Pristine Spitsbergen

From Paris / Tromsø to Longyearbyen / Paris
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  • Spitsbergen
  • Expedition
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Magical ice floes, breathtaking glaciers and impressive fjords await on this incredible journey through the west coast of Spitsbergen. On board Le Boreal, you will find the upmost degree of luxury and elegance as you traverse into the heart of the Svalbard Archipelago. Departing from Tromsø, you will head to Bear Island, a haven for sea birds, before reaching the impressive fjord system of Hornsund. As you sail into the Arctic Far North you will embrace the sights of magnificent glaciers, massive icebergs and incredible bays as you cross incredible destinations including Magdalena Bay, the 14th of July Glacier and the colourful former mining town of Longyearbyen. This is a truly remarkable journey to one of the most remarkable gems of the Arctic.

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Explore the Arctic region on small boats and shore excursions.

Special National Geographic Photographer and an Expert onboard

Sail through the incredibly diverse landscapes of Spitsbergen.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from Paris to Tromsø - Embarkation

A National Geographic Departures which includes a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert onboard

This morning you will meet at Paris Airport for your charter flight to Tromso. We recommend arriving in Paris at least 1 or 3 days prior to departure.
Upon arrival into Tromso you will embark on group transfers to the port.

In the north of the Arctic circle you’ll discover Tromsø, a secluded town located in the county of Troms. Norwegians call it the “Paris of the north”. You’ll soon see why when you discover its extensive neoclassical architectural heritage. A stunning example is the Arctic cathedral, a major monument whose stylistic purity echoes the outline of the mountains surrounding the town.

Dinner tonight is included

Overnight onboard your cruise in your selected cabin

Day 2
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

All meals included

Overnight onboard your cruise in your chosen cabin

Day 3
Bjørnøya (Bear Island)

Halfway between Norway and Spitsbergen, you will sail not far from the coastlines of Bjørnøya, the southernmost island of Svalbard. From your ship, observe this isolated piece of land discovered in 1596 by the Dutch navigator Willem Barents, then looking for the Northwest Passage. Following a tough fight between a polar bear and the members of the expedition, he dubbed the place Bear Island. Regularly covered by a thick layer of fog, Bjørnøya shelters a meteorological station built in 1923, which is still in operation. Declared a nature reserve in 2002, the island is above all home to an enormous colony of sea birds: skuas, guillemots, puffins, Tridactyl gulls, petrels, gulls and little auks all coexist here.

All meals included

Overnight onboard your cruise in your chosen cabin

Day 4
Sør-Spitsbergen National Park

Reach the southern tip of Spitsbergen we discover the Sor-Spitsbergen National Park, where you will be able to admire some of the island’s most beautiful fjords, like the Hornsund with its impressive glacier front.
Sør-Spitsbergen National Park encompasses the southern end of Spitsbergen island in the Svalbard archipelago, Norway. The park was opened in 1973 and includes Wedel Jarlsberg Land, Torell Land and Sørkapp Land. Over 65% of the region is ice cap, with much of the rest tundra.

All meals included

Overnight onboard your cruise in your chosen cabin

Day 5
Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park

Like the other protected areas of Svalbard, the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park was established in the early 1970s to protect this exceptional environment against the growing interest of the mining industry. Nunataks, glaciers, islands and large bays, arctic tundra scattered with moss and lichen in shades of silver and gold... This region will fascinate you with its landscapes and with the numerous vestiges that bear witness to the history of the men ─ whale hunters and those involved in the first expeditions to the North Pole ─ who found themselves on these shores from the start of the 17th century. In this pristine environment, you will be able to observe arctic sterns or seals on the rocks that emerge at low tide.

All meals included

Overnight onboard your cruise in your chosen cabin

Day 6
Sailing Ice Floes

Enjoy the absolutely unique experience of sailing to the heart of the ice floe, this vast expanse of virgin, immaculate ice. The landscapes are constantly changing, shifting from a smooth, flat wilderness to a chaos of ice, then to channels of open water. Your ship will sail along these naturally open channels and through the areas where the frozen layer is thinnest, offering you the chance to experience magic maritime moments in the midst of drifting sea ice. It will also often be an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe: birds, seals and polar bears.

All meals included

Overnight onboard your cruise in your chosen cabin

Day 7
Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park

Like the other protected areas of Svalbard, the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park was established in the early 1970s to protect this exceptional environment against the growing interest of the mining industry. Nunataks, glaciers, islands and large bays, arctic tundra scattered with moss and lichen in shades of silver and gold... This region will fascinate you with its landscapes and with the numerous vestiges that bear witness to the history of the men ─ whale hunters and those involved in the first expeditions to the North Pole ─ who found themselves on these shores from the start of the 17th century. In this pristine environment, you will be able to observe arctic sterns or seals on the rocks that emerge at low tide.

All meals included

Overnight onboard your cruise in your chosen cabin

Day 8
Kongsfjorden (King Bay), Spitsbergen

Very close to the former mining town of Ny-Ålesund, set off to discover Kings Bay. Your ship will sail in one of the most beautiful fjords in Svalbard: Kongsfjorden (the fjord of the King), a gateway to grandiose landscapes. Here, the snow-capped mountains are reflected in the water where superb icebergs try to outdo each other in their beauty, a delight for photographers. Bearded seals, reindeer, barnacle geese and black guillemots frequent these places that have a unique atmosphere. Once you arrive at the end of the fjord, admire the Kongsbreen (glacier of the King) and its three characteristic rocky points, which take their names from three Scandinavian countries: Svea (Sweden), Dana (Denmark) and Nora (Norway).

All meals included

Overnight onboard your cruise in your chosen cabin

Day 9
Disembark Longyearbyen - Fly to Paris

Disembarkation after breakfast this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward charter flight to Paris which is included in your cruise package.
We recommend staying in Paris for 1 or 2 nights post-cruise before continuing on to your next destination

NOTE: Tourist infrastructures are very limited in Longyearbyen. We kindly ask you for your flexibility and understanding
We are privileged guests in these remote lands where we are at the mercy of weather, ice, tidal and current conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the AECO.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 8 nights stay on board Le Boreal in a superior cabin
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals while on board the cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Open bar & room service 24 hours (conditions apply)
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Special National Geographic Photographer and an Expert onboard
  • Included Copy 20 All tours mentioned with professional English speaking guide (subject to weather conditions)
  • Included Copy 20 Parka to keep & boots to Loan while on the cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Return flights to/from Paris to meet your cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Group transfers in Tromso & Longyearbyen to/from Airport to Ship
  • Included Copy 31 Euro Currency on-board
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, Travel Insurance, Gratuities / Tips are not included
  • Included Copy 7 Personal expenses, such as laundry, onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes and email service)
  • Included Copy 7 Transfers to/from Paris airport on Day 1 & Day 8 are not included
Transportation
Le Boréal | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

264 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers

Activities

  • Included Kayaking
  • Included Sail in Spitsbergen’s fjords and towards the ice floe.
  • Included Hiking opportunity.
  • Included Outings and shore visits in Zodiac inflatables with your naturalist guides
  • Included Landscapes: ice floes, jagged mountains, icebergs, ice caps, steep-sided valleys, sheer cliffs, huge
  • Included Wildlife: polar bears, Arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic terns, walruses, whales, puffins.
  • Included Special National Geographic Photographer and an Expert onboard
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Duration

9 days

Price from

$11,010 USD

Per person, sharing

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