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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. The overwhelming scenery, extraordinary wildlife and unpredictable encounters with animals such as polar bears and walruses combine to make a trip of a lifetime. From aboard the 12-passenger Stockholm, experience the land of the polar bear up close. Welcome to a magic world of midnight sun and pack ice, of glittering glaciers and abundant wildlife. This is truly the High Arctic - your nearest neighbor is the North Pole!
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking
Arrive in Longyearbyen, embark your expedition ship in the afternoon and sail for the realm of the polar bear.
You are now in a part of the world where activities 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:
Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords such as Liefdefjorden, Krossfjorden and Raudfjorden, areas of immense natural beauty, dominated by beautifully sculptured glaciers. The ice floes are frequently visited by resting seals and walruses. 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 for some 200,000 Brunnich’s guillemots. Nordaustlandet is covered by an enormous ice cap and fascinates naturalists, as well as historians. There are huge glacier fronts here, intersected by hundreds of melt-waterfalls. Even further east is White Island. In very favorable ice and weather conditions, you may land on this ice-capped island where few people have ever set foot. Here Andrée and his men were found 33 years after their unsuccessful attempt to reach the North Pole with a hydrogen balloon. Barentsøya and Edgeøya offer magnificent landscapes of vast tundra. Chances are good to encounter walrus, arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer here.
Arrive in Longyearbyen early in the morning, disembark the ship and begin your journey back 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.
10 nights on board the ship; all meals; all wine, beer and drinks; an experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable naturalist guide; lectures on board and on shore; all shore excursions and activities by Zodiac; customary gratuity to the ship's crew; an illustrated post-expedition log.
Flights to/from Longyearbyen; travel and cancellation insurance; personal expenses.