Svalbard to Tromsø, Norway

 

Overview

Location: Spitsbergen (Arctic Norway)
Destination: Spitsbergen Cruises
Starting at: $8,150

 

Description

Focusing on the remote eastern side of Svalbard, explore rugged areas and walk the tundra to find polar bears, reindeer, Arctic fox and bearded seals. Cruise the Arctic sea to Bear Island in search of more wildlife including seabirds on steep cliff walls and opportunities to see whales. Visit historic Tromsø and view it from above by taking a cable car; tour an 1877 brewery or visit specialty museums.

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Ship

Silver Explorer Silver Explorer
Luxury Expeditions Ships
Capacity: 132

Cabin description & deck plan

 
 
 

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

OWNER'S SUITEGRAND SUITESILVER SUITEMEDALLION SUITEEXPEDITION SUITEVERANDA SUITEVISTA SUITEVIEW SUITEEXPLORER CLASSADVENTURER CLASS
Jun 22, 2015 - Jul 2, 2015$22,850
 
$20,550
 
$18,150
 
$16,950
 
$14,650
 
$11,750
 
$9,950
 
$9,450
 
$8,650
 
$8,150
 
Jul 12, 2015 - Jul 22, 2015$22,850
 
$20,550
 
$18,150
 
$16,950
 
$14,650
 
$11,750
 
$9,950
 
$9,450
 
$8,650
 
$8,150
 
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Fly from Oslo to Longyearbyen, Svalbard and board the Silver Explorer. Meet your Expedition Team, attend a briefing on Zodiacs, and enjoy a Welcome Aboard cocktail party.

Days 2–8: Cruise & Explore Svalbard
This cruise explores the eastern and least-visited areas of this dramatic and expansive archipelago between Norway and the North Pole. There will be much time spent hiking on the tundra finding wildlife, especially some of the 5000 polar bears. Others expected are Arctic fox, reindeer, bearded seals and walrus—as well as Beluga and Minke whales. Seabirds likely to be encountered include Ivory gulls, auks and puffins.

While ice conditions and weather will determine the itinerary, flexibility will be the key to getting up close to walrus and polar bears especially. A visit is planned to Van Keulenjford on a tundra walk with incredible landscapes. In the Prins Karls Forland National Park, a marine biologist will explain habits and habitat of walrus at Poolypnten where they come onshore. We hope to visit a Polish research station, abandoned whaling stations and trappers' huts, as well as the ruins of 15th Century Russian settlers.

Day 9: Bear Island
Thousands of sea birds dive from this island's steep cliffs, and a landing will be made if possible. Also keep a lookout for whales known to be in the area.

Days 10–11: Tromsø, Norway
Explore Tromsø on your own; options include visiting the Polar Museum on the waterfront or the Arctic Alpine Garden (world's northernmost botanical garden). There is a natural history museum, tours of an 1877 brewery and an aquarium, as well as the Arctic Cathedral. Experience aerial views from the cable car that carries you up into the mountains!

Included

  • All cabins are ocean view suites and staterooms with Butler service
  • Complimentary parka, backpack and stainless steel water bottle
  • Onshore adventures
  • Complimentary wines and spirits, in-room Bar and 24-hour room service
  • Open-seated dining with gourmet meals
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Casual/informal attire (no formal nights)

Highlights

  • Explore deep fjords with rugged high mountain walls
  • Cruise around icebergs and amongst spectacular scenery with glaciers
  • Take long treks across the tundra
  • Keep an eye out for Minke and Beluga whales, walrus, Arctic fox, bearded seals, reindeer
  • Explore areas where polar bears roam amongst ice flows and exquisite scenery
  • Watch for soaring and exciting birds such as puffins, auks, terns, skuas, sandpipers and eiders
  • Feel the habitat and visit ruins of old whaling stations
  • In Tromso, visit The Polar Museum or Arctic Alpine Garden, or take a cable car up into the mountains

 

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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