Fjords and Glaciers of Spitsbergen (19 Jul ’25)

8 Days

7 nights Longyearbyen round-trip onboard Le Lyrial

Overview

Flight Paris/Longyearbyen + Transfers + Flight Longyearbyen/Paris

Somewhere in the High Arctic, between 76 – 80 degrees latitude North, Spitsbergen, meaning “pointed mountains”, awaits you for seven days of unforgettable travel looking out for wild life. You will lift the anchor in Longyearbyen, where colourful wooden homes dot the landscape with a human presence that will certainly be the last you see for a while.

The sea rolls on, and the white-striped mountains, which gave the region its name, rise up from deeply tinted waters. The polar light combines with the changing weather of the Arctic, a big blue sky, the horizon scattered with clouds, the enveloping mist erasing the border between the land and the sea: these variations all provide the magical, almost surreal, setting with new nuances.

The ship is escorted by Arctic fulmars. The first ice appears; still discreet, it seems to be dancing around you. At the end of a fjord, you will find yourself before an immense glacier. Black-legged kittiwakes share an iceberg, while Arctic terns fly over the area. Aboard the ship or a Zodiac dinghy, you will admire the power of nature while becoming aware of its fragility. The music of the thaw has begun its soft melody: a combination of cracking, roaring, murmuring and fizzing defies the silence of the polar desert.

On land, you will set foot on malleable earth, known as moraine. Only moss, lichen and a few rare flowers have managed to adapt and to take hold here, forming the tundra. On these inhospitable lands, Svalbard reindeer and Arctic foxes coexist with walruses, lying on the beach. It has been a long time since the Pomor settlers, of which traces remain, came to hunt them.

Here, the lord of the Arctic, the polar bear, is never very far away. The crucial aspects of this cruise involve searching and keeping an eye out. On board, the team of naturalists will scan the horizon so they can provide you with marvellous sightings of wildlife and, in particular, the polar bear.

Itinerary is subject to change according to port authorizations and government regulations. We are privileged guests in these remote lands where we are at the mercy of weather, ice, tidal and current conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the AECO.

Itinerary

  • 19 July 2025: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
  • 20 July 2025: Hornsund
  • 21 July 2025: Bellsund, Spitsbergen
  • 22 July 2025: Sailing Toward The Ice Floes
  • 23 July 2025: Texas Bar, Liefdefjorden
  • 23 July 2025: Monaco Glacier, Spitsbergen
  • 24 July 2025: Raudfjorden, Spitsbergen
  • 24 July 2025: Smeerenburg, Spitsbergen
  • 25 July 2025: Ny-Alesund, Spitsbergen
  • 25 July 2025: Kongsfjorden (King Bay), Spitsbergen
  • 26 July 2025: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
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Departures & Prices

Up to 30% Ponant Bonus!

  • Travel dates: 19 to 26 July 2025
  • Prices from: R184,851 pps
  • Accommodation: Superior Stateroom

Includes/Excludes

Inclusions

  • Flight Paris/Longyearbyen and Longyearbyen/Paris selected by PONANT in economy class.
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation in a Superior Stateroom
  • All-inclusive from arrival to departure
  • Fine dining in all the restaurants
  • All drinks in restaurants, bars and minibars
  • 24-hour room service
  • Butler service in some suites
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi service on board
  • Parties, shows and other activities
  • Access to the fitness centre and steam room or sauna, depending on the ship
  • Conferences delivered by naturalist guides and guests of honour
  • Non-motorised water sports activities, such as kayaking or stand-up paddling (diving not included)
  • Taxes for national parks and conservation areas
  • All port and security fees

Exclusions

  • Flights (other than specified)
  • Visas (if required)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything of a personal nature

Terms & Conditions

  • Prices are per person, capacity controlled, subject to availability and further subject to rate of exchange fluctuations at time of booking.
  • Cruise lines reserve the right to increase fares and end promotional offers without prior notice.
  • Valid for sale until 02 August 2024.
From R184,851
/ Person
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Summary

  • Up to 30% Ponant Bonus
  • 19 July 2025 departure only
  • 7 nights
  • Norway
  • Le Lyrial
  • 5 Star
  • Superior Stateroom
  • Ponant