Arctic Highlights and Polar Bears

Arctic Svalbard Cruise

  • Expedition
  • Expedition Ship
  • 132 Capacity
  • 14 Days
  • 2014 View Departure>
    • 2014
    • Sep 5 Fri
  • Price from
  • $4,949

Summary : Experience a 14-day expedition that encompasses the spirit of the Arctic. You will cruise by Zodiac looking for polar bears, Svalbard’s unique subspecies of reindeer and Arctic foxes. Navigating down the coast of Greenland, you will explore glaciers, bays and inlets along the way and spend two days exploring Scoresby Sund, one of the largest fjord systems in the world. This journey highlights the contrast and change in the Arctic as you move south finally ending in the land of fire and ice, Iceland. Inuit villages, unique wildlife and remote destinations are some of the highlights on this truly unforgettable voyage through the Arctic.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking

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$4,949 to $9,899

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Itinerary
Day 1
Longyearbyen

Arrive in one of the world’s northernmost towns. 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.

Day 2 – 3
West Coast of Spitsbergen

Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet that offers such a wealth and diversity of natural and cultural history sites. Highlights include ice-covered seas, fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers flowing into the sea. Spend these two days in search of the elusive polar bears hunting seals. At one or more of the stops, you may see Svalbard’s unique subspecies of reindeer. They are much smaller than their southern relatives, but still carry impressive antlers. There is also the possibility of Arctic foxes.

This is a land of history from whaling to reaching for the pole, to trapping, coal mining and war. Visit some of these historic sites. You may cruise in Zodiacs along the ice edge to view seals or walrus, in fjords with glaciers spilling down to the sea or in front of spectacular seabird cliffs. You will have opportunities to walk on shore, observe and photograph the Arctic flora and fauna. 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.

Day 4 – 5
Greenland Sea

Keep your eyes out for the whales that are known to feed here in the summer months. You may see Orca, Humpback, and Minke whales as well as White-Beaked dolphins. The view is often complimented by fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots, and razorbills. Lectures by your onboard Expedition Staff will increase your appreciation of these animals and the wild coast of Greenland.

Day 6 – 11
Northeast Greenland National Park and Scoresby Sund

Navigating down the coast of Greenland, explore rarely-visited glaciers, bays and inlets. Visit the largest national park in the world, Northeast Greenland National Park, which is nearly impossible to reach except on expedition ships. Spectacular geology combined with glacial features create steep mountains raising directly from the sea. Look out for picturesque scenery, wildlife and other interesting landing sites in this unspoiled wilderness.

Spend two days exploring Scoresby Sund, which is one of the largest fjord systems in the world. The distance from the mouth of the sound to the head of its innermost fjord is 350 kilometers. It is a favored hunting ground of the Inuit and is home to walruses, seals, narwhals, polar bears, muskoxen, wolves, foxes, ermine, arctic hares, lemmings, and a variety of birds. You may visit the local village of Ittoqqortoormiit to get a glimpse into how people live in these harsh conditions.

Day 12 – 13
Denmark Strait

The lecture series contiues as you head back towards Iceland and to the steaming hot springs of Reykjavik.

Day 14
Depart Reykjavik

A one-time complimentary airport transfer to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) will be offered for all guests regardless of their departure flight details. This airport transfer departs immediately after disembarkation is complete. Passengers heading to the Hotel Loftleidir should also board the same transfer since it will make a drop off there before heading to KEF airport. Luggage storage up until 2 p.m. will be available for all other guests.

Notes

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.

Kayaking Supplement: $659 per person
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. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details.

Included:
Spacious accommodations on the Expedition; all meals onboard (excluding drinks other than coffee, tea and water); shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; services of expedition staff and naturalists; lecture and educational programs; complimentary rubber boots onboard; Longyearbyen and Reykjavik airport transfers depending on your flight details; and an expedition parka.

Not Included:
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.