Summary : Spitsbergen has lured visitors from near and far during the past 400 years. During this journey of exploration you travel in the footsteps of these brave adventurers, hunters, trappers, whalers and miners. The goal on this expedition is to explore Spitsbergen’s cultural heritage and visit historical sites where few people have set foot. You travel in the footsteps of polar explorers such as Andrée, Nordenskiöld, Amundsen and Nobile and every day you do landfalls amongst cultural treasures in spectacular settings. Scientists, whalers, trappers and miners have traveled to Spitsbergen for the past 400 years and have left behind many traces such as buildings, equipment, geographical names, and fascinating stories.
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You land in Longyearbyen in the afternoon and embark M/S Origo.
Your route depends on weather, ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Each day you make several landings with your rigid Zodiac craft and these are a few of the places you may visit:
Here Amundsen, Byrd and Nobile started their courageous attempts to reach the North Pole.
This was the starting point for Andrée’s hydrogen balloon, the Eagle which left Dane’s Island on July 11, 1897. Three days later the balloon crashed on the pack ice north of Spitsbergen.
On Dane’s Island, Amsterdam Island and Yttre Norsköya you see remnants of 17th century whaling stations.
In beautiful Mossel Bay you visit Polhem, the world’s northenmost house, where Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld overwintered in 1872 - 73.
Heading east you may meet the massive pack ice border. You enjoy the silence and grandeur of this icy landscape. The chances of meeting polar bears increase the further you travel into the ice.
If ice conditions allow, you land on White Island, where few people have ever set foot. Here Andrée and his men were found 33 years after their unsuccesful attempt to reach the North Pole with balloon.
This island, covered by an enormous ice cap, fascinates naturalists as well as historians. Here you find a huge glacier front intersected by hundreds of melt-waterfalls, an abandoned German weather station from WW II and the well kept scientific station at Kinnvika.
You fly back to Oslo in the afternoon.
9 nights on board the M/S Origo; All meals throughout the trip; An experienced expedition leader and a knowledgeable naturalist guide; An extensive lecture program; All shore excursions and activities by Zodiac; Landing fees and port taxes; A detailed post-expedition log.
Connecting flights to Longyearbyen; Personal expenses such as bar and shop charges; Passport and visa expenses; Travel insurance; The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew; Excess baggage charges.