All Travel Offers - Overview

The polar regions offer a huge spectrum of impressions, to be experienced through a range of different ways of travelling. From polar summer with its permanent light ...
... to the mystic polar night, the secrets of which so far have been discovered by much lower numbers of travellers.


This page provides you with a brief overview over all tour programs offered via terra polaris, sorted by destinations and then type of travel. 
Useful for both a quick glance, or if you have already background knowledge about your intended region and type of travel.
Not all tours we offer are available in an English version, yet (see remarks in the list).

 

Transparency in prices and tour operator:

Prices in original currency:
Depending on the seat of the tour operator who is organising the respective program locally, the prices are stated in the original currency (NOK - norwegian crowns, EURO). As a principle, terra polaris always uses the original prices in the original currency of the tour operator. By this, we do not have to add surcharges for the risk of changing exchange rates, and you can possibly make use of an advantageous exchange rate by doing payments earlier when the rate is good.
If you should find the same tour (possibly under a different name) offered by other companies in another currency, it is worth checking possible pricing differences. 
As an orientation: Against the EURO, the NOK has been typically fluctuating between 7.8 to 8.4 NOK for 1 €. So usually, a division of NOK prices by 8 leads to an approximate equivalent in €.

Original tour operator names:
As we stick to the original prices and as most of our customers like to make use of our special local competence also for questions after a booking, we sell all programs under the name of the company which is in fact running the tour, because we have no reason to fear such transparency.

 

And now: the travel programs:

 

 

Spitsbergen (Svalbard)


Spitsbergen is our speciality - we are based there, and can boast with a 25 years experience - our sister company Spitsbergen Tours being the first tour operator registered in Spitsbergen.

Getting there and back:
All tour programs are priced from/to Longyearbyen, the tiny "capital" of Spitsbergen. This means: no travel there and back, usually by scheduled flights, is included. This gives you full flexibility for designing your travel there and back according to your wishes from going fastest possible to doing other things along the route, of also using mileage bonus points of Star Alliance (of which SAS is a member) on your flights. Longyearbyen is well connected to the international flight net, through the Norwegian airports of Oslo (OSL) and Tromsø (TOS). The Spitsbergen flights by SAS can be booked easily directly also through internet (see www.sas.no). For better flight rates, it is recommendable to book early and sometimes, it can be adventageous to fly up a day or two earlier, and/or down a day or two later, as flight rates still available, may vary a lot depending on the date.
We can assist with accomodation for eventual extra nights in Longyearbyen and program for extra days, in connection with programs booked via us.

 

Settlement-based (polar night/New Years Eve, late winter/spring, summer)

+ Polar night for a week (over New Year's Eve)
based in Longyearbyen, polar night experience with hikes, dog sledge tour. As a special arrangement for individuals or groups, booking together. Booking recommended in the summer before.
» Program to be discussed. Advisable: about 1 week.

+ Arctic Late Winter Week - still winter, but already light all around the clock.
Regular departure: April 13-20, 2014, from NOK 14000. Further departures possible as special arrangements. Based in Longyearbyen, day hikes, dog sledge/snowmobile tours. .
» Detail program 2014 not available, yet.

+ Arctic Week - summer. 
Mid-June to late August, weekly departures, from NOK 8600: base in Longyearbyen, day hikes and boat trips. Also possible as special arrangement.
» Detail information download - not updated for 2014, yet (PDF file, ca. 500 kB - joint file for Arctic Week, Combined Arctic Week, Arctic Weekend)

+ Combined Arctic Week - summer
July/August, weekly departures, from NOK 10600: based in Longyearbyen and Pyramiden, day hikes and boat trips. Also possible as special arrangement.
» Detail information download - not updated for 2014, yet (PDF file, ca. 500 kB - joint file for Arctic Week, Combined Arctic Week, Arctic Weekend)

+ Arctic Weekend - summer. 
Late June to late August, weekly departures, from NOK 3950: based in Longyearbyen, day hike and boat trip, town guidance.
» Detail information download - not updated for 2014, yet (PDF file, ca. 500 kB - joint file for Arctic Week, Combined Arctic Week, Arctic Weekend)

 

Winter Hiking / Snow-shoes (winter/spring)

» Winter hiking and snow cave camping.
Late March, April - Snowmobile transfer to and from the tour area away from the typical snowmobile routes, wintercamp with self-built snowcaves/igloos, day excursions.
Offered as a special arrangement on request, suggested duration 7-10 days, ideally in late April. Recommended booking in previous autumn.

 

Hiking and Trekking (summer - Spitsbergen)

+ Icefjord - boat, hiking and trekking.
July and August, weekly departures, versions of 10-22 days, NOK 7800-25000. Hiking program with varieties in duration - up to 5 base camps around Isfjord, in combination with boat transfers.
» Detail information download - not yet updated for 2014 (PDF file, ca. 1 MB)

+ Circling Icefjord.
Hiking program supported by a small vessel for transfers of most gear, overnights by camping ashore. 17 days. Offered as a special arrangement for individuals or small groups, dates (recommended: mid-July to early September) and prices depend on numbers and details. Because of needed vessel, booking is needed already by end of previous summer.
» Detail information download example from earlier year (PDF file, ca. 1 MB)

+ Inland Crossing to Wijdefjord.
A classic demanding trekking of 2-3 weeks, with all gear carried in backpacks and a base for provisions half way. Route in the great but mostly lonesome center of Spitsbergen between Billefjord, Dicksonfjord and Wijdefjord. Offered only as a special arrangement for individuals or small groups on request. Recommended period: late July to early September.

 

Expedition Cruises (summer - Spitsbergen)

We offer only cruises with clear focus on the experience of the country, not social events, and maximally ca. 110 passengers. Usually daily landings and, for cruises more than 6 days, a variety of geographic and regional lectures are included.

Strong demand and limited capacity - specific dates/classes maybe booked out a year in advance. However, some remaining/returned places may be still available. Therefore, we advise you to send us a list of possible departures and cabin categories in the order of your preferences.
The first preliminary programs for 2011 will be available from approximately Mai 2010.
All cruises after June 20th can be combined with the following supplementary program on shore, based in Longyearbyen, to be optimally prepared for the following cruise.

Add-on program for Spitsbergen Cruises
Being based in Spitsbergen, it is easy for us to provide you with supplementary land-based programs in Spitsbergen before or after your cruise. While the cruise gives the grand overview and the best chances for the big mammals, a land program in a much smaller group offers a much more direct contact to the country in a small group (or even just for you as a special arrangement), with more time for studying and photographing the details or for emphasizing certain special aspects. By this, cruise and land programm are an ideal combination.
See the following offers:
Arctic Week
(Longyearbyen-based, 7 days/nights, adaptable to cruise dates)
Combined Arctic Week (based in Longyearbyen and Pyramiden, 7 days/nights)
Glacier Base (wilderness cabin and camp next to spectacular glacier front)
Longyearbyen and Glacier Base (7 days/nights)
» Pre-program for cruises (3 days, excursions from Longyearbyen, PDF file, ca. 800 kB)

+ Spitsbergen Adventure Cruise NORDSTJERNEN
Northwest Spitsbergen, 3 days on bord of former Hurtigruten ship, 5 days in total.
Not offered anymore in 2011.

+ Aberdeen - North Rona - Faroys - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen on MV PLANCIUS
Rare opportunity for North Rona and especially Jan Mayen, good chances for whales, the gradual change of nature from central Europe to high Arctic. In 2010, we managed a record of 4 landings on Jan Mayen ! June 12th - June 22nd 2011. Can be supplemented with start from Hansweert (Holland, June 10th). From € 2450.
Direct charter flight Spitsbergen-Brussels for return available June 22nd and June 29th. This cruise is intended to have Andreas Umbreit (25 years Spitsbergen experience and guide author, owner of terra polaris) as lecturer in the staff.
» Detail information download (PDF file, ca. 1.9 MB - joint document for all arctic cruises of ANTARCTIC DREAM, PLANCIUS and NOORDERLICHT)
Preliminary dates & prices 2012 available from about June onwards 
» Ship description PLANCIUS download
(PDF file, ca. 1.9 MB)

+ Northern Spitsbergen Cruise - ANTARCTIC DREAM, PLANCIUS
June - early July: Northwest coast of Spitsbergen with many landings, 6,5 days on board, from € 2700.
Departure for especially active travellers: PLA07 (June 29 - July 08) with kayaking, snowshoe included. Extra option: 3 days trekking in the high north of Spitsbergen. Charter flights Brussels - Longyearbyen - Brussels included ! This cruise is intended to have Andreas Umbreit (25 years Spitsbergen experience and guide author, owner of terra polaris) as lecturer in the staff.
» Detail information download (PDF file, ca. 1.9 MB - joint document for all arctic cruises of ANTARCTIC DREAM, PLANCIUS and NOORDERLICHT)
Preliminary dates & prices 2012 available from about June onwards. 
» Ship description ANTARCTIC DREAM download (PDF file, ca. 1.5 MB)
» Ship description PLANCIUS download (PDF file, ca. 1.9 MB)

+ Around Spitsbergen - ANTARCTIC DREAM, PLANCIUS
July/August: Attempt to circumnavigate Spitsbergen with many landings, ca. 10 days on board, from € 3850. 
» Detail information download (PDF file, ca. 1.9 MB - joint document for all arctic cruises of ANTARCTIC DREAM, PLANCIUS and NOORDERLICHT)
Preliminary dates & prices 2012 available from about June onwards.
» Ship description ANTARCTIC DREAM download (PDF file, ca. 1.5 MB)
» Ship description PLANCIUS download (PDF file, ca. 1.5 MB)

+ Spitsbergen Expedition Cruise - MS POLAR STAR
July/August: focus on the high arctic part of the archipelago in the Northeast , 6,5 days on board.
All cruises for summer 2011 are cancelled !

+ NOORDERLICHT sailship Spitsbergen cruises
Various routes from May until October, very strong demand resulting in large parts of bookings more than 1 year in advance, some remaining/return places may be available also later. Duration 8-16 days, € 1700-3700.
Departure with longer hiking excursions: NOO11 (August 27 - September 11). Andreas Umbreit (25 years Spitsbergen experience and guide author, owner of terra polaris) is intended to be expedition leader on this voyage. 
»
Detail information download (PDF file, ca. 1.9 MB - joint document for all arctic cruises of ANTARCTIC DREAM, PLANCIUS and NOORDERLICHT)
Preliminary dates & prices 2012 available from about June onwards.
» Ship description NOORDERLICHT download (PDF file, ca. 1.5 MB)
Very high demand for NOORDERLICHT - some departures sold out a year in advance.

 

Combination of Spitsbergen and East Greenland - summer cruise

This cruise gives you the rare opportunity to combine both archipelagos and to visit spectacular parts of East Greenland, which are otherwise difficult to access. Start in Longyearbyen, end in Iceland.

+ Spitsbergen and East Greenland - ANTARCTIC DREAM
24. 08. - 05. 09. 2010, from € 4500. Start: Longyearbyen, end: Iceland.
» Detail information download (PDF file, ca. 600 kB - joint document for all arctic cruises of ANTARCTIC DREAM, PLANCIUS and NOORDERLICHT)
» Ship description ANTARCTIC DREAM download (PDF file, ca. 1.5 MB)

 

Combination of Jan Mayen und Spitsbergen - cruise in early summer

Cruise from Scottland via St. Kilda (!), Farøy Islands, Jan Mayen to Spitsbergen, with landings on all mentioned islands and including in Spitsbergen the Northwest coast - all influenced by local natural conditions (wind, swell, ice). This cruise is one of the few opportunities for hopefully going ashore in Jan Mayen (during the last years usually 2 different landings there per visit). Among the lecturers will be Andreas Umbreit (author of the Bradt guide book to Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen and Franz Josef Land).

+ Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen - PLANCIUS
04.-14. 06. 2010, from € 2450, start in Oban (West Scotland), end in Longyearbyen.
» Detail information download (PDF file, ca. 600 kB - joint document for all arctic cruises of ANTARCTIC DREAM, PLANCIUS and NOORDERLICHT)
» Ship description PLANCIUS download (PDF file, ca. 1.5 MB)

 

East Greenland - cruises in late summer 

The fjords of East Greenland are one of the most spectacular landscapes anywhere in the Arctic. The cruises start and end in Iceland. Please have a look on the combination cruises Spitsbergen - East Greenland, too.

+ Scoresbysund and Northeast Greenland - PLANCIUS
05. - 14. 09. 2010, from € 3550, start and end in Iceland.
» Detail information download (PDF file, ca. 600 kB - joint document for all arctic cruises of ANTARCTIC DREAM, PLANCIUS and NOORDERLICHT)
» Ship description ANTARCTIC DREAM download (PDF file, ca. 1.5 MB)

 

Franz Josef Land (Russian Arctic) 

Apart from the North Pole cruises on the Russian nuclear icebreaker 50 LET POBEDY ("50th Anniversary of Victory"), which touch Franz Josef Land only briefly, it was uncertain whether there would be any touristic cruise offers for the western russian Arctic in 2013, at all. Currently, 1-2 such cruises are under discussion, but not definite, yet:

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Rare opportunities: Tourism to the high Russian Arctic is still adventurous and there is no continuity of programs, yet, from year to year, compared to most other polar destinations. A program offered in one year is not necessarily available also in the following years. For instance, there were two exciting longer cruises to Franz Josef Land in 2008 (led by Andreas Umbreit) - in 2009, there was none, and there was none in 2007. The islands around the Kara Sea (Novaya Zemlya, Vise, Severnaya Zemlya, Taimyr) were offered in 2005, but not again, since. In 2010 to 2012, there was a number of cruises to Franz Josef Land, and also 2 to Nowaja Semlja, but the request for these unusual destinations was less than the capacities offered, and in addition, operations are still complicated and costly due to russian bureaucratic obstacles. Accordingly, none of the tour operators was originally willing to relocate ships again for 2013 from their prime destinations (Spitsbergen, Greenland) to the western Russian Arctic. Recently, a possibility of maybe 1-2 such cruises in 2013 has emerged. Therefore, polar travellers keen on visiting these remote places should take advantage of the opportunities as they come and keep an eye in between on this section of our webside.

 

Antarctic Peninsula & Subantarctic Islands - PLANCIUS

Expedition Cruises from usually Ushuaia (South America) to the Antarctic Peninsula, partly also to South Shetlands, South Orkneys, South Georgia and Falklands/Malvinas. Note that we offer only Antarctic cruises of at least 10 days (in view of 4 days needed to cross the Drake Passage down and up again, we do not think that shorter cruises offer enough experiences), and with relatively small vessels. You should know that there are no landings allowed in Antarctica with more than 100 passengers ashore simultaneously - so all bigger ships spend much more time at each location and/or have to push passengers by going ashore in successive groups. The PLANCIUS can take 114 passengers, but in practice, figures are lower due to numerous booking of single cabins.
In addition: Atlantic Odyssey at the end of the season - calling at lots of rarely visited islands in the South Atlantic on the way North.

+ Antarctic Peninsula and Subantarctic Islands - PLANCIUS
Detail information all tours Antarctic summer 2011/12   »
here (PDF document, 33 pages, 1.85 MB download volume)

Early bird discount: 5 % on all bookings before June 21 2011 for Antarctic season 2011/12 on the voyages PLA22-PLA25 and PLA27-PLA31.


Last Modification: 24.01.2014