A bucket list cruise opportunity - this adventure will see us attempting to circumnavigate Svalbard.
Adventure into the high Arctic, a region of outstanding natural beauty and home to the polar bear. As we journey on the Ocean Atlantic, an ice-class expedition ship we will witness whales, seals, walruses, arctic fox and millions of sea birds. The vessel, built to withstand the North Pole’s pack ice, will allow us the excitement of pushing through the ice, as we cruise to 80 degrees north, getting as close as possible to the pack ice north of Svalbard. Our exact route will always be determined by the ice.
Long summer days allow lots of time to explore ashore, taking walks among the amazing flora that somehow manages to grow in these harsh landscapes. Watch reindeer graze, an arctic fox scurry along, and glaciers calve. We also explore the shorelines by zodiac, venturing under sheer cliff faces full of arctic guillemots, black guillemots, perhaps some puffins, nesting for the summer. We will also visit some extraordinary locations in the eastern part of Svalbard with Edgeøya and in the south part of Spitsbergen like Bellsund and Hornsund.
Experience the wonders of high summer in the Arctic and circumnavigate Svalbard.
In 2022 this will be an 11 day voyage on the Ocean Altantic, and in 2023 a 10 day voyage onboard the Ocean Albatros
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Venture as far north of Svalbard as possible to the edge of the pack ice, also the polar bear´s favorite summer residence. The views of the pack ice are amazing in themselves, enjoy watching from the deck as your vessel pushes through.
Take zodiac cruises passed glaciers and cliffs, land and walk in the high arctic, summer is perfect for lots of activity, birds nesting, reindeer grazing, foxes hunting and more!
"If you really want to try and see polar bears then Svalbard is a great area.Spend as long as you can there for more chances to see them, hence a Svalbard Circumnavigation is perfect for this!" Tara, Team Viva.