Expedition Svalbard | M/S Sjøveien | IExpedition

Expedition Svalbard with M/S Sjøveien 2024

  • Overview

    A trip with our classic expedition ship M/S Sjøveien is a truly unique experience. With only 12 passengers on board, this is like travelling on a private yacht. She offers spacious cabins, beautiful wooden decks, classic details and a wood-fired hot tub on deck.

    Summer arrives in late June. The midnight sun reigns supreme and the purple saxifrage decorates the slopes. The ice thaws around the islands and this makes it possible to get further east. Whales are more frequently seen in the waters and more snow-free areas become accessible for longer walks. Late, In the end of August the sun is closer to the horizon, preparing for the polar night, giving us beautiful sunsets and a warm light, perfect for photography.

    With ten nights on board we have plenty of time for grand nature experiences and wildlife encounters. 

    Expedition Highlights

    • Only 12 passengers

    • Totally refurbished expedition ship

    • Hot tub on deck

    • 2 experienced guides

    • Every trip is unique

    Duration: 12 days
    Passengers: 12 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Longyearbyen
    Disembarkation Point: Longyearbyen
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Longyearbyen, Svalbard

      We arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to our hotel.

    • Day 2/11 - Expedition cruising

      Explore Longyearbyen on your own before meeting up your fellow travellers and guides for lunch. In the afternoon we embark the expedition ship and sail out through the spectacular Isfjorden - the Arctic expedition has started! We are now in a part of the world where we are totally dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Our exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife we encounter. Our ambition is to head out on Zodiac cruises every day and go ashore when the opportunity arises. Here are some examples of places we may visit:

      Northwest Spitsbergen
      The scientific village of Ny-Ålesund is situated in Kongsfjorden. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole. Two other courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. Swedish explorer Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.

      Magnificent fjords
      Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During our journey we will explore a few of them such as Liefdefjorden, meaning “The fjord of love”, is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and here we hope to cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier. Many common eiders and pinkfooted geese nest in the area. In Krossfjorden we revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of the large number of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots nesting on the nearby cliffs. Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty – dominated by beautiful glaciers. It is also a favourite spot for seals and the bird cliffs are bursting with activity.

      Hinlopen Strait and Alkefjellet
      If the ice allows we enter Hinlopen Strait. Here is Alkefjellet, an impressive, basaltic cliff, which is the home to an estimated 200 000 Brünnich’s guillemots. We may also continue into the beautiful bay Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet.

      Eastern Svalbard
      The island of Nordaustlandet is covered by an enormous ice cap and fascinates naturalists as well as historians. There are huge glacier fronts here, intersected by hundreds of waterfalls. Barentsøya and Edgeøya offer magnificent landscapes and vast tundra. Chances to encounter walruses, Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer are good here.

      Southwest Spitsbergen
      The grand fjords of Hornsund offer spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks, often reaching above the clouds. On a clear day we can see the summit of the highest mountain Hornsundtind, measuring 1431 meters. Hornsund is a favourite haunt for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and bearded seals are often seen resting on the fjord ice.

    • Day 12 - Longyearbyen

      In the morning we leave the ship in Longyearbyen and begin our journey home.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your captain and expedition leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Adventure Activities
  • Inclusions
    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Comprehensive information material before the expedition
    - All excursions and activities
    - Guiding ashore and talks on board
    - 1 night in a hotel in Longyearbyen
    - All meals on board
    - Coffee and tea

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Personal expenses such as bar and shop charges
    - Gratuity to the ship’s crew
    - Travel and cancellation insurance
    - Flight to/from Longyearbyen
  • Map
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  • Gallery
  • Vessel

    M/S Sjøveien (meaning the Seaway) was built in Bergen in 1964 for the Norwegian Government and she worked for them in various capacities. From 1979 until 1995 she was used as a training ship for mariners. Since 1995 she has been in private ownership and during the many years since, worked for the Norwegian coast guard. After being a hotel ship for the past few years, she has now been refurbished into a classic and exclusive passenger ship and started her career in Svalbard the summer of 2017. She is a true beauty with wooden decks and classic details. There is a lot of deck space on the main deck and there is also an excellent area on top of the bridge, from where you have wonderful views of the magical Svalbard scenery. You also find a wood-fired hot tub out on deck. 

    You are welcomed by an international crew and the bridge is open for visitors.

    Features & Facilities
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating:
    Guests #: 12
    Crew #:
    Ice Class:
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 41m
    Width: 8
    Elec Outlets:
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Twin Cabin with portholes

08 Aug 2024 - 19 Aug 2024
twin beds
USD$ 10,890pp
USD$ 10,890pp

Twin Cabin with windows

08 Aug 2024 - 19 Aug 2024
twin beds
USD$ 11,490pp
USD$ 11,490pp

Double Cabin Superior

08 Aug 2024 - 19 Aug 2024
double bed & windows
USD$ 12,090pp
USD$ 12,090pp