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Svalbard – Polar Bear Quest

Arctic Svalbard Cruise

  • Quest
  • Expedition Ship
  • 53 Capacity
  • 9 Days
  • 2016 View Departure>
    • 2016
    • May 31 Tue
  • Price from
  • $5,690

Summary : The midnight sun reigns supreme, the bird colonies are teeming with life and the peaks of the dramatic mountain ranges are beautifully snow-covered. The ice still keeps the islands in its grip and you can admire the ever-changing ice formations. Spring has arrived and summer is just around the corner. Stay one night in a hotel in Longyearbyen and spend seven nights on board your comfortable expedition ship while exploring Svalbard’s magical coastlines in search for walruses, whales, Arctic foxes and polar bears. This Arctic pearl has fascinated explorers for centuries, starting with Willem Barentzs, who discovered the main island Spitsbergen in 1596.

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.

Virgohamna, Danskøya
Two of the most courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. Swedish balloonist Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.

Fantastic fjords
Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During your journey, explore a few of them such as: Liefdefjorden, meaning “the fjord of love," is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and here you hope to cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier. Many common eiders and pinkfooted geese nest in the area and if lucky you can see the rare king eider. In Krossfjorden, revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of the large number 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 activity. The scientific village of Ny-Ålesund is situated in Kongsfjorden. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole.

North Spitsbergen and Hinlopen
North of Spitsbergen you might meet the edge of the pack ice. 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.

Southwest Spitsbergen
The grand fjords of Hornsund offer spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks, often reaching above the clouds. On a clear day you can see the summit of the highest mountain Hornsundtind, measuring 1431 meters. Hornsund is a favorite haunt for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and bearded seals are often seen resting on the fjord ice.

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; coffee, tea and cookies; an experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guides; guiding ashore and talks on board; all excursions and activities; comprehensive information material before the expedition; an illustrated post-expedition log.

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


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