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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. Special guests on select departures (see below for details).
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking
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You arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to the hotel.
Start the 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:
Barentsburg and Ny Ålesund
Not far from Norwegian Longyearbyen is the Russian enclave Barentsburg, a fascinating coal mining settlement. In the scientific village of Ny Ålesund, Arctic terns nest by the main street and grazing wild reindeer are often seen. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole. Note: Barentsburg and Ny Ålesund may be visited on 2012 departures.
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. Note: Prins Karls Forland may be visited on 2013 departures.
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.
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.
Reach Longyearbyen early in the morning and begin your journey home.
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.
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; a detailed log book.
Connecting 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.