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Celebrate the Summer Solstice in the land of Polar Bears under the Midnight Sun

on board the M/V Plancius

June 18-28, 2024

The Eastern Spitsbergen sails a High Arctic filled with breathtaking scenery and remarkable wildlife. The expedition passes through areas that are home to seals, seabirds, walrus, whales, and polar bears. Modern day Arctic explorers are invited to join us as we sail on the comfortable M/V Placius to discover the High Arctic under the midnight sun. 

Spitsbergen Map


  • Tue Jun 18, 2024 Depart on overnight flights to Oslo. Arrive Oslo on Wed June 19. Overnight, Oslo.
  • Thurs June 20: Oslo to Longyearbyen.  Board the Plancius after exploring the old town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum are fascinating. 
  • Fri June 21 Voyage Day 2 Spectacular Hornsund: Fjords, glaciers, and wildlife.
  • Sat June 22 Voyage Day 3 Long Excursion at Diskobukta: disembark for adventure. 
  • Sun June 23 Voyage Day 4 Trapper’s History in Freemansundet: disembark for a hike to seek reindeer. 
  • Mon June 24 Voyage Day 5 Ivory Gulls in Agardhfjellet: Disembark for a hike to see the breeding place for ivory gulls.
  • Tue June 25 Voyage Day 6 South Spitsbergen: land at the mountain of Stellingfjellet near a colony of Brùˆnnich’s guillemots. 
  • Wed June 26 Voyage Day 7 Bell Sund’s Flora, Fauna, and Hunting History. 
  • Thurs June 27 Longyearbyen & Return flight to Oslo: Take afternoon flight to Oslo, and overnight.
  • Fri June 28 Oslo – Independent flights home, or extend your stay in Iceland!

Starting at: Quad Cabin:  $4,000 per person
Triple Cabin: $5,000 per person
Twin Cabin: $5,600 per person
+ air + pre/post hotel nights, transfers & touring.

Brochure (PDF)

WHAT TO EXPECT: This is a great adventure for modern-day Arctic explorers! The expedition will allow you to look for polar bears and other wildlife of the Arctic and to learn about climate change in the Arctic first hand. We will also discover the history, geology, glaciers, polar ice cap, and rugged beauty north of the Arctic Circle, with an excellent team of naturalists on board ship. Expect temperatures in the 30’s to 50’s. Walks may be over damp or uneven tundra or possibly ice or snow (rubber boots will be provided). The ship’s captain has the final word on any decision made with regard to the vessel’s itinerary, and it is understood that such decisions will be made in the interest of the safety of the vessel and all passengers on board. With this in mind, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime voyage of discovery and adventure.

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