Svalbard: Arctic wildlife - 7 days

Photogallery "Svalbard"

Gallery "Tour ship Ulla Rinman"

Gallery "Tour ship Duen III"

This expedition is a live-aboard tour for small groups to explore the beauty of Svalbard over and under water. We recommend this one-week tour especially for people who need to plan their time carefully and therefore can not participate in a long Arctic expedition. Each time again we are amazed how exciting these relatively short tours can be and how packed the days are with unforgettable impressions and encounters with wildlife in their natural habitat.

We board the former rescue vessel "MV Ulla Rinman", which has the highest ice class, in Longyearbyen and only a few hours after leaving the port, there already is a chance to see walruses, seals, humpbacks, minke-, finn-, blue- and beluga whales. Even polar bears we have observed close to town on previous trips. At night, the ship will drop anchor in sheltered bays and fjords.

We will use a dinghy to go on shore for photo tours and land excursions. Diving is possible most days, but is depending on the schedule.

Our route will take us south, along the coastline and into the fjords. In these areas we have spotted big groups of belugas (white whales), as well as big numbers of seals and even walruses and polar bears.