A woman has died and two cruise passengers were injured after a sightseeing zodiac capsized outside Longyearbyen, Norway.

Norwegian newspaper Svalbardposten reported the incident involving the Quark Expeditions excursion happened at 11am yesterday.

Two injured passengers are receiving care onshore but are not thought to be in a critical condition. It is understood a woman in her 60s has died.

Reports suggest the boat was hit by a large wave which caused the 12 passengers to be hurled into the water.

Tui Travel-owned Quark Expeditions said: “A Zodiac carrying 12 passengers capsized, resulting in the fatality of one passenger and the injury of two other passengers. 

“The injured passengers are not critical but are receiving medical care in Longyearbyen. Quark Expeditions is doing everything possible to assist those involved and the local authorities during this difficult time.

“The ship, Sea Spirit, is currently in Ny Alesund, Svalbard, Norway, has undergone a full investigation by authorities, and has been released to continue the expedition.”