Spitsbergen Odyssey

 

Overview

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

 

Description

From transiting deep fjords to exploring a polar desert landscape, enjoy the diversity of this astonishing archipelago. Visit steep cliffs filled with birds, watch for foxes and reindeer and Polar bears, and flip out over Beluga whales. Walk the tundra alive with wildflowers and tundra berries.

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Ship

Polar Pioneer Polar Pioneer
Expedition Ships
Capacity: 54

Cabin description & deck plan

 
 
 

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

No dates have been scheduled for this cruise.
 

Itinerary

Day 1
Explore the lovely town of Longyearbyen; visit galleries and museums before boarding the Polar Pioneer.

Days 2-3
Cruise in a Zodiac to see blue ice cliffs, and walk on the tundra looking for flowers, reindeer and Arctic fox. A visit may be made to a 350-year-old Dutch whaling settlement.

Days 4-6
In the pack ice be amazed by Polar bears stalking seals, walrus crowded on ice floes, and Beluga whales. Flowers you may see include purple saxifrage, yellow spider plants, and Svalbard poppies. Visit trapper huts.

Days 7-8
Visit a polar desert landscape eroded by severe frost. Adventure up close in a Zodiac beneath sheer basalt cliffs with 20,000 nests of Brunnich’s guillemots. And take a stroll to find Eider ducks, Arctic foxes and the elusive Svalbard ptarmigan. Cross the Polar bear migration routes.

Days 9-10
If conditions allow, explore Hornsund and Bellsund which are deep fjords with stunning glaciers and wildlife. If not, explore more wonders on the north and west coasts of Spitsbergen.

Day 11
Stay awake for the midnight cruise through Isfjorden and back to Longyearbyen. After disembarking join a group transfer to the airport.
 

Included

  • Transfer from airport to ship including sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen
  • Transfer from ship to airport
  • All meals on board ship
  • All shore excursions from the ship including Zodiacs
  • Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services
  • Medical services; there is a resident doctor and well-equipped clinic on board
  • Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities
  • Pre-departure information and briefing
  • One polar bear adoption per passenger
     

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking:  $975 per person

Highlights

  • Zodiac close to blue ice cliffs; watch for reindeer and Arctic fox while trekking along the tundra
  • Visit trapper huts
  • Watch for Polar bears, walrus, seals and Beluga whales on and around the ice floes
  • Experience a polar desert landscape
  • Zodiac close to sheer basalt cliffs with 200,000 nests of Brunnich’s guillemots
  • Watch for Eider ducks, Arctic foxes and the elusive Svalbard ptarmigan as you walk
  • If possible, cruise into the deep fjords of Hornsund and Bellsund
  • Stay awake to appreciate the midnight cruise of Isfjorden on the way back to Longyearbyen
     

 

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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