Svalbard – Expedition Spitsbergen

Arctic Svalbard Cruise

  • Silver Explorer
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 132 Capacity
  • 8 Days
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  • Price from
  • $999,999,999

Summary : Svalbard is one of the last major European wilderness areas with pristine mountains, fauna, deep fjords, picturesque icebergs, and massive ice sheets. Explore Svalbard’s breathtaking landscape on this round-trip voyage from Longyearbyen, Norway. Along the journey, discover Svalbard from aboard a luxury expedition ship and on Zodiac cruises while in the company of naturalist experts as well as an onboard environmentalist, ornithologist, biologist, historian and marine biologist. Visit scientific research stations and whaling operation ruins. Search for seabirds, bearded seals, ringed seal, walrus, beluga whale and the king of the Arctic – the polar bear!

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Oslo / Longyearbyen, Norway

Departing from Oslo, take a charter flight to Longyearbyen. Embark the vessel, meet Expedition Team members and attend a Zodiac briefing. Familiarize yourself with the luxury vessel and meet fellow travelers.

Day 2 – 7
Cruise & Explore Svalbard

Svalbard is one of the last major European wilderness areas with pristine mountains, fauna, deep fjords, picturesque icebergs, and massive ice sheets. Locate wildlife and hike the tundra. Travel along the same routes as famous polar explorers such as Andrée, Nordenskiöld, Amundsen and Nobile. Spot indigenous reindeer, trek along beaches where groups of walrus are hauled-out along the shoreline, and maybe even spot the Arctic fox or bearded seal. Seabirds such as Ivory gulls, auks and puffins are plentiful and perhaps encounter a Minke or Beluga whale.

The flexible itinerary maximizes opportunities to take advantage of favorable ice and weather conditions. Search for walruses, seals, reindeer, Arctic foxes and polar bears. Enjoy shore walks and Zodiac landings in mystical settings while watching icebergs pass. In the true spirit of adventure cruising, each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine the best course depending on changing weather, ice conditions and the wildlife encountered. The following is a list of potential destinations:

Hornsund – This is the southernmost fjord on the rugged west coast of Spitsbergen Island. Jagged mountain peaks tower above glacier-filled bays. Listen for the crash of white thunder as huge chunks of ice fall into the fjord. Amidst floating icebergs, watch for bearded seals, the rare beluga whale and the king of the Arctic – the polar bear. Sightings are fairly common as the polar bear’s favorite food, the ringed seal, breeds in the fjord. The surrounding cliffs are home to thousands of pairs of nesting little auks. You may visit the Polish research station or the remains of whaling stations and trappers’ huts.

Danskøya Island – Rove across a small island off the northwest corner of Spitsbergen that is scattered with remnants of an ill-fated attempt by three Swedes to fly a balloon to the North Pole. The balloon went down because of icing, just 240 miles north of the island.

Smeerenburg – This island’s name literally means “Blubber Town” in Dutch. Ruins of some of the island’s earliest settlers, Dutch whalers, are preserved at Norway’s North-West Spitsbergen National Park.

Prins Karls Forland – Off the west coast of Spitsbergen, encounter Forland National Park with craggy mountains, massive glaciers and remarkable wildlife. The entire island and the surrounding seas make up Forland National Park. Cruise by zodiac to Poolypnten, a well-known walrus haul out, where your marine biologist explains the habits and habitat of these amazing creatures.

Kongfjord or Kings Bay – Cutting into the west coast of Spitsbergen and reaching inland about 15 miles and spanning up to 6 miles wide, Kongfjord is a splendid place to behold. Together with the onboard geologist, explore its complicated geological formations and visit the 14th of July glacier.

Magdalenafjord – This majestic fjord is normally accessible year-round because of the influence of the West Spitsbergen Current. Landing via Zodiac, discover the alluring fjord and search for wildlife.

Ice Cruising – Silver Explorer‘s strengthened hull is the perfect platform to search for walrus and polar bears. At least one day will be devoted to exploring the pack ice north of Spitsbergen. Conditions permitting, the Expedition Leader may choose to take out the Zodiacs for an even closer look.

Day 8
Longyearbyen, Norway / Oslo

Arrive at Longyearbyen in the early morning. Disembark the vessel and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Oslo.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Included:
All ocean-view suite accommodation; all onboard meals and entertainment; butler service; complimentary beverages served throughout the ship (an assortment of wines, champagne and spirits); all onboard gratuities (except spa); port charges and handling fees; Silver Suite guests receive laundry service and dinner at Officer's table; Grand and Owner's Suite guests receive laundry service plus dinner at Officer's table and 4 hours Internet service per voyage segment and 2 hours worldwide phone use per voyage segment.

Not Included:
Airfare; government fees and taxes; transfers and luggage handling; passport expenses; items of a personal nature; air charter package ($890 per person) return between Oslo and Longyearbyen and includes applicable transfers between the airport/pier; fuel surcharge may apply.