Svalbard – Polar Bear Quest

Arctic Svalbard Cruise

  • Stockholm
  • Research Ship
  • 12 Capacity
  • 9 Days
  • 2015 View Departure>
    • 2015
    • May 31 Sun
    • Jun 21 Sun
  • Price from
  • $8,990

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 for a nine-day journey. 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

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Itinerary
Day 1
Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 – 8
Exploring Svalbard

Start by exploring the High Arctic capital of Longyearbyen and embark your expedition ship in the afternoon. You are now in a part of the world where activities are totally dependent on ice and weather conditions. The exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife encountered. The goal is to make landings each day with Zodiacs and the following are examples of exciting places you may visit:

Northwest Svalbard
On the islands of Danskøya, Amsterdamøya and Ytre Norskøya there are still visible remnants from the bustling activity during the 17th century’s whaling period. Two of the most courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on Danskøya. Swedish balloonist Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.

Fantastic fjords
Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During your journey you will explore a few of them such as: Liefdefjorden, meaning “the fjord of love”, is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and here you hope to cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier. Many common eiders and pinkfooted geese nest in the area and if lucky you can see the rare king eider. In Krossfjorden, revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of the large numbers of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots nesting on the nearby cliffs. Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty – dominated by beautiful glaciers it is also a favorite spot for seals and the bird cliffs are bursting with activity.

North Spitsbergen and Hinlopen
North of Spitsbergen you might meet the edge of the pack ice. 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 lies Alkefjellet, a sheer, basaltic cliff, which is the home to an estimated 200 000 Brünnich’s guillemots.

Day 9
Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen early in the morning, disembark the ship and begin your journey back 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:
7 nights on board the ship; 1 night in hotel in Longyearbyen; all meals; all wine, beer and drinks; an experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable 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.

Not Included:
Flight to/from Longyearbyen; travel and cancellation insurance; personal expenses; fuel surcharge may apply.