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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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    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
    • Open boat

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    Express-cruise to Pyramiden - HTG

    Longyearbyen

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

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    • 1 - Suitable for all

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    • Closed boat

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 129 reviews129 reviews
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 129 reviews129 reviews

    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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    • 1 - Suitable for all

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    • Closed boat
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    • Toilet

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 129 reviews129 reviews
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 129 reviews129 reviews

    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.

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    • 1 - Suitable for all

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    • Closed boat
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 129 reviews129 reviews
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 331 reviews331 reviews

    Evening cruise with electric catamaran - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    ​​​​​​​Join us for an evening cruise with MS Bard. On this tour we will go entirely with electrically powered propulsion, meaning we will navigate in complete silence.

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    • 1 - Suitable for all

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    • Closed boat
    • Food
    • Photo safari

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 58 reviews58 reviews

    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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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Environmentally-friendly company
    • Open boat
    • Photo safari

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    Hybrid-driven speedboat to Pyramiden - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Made for the future - join us today! Join Hurtigruten Svalbard and Brim Explorer on a hybrid-driven speedboat to Pyramiden. With our new vessel you can join an exciting and more environmentally friendly boat trip, to the Nordenskiöld glacier, and…

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    • Closed boat
    • Sightseeing and lectures
    • Toilet

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 151 reviews151 reviews

    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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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 151 reviews151 reviews
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    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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    • Bed accomodation
    • Closed boat
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 16 reviews16 reviews
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 530 reviews530 reviews

    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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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Food
    • Open boat

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 530 reviews530 reviews
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    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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    • 3 - Average physical fitness

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    • Open boat

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    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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    • 3 - Average physical fitness

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    • Food
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 530 reviews530 reviews

    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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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Food
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 530 reviews530 reviews
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 129 reviews129 reviews

    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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    • 1 - Suitable for all

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    • Closed boat
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 129 reviews129 reviews
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 16 reviews16 reviews

    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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    • 3 - Average physical fitness

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    • Closed boat
    • Expedition
    • Food
    • Hiking
    • Tent accomodation

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 16 reviews16 reviews
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    Ny-Aalesund 2-day cruise - Spitsbergen Guide Service AS

    Longyearbyen

    Do you want to visit Ny-Ålesund 79° North? Our 2 day cruise is perfect for you who want to spend more time in Ny-Ålesund than the original day tour. We will also explore the stunning nature and teeming wildlife of Kongsfjorden. 

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    • Closed boat
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    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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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 294 reviews294 reviews
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    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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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Closed boat
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 294 reviews294 reviews
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    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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    • Handicap-friendly
    • Toilet

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 609 reviews609 reviews
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 151 reviews151 reviews

    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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    • 1 - Suitable for all

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    • Closed boat
    • Food
    • Sightseeing and lectures
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 151 reviews151 reviews
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