Summary : Spitsbergen is the largest island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Attempt a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen with visits to outer lying islands as well. The islands of the archipelago are varied, so this is the voyage to choose if you want the complete experience. Observe scores of nesting seabirds, lazy walrus lolling on the shores, and of course, the iconic polar bear, roaming the ice edge. Spitsbergen also boasts a remarkably diverse landscape, offering the chance to explore everything from jagged mountain peaks to sweeping polar deserts. Whales and seabirds will also entertain you during the sailing portions of the expedition, and you may catch a sighting of reindeer or fox when taking Zodiac excursions to shore. Tour the magnificent scenery on Zodiac excursions and by foot or with an incredible, optional kayaking experience.
Please Note: 6/2/2018 is a special Photography Voyage (In Search of Polar Bears) and the itinerary will be less structured to allow ample time for wildlife photography. Take advantage of photographic expertise on board for tips on technique.
Activities : Birding, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Board the expedition ship in Longyearbyen, the island’s largest settlement. Enjoy views of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains, rising majestically from icy Arctic waters.
Expect a new adventure every day while journeying around the island of Spitsbergen and exploring smaller, outer islands. Be astounded by the variety of incredible wildlife and geological formations found here! Every expedition will be unique, but could include a few favorite landing sites such as the 14th of July Glacier, Ny London, Phippsoya, Alkefjellet, and the seldom-visited
Wildlife abounds with something for everyone in Spitsbergen. For birders, the 14th of July Glacier is home to purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese and Arctic terns; while Alkefjellet is home to nesting brunich guillemots and thick-billed murres. Observe authentic reindeer in the wild with camera ready for visits to sites like Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhornet. Search for polar bears at Phippsoya and Isbukta, two of their preferred places for hunting – meaning great potential to observe and photograph them in action. The walrus sanctuary off Moffen Island is another place that may be visited offering great opportunities for snapshots of walrus from the sea. Watch for beluga whales and colorful tundra meadow displays complemented by immense glaciers.
A big part of appreciating Spitsbergen comes from understanding the culture, not just how people live today, but how this land was first explored. Whaling was a key industry here with evidence observed at landing sites such as Smeerenburg. Colorful tundra meadows are complimented by glaciers and there is sometimes a rare chance to spot beluga whales.
End the adventure as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. Transfer 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.
Bilingual Departure: English/French
6/2/2018 Departure: Special Photography Voyage with a less structured itinerary to allow ample time for wildlife photography. Take advantage of photographic expertise on board for tips on technique. Trip may be different than the trip route map suggests. Like true arctic adventurers, choose to let the search for polar bears and other wildlife determine the route and shore landings.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers are to carry a minimum of $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. All guests are strongly recommended to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage. 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 U.S. residents with travel protection options. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions.
Not included in cruise rate. See rates page for price. Minimum age 16 years. This is a pre-booked option for kayakers with some experience. Places are strictly limited so please advise at time of booking. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details.
If you’re interested in kayaking and would like to try something less in-depth than sea kayaking, you can still enjoy the benefits of adding an on-water experience to your expedition with a paddling excursion. Sign up for a one-time one hour paddle on a sit-on-top kayak, which is stable and unencumbered: perfect for anyone with little to no experience with kayaking. No experience necessary. Space is limited. Must be 16 years of age or older to participate. All sit-on-top kayaks are doubles. Pre-booking required. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation; on embarkation day, transfer from hotel or Longyearbyen airport to the ship; on the day of disembarkation, group transfer from the ship to airport or designated drop-off location; shipboard accommodation; meals on board ship; shore landings per the daily program; Expedition Leader; Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; photographic journal; 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; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $500,000 per person*; use of snowshoes (weather dependent); gratuities (2019); beer and wine with dinner (2019); soft drinks 24/7 (2019). Subject to change without notice.
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, bar, beverage, and other personal charges unless specified; phone and internet charges; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for ship’s crew and Expedition Team members; optional kayaking; optional paddling (2019); additional overnight accommodation; fuel surcharge may apply.
*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $500,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable only while traveling with the shipping company between the first and last day of the expedition. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition, including pre- and post-packages/hotels/flights, purchased from the shipping company or from suppliers other than the shipping company, 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.