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The MS Malmo is a 37-meter (121-foot) classic, ice-strengthened expedition boat sleeping 15 guests in 7 cabins. She cruises Spitsbergen & the fjords of Norway.

A word from Dom: "You can see from the photo that Malmo is not a princess of the seas.  Sturdy as an ox, this is a perfect vessel for your northern adventure ... whether you're chasing the sardines in Norway or regaling in the jaw-dropping sights of Spitsbergen.  Malmo always offers a warm & comforting ambiance for chilly adventureers to return to after a long day of Arctic excitement."   Dominick Macan


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    4 private TWIN cabins

       1 single upper and lower berth with porthole, private toilet and shower
     2 public TWIN cabins
     1 single upper and lower berth with porthole, washbasin, shared facilities (toilet and showers shared in corridor)
    1 private TRIPLE cabin 
     2 single lower and 1 upper berth with porthole, private toilet and shower

    D9 waterproof snorkeling drysuit

    hoods, gloves, fins, mask & snorkel & boots
    weightbelt & weights
    guided snorkeling by Zodiac
    Water temperature: 37 - 45F, 3 - 7C
    drysuit recommended (available on board)

     accommodation & snorkeling
    meals, snacks, tea & coffee
    D9 waterproof snorkeling drysuit
    hoods, gloves, fins, mask & snorkel & boots
    weights and weight belts 
    service taxes and port charges

    international and domestic flights
    excess baggage charges on flight
    meals ashore
    bar, beverages and telecommunication charges
    Warmtec undergarment
    (can be rented)
    pre and post-voyage excursions & hotel


The MS Malmo is a classic vessel built in 1943 for the Swedish National Maritime Administration.. She has been heritage listed since 2004 and has been totally refitted, starting her career as a comfortable and ice-strengthened expedition vessel in 2014. 

On the main deck, you find the dining room and bar area (interior dining, needless to say) while on the huge bow, great for observing wildlife, are the dinghies. On the lower deck are is the comfy salon, where guests hang out, stay warm and share adventure stories. ... and the 7 cabins for a maximum of 15 guests. 

MS Malmo is a marvellous piece of maritime history with beautiful brass details and attractive wooden decks. With such a small group, it feels like you are cruising on a private yacht.  Guests can enjoy an exclusive and personal environment to connect with the natural wonders of the arctic regions.

Home cooked, healthy meals are served in the restaurant three times a day, there are also snacks and hot drinks available between shore trips and whale watching.


Deck & cabin layout, yacht specs, equipment & safety features for Malmo .... open



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Crew: 8
Guests: max 15
Length: 37.05 meters
Breadth: 8.80 meters
Draft: 4.91 meters
Ice Class: Ice strengthen according to Lloyds highest ice class
Cruising Speed: 10 Knots
Built: 1943 Helsingborg, Sweden
Refurbished and total overhaul: 2014
Registered: Göteborg, Sweden 



The MS Malmo follows whales and other wildlife so the itinerary is flexible and always depends on weather, ice conditions and wildlife behaviour.  On an exploration of Norway's Svalbard archipelago, you will sail along sculpted glacier fronts, through scenic fjords and amongst sparkling ice caps. The wildlife watching around Spitsbergen includes Arctic foxes, bearded seals, walrus, Beluga whales and the ultimate encounter – the mighty polar bear. Shore visits are conducted once or twice daily by zodiac, where in addition to tracking wildlife, you'll visit 350-year-old remains of Dutch whaling settlements.

Along the east coast of Spitsbergen lies a different world – a polar desert. This coast is influenced by a cold sea current from Siberia and the resulting temperatures mean that even in summer, frequent pack ice can make access difficult.  If ice conditions allow, MS Malmo will pass south through the narrow Hinlopen Strait and after rounding South Cape, Spitsbergen’s most southerly point, she will continue her journey northwards.  If conditions allow, you can visit the Polish research station where tyour guide will be the base leader and walk to a spectacular colony of little auks. Several hundred thousand birds nest here, coming and going in huge swarms as they head out to sea to feed on their specialised diet of zooplankton.

Winter Whales of Norway

Malmo offers Winter Whales trips in Norway, following the yearly run of herring (which are chased by humpbacks and orcas) as well as diving and snorkeling cruises to Spitsbergen. Offering specialized wildlife, photography, diving and snorkelling expeditions to Spitsbergen and the fjords of Norway, MS Malmo takes you to remote polar destinations. The guides onboard MS Malmo are professional, passionate, dedicated and treat the wildlife with care and respect.

For five full days youwill follow the schools of herring and pods of Orcas and Humpbacks in the protected surroundings of the beautiful Norwegian fjords. If you choose not to snorkel, the zodiac excursions are great whale watching opportunities for excellent photography!  Two expert guides will accompany you on your whale watching adventures.   Add on a husky dog sledge adventure or a snow mobile safari from Tromso before or after your cruise. 

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Svalbard Airport, Longyear, is the only airport offering air transport for the island. Scandinavian Airlines has daily scheduled services to Tromsø and Oslo.  Guests will be met at the airport or hotel in Longyearbyen and taken on a sightseeing tour to explore the remote outskirts and village of Longyearbyen, ‘capital’ of Spitsbergen.  After a tour you will be transferred to the port in the late afternoon and board the MS Malmo to begin your Arctic cruise.  On the final day of the cruise, early morning, MS Malmo cruises back into Isfjorden before docking in Longyearbyen. You will be transferred into the village of Longyearbyen and will have time to explore and shop before you are transferred to the airport in the afternoon for your flight to Oslo and onward to your final destination.

Winter Whales of Norway

There are direct international flights as well as direct domestic flights in and out of Tromso. On day 1 you will arrive at Tromso airport and transfer to the harbor to board your vessel in the afternoon. For five full days you will follow the schools of herring and pods of Orcas and Humpbacks in the protected surroundings of the beautiful Norwegian fjords. Two expert guides will accompany you on your whale watching adventures. Be prepared for cold but rewarding days out at sea with spectacular sightings of a unique display of mother nature.  On day 7 disembarkation is in the morning after breakfast bid farewell to your crew and transfer to Tromso airport for your onward flight home.

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