• M/S Expedition, Polar Expedition Ship

About the M/S Expedition, Svalbard

About the M/S Expedition, Svalbard

Boasting spacious cabins, each with a window or porthole to the outside, expansive decks and some wonderful areas to relax, the M/S Expedition is the intimate way to explore the Arctic. Catering for a maximum of 134 passengers, it ensures a smooth ride, with ship stabilisers, and a real focus on safety as it manoeuvres where larger ships can’t reach.

Built in Helsing Skibsvaerft, Denmark, in 1972, this 105 metre long ship had quite a history before being refurbished in 2009 to sail guests around the spectacular landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctic.



An intimate and comfortable vessel, where each cabin has views to the incredible Arctic landscapes.


Exploring the far reaches of the north,travelling around Svalbard in search of magnificent Arctic wildlife and witnessing the incredible icy landscapes. 

Accommodation & Facilities

There are a range of cabin types to choose from, with twins, triples, quads and doubles. Each of these cabins is well designed, featuring a window or porthole for constant views to the outside. All rooms also have private en-suite facilities and ample space to sit back and relax, and furnishings to make this your Arctic home away from home. Aside from the cabins, there are plenty of spots to chill out, or socialise. Head to the 360 degree deck for amazing views, find a good book in the library, warm up with a drink in the Polar Bear Pub or buy some souvenirs from the gift shop. There is also a gym, medical clinic, large dining area (which can seat all guests at the same time) and computer room with internet, whenever available. With windows throughout the entire vessel, whatever you’re doing and wherever you are, you will not miss a thing…

Wellington boots are available during your time aboard, and there is a large mud room to store any wet gear, helping to ensure the ship is kept clean at all times. Safety is a high priority; the forward looking sonar reduces the risks of becoming grounded and there are ample lifeboats aboard.

There are 14 Zodiacs for excursions outside of the vessel and each guest will receive a destination guide on arrival so no need to bring one!


Cuisine is delicious, with buffet breakfasts and lunches, then a four course meal for dinner. Prepared by professional chefs, food is of the highest quality and vegetarian options are available.


Excursions are dependent on weather and wildlife conditions and you can be sure that no two days will be the same. The aim is to get out on the Zodiacs at least twice per day, depending on your itinerary. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife at all times, especially notorious Polar Bears in the Arctic and breathtaking mountain scenery. There is also a wealth of natural and cultural history sites throughout Svalbard, ensuring an all-round great trip. The sun never sets here during the Arctic summer, so you can truly make the most out of your day and your awe-inspiring surroundings.

Want to stay aboard this ship?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. 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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