Svalbard – Polar Bear Quest

Arctic Svalbard Cruise

  • Quest
  • Expedition Ship
  • 53 Capacity
  • 9 Days
  • 2015 View Departure>
    • 2015
    • May 24 Sun
    • May 31 Sun
    • Jun 7 Sun
    • Jun 21 Sun
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  • $5,690

Summary : Svalbard, a remote and spectacular archipelago of immense glaciers, narrow fjords, sheer mountain cliffs and abundant wildlife, has lured many explorers into its enticing web. Visit when the midnight sun reigns supreme, the bird colonies are teeming life and the tundra’s flower buds are bursting. Ice still keeps the islands in its grip and you can admire the ever-changing ice formations, while searching for walrus, polar bears and much, much more. Encounter polar bears lumbering on ice floes in this Polar Bear Quest. Also, visit beaches covered by massive walrus, and seabirds will be your constant companions throughout the trip.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 – 8
Svalbard

Start your adventure in Svalbard by exploring the High Arctic capital of Longyearbyen. In the afternoon, embark your expedition ship and sail out through the spectacular Ice Fjord. You are now in a part of the world where you are totally dependent on ice and weather conditions. Your exact itinerary depends on these factors and on wildlife sightings. The goal is to make several landings each day with the rigid Zodiac craft and here are examples of places you may visit:

Prins Karls Forland
This narrow strip of land is covered by a magnificent, snow-covered mountain chain. The island is home to many seabirds and harbor seals.

Northwest Svalbard
On the islands of Danskøya, Amsterdamøya and Ytre Norskøya, there are still visible remnants from the bustling activity during the 17th century whaling period. Two of the most courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on Danskøya. Swedish balloonist Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started out with an airship. The site is still littered with interesting remnants from these expeditions.

Fantastic fjords
Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During the journey, explore a few of them such as: Liefdefjorden, meaning “the fjord of love,” lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and at its base. You may cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier. Many common eiders and pink-footed geese nest in the area, and if lucky, see the rare king eider. In Krossfjorden, delight in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of the large numbers of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots nesting on the nearby cliffs. Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty – dominated by beautiful glaciers it is also a favorite spot for seals and the bird cliffs are bursting with life.

North Spitsbergen and Hinlopen
North of Spitsbergen, you may meet the pack ice edge. Not many ships venture here and you can marvel at the silence and grandeur of this icy landscape. Chances of meeting polar bears increase as you sail along the ice floes. If the ice allows, you may enter Hinlopen Strait. Here is Alkefjellet, a sheer, basaltic cliff, which is the home to some 200,000 Brünnich’s guillemots.

Day 9
Longyearbyen

Reach Longyearbyen early in the morning and begin your journey home.

Notes

Please read this itinerary as a guide only; your exact route and program will vary depending on ice and weather conditions–and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to a successful expedition.

Included:
Seven nights on board the ship; one night at hotel in Longyearbyen; all meals throughout the trip; an experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guides; an extensive lecture program; all shore excursions and activities by Zodiac; an illustrated expedition log.

Not Included:
Flights to/from Longyearbyen; travel and cancellation insurance; passport and visa expenses; the customary gratuity to the ship's crew; excess baggage charges; personal expenses such as bar and shop charges; fuel surcharge may apply.


PHOTOS ©:
Vera Simonsson; Morten Jorgensen; Erik Edvardsson; Lisa Strom; Oscar Westman; Jonas Sundquist; Adam Rheborg; Henrik Lovendahl; Ola Skinnarmo