All photos by Melissa Schäfer from our expeditions with MS Freya in 2017-2019.

Please note: Our exact route and travel plans are depending on weather and ice conditions and where we expect the best opportunities at the time of our expedition. We will do everything possible to make the most out of our Arctic adventure. Flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

During our expeditions we typically encounter polar bears and other wildlife, such as seals, walrus, foxes, as well as in summer even blue whales and orcas. And of course the magical scenery of Svalbard. There are never any guarantees for anything up here though.


Nature is the boss. And that is what makes this a true adventure.

A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THE ARCTIC, Svalbard, its animals and nature up close. North of Norway, not far from the North Pole, we find the mythical archipelago of Svalbard. Visiting the high Arctic with it’s untouched wilderness is a magical experience.

JOIN FREDRIK GRANATH, MELISSA SCHÄFER AND EXPEDITIONSRESOR on an expedition into the extreme wilderness of Svalbard. The goal of our expedition is to experience the dramatic, rugged mountains, mighty glaciers, beautiful fjords and encounter all the amazing wildlife around Svalbard. This is an exclusive expedition with a small group.

JULY 15-21, 2020

IN JULY THE MIDNIGHT SUN is shining over Svalbard. We will travel north and east to visit some of the most remote and beautiful parts of the archipelago. Daylight around the clock gives us a lot of time to experience the ice, landscapes, magnificent wildlife, and of course we hope to encounter the King of the Arctic - the polar bear. We can also find other animals, like walrus, seals, and when we are on land: the Arctic fox and the Svalbard reindeer. This time of year the birds have come back to these northern islands, and so have the whales.

ON OUR CHARMING EXPEDITION SHIP M/S FREYA we are comfortably accommodated. During the days, when conditions allow, we leave the ship with our three zodiacs to go on land or cruise around in the water, getting close to animals, ice bergs and glaciers. The meals onboard are prepared by our Swedish chef, when it’s possible we can also enjoy late-night barbeques on land or our top deck. If someone would like to take a cool swim in the Arctic Ocean there’s a sauna on board where you can get warm afterwards.


M/S FREYA IS THE BEST EXPEDITION SHIP IN THE ARCTIC in our opinion. She is small enough to get close to animals and nature, but also has the strength and power to force her way through close drift ice in a safe way. The ship is newly renovated with spacious twin cabins, a comfortable lounge, a large upper deck and everything we might need for a relaxing and exciting expedition.


WHEN WE ARE NOT EXPLORING THE NATURE outside the ship, we enjoy the comfort on deck, looking for polar bears, whales, seals and other animals, or relax in the comfortable lounge. 

The adventure of a lifetime?



July 15-21, 2021

Departure Longyearbyen 4 pm, July 15.

Back in Longyearbyen 9 am, July 21.
GROUP SIZE: maximum 18 people

PRICE per person:

Standard cabin: 

US$ 5,400/EUR 4900/SEK 45 500

Superior cabin: 

US$ 5,600/EUR 5100/SEK 47 500

Executive cabin: 

US$ 5,800/EUR 5300/SEK 49 500

ACCOMMODATION: Shared twin cabin. All cabins have separate, lower beds, private bathroom/shower and a window to the ocean.

The superior and executive cabins are newly built, and are on deck level with quick access to the deck, lounge and dining areas. They are slightly larger than the standard twin cabin, which is upstairs. The executive cabin is the largest. It also has a double, king size bed.  

Price includes:
- Guiding in English by Fredrik Granath and two guides.
- All activities, transportation and fees/permissions on Svalbard.
- All meals on board M/S Freya.
- All drinks/beer/wine during dinners.

- Local transport to and from airport and the ship in Longyearbyen.
- Large format photo book and USB-stick with memories from our journey

Not included in the price:
- Flight to/from Longyearbyen
- Travel insurance
- Tip for the ship crew

For booking requests and questions, please send us a message here.

This expedition is produced in collaboration with the Swedish travel agency Expeditionsresor, one of the best adventure travel operators in the world. They handle all reservations. After making a booking request, they will get in contact with you by email to finalize your reservation.  



M/S Freya is in our opinion the best expedition ship in the Arctic. She was originally built for the Swedish Maritime Administration in 1981. Since then the ship has also been used by the Swedish Coast Guard for research and science expeditions. In 2015 she was converted to an Arctic expedition ship and came to Svalbard for the first time in the summer of 2016. Freya has capacity for up to 26 passengers in seven newly built twin cabins and four triple cabins. On this expedition we only bring 18 passengers, to make it as spacious and comfortable for everyone as possible. We also have three zodiacs (small rubber boats) on the ship, making the rides with those comfortable as well.

On our ship we have a spectacular deck with a 360-degree view, a large dining room for all our meals, a nice lounge and a cozy sauna where you can warm yourself after the day’s adventures. Travelling with only 18 passengers makes it feel more like being on a private yacht rather than a bigger expedition ship. We have a crew of eight people on board, everyone ready to assist and make the most out of our expedition. 



The far north is an ecosystem in perfect balance when it has the cold and the ice it needs, but every single degree of warming has huge consequences, and this makes it extremely vulnerable. The high Arctic offers some of Earth’s most extreme conditions and it inhibits some of the strongest, most powerful wildlife. At the same time it is the most fragile place you can imagine.


All human activity leaves footprints, including this trip. On our expeditions everything happens on the terms of Svalbard’s environment and wildlife. If anything we do come at a cost for these, we do everything we humanly can to avoid it. We never disturb wildlife knowingly. If an animal seems disturbed by our presence we always back off and retreat. When an animal changes its behaviour because of us, we have failed. Being quiet and avoiding to disturb is a much easier task on our small ship with only 18 guests than the big ones, with hundreds of passengers.


We follow all national and international laws and regulations as well as the guidelines set up by AECO. You can find them HERE. But we also have our own guidelines to follow in situations when they are stricter. For example: even though our ship is powerful and handles ice well, we never break ice, and that includes newly frozen, thin ice. This is because we risk ruin the floor the seals and polar bears need to live. Even if the ice is too thin to carry for example a polar bear, it will hopefully freeze more and become thicker. We do, however, often push through ice floes and drift ice to make our way.


By visiting the Arctic we leave footprints. And travelling with a ship, we can’t avoid emitting greenhouse gases. We and our partner Expeditionsresor calculate all unavoidable carbon emissions created during this trip, not only from the ship, but also our guests’ flights to Svalbard. And we carbon offset (climate compensate) everything connected with this expedition. Our goal is to over-compensate up to at least 120%, to give more than we take to our planet. This is not a perfect system, but it does help. We are constantly looking at ways to improve our operations.


The number one priority for this expedition is to safeguard the place and life we are here to observe. The goal is to educate our guests about the Arctic, its fragile environment and life by experiencing it firsthand. There is no question that human activity on Svalbard comes at a cost for the environment. But we are positive this trip is worth it. We want you to become an ambassador for the Arctic.


If you have any questions about this, don’t hesitate to send us an e-mail.

For booking requests and questions, please send us a message here.

This expedition is produced in collaboration with the Swedish travel agency Expeditionsresor, one of the best adventure travel operators in the world. They handle all reservations. After making a booking request, they will get in contact with you by email to finalize your reservation.