Spitsbergen Circumnavigation: Big Island, Big Adventure

 

Overview

Location: Spitsbergen (Arctic Norway)
Destination: Spitsbergen Cruises
Starting at: $0

 

Description

We'll attempt to circumnavigate Spitsbergen—the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago and one of the most accessible places on Earth to view polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. Go ashore in inflatable Zodiac landing craft for up-close exploration of the rugged, remote beauty of this picturesqe northern locale.

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Ship

Sea Spirit Sea Spirit
Luxury Expeditions Ships
Capacity: 112

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

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Itinerary

DAY 1 Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen

Your Spitsbergen arctic voyage begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island's largest settlement. Enjoy your first view of the island's rugged, glacier-topped mountains, rising majestically from icy Arctic waters.

DAYS 2–12 Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

Expect a new adventure every day, as you journey around the island of Spitsbergen and explore smaller, outlying islands. The variety of incredible wildlife and geological formations found hereis astounding! Every expedition will be unique, but a few of our favorite landing sites include the 14th of July Glacier, Ny London, Phippsoya, Aklefjellet and the seldom visited Kvttøya.

The names may seem strange to you, but they each have their own unique appeal. 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 brünich guillermots (thick-billed murres).

If you want to prove that reindeer are real, then you'll want to have your camera ready for visits to sites like Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhornet. As for the largest land carnivore in the world—searching for polar bears is a constant activity, with Phippsoya and Isbukta being two of their preferred places for hunting—meaning great potential for you to capture them in action.

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 and you will see blubber ovens and other whaling evidence at landing sites such as Smeerenburg. Colorful tundra meadow displays are complimented by glaciers and the potential exists for spotting beluga whales.

DAY 13 Disembarkation Day in Longyearbyen

Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Included

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board throughout your voyage
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
  • A daily program of lectures by noted naturalists
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled
  • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An official expedition parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • Arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation
  • On embarkation day transfer from your hotel or Longyearbyen airport to the ship
  • On disembarkation day group transfer from the ship to airport or local designated drop-off location
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking—Please call for pricing and physical requirements
  • Snowshoeing: Free

Highlights

  • The complete Svalbard experience
  • Unique Arctic wildlife&#8212;polar bears, walrus, reindeer
  • Exploring the Polar desert
  • Continuous daylight
  • Tundra hiking
  • Zodiac cruising
  • Optional kayak adventure on selected expeditions

 

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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