Lofoten, Bear Island & Svalbard

Arctic Svalbard Cruise

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  • Expedition Ship
  • 53 Capacity
  • 10 Days
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  • Price from
  • $999,999,999

Summary : Cruise along the dramatic coastline and gorgeous fjords of northern Norway to Svalbard, realm of the polar bear. Sail to Nusfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Norway's oldest fishing hamlets. Discover legendary Bear Island and be one of the few to ever set foot on its mystical remote shores. Observe 400-meter vertical cliffs teeming with thousands of nesting seabirds. Marvel at Svalbard's glittering ice, snow covered mountain tops, midnight sun and magnificent wildlife aboard a small expedition vessel with experienced guides.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Bodo, Norway

Embark the expedition ship. Experienced crew and guides acquaint you with the vessel. Cruise towards the dramatic Lofoten Islands.

Day 2
Lofoten / Nusfjord / Trollfjorden

Zodiac around spectacular Vedoya Island. Observe eagles and thousands of nesting sea birds. Sail along southern Lofoten enjoying vast collections of rocky islands rising from the sea. Experience Nusfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Norway's oldest fishing hamlets. Step ashore to explore a historic village based on cod fisheries. Continue cruising along Lofoten's stunning walls to enchanting Trollfjorden.

Day 3
Trondenes, Norway

Explore an old Viking site made famous by Iceland historian Snorri Sturlason. Enjoy the natural surroundings and visit a Viking museum. Head out to sea setting course for Bear Island. Cruise along the continental shelf looking for whales. During the journey, white-beaked dolphins, as well as sperm, humpback, and killer whales may be visible.

Day 4
Barents Sea

While voyaging towards northern latitudes, partake in interesting lectures detailing the Arctic's fascinating landscape and rich wildlife. Keep an eye towards the sea as whale sitings may occur.

Day 5
Bear Island

Cruise remote Barents Sea by Zodiac exploring Bear Island's incredible vertical cliffs. Observe one of North Atlantic's largest seabird colonies nesting 400-meters above the water. Tens of thousands of guillemots reside here, as well as puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes and Glaucous Gulls.

Day 6 – 9
Svalbard

Explore Svalbard, a vast, glaciated archipelago dominated by wild, jagged mountain ranges. In the spirit of expedition travel, destinations depend on weather and ice conditions. Discover ancient hunting grounds of Norwegian trappers providing a good chance of spotting walrus, Arctic foxes and reindeer. Observe magnificent fjords, enormous glaciers and shimmering blue ice flows along the west coast of Spitsbergen. Go ashore and walk across the vast tundra in Bellsund where Barnacle Geese and guillemots nest.

Day 10
Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen and disembark the ship for your journey home.

Notes

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.

Included:
Nine nights on board the ship; all meals; an experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guides; lectures on board and ashore; all shore excursions by Zodiac; harbor fees; a detailed post-expedition log.

Not Included:
Flights to Bodo and from Longyearbyen; travel and cancellation insurance; passport and visa expenses; customary gratuity to the ship’s crew; excess baggage charges; personal expenses such as bar and shop charges.