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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. High-speed boat trip to Barentsburg and Pyramiden - Arctic Expedition AS

    Longyearbyen

    Sightseeing tour with Arctic Explorer AS, Longyearbyen - Barentsburg - Longyearbyen - Pyramiden - Longyearbyen, for travelers who enjoy comfort, effectiveness and experience.

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    • Closed boat
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  2. 3 days exclusive cruise to Magdalenafjorden - Spitsbergen Guide Service

    Longyearbyen

    This is an exclusive 2.5 days cruise to Magdalenafjorden for up to 6 passengers. Because of its beuty this fjord is one of the most famus fjords on Spitsbergen, and we will experience the same surroundings as Mr. Willem Barents did 400
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  3. 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
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  4. Sightseeing in Isfjord - Arctic Expedition AS

    Longyearbyen

    Esmark glacier, Barentsburg and Grumant. Isfjord is the second largest fjord on Svalbard, and here we find three of the settlements on the island. We will sail from Longyearbyen, towards the Russian settlement Barentsburg. The trip in Isfjord takes…

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  5. Sailing expedition in Isfjorden - Basecamp Spitsbergen

    Longyearbyen

    Embark on a 3-day sailing expedition in Isfjorden and get a proper taste of the Arctic. Leaving Longyearbyen on Friday we venture into Svalbard second biggest fjord, Isfjorden for a taste of the Polar regions. Depending on the weather and wind…

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  6. High-speed boat trip to Barentsburg - Arctic Expedition AS

    Longyearbyen

    From Longyearbyen we take you along the beautiful coastline towards Barentsburg. On the way you'll experience majestic scenic landscapes and close to Grumant you'll observe the stunning bird cliffs with thousands of birds. We then head towards…

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  7. 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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  8. High-speed boat trip to Pyramiden - Arctic Expedition AS

    Longyearbyen

    From Longyearbyen, the voyage takes you through the majestic Billefjorden, and onwards to Pyramiden. During this scenic trip, the guide on board the boat will guide you through the surroundings, and enlighten you about Pyramiden -  so that when we…

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  9. Sailing expedition at the west coast of Svalbard - Basecamp Spitsbergen

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on the three-masted schooner Linden for a five-day sailing adventure in the pristine Arctic wilderness on Svalbard. We head out from Longyearbyen to discover the cold glacier coasts of Spitsbergen.

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  10. Russia Express 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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  11. "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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Boat trip to Isfjord Radio with a visit to Barentsburg - Basecamp Spitsbergen

    Longyearbyen

    Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel is situated at the edge of the west coast, on the windswept grounds of Kapp Linné. This is the place to travel if you want to experience the true wilderness of Svalbard. The trip includes homemade lunch and visit to…

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  16. 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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  17. Pyramiden - Boat ride to an Arctic ghost town - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Join a small, exclusive group of guests on a closed rib boat to the Russian ghost town Pyramiden and the mighty Nordenskiöld glacier.

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  18. From Russia with Love - A Two-day trip to Pyramiden - Better Moments

    Longyearbyen


    Surrounded by high, rugged mountains and the enormous Nordenskiöld glacier, lies the abandoned Russian town Pyramiden. It is beautifully located in Billefjorden, north of Isfjorden. On this trip, we will spend two whole days in this breath-taking…

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  19. 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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  20. 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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