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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. 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
    • Food
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  2. 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.
    Welcome aboard in our 20th Anniversary season.

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    • Closed boat
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  3. Pyramiden - Boat ride to an Arctic ghost town - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on an exclusive trip in a closed RIB boat to the Russian ghost town Pyramiden and the mighty Nordenskiöld glacier.

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    • Closed boat
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  4. RIB-boat ride to Tempelfjorden and Tunabreen - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    Join us to explore the beautiful nature and wildlife of Templefjord, and sail in the blue ice near the powerful Tuna glacier!

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    • Food
    • Open boat
  5. Exclusive expedition cruise to 80`North - Spitsbergen Guide Service

    Longyearbyen

    Join us for the journey of your life!

    4 days exclusive expeditioncruise along the west coast of Spitsbergen, all the way up to 80`North.

    On this cruise you will experience Magdalenafjorden, Ny-Aalesund and some of the northernmost untouched…

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    • Bed accomodation
    • Closed boat
    • Expedition
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  6. Russia Express to Barentsburg - HTG

    Longyearbyen

    Russia Express to Barentsburg
    Join us on a fast trip to Barentsburg, in our 46 foot Princess Riviera.

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  7. 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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  8. Kongsfjorden Ny-Ålesund Cruise - Spitsbergen Guide Service AS

    Longyearbyen

    This trip is tailor made for us to make several landings to fully enhance the magic, the stories and the wildlife at it’s best.

    Our regular visitors are walrus, seals and whales, and if we are lucky we may cathc a glimpse of the polar bear during…

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    • Closed boat
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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.
    Welcome aboard in our 20th Anniversary season.

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    • Closed boat
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Glacier safari - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Exploring the mighty glaciers of Isfjorden with boat. This evening trip offers beautiful nature and wildlife.

    The sound of thunder erupts from the ice. The glacier is on the move. Massive amounts of ice are pushed around. The glacier moves forward,…

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  13. Ny-Ålesund - The northernmost town in the world - Better Moments

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on a trip to Ny-Ålesund, a former mining town and gateway to the Arctic. This was the starting point for famous explorers’ race to the North pole. Roald Amundsen, known as the first person, to reach both to the South- and North pole, used…

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    • Closed boat
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  14. Boattrip with Polargirl to Pyramiden & Nordenskiöldglacier - Polar Charter

    Longyearbyen

    Boattrip with MS Polargirl to Pyramiden & Nordenskiöld glacier. Polargirl also pays a visit to Skansbukta and the birdcliff Diabas. Sightseeing in Pyramiden around 2 hours.

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    • Closed boat
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    • Sightseeing and lectures
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  15. 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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  16. Fjord-cruise towards the Esmark Glacier & Barentsburg - 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 10 hrs, and a warm lunch is included.
    Welcome aboard in our 20th Anniversary season.

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    • Closed boat
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  17. Evening-cruise towards Wahlenberg Glacier - 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 6 hrs, and a warm supper is included.
    Welcome aboard in our 20th Anniversary season.

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  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Skipper's choice: explore Isfjord by RIB - Glaciers and wildlife - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    Explore Isfjord's seaside with us!
    With our open RIB boat, we guarantee an experience close to the nature and elements! It’s also equipped with a heated cockpit tent, where you can warm-up and relax at anytime!

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