Look around you as you travel in the North Atlantic, and you’ll see the features that make this region so fantastic. Massive glaciers, sculpted icebergs and chilled seas play home to creatures ranging from walrus and reindeer to the bearded seal and polar bear. You’ll roam this stark landscape, trek across vast tundra and taking to the water aboard a Zodiac to discover remote bird cliffs.
|ADVENTURER CLASS||EXPLORER CLASS||VIEW SUITE||VISTA SUITE||VERANDA SUITE||EXPEDITION SUITE||MEDALLION SUITE||SILVER SUITE||GRAND SUITE||OWNER'S SUITE|
|Jul 3, 2016 - Jul 13, 2016||$7,750||$8,250||$8,950||$9,450||$11,150||$13,850||$16,150||$17,250||$19,450||$21,650|
|Jul 19, 2017 - Jul 29, 2017||$7,750||$8,250||$8,950||$9,450||$11,150||$13,850||$16,150||$17,250||$19,450||$21,650|
Day 1 — Longyearbyen, Norway
Departing from Oslo, fly to Longyearbyen and embark Silver Explorer for your exciting Silversea Expedition — “Expedition Svalbard”. You will attend a mandatory safety briefing, a Zodiac briefing, and be introduced to your Expedition Team. Tonight we invite you to attend a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party.
Days 2–8 — Cruise & Explore Svalbard
Join us for a journey along an expansive archipelago of the Arctic Ocean woven between the North Pole and Norway. Svalbard is one of the last major European wilderness areas with pristine mountains, fauna, deep fjords, picturesque icebergs, and massive ice sheets. Our goal on this voyage is to explore the eastern and least-visited sections of Svalbard’s breathtaking and dramatic Spitsbergen. Once there, we will locate wildlife and spend the maximum amount of time possible hiking on the tundra. Svalbard is home to approximately 2,500 Polar Bears and we hope to encounter a good number of them during our trip.
We will travel along the same routes as famous polar explorers such as Andrée, Nordenskiöld, Amundsen and Nobile. We will trek along beaches blanketed with walruses, hope to see reindeer, and maybe even spot Arctic Fox or Bearded Seals. Seabirds, such as Ivory Gulls, auks and puffins, will be our constant companions as we admire their playfulness and grace. We might even encounter a few whales. A variety of known species frequent the area, in particular the Minke and Beluga.
Our flexible itinerary allows us to take advantage of favourable ice and weather conditions. We will search for walruses, seals, reindeer, Arctic Foxes and Polar Bears. Shore walks and Zodiac landings will bring us up close to the mystical settings and passing icebergs. Each day our Expedition Leader and Captain will determine our best course, depending on changing weather, ice conditions and the wildlife we encounter. In the true spirit of adventure cruising, our Expedition Leader will provide daily updates. Here is a list of places we may visit and things we want to do:
Ice Cruising – With the strengthened hull of Silver Explorer, we have the perfect platform to search for walrus and Polar Bears as we devote at least one day to exploring the pack ice north of Spitsbergen. Conditions permitting, our Expedition Leader may choose to take us out in the Zodiacs for an even closer look.
Bellsund — Pushing about 50 miles (80 kilometres) into Spitsbergen is the more than 12-mile wide Bellsund. At the entrance of the fjord we are likely to encounter some Common Eiders, Arctic Terns, and Arctic Skuas. Snow Bunting and Purple Sandpipers are also common in the area. Our plan is to explore the seldom-visited Van Keulenfjord, where we witness awe-inspiring landscapes as we trek along the tundra.
Prins Karls Forland — Off the west coast of Spitsbergen, we encounter the island of Prins Karls Forland with craggy mountains, massive glaciers and remarkable wildlife. The entire island and the surrounding seas make up Forland National Park. Members of the Expedition Team take us ashore at Poolepynten, a well-known walrus haul out, where our marine biologist explains the habits and habitat of these amazing creatures.
Edgeøya — Enter the realm of the Polar Bear on the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Conditions permitting, we will go ashore at the hard-to-get-to Diskobukta, where we will discover interesting fauna and flora and take a walk amongst thousands of kittiwakes and hopefully some Arctic Foxes. The coastal waters often provide fantastic opportunities to see walrus and Polar Bear on ice floes.
Barentsøya — Just north of Edgeøya is the fourth-largest island in Svalbard. Here we are immersed in a wide tundra landscape, perfect for long hikes and short walks. We may encounter Polar Bears and discover the ruins of 15th-century Russian Pomors.
Hornsund — The southernmost fjord on the rugged west coast of the island of Spitsbergen. Jagged mountain peaks tower above glacier-filled bays. Listen for the crash of white thunder as huge chunks of icefall into the fjord. Amidst floating iceberg jewels watch for Bearded Seals, the rare Beluga Whale and the king of the Arctic — the Polar Bear. Sightings are fairly common as the Polar Bear’s favourite food, the Ringed Seal breeds in the fjord. The surrounding bird cliffs are home to thousands of pairs of nesting Little Auks. We may visit the Polish research station or the remains of whaling stations and trappers’ huts.
Day 9 — Bear Island, Norway
As we near this arctic island, now a nature reserve, we will see thousands of seabirds diving into and out of the island’s steep cliffs. With our Zodiacs we will explore the rugged coastline and, if weather
conditions are favourable, make a landing. The Expedition Team will provide insights into the environment, the terrain, and the wildlife that exist in these extreme conditions. As we leave Bear Island (Bjørnøya), head out on deck to watch for whales that are known to frequent the area.
Days 10–11 — Tromsø, Norway (Overnight)
Tromsø has a proud tradition of being the starting point for many Polar expeditions, and today is also the starting point for your own, independent explorations of this sprawling polar town. Spend your afternoon at leisure, perhaps wandering through The Polar Museum located on the waterfront or visiting the Arctic Alpine Garden — the world’s northernmost botanic garden. Other attractions include a natural history museum, an aquarium and tours of an 1877 brewery. Be sure to see the Arctic Cathedral and take the cable car up into the mountains for a great view of the city.
In the morning, following breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer.
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
Polar Cruise Ships
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.