The Ultimate Svalbard Adventure – Extensive Expedition Overview

As travelers who are hopelessly devoted to exploring the polar regions, a proper Svalbard adventure has long been on our bucket lists.

This is the ultimate trip to explore the Svalbard archipelago. Spending two weeks exploring Spitsbergen and beyond, venturing to the remote outer islands that are visited by few ships.

Aurora Expeditions is one of the legacy polar companies, meaning they’ve been around for as long as tourist travel to the polar regions has been offered.

Why did we choose Aurora Expeditions?

It is operated by Aurora Expeditions and is named after Dr. Sylvia Earle, a pioneer in ocean conservation and the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Our Ship: The Sylvia Earle

Kayaking Program Option

If you follow our adventures already, you know we love our extra activities. So, of course, we jumped at the chance to join the kayaking program for our two-week Svalbard adventure.

Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen (Day 1)

We flew from Oslo, Norway in the morning with a mandatory stop in Tromso, Norway for processing, before arriving in the remote Arctic town of Longyearbyen by midday.

Camp Barentz, City Tour & Ship Embarkation (Day 2)

We were just too darn excited to sleep! But before heading to the ship, we were off on an immersive cultural tour to learn more about life in the Arctic.

This narrow island is centrally located in the Bellsund fjord, and its geological formations are some of the most dramatic in the Svalbard archipelago.

Akseløya, Spitsbergen (Day 3)

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