Around Spitsbergen, Realm of Polar Bears & Ice
Cruise around Spitsbergen, home to whales, reindeer, Arctic foxes, walruses, seals, and the star attraction, the polar bear.
Over 10 days experience some of the highlights of this amazing archipelago in the icy waters of the North Atlantic as we attempt to do a full circumnavigation.
Spectacular highlights along the way include the huge Fourteenth of July Glacier, as well as Monaco Glacier, and Ny Ålesund, the northernmost settlement on Earth. Other iconic sights include Hinlopen Strait, where reindeer, walruses, ringed seals, and bearded seals all call home. Cruise Bell Sund, one of the largest fjord systems in Svalbard, explore by zodiac, make shore landing to walk, hike and photograph. Learn about the early history of the area as you visit old trappers huts and former whaling sites. The towering bird cliffs of Alkefjellet will amaze, and their make be the excitement of spotting a beluga whale!
The northernmost point of your voyage may be north of Nordaustlandet, in the Seven Islands. Here you reach 80° north, just 870 km (540 miles) from the geographic North Pole...this area is known for its polar bears and pack ice!
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Visit to Alkefjellet, the most well-known bird cliff, where around 60,000 breeding pairs of Brünnich's guillemots can be found.
The islands of Svalbard are among the top regions in the world for polar bear sightings.
Hornsund is one of, if not the, most beautiful fjords to be found in all of Spitsbergen due to the impressive glacier and cliff walls.