Summary : Venture from Tromsø, Norway deeper into the Arctic Circle past iconic fjords towards the usually ice-bound Svalbard Archipelago. Discover seldom visited Bear Island, an important bird area. Explore the wildlife haven of Svalbard, a rugged land of deep fjords, mountains and ice sheets. Spend your days searching for walrus, seals, reindeer, arctic fox and the mighty polar bear. Marvel at the colorful tundra as you hike among patchworks of native flowers.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$999,999,999 to $0
You may plan to arrive early to see all that Tromsø has to offer before boarding the ship in the afternoon.
Hammerfest is known as the center of Sami culture, the northernmost indigenous people of Europe. It’s also the oldest town in Norway, though it was almost completely destroyed in WWII.
Porsangerfjorden is Norway’s fourth longest fjord at 76mi (123km) and an amazing example of the legendary Norwegian fjords. Visit one of the small settlements for a taste of village life in Norway. Head out to sea and pass by Nordkapp, with its 1,000ft (307m) high cliff face.
Enjoy informative presentations in advance of your landing on Bear Island, the southernmost island in the Svalbard Archipelago a mecca for hundreds of thousands of sea birds. It has been identified as an “Important Bird Area” by Bird Life International on account of its great numbers of northern fulmars, black-legged kittiwakes, little auks and thick-billed guillemots. Find the remnants of a whaling station in Walrus Bay and a coal mining operation in the north. Due to the cold and dry climate, the ruins are remarkably well preserved.
Sail the western coast of this majestic island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will explore stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife.
Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so there is no fixed itinerary. Stop may include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Monaco Glacier and Gashamna. The destinations visited on your voyage will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Svalbard. Polar bear sightings are most likely near Hornsund, one of their preferred hunting areas.
Poolepynton is great for walrus viewing and photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget. These lumbering giants of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene, as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.
If you’re itching for a more personal and intimate view of the Arctic scenery, consider booking the optional kayaking excursions which will give you several occasions to paddle during your voyage to some of the more isolated pockets of Svalbard. Smeerenburg is a great place for a snowshoeing excursion, if conditions permit. Visit a memorial erected in 1906, remembering the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme Arctic conditions.
There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day you’ll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species, a polar bear on the hunt, or a century-old abandoned hut.
Your adventure ends in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. A transfer is provided from the ship directly to the airport for your return flight home.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage. Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers must have a minimum $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The shipping company will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the traveler. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends that the travel insurance policy covers trip cancellation insurance, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage and repatriation. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Sea Kayaking Option: $595 per person
Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals on board throughout your voyage; shore landings per the daily program; Expedition Leader; Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; presentations by Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled; photographic journal on DVD; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; an expedition parka – yours to keep; coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock; hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin; pre-departure materials; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person*; on embarkation day transfer from hotel to the ship; on the day of disembarkation, group transfer from the ship to airport. Subject to change without notice.
Any airfare; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; any beverages that are not in the complimentary selection; any meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry and other personal charges; telecommunications charges; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for ship’s crew and Expedition Team members; optional kayaking ($595 per person); fuel surcharge may apply.
*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable only to travel between the first and last day of the expedition purchased. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly advise all passengers to purchase medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, and additional emergency evacuation coverage.