Spitsbergen in Depth - Big Island, Big Adventure

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Tour Description

The Svalbard archipelago is a wild, remote and untouched wilderness, home to incredible wildlife and scenery. On this Arctic voyage, we will attempt to circumnavigate Spitsbergen, the largest island of the archipelago, lying entirely within the Arctic Circle. To the west are dramatic glaciers and fjords and to the east the barren high Arctic wilderness. Learn about the region’s history and culture and discover why Spitsbergen is not only the land of the polar bear but also the ‘wildlife capital of the Arctic’.

*Please note that there will be different ships doing this itinerary. Contact us for further information.

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Discover the untouched wilderness of Spitsbergen.

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Explore the region while going on a hike.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Oslo

Your arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and green spaces to keep you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.

Day 2
Oslo Embarkation in Longyearbyen

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, where you’ll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.

Day 3-13
Exploring Spitsbergen

Expect a new adventure every day as we begin our circumnavigation by heading north and around the island of Spitsbergen, exploring smaller, outlying islands. We plan to circumnavigate Spitsbergen, but if conditions are favourable, we will also attempt a circumnavigation of the whole Svalbard archipelago. Every expedition will be different, depending on the weather and ice, but some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Ny London, Phippsøya, Alkefjellet and the seldom-visited Kvitøya. These names may seem strange to you, but each site has its own unique appeal. There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen, where colourful tundra meadows are complemented by immense glaciers. For birders, the 14th of July Glacier is home to puffins, purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese and arctic terns, while Alkefjellet’s cliffs are teeming with nesting Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres). Always on the lookout for wildlife, be sure to have your camera ready to capture reindeer when we visit sites like Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhornet. Searching for the iconic polar bear is a constant activity for your Expedition Team. Phippsøya and Isbukta are two of the bears’ preferred places for hunting, which translates into great potential for you to view and capture them in action. A big part of appreciating Spitsbergen comes from understanding the culture—not just how people live today, but also how this land was first explored. Whaling was a key industry, and you will see remains of outposts from the 16th century, plus other evidence of whaling at landing sites such as Smeerenburg.

Day 14
Disembark in Longyearbyen Oslo

Your adventure ends in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Shipboard accommodation
  • Included Copy 7 Pre expedition Hotel Night
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals whilst on board
  • Included Copy 7 Beverages other than tea & coffee
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All scheduled landings & excursions
  • Included Copy 20 Arrival & disembarkation transfers
  • Included Copy 20 Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition leader & crew
  • Included Copy 20 Expedition parka
  • Included Copy 20 Use of waterproof boots during course of voyage
  • Included Copy 20 All port taxes
  • Included Copy 7 International airfares
  • Included Copy 7 Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Included Copy 7 Travel insurance
  • Included Copy 7 Gratuities for crew
  • Included Copy 7 Pre or post cruise travel expenses
  • Included Copy 7 Optional acitivites
  • Included Copy 7 Personal expenses such as laundry & on board communication
  • Included Copy 7 Charter flights Oslo-Longyearbyen or Longyearbyen-Oslo
Transportation
World Explorer | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

125 Passengers

Ocean Adventurer | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

132 Passengers

Ultramarine | Antarctic & Arctic Cruise Ship

199 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Hking
  • Included Kayaking
  • Included Wildlife observation
  • Included Zodiac excursions
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Duration

14 days

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$8,995 USD

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