Svalbard Pioneer Cruise – 12 guests!
Expedition Vessel With 12 Guests
We believe the best way to experience an environmentally sensitive place such as the Arctic is with a small group of travellers. Newly launched expedition cruise ships now take up to 350 passengers, we believe smaller is better.
Expedition Leader and Guide
An aspect of our journeys is to learn about the place you are visiting. Our onboard guides are the core of what we do and will share their passion and knowledge of Svalbard throughout the trip. We offer the best guide to guest ratio available.
Zodiac landing craft for shore landings
Shore landings are the essence of every expedition and your guides will take you exploring on a daily basis. The vessel is equipped with landing craft that can be used to reach remote beaches so you can experience the wilderness firsthand.
- Day 1 Welcome aboard! Depart Longyearbyen
- Day 2 Prins Karls Foreland
- Day 3-4 Ny-Alesund and Kongsfjord
- Day 5 Sea Ice
- Day 6-9 Nordaustlandet and Hinlopen Strait
- Day 10-12 South-East Spitsbergen
- Day 13 Hornsund
- Day 14 Isfjord
- Day 15 Arrive Longyearbyen am
Days 1 and 2
78.2232° N, 15.6267° E
Longyearbyen and Prins Karls Foreland
Svalbard circumnavigation cruise departs from the port of Longyearbyen in the afternoon. The overall schedule is flexible to allow us to see as much as possible and will be led by our highly experienced leader. Taking advantage of the beautiful 24-hour sunlight we will sail out of the Isfjord and towards Prins Karls Foreland where we will do shore landings and visit a walrus colony on day 2. The plan is to sail north and attempt a clockwise circumnavigation of Spitsbergen.
Days 3 to 5
79.5223° N, 13.4638° E
Ny-Alesund, Kongsfjord and Ice Edge
As we head north our first port of call is the scientific community of Ny-Alesund, the most northerly inhabited settlement on earth which is home to an interesting historical site and museum. We will explore the majestic Kongsfjord and the fjords that branch into it. We will sail close to an impressive calving glacier face and there will also be an opportunity for hikes ashore with our expedition leader. We will then sail north and if we have calm conditions attempt to reach the edge of the sea ice which extends all the way to the North Pole, a really impressive sight.
Days 6 to 8
80.3148° N, 21.230° E
Nordaustlandet and Hinlopen Strait
We will sail along the north coast of Spitsbergen keeping a lookout for wildlife including polar bears that inhabit the area. Depending on the sea ice conditions, we aim to continue along the north coast to reach the island of Nordaustlandet and cruise along the Austfonna Ice Cap, a truly breathtaking sight. If the sea ice doesn’t allow us access then the other option is to head south through the Hinlopen Strait. We aim to make shore landings on a daily basis to explore the majestic wilderness of this area.
Days 9 – 14
76.9748° N, 15.615° E
We will follow the compass south and explore the region along the south coast of Spitsbergen. We will visit rarely visited landing sites and have lots of chances to take in the breathtaking nature, wildlife, and scenery. As we round the southern tip of Spitsbergen, we will enter the area around Hornsund where we will have a day to explore and do some wilderness hikes. We will then set sail north along the coast towards Longyearbyen.
78.2232° N, 15.6267° E
Safely back in the port of Longyearbyen after our epic 15-day Svalbard circumnavigation cruise, we will enjoy a final breakfast together. We say our goodbyes and disembark in the morning after making new friends and sharing an incredible adventure together.
The above itinerary is a guide only. A part of any Arctic adventure is the flexibility to take advantage of the weather and ice conditions. Our expedition leader will make sure you see as much a possible.
Step aboard M/V Togo a classic expedition vessel.
Togo is a 102ft /31m motor yacht, custom built in 1965 by legendary Dunston Shipyard and last refitted in 2018. Originally built as North Sea trawler she was converted into Lloyd’s safety vessel in 1980s, then into a Yacht with extensive refit 2012 and upgraded to expedition yacht in 2018. Togo has a well-appointed galley and mess room, elegant and comfortable mahogany paneled salon with bar and kitchenette. Her deck areas are spacious with semi-enclosed sides. She is a sturdy vessel with elegant sheer, sails with abundant intimacy from the bygone era of tramp steamers.
- Comfortable accommodation in twin cabins and double cabins with private shower and w/c (mostly en-suite)
- Small group size of 12 guests ensures an intimate experience
- Hot Showers
- Equipped with 2 x zodiacs for shore landings
- Large deck space for photography
- Large saloon with bar.
- Ice-strengthened hull for travel in the polar regions
- Full safety gear
Year of construction 1965
Yacht with extensive refit 2012
Upgraded to expedition yacht in 2018.
Guest capacity 12
Included in Your Expedition
- Voyage Longyearbyen – Longyearbyen
- Full board