Spring Cruises in Norway’s Polar Islands

November 14, 2018 - 1 minute read

Located halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, Spitsbergen is the largest island of the remote Svalbard archipelago in the Norwegian Arctic.

This polar version of the Galapagos teems with wildlife, from polar bear, reindeer and walrus to bearded seals, beluga whales and scores of bird species — set against a backdrop of fjords, snow-capped peaks and small colorful polar communities.

There’s history, too. Longyearbyen, a former coal-mining town founded by an adventurous American entrepreneur, is now the territorial capital and tourism hub. Trygghamna boasts the remains of a 17th-century English whaling station and 18th-century Pomor hunting camp. Ny Ålesund, the world’s northernmost community, was the jumping off spot for many famous Arctic expeditions.

Oceanwide Expeditions is offering three itineraries to Spitsbergen next spring (May 2019), voyages aboard the expedition cruise ship Rembrandt van Rijn that blend outdoor adventure, natural and human history with comfy onboard accommodations, great food, and top-notch guides and lecturers.

Here’s the rundown:

North Spitsbergen, Arctic Spring

  • Dates: 1-8 May and 15-22, 2019
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Ship: S/V Rembrandt van Rijn



Alpine Peaks of Spitsbergen, Ski & Sail

  • Dates: 8-15 May 2019
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Ship: S/V Rembrandt van Rijn



North Spitsbergen, Arctic Spring, Hike & Sail

  • Dates: 15-22 May and 22-29 May 2019
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Ship: S/V Rembrandt van Rijn
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