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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Starting from $6,400

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Jun 22, 2020 - Jul 2, 2020$6,400
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Jul 2, 2020 - Jul 12, 2020$6,400
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Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen

Enjoy a guided tour of colorful Spitsbergen’s capital Longyearbyen. Late afternoon sees us warmly welcomed on board the ship.

Days 2-3: Magdalenefjorden

Wake up to spectacular alpine peaks and glacier valleys of Spitsbergen’s rugged west coast. In Magdalenefjorden we Zodiac cruise a safe distance from the aqua-blue ice cliffs of 14th July Glacier or Waggonway Glacier, and take long walks among summer flowers, alert for reindeer and Arctic fox. Thanks to the nutrient-rich Gulf Stream and relatively mild temperatures, Atlantic puffins and guillemots fill the cliffs. We look for bearded seals, with their precious curling whiskers. We may visit the remains of a 350-year old Dutch whaling settlement on Amsterdam Island and learn of an ill-fated ballooning attempt over the North Pole.

Days 4-6: Moffen Island and Woodfjorden

Rounding Spitsbergen’s northwest coast, we enter the Arctic Ocean and the world of pack ice. Ghostly beluga whales rise up in open leads and polar bears stalk ringed, bearded and harp seals. Offshore, walruses feed on clams or haul out on beaches, especially on Moffen Island, a walrus sanctuary. We visit trapper huts and stay alert for reindeer and Arctic fox. Delightful walks reveal delicious berries and some of the tundra’s 164 exquisite flowering plants including purple saxifrage, yellow spider plants and Svalbard poppies. If ice conditions allow, we attempt to cross latitude 80° north before turning south to Woodfjorden.

Days 7-8: Hinlopen Strait, Barentsøya and Edgeøya Islands

We attempt to pass through narrow Hinlopen Strait, a channel flanked by austere, cream-colored slopes rich in fossils between Spitsbergen and ice-capped Nordaustlandet. This polar desert is a landscape eroded by severe frost. Even in summer, pack ice could bar our way, but there is much to strive for. We Zodiac cruise beneath Alkefjellet, sheer basalt cliffs rising at more than 250 meters – literally buzzing with some 200,000 nests of Brunnich’s guillemots. During shore excursions, we seek eider ducks, Arctic foxes and the elusive Svalbard ptarmigan. As we pass Barentsøya and Edgeøya islands, we cross polar bear migration routes.

Days 9-10: Hornsund and Bellsund Fjords

This is true expedition cruising. If ice conditions allow, we round South Cape and sail north toward Hornsund and Bellsund, deep fjords home to stunning glaciers and wildlife. If ice bars our way, we simply adjust our itinerary, backtrack and delve deeper into the wonders of Spitsbergen’s north and west coasts.

Day 11: Longyearbyen

A midnight cruise of glorious Isfjorden returns us to Longyearbyen and the end of our voyage.

Greg Mortimer

Greg Mortimer

Deckplan & Cabin Photos

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

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: $940
  • Photography: FREE 
  • Scuba Diving: $940
  • Polar Snorkeling: $630 
 

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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