Svalbard and the Arctic have been on my wish list for years. I wanted to see polar bears and ice and birds and so much more! Swan Hellenic offers an affordable all-inclusive voyage on a brand-new ship that made it a great deal. The trip lasted eight days with arrival in Oslso and a pre-cruise one-night stay before a charter flight to Longyearbyen.
We had a day in Longyearbyen to explore the museums and shop before sailing.
I loved the excellent service, variety of good food, wonderful tea time and range of challenging hikes and kayaking outings.
I had a nice cabin with a balcony that was plenty spacious. I enjoyed the balcony so that I could look out at all hours of the day to see the mountains and ice.
The steards took great care of me with daily snacks and the fridge stocked with drinks of my choice.