Location: Spitsbergen (Arctic Norway)
Destination: Spitsbergen Cruises
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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.Contact us about this trip Share
Polar Cruise Ships
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!
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.