Svalbard Express

Arctic Cruise

  • Expedition
  • Expedition Ship
  • 132 Capacity
  • 7 Days
  • 2014 View Departure>
    • 2014
    • Aug 24 Sun
  • Price from
  • $3,199

Summary : Board the Expedition for a voyage of extraordinary delights, including catching glimpses of seals and reindeer, as well as the much-loved polar bear. Enjoy an opportunity to venture into the Arctic even if you have limited time. Spend the day on deck searching for polar bears and whales, cruise through breathtaking fjords and admire massive glaciers, experience the midnight sun, learn about Arctic history and ecology from expert guides, brave the Arctic waters and take a polar plunge, and enjoy the silence of this remote destination. Polar cruising is an excellent opportunity to make memories for a lifetime.

Activities : Birding, Hiking

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$3,199 to $6,999

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Itinerary
Day 1
Longyearbyen / Embark

Longyearbyen is the largest settlement on archipelago of Svalbard with a population of about 2,060 people and about as many
snowmobiles. Most of the inhabitants are Norwegians, and some are Russians. Located in the Advent Fjord at the entrance of the
Advent Valley, this community has an infrastructure fit for a much larger city. Within the islands, there are four inhabited settlements
and some scientific stations. Barentsburg, a Russian coal mining settlement, has approximately 850 inhabitants. Sveagruva, the
functional Norwegian mine has around 100 inhabitants and Ny Ålesund, a scientific settlement has between 30 and 150 inhabitants,
depending on the season. All settlements are found on the west coast, the part of Spitsbergen with the mildest climate due to the
warm Gulf Current.

Embark your vessel in the afternoon and depart Longyearbyen in the evening.

Day 2 – 6
Svalbard & Spitsbergen

Visit ice-covered fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers. Spend time exploring the natural wilderness searching for polar bears hunting seals. At one or more of the stops, you may have the opportunity to see arctic fox or Svalbard's unique reindeer. Your expedition team's goal is to give you the best possible opportunity to see wildlife in and around the Svalbard archipelago. Depending on ice conditions, explore different areas of the archipelago. Early season voyages often provide the greatest opportunity to see large ice floes in the Arctic pack ice, which usually means excellent wildlife viewing. Later in the season, you'll cover more territory, which may allow you to explore the entire archipelago. This can lead you into the less explored regions of Nordaustlandet and Kvitøya, or the continental edges where large whales are attracted by nutrient rich upwellings.

Day 7
Depart Longyearbyen

On departure day, transfer to the Longyearbyen airport for all passengers with flights scheduled after 4am.

Notes

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on the Expedition, all passengers must purchase medical and emergency evacuation insurance with a minimum medical coverage of $200,000 USD and this insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, and evacuation expenses. Clients must be able to provide proof of insurance purchase and adequate coverage as per the required amounts above. We also strongly recommend that all passengers purchase comprehensive travel insurance which would include coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Included:
Spacious accommodations on the Expedition; all meals onboard (excluding drinks other than coffee, tea and water); shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; services of expedition staff and naturalists; lecture and educational programs; complimentary rubber boots on board; round-trip Longyearbyen airport transfers depending on your flight details; expedition parka; and an Arctic destination guidebook.

Not Included:
Airfare; travel insurance (required); passport and visa fees; gratuities are at your discretion; items of a personal nature including laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except coffee, tea and water); optional excursions.