• M/V Kinfish

Charter An Arctic Expedition Ship

Join us in the Arctic on board your own exclusive expedition ship in Svalbard If you are travelling with friends, family, a group of photographers, or simply want more space to explore without the constraints of group travel, Natural World Safaris can help you plan a charter to explore the wild High Arctic.

Our polar bear explorer trip uses the very best Arctic ships available, selected for their small size, high comfort level offering the ultimate experience for polar expeditions.


We offer full ship charters for a few guests on board our ice-strengthened ships, the M/V Kinfish and the Polarfront. With a full ship charter, we can plan a trip that is tailor made to suit your requirements, whether your focus is photography, wildlife, history, or simply seeing the best that the Arctic has to offer. 

We have been running small ship expeditions to Svalbard since 2014 and Greenland since 2018, and have a 100% success rate for polar bear sightings – our 2018 season saw us encounter a total of 183 polar bears!


At Natural World Safaris, we pride ourselves in putting people in the right place at the right time for the best possible wildlife encounters. Our small expedition ships can reach fjords which larger ships simply can’t, allowing us ultimate flexibility to explore as the wildlife and weather dictate.

Expedition Leaders

Our expert Expedition Leaders all have years of experience in the polar regions and are as passionate as we are about protecting the fragile ecosystem at the top of the world. We participate in initiatives like Clean Up Svalbard which removed over 40,000kg of litter from the shores of the Svalbard Archipelago in the 2018 summer season alone By collating data from the sites where we pick up litter, we can also feed this data back to researchers on the distribution, composition and origins of the waste found in the Arctic which assists with efforts to beat plastic pollution.

Spectacular ships

Previously a research vessel by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, and small in size, Polarfront can easily weave its way through the fjords, uncovering well-kept secrets of the Far North not typically explored. Her design lends itself to navigating through the ice and there is plenty of space on board with amenities you would normally only find on a much bigger ship.

The M/V Kinfish is transformed from a Norwegian research vessel to a classic passenger ship, ready to explore the icy waters of the Spitsbergen archipelago. The bridge has been fitted out with advanced safety equipment, allowing the M/V Kinfish to safely navigate the calm Svalbard waters. With room on board for just 12 passengers, the ship has an intimate atmosphere, and her small size allows her to access some of the smaller fjords and coves along the coastline. 

Superior service

On board our ships we offer superior service, options for all-inclusive drinks, and can tailor the on board programs to suit your preferences. We take care of all the details, from permits and fees through to champagne on deck under the midnight sun. We believe that expeditions to these remote destinations should be flexible, if you want to head out at 3am in search of bears, we can make that happen (it’s 24 hour daylight!), if you want to have a picnic on the deck while watching a glacier calve into the icy seas, we can do that too! 

We are highly knowledgeable experts with years of experience operating ships in the Arctic and we can’t wait to show you around!

Walrus - Shannon Wild
Arctic Fox, Shannon Wild


We offer 9, 10 or 11 day expeditions during the spring and summer months of April – September.

Minimum age on board M/V Kinfish and Polarfront for full charters is 16.

All meals from embarkation through to breakfast on the final day are included and are catered by a highly skilled on board chef – we can also cater for most dietary restrictions as long as we are notified in advance.

If you are looking for a full company charter to promote to your database of travellers, please get in touch, we can customise an adventure to suit your requirements.



Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to Svalbard. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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Reviews from our previous charters

2018 Expedition Charter

“The expedition was great in all fronts: Guides superb and dedicated. Guests loved them. Their effort to achieve the objectives was as devoted as it can be and all, guests and NPE are extremely thankful to them.

The crew, in its totality, was amazing. They became one with the group. A family feeling on board that was matched with attention to the individual needs of each of our guests. Constant smiles, attention to details, and we had fun all the time. The open bridge policy was appreciated by the guests and the professionalism of the captain and his team made of this a successful expedition. The ship was great. Loved the food!!! Everyone did!

Your help was fantastic and I need to thank you for making this possible. Really thank you.”