Polar-expedition yachting in Norway’s Svalbard

A reinvented six-suite Swedish maritime vessel will journey around Svalbard

Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, which the M/S Stockholm will visit from May.
Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, which the M/S Stockholm will visit from May. | Image: Adam Rheborg

TheM/S Stockholm logged nearly half a century with the Swedish National Maritime Administration’s fleet before a total refit in 1999 saw her reinvented as a polar-expedition yacht with just six suites. This May, she inaugurates a series of journeys to Norway’s Svalbard archipelago – one of the most remote of the Arctic Circle’s accessible wildernesses, a series of otherworldly fjords and frozen tundra.

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Following in the storied footsteps of Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile is on the agenda – but the highlights, in the Stockholm crew’s view, are sure to be wildlife encounters with the likes of walruses, Svalbard reindeer and even polar bears. George Morgan-Grenville and his team at Red Savannah (www.redsavannah.com; from £6,450 per person for an eight-night trip) are the ones to call.

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