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Captain's Favourites

Difficulty level
Suitable for everyone
4 hours
Age limit
0 years
May - Oct
Welcome to a unique boat tour experience aboard MS Bard. On this trip you get to experience the very best of Svalbard's spectacular coastal landscapes. The captain sets the course according to today's wind and weather conditions – no two trips are the same!

The excitement grows as we approach the harbour in Longyearbyen. The tour ahead of us has no fixed route or destination; We sail where the conditions are most favourable, based on weather conditions, waves, and recent observations of wildlife. In other words, the goal of the tour is to capture the best experiences the day has to offer.

Each month on Svalbard is unique. A trip under the midnight sun in May will be different than when the polar night approaches in October. Early in the season, the snow still lay on the mountains, and sea ice may still cover parts of the fjords. From June, the landscape changes colour, from muted tones to contrasting shades of green and yellow. With a little luck, wildlife appears along the way. We might see reindeer, seals, whales and – with some extra luck – polar bears. We will pass cultural monuments and historical sites, and the guides will ensure an unforgettable experience for all senses.

You will travel with the hybrid electric catamaran MS Bard. The engine and propellers are specially designed to minimise the noise and vibration. This not only takes you closer to nature; More importantly, the surrounding wildlife is less disturbed by our presence.

The boat has a contemporary, Norwegian design with spacious layout. You are free to move on several outdoor decks, or enjoy the view from inside through massive panoramic windows. Comfortable lounges are available outside as well as indoors. There is plenty of space on board and everyone can enjoy Svalbard's endless and spectacular landscape without crowding. Inside the lounge you can find a café and bar with a varied selection of snacks and drinks.