Summary : Embark on a voyage with an expedition spirit, as each day is planned to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer. From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers, to the unique Arctic wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights. Birders will delight in sights of Ivory gulls and spectacular bird cliffs. Cruise aboard Zodiacs near the ice edge to view seals or walrus. Along the journey, the sights of polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer and colonies of birds in this stunning landscape will truly be experiences to remember.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Get your first glimpses of the midnight sun in Spitsbergen's capital Longyearbyen. Longyearbyen is the largest settlement on Svalbard. A very friendly and international atmosphere reigns here where there is a population of about 2,060 people and about as many snowmobiles. Most of its inhabitants are Norwegians, but some are Russians. Located in the Advent Fjord at the entrance of the Advent Valley, this community has an infrastructure fit for a much larger city. The community offers a wide range of activities and facilities for visitors.
Embark the Expedition in the afternoon and depart Longyearbyen in the evening.
During these nine days, visit ice-covered seas, fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers flowing into the sea around you. Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. Distances are relatively short in the Archipelago and as there are no ocean crossings, the seas are normally calm. Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet that offers such a wealth and diversity of natural and cultural history sites.
This is also a land of history from whaling to reaching for the pole, to trapping, coal mining and war. Visit intriguing historic sites. You may cruise in Zodiacs along the ice edge viewing seals or walrus, in fjords with glaciers spilling down to the sea or in front of spectacular seabird cliffs. Enjoy opportunities to walk on shore, observe and photograph the Arctic flora and fauna. Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Straiit, Ny-Ålesund, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund and Bellsund are just a few of the places that you may visit. By not having a set itinerary, you take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer. The evening of your last full day of adventure will find the expedition ship anchored off Longyearbyen.
Return to Longyearbyen where the journey began. Say farewell and reflect on your extraordinary Arctic adventure. Early morning disembarkation and airport transfer is offered for passengers with flights scheduled after 4 am. For passengers disembarking at the regular time of 8 am, you will be transferred to the the airport of the Radisson Blu Hotel, depending on flight times. Travelers transferred to the hotel will have an opportunity to explore the town center on their own, and then be transferred to the airport later in the day, as per flight schedule. Transfer times will be confirmed and communicated onboard prior to departure. Luggage storage at the Radisson Blue Hotel will be available until the time of departure.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions – and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on the Expedition, all passengers must purchase medical and emergency evacuation insurance with a minimum medical coverage of $200,000 USD and this insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, and evacuation expenses. Clients must be able to provide proof of insurance purchase and adequate coverage as per the required amounts above. We also strongly recommend that all passengers purchase comprehensive travel insurance which would include coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
German Language Program Departure: (8/1/2017)
Select departures will include 2 German-speaking Expedition Staff (in addition to English-speaking staff) to provide educational content in German.
Limited to just 10 people per cruise, you'll venture out to sheltered bays and areas known for calmer waters and take part in group kayaking trips led by experienced and skilled leaders. Space is limited, however, so be certain to book in advance. Select departures only. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details.
Round-trip Longyearbyen airport transfers depending on your flight details; pre-expedition arrival transfer from meeting point to ship; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; shore excursions and Zodiac cruises with expert Expedition staff and naturalists; lecture and educational programs; Arctic destination guidebook; gear on loan (waterproof boots for US sizes 6-16); and an insulated wind- and water-resistant parka. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; travel insurance (required); passport and visa fees; gratuities are at your discretion; items of a personal nature including laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except coffee, tea and water); optional excursions; kayaking; fuel surcharge may apply.