North Spitsbergen—Polar Bear Special 2015

 

Overview

Location: Spitsbergen (Arctic Norway)
Destination: Spitsbergen Cruises
Starting at: $3,900

 

Description

Visit the archipelago of Spitsbergen with its combination of spectacular scenery (fjords, glaciers, steep mountains and icebergs), fascinating history of exploration, and a plethora of exciting wildlife. Whatever your interest, this itinerary offers cliffs of seabirds, spotting Polar bears and a variety of whales, walks on the tundra with wildflowers, and getting close to the North Pole!

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Ship

Plancius Plancius
Expedition Ships
Capacity: 114

Cabin description & deck plan

 
 
 

Rates & Dates Prices are per person and shown in USD.

QUADTRIPLETWIN PORTHOLETWIN WINDOWTWIN DELUXESUPERIOR
Aug 27, 2015 - Sep 3, 2015$3,900
 
$4,700
 
$5,450
 
$5,800
 
$6,150
 
$6,850
 
 

Itinerary

DAY 1: Embarkation and departure from Longyearbyen
Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting, while in the surrounding area of Longyearbyen. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden.

DAY 2: Raudfjord or Liefdefjord
We visit Raudfjord or Liefdefjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, beautiful fjords dominated by spectacular glaciers and favoured by Ringed and Bearded Seal and where we often sea Polar Bear. In the evening we will sail by the island of Moffen where a big herd of Walrus can be found.

DAYS 3-4: Beverleysundet
We sail through Beverleysundet named by Parry in 1827 and also sailed by the Swedish-Russian Arc-of-Meridian Expedition in 1898. We push east to reach the area of Nordaustlandet, where the Nobile expedition drifted around in 1928 and where the Italian Sora tried to come to the rescue. There we hope to get to Alpinøya, reached by Sora in 1928, and then to the mouth of Finn Malmgrenfjord, and Albertinibukta and to climb Soraberget (205 M) from where we have a fantastic view on the icecap of Nordaustlandet. Alternatively we will land at Storøya, where again we may meet a group of Walrus.

DAY 5: Phippsøya
Today we will reach our northernmost point at Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet. Here we will be at 81 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar Bear inhabit this region, along with Ivory Gull

DAY 6: Retracing our route westwards
Retracing our route westwards, our route takes us through and along the pack ice, keeping watch for Polar Bear and the elusive Greenland Whale (Bowhead). About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen we sail along the edge of the continental shelf, where Fin Whale forage in summer in the upwellings along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of the Kongsfjord we have also good chances to see Minke Whale.

DAY 7: Prins Karls Forland
We land at the northern tip of Prins Karls Forland near Fuglehuken. Seabirds nest on the cliffs, and along the coast we see Harbour Seal, the only population found in Spitsbergen. Here we also will observe the remains of the Polar Bear hunting era, with demolished set guns and bear traps. At the opposite site of Forlandsundet at Sarstangen is a haul out place for Walrus. Alternatively we sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden and land at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on its cliffs and Arctic Fox search the cliff base for fallen eggs and chicks, while Spitsbergen Reindeer graze the relatively luxuriant vegetation. At nighttime we arrive in Longyearbyen.

DAY 8: Arrival and disembarkation in Longyearbyen
Return to Longyearbyen and disembark for the transfer to the airport and the flight to Oslo and home.
 

Included

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use of rubber boots and snow shoes
  • Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

Highlights

  • Cruise through exquisite fjords with steep mountains, glaciers and ice floes
  • Watch for Arctic fox, walrus, seabirds and whales
  • Visit Phippsoya, the northernmost point just 540 miles from the North Pole
  • Learn about exploration of the Beverleysundet area beginning in 1827
  • Explore the pack ice looking for Polar bears and 3 types of whales – Fin, Bowhead and Minke
  • Land at Prins Karls Forland and watch seabirds swooping from cliffs
     

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.

 
 
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