Unexplored Svalbard

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

Explore the Far North on this 8-day expedition cruise. A brand-new cruise to discover the countless riches of Svalbard. The scenery is spectacular and the flora and fauna exceptional. Longyearbyen is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet and the starting point of your Arctic voyage.
Set sail eastbound to try to reach the coats of the Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve and the Hinlopen Strait, a real polar desert sheltering many basaltic islets, majestic glaciers and rich marine ecosystem: colonies of sea birds, walruses, polar bears, and Arctic foxes come to feed here.
Perhaps you will be lucky enough to observe these emblematic species as you sail along with the islands of Barentsoya and Edgeoya (also known ad Barent Island and Edge Island respectively), in the Soraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve, which is the largest protected zone in Norway.
During your unforgettable voyage, the ship will sail to latitudes of 80 degrees north and you will discover that unique feeling of having reached the top of the world.

Please note your cruise will be on board L'Austral or Le Boreal depending on departure.

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Amazing wildlife spotting which may include, polar bears, walruses, Arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, cetaceans, sea birds

Landscapes which will leave you speechless - ice floes, jagged mountains, icebergs, ice caps, steep-sided valleys, sheer cliffs, huge glaciers.

A brand-new cruise to discover the countless riches of Svalbard.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from Paris to Longyearbyen

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

Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to below 40°C, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see and the untouched nature, make you feel like you’re in completely unexplored territory.

Dinner is included tonight

Overnight onboard your cruise in your chosen cabin.

Day 2
Kongsfjord (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 3
Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park & Nordvest-Svalbard Nature Reserve

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.

Nordvest-Svalbard Nature Reserve:
The Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve has been protecting the northernmost and coldest part of the archipelago, Nordaustlandet (North East Land), since 1973. This vast polar desert covered by two ice caps is the second largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Protected by the gulf stream, the fjords and cliffs in the west and north are home to large colonies of birds and walruses. The landscapes in the colder east and south are dominated by imposing glaciers that calve majestic icebergs in the vast Hinlopen Strait. Large colonies of thick-billed murres have taken up residence on the sheer cliffs. You may even get the chance to see a bear or an Arctic fox roaming in the vicinity.

All meals included

Overnight onboard your cruise in your chosen cabin.

Day 4
Sailing towards the Ice Floes

Your captain will sail right up to the limit of the ice, to the edge of the ice floe. Weather conditions and state of the ice allowing, you will be able to go out in a Zodiac® dinghy for a unique experience in the middle of these floating slabs of ice. In addition to this grandiose journey through the middle of these floes with their cut and blue-tinged edges, sometimes over 2 metres thick, it is also often 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 5
Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve

The Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve has been protecting the northernmost and coldest part of the archipelago, Nordaustlandet (North East Land), since 1973. This vast polar desert covered by two ice caps is the second largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Protected by the gulf stream, the fjords and cliffs in the west and north are home to large colonies of birds and walruses. The landscapes in the colder east and south are dominated by imposing glaciers that calve majestic icebergs in the vast Hinlopen Strait. Large colonies of thick-billed murres have taken up residence on the sheer cliffs. You may even get the chance to see a bear or an Arctic fox roaming in the vicinity.

All meals included

Overnight onboard your cruise in your chosen cabin.

Day 6
Soraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve

The Søraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve is the second largest protected area in Norway. Established in 1973, this nature conservation area stretching over more than 21,000 km2 will offer you stunning panoramas including coastal landscapes, rocky islets, mountain plateaux, vast tundra plains, and ice floes. With a little luck, you will be able to observe a wide variety of seabirds, given the site is listed as an Important Bird Area, as well as cetaceans, Svalbard reindeer, or even Arctic foxes. Among other things, Edgeoya Island is renowned for providing shelter to a number of polar bears during the breeding season.

All meals included

Overnight onboard your cruise in your chosen cabin.

Day 7
Isfjorden

The vast Isfjorden is one of the main fjords in Svalbard. These different branches reach the heart of the island of Spitsbergen. Located deep inside the Billejforden, the Nordenskiöld Glacier is one of the very beautiful discoveries of your cruise. Its front of ice, nearly 5 km wide, is one of the most spectacular in the Svalbard Archipelago. You will perhaps have the opportunity to discover the ghost town of Pyramiden. Constructed at the foot of a mountain in the form of a pyramid, this former mining town, founded by Sweden at the beginning of the 20th century before being sold a few years later to the Soviet Union, and abandoned in 1998, has conserved all the buildings from its glory days, when it lived off coal mining.

All meals included

Overnight onboard your cruise in your chosen cabin.

Day 8
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 7 nights stay on board Le Boreal or L'Austral in a superior cabin (depending on departure)
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals whilst on board including snacks
  • Included Copy 20 Open bar & room service 24 hours (conditions apply)
Fees & Services
  • 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 A brand-new cruise to discover the countless riches of Svalbard.
  • Included Copy 20 Return flights from Paris to Longyearbyen
  • Included Copy 20 Group transfers in 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

L'Austral | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

264 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers

Activities

  • Included Wildlife Observation: polar bears, walruses, Arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, cetaceans, sea birds.
  • Included Kayaking
  • Included Outings and shore visits in Zodiac inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Included Hiking opportunity
  • Included Discover Europe's largest ice cap in Nordaustlandet
  • Included Landscapes: ice floes, jagged mountains, icebergs, ice caps, steep-sided valleys, sheer cliffs, huge
  • Included Sail in the Hinlopen Strait between Spitsbergen and Nordaustlande
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Duration

8 days

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$9,820 USD

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