsbergen Guide Service

    Longyearbyen

    With our boat Spitsbergen Ekspress we will welcome you to the northernmost settlement in the world, Ny-Aalesund, 79°NORD.

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    • Closed boat
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  8. Isfjord Safari - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    3 days of the most complete Svalbard experience! We explore the Isfjorden area by speed boat and spend our nights in the Skansbukta camp. Our way goes along Tempelfjorden where we get an impression of massive Tuna Glacier and villa Fredheim linked…

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    • 3 - Demands average physical fitness, not suitable if you have limited mobility (uneven and partly steep terrain)

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    • Food
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  9. Northern Lights cruise towards the ghost town Pyramiden - HTG

    Longyearbyen

    Write a new entry in your travel diary - with a chance to experience natures own spectacular light show. Length of trip is approximately 8 hrs, and a warm lunch is included.

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    • Closed boat
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  10. RIB boat ride along the ice edge - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    A long and cold winter is coming to an end. The midnight sun shines high on northern sky. It's May, and spring has come to the Arctic. This is the month of the return of the birds to Svalbard. Snow is melting and the sea is breaking up. The fjords…

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  11. Hybrid-driven speedboat to Barentsburg - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Hurtigruten Svalbard and Brim Explorer launches a hybrid-driven speedboat to roam the Arctic waters. With our new vessel you can join an exciting and more environmentally friendly boat trip to the exciting Russian settlement of Barentsburg.

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    • Closed boat
    • Sightseeing and lectures
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  12. Boat trip Pyramiden - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    Boat Trip to the russian settlement Pyramiden and towards powerful Nordenskiold Glacier. On the way we pass by a bird cliff, breathtaking mountains of Gipshuken and historically rich place of Skansk Bay.

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  13. 3 days exclusive cruise to Magdalenafjorden - Spitsbergen Guide Service

    Longyearbyen

    This is an exclusive 3 days cruise to Magdalenafjorden for up to 6 passengers. During the trip we will also visit Ny Ålesund, the northernmost settlement on the planet, and experience the beautiful nature and wildlife at close range. 

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  14. Fjord-cruise towards the Nordenskiöld Glacier & Pyramiden - HTG

    Longyearbyen

    Write a new entry in your travel diary, as you join us on The World’s Northernmost Fjord-cruise. Length of trip is approximately 11 hrs, and a warm lunch is included.

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  15. Boattrip with Polargirl to Barentsburg & Esmarkglacier - Polar Charter

    Longyearbyen

    A boattrip with MS Polargirl to Barentsburg and the Esmarkglacier.
    The trip will first go to the glacier before sailing to Barentsburg, where one will go ashore.

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    • Closed boat
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  16. Whale Safari - Polar Charter

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on M/V "Polargirl" for an evening trip searching for the biggest animals on the planet the blue whale.

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  17. One of natures great events - The bird jumping in Trygghamna - Better Moments

    Longyearbyen

    Better Moments will offer you a chance to see Svalbard’s biggest bird event during the summer – The bird jumping. For just a few days in July, the chicks will jump from their nests on the huge bird cliff Alkhorne and we will be there to see them…

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  18. "Catch of the day" - Better Moments

    Longyearbyen

    With a closed rib the possibilities are endless. When the other smaller open boats have to stay home because of hard weather conditions, we can still head out and experience the fjord. Comfortable, warm and fast, we'll travel to where the action is.…

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    • Closed boat
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  19. Spot the dot - Wildlife boat safari - Basecamp Spitsbergen

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on an open RIB boat fjord safari through the bright spring in Spitsbergen. In the wilderness it’s just you and surrounding mountains. Summer light revealing the treasures of the mountains and Arctic ocean. This is a half day excursion where…

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    • Environmentally-friendly company
    • Open boat
    • Photo safari
  20. Walrus safari - Two tons of happiness - Better Moments

    Longyearbyen

    Experience Svalbard’s unique wildlife from up close! Everyday we use our closed and comfortable RIB boats to go to a well-known walrus colony. Here we do a landing on the beach. We will then have the opportunity to observe these funny and…

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