Svalbard – In the Realm of the Polar Bear

Arctic Svalbard Cruise

  • Fram
  • Scenic Exploration
  • 256 Capacity
  • 9 Days
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  • Price from
  • $6,941

Summary : Experience the incredible scenery in Svalbard’s most remote regions. On this circumnavigation of Spitsbergen, experience the low-hanging Midnight Sun creating unearthly hues reflected off the sea’s surface, the ice and the glaciers. Roaming in the realm of the polar bear at this time of the year is one of the most exotic Arctic experiences to which you can treat yourself. Your home for this expedition, the Fram, is a spacious exploration ship that typically holds 318 passengers, but carries only 200 to the Arctic. By Zodiac, on foot, or from the Fram’s observation deck, there are endless opportunities to take in Arctic views.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Longyearbyen, Norway

Arrive in Longyearbyen and enjoy an included hotel stay for the night as you settle into the city.

Day 2
Longyearbyen / Barentsburg

After an included breakfast, you’ll have some time to explore Longyearbyen on your own or the possibility to discover its surroundings during an optional excursion. Afterwards enjoy an included lunch at your hotel before being transferred to the pier for embarkation.

Enjoy your first stop on the voyage at the Russian settlement of Barentsburg. Svalbard is Norwegian sovereign land; however, due to the Svalbard Treaty of 1920 all signatory states have equal right to establish themselves with activity in Svalbard. This Russian “company town” has existed since 1935, but you can go back even further in time and find history of coal exploration in Grønfjorden (Green Harbor) where Barentsburg is situated. The town is constructed around the entrance of the coal mine and you will find an exotic collection of Russian artifacts and architecture.

Day 3
Kongsfjorden / Northwest Spitsbergen National Park

Kongsfjorden or Kings Bay is the largest fjord on the Northwest coast of Spitsbergen. A large side fjord called Krossfjorden may be visited as well this day. The landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers bouncing into the ocean. Observe Mitra mountain resembling a catholic bishop’s hat – you will see it on the northern shores of the entrance of Kongsfjorden.

North West Spitsbergen National Park in local slang is called The Northwest Corner. Scattered with islands, fjords and beaches, it has a long history of exploration. When Willhelm Barentz discovered Svalbard in 1596, this was the land he saw. He named it Spitzbergen, reflecting the sharp and steep mountains in the area. Magdalenefjorden is one of the fjords that we aim to visit. Experience whaling’s important role in the cultural heritage at a whaling station from the 16th century.

Day 4
Northern Svalbard

This is a true expedition day where we explore some of the most spectacular fjords of Northern Svalbard. Deep inside the giant Woodfjord system, in the branch called Liefdefjorden, sits the enormous and fast moving Monaco Glacier. In front of this dramatically crevassed glacier, brash ice and larger pieces that have “calved off” co-exist. The mixing of fresh and saline water brings sea-life to the surface to the delight of local sea birds.

Experience Jotunkjeldane’s unique thermal springs. Flora found no other place on Earth thrive at these latitudes due to their constant warm temperature. These conspicuous thermal springs are protected and situated close to the base of an extinct strato-volcano.

Day 5
Hinlopen Strait

Another day’s adventure set in the true spirit of explorers like Amundsen and Nansen. Head south through the famous Hinlopen Strait separating the east coast of Svalbard and the large ice-capped island of Nordaustlandet. Discover Sorgfjorden where a famous battle between whalers took place in the late 17th century and Captain Parry started the first attempt ever to reach the North Pole by row boat over the Arctic Ocean. Experience Alkefjellet’s spectacular bird cliff with 1,000ft spires that rise sharply out from the sea creating the perfect nesting conditions for species like the Brünnichs Guillemot.

Day 6
Southeast Svalbard Nature Reserve

The eastern part of Svalbard is mainly divided into two large Nature Reserves. Combined they represent one of the last large, mainly untouched, wildernesses in Europe. Transiting the large fjord east of Svalbard will give us spectacular views of this amazing coast. In the distance, observe hundreds of glaciers and mountains while keeping an out for walrus and whales. In the winter time Storfjorden is mainly frozen over making a perfect habitat for polar bears.

Day 7
Hornsund

Welcome to another beautiful day in the Arctic. The landscape of Hornsund is largely alpine with the majestic Hornsundtinden rising high above. Discover Mt. Bautaen which in English means obelisk and its resemblance to a giant Viking sword. Let your imagination run wild while spending the day in these extraordinary surroundings.

Day 8
Isfjorden

In central Svalbard, Isfjorden is its most prominent fjord system. Spend the day exploring its most scenic mountains such as Alkhornet, where thousands of Brunnich Guillemots are nesting during the summer season. Isfjorden’s dynamic landscape has large U-shaped valleys carved by giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago. Now the area is home to large populations of the endemic Svalbard Reindeer. Enjoy a farewell barbeque on the arm of a scenic fjord arm in these beautiful Arctic surroundings.

Day 9
Longyearbyen, Norway

With memories and photos of Arctic wildlife and calving glaciers in your head, disembark the vessel as you say farewell to your crew.

Notes

The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Travel Insurance:
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Included:
1 hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage including breakfast and lunch; transfer from hotel to ship in Longyearbyen; onboard cabin accommodations; lectures, shore landings and guides; coffee and tea; suites include a range of additional complimentary amenities such as drinks with meals; wind and water-resistant jacket.

Not Included:
International and local flights; travel insurance; luggage handling; passport and visa expenses; optional excursions and gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.