Summary : Embark on a voyage with an expedition spirit, as each day is planned to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer. Scour the ice and tundra in search of the elusive polar bear. Search for lounging seals, grazing reindeer, and colonies of birds under the midnight sun. From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to unique Arctic wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights. Birders will delight in sights of ivory gulls and spectacular bird cliffs. Cruise aboard Zodiacs near the ice edge to spy seals or walruses. Along the journey, the spectacular sights of wildlife in this stunning landscape will truly be experiences to remember.
Activities : Birding, Hiking, Kayaking, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Get a first glimpse of the midnight sun in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen's capital. Transfer from the meeting point to the Expedition for a late afternoon embarkation.
Each day is planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet that offers such a plethora of natural and historical extravaganzas. Spend the next nine days exploring remote polar regions. Visit ice-sculpted fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers crashing into the sea. Explore pack ice edges in search of polar bears hunting seals. At one or more of the stops, it's possible to encounter Svalbard's Arctic fox and the region's unique reindeer.
The goal is to give travelers the best possible opportunity to see wildlife in and around the Svalbard archipelago. Ice conditions sometimes allow for sailing through the Hinlopenstretet (Hinlopen Strait) towards the east coast of Spitsbergen, then through Freemansundet (Freeman Sound) towards the south.
Some departures will explore alternative routes to maximize time in this remote destination. Early season voyages often provide the greatest opportunity to see large ice floes in the Arctic pack ice, which usually means excellent wildlife viewing. Later in the season, the group will cover more territory, which may allow the chance to explore the entire archipelago. This can lead into the less explored regions of Nordaustlandet and Kvitøya, or the continental edges where large whales are attracted by nutrient rich upwellings.
Disembark in the morning. On departure day, transfers to the Longyearbyen airport will be offered to passengers with scheduled flights.
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. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation with this shipping company, all passengers must purchase travel insurance with a minimum medical, evacuation, and repatriation coverage of $200,000 and this insurance must cover personal injury and emergency medical expenses. Passengers must be able to provide proof of insurance purchase and adequate coverage as per the required amounts above. Passengers are responsible for advising their insurer of the type of travel, destination(s), and activities included in their booking so that the insurer may provide appropriate coverage. It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure that they have sufficient coverage and comply with the terms of the applicable insurance plans. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends that all passengers also purchase comprehensive travel protection that includes cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Bilingual Departures: 7/30/2021, 8/9/2021
Kayaking: (6/26/2020, 7/13/2020, 6/26/2021, 7/13/2021)
Advance booking required. The number of participants is restricted to a maximum of 10 passengers and 1 guide per outing in the Arctic. Venture out to sheltered bays and calmer waters on small group kayaking excursions led by expert guides. Participants should have a working knowledge of sea kayaking strokes, entries and exits, including a “wet exit.” Outings last approximately 2-4 hours and are conducted by professional kayak guides with experience in cold-water regions, paddling near ice and marine mammals, and certification in advanced wilderness first aid. All deployment of kayaks and paddlers is done with Zodiacs operated by expedition staff. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Arrival transfer; transfer from ship to airport upon disembarkation; shipboard accommodations; shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; services of Expedition staff and naturalists; lecture and educational programs; gear to keep (expedition parka); and gear on loan (insulated, waterproof boots supplied for US sizes 4-16); meals aboard the ship; coffee, tea, and water. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; mandatory travel insurance; passport and visa fees; discretionary gratuities; items of a personal nature including laundry, Wi-Fi; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except coffee, tea, and water); optional excursions; kayaking; fuel surcharge may apply.
PHOTOS: © Ash Christopher (Tern); © Renato Granieri (Longyearbyen, Magdalena Fjord and Zodiac); © Stu Darnley (Polar Bear); © Leo Tamburri (Sea Kayaking); © Corinna Volk (Reindeer); © G Adventures