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Norway and Spitsbergen – The Route of Polar Pioneers

6 Days FROM AUD 5,355

Overview

Follow the route of Polar pioneers on this 7-day Arctic adventure as you venture from historic Tromsø to North Cape, the northern tip of Europe and then step ashore on isolated Bjørnøya, the southernmost island of Svalbard with its dense concentration of seabirds. Explore the ruggedly beautiful coast of West Spitsbergen, maybe visiting the ice-filled fjord of Hornsund and the beautiful area of Kongsfjord, where huge glaciers calve icebergs into the sea against a stunning mountainous backdrop. Along the way keep a look out for polar bears, seals, reindeer and Arctic foxes. Sail into Isfjord, the most extensive fjord system on Svalbard, before disembarking in the fascinating town of Longyearbyen. 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACTSRPP

Location: Arctic

Ship: MS ROALD AMUNDSEN

CRUISE ITINERARY

Our voyage begins, as so many great explorations have, in Tromsø. It’s a city with many great attractions but it is also easy to escape from the metropolis if you seek wilderness. In a traditional wharf house from the 1830s, you’ll find the Polar Museum where you can learn more about Tromsø’s polar history. The experience centre Polaria lies five minutes from the heart of the city. Here you’ll find an Arctic aquarium, interesting knowledge-based exhibits, a panoramic cinema and a gift and souvenir shop. The city’s most recognisable landmark is the Arctic Cathedral, built in 1965, featuring a huge original stained-glass mosaic. Take the Fjellheisen Cable Car to the top of the Fløyfjellet Mountain (420 m) and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, mountains and fjords.
Tromsø, Norway – Embarkation

A few hours before we arrive at Skarsvåg we will sail past the spectacular North Cape cliff, offering you a stunning view of this famous landmark. Skarsvåg is a small village that lies along the northern coast of the island of Magerøya, and it claims the distinction of being the world's northernmost fishing village. Join the optional excursion to the North Cape and get a feeling what it’s like to stand at the end of the Earth. There is a combined museum and restaurant at the plateau, where you can learn more about early expeditions and watch a panoramic film that takes you through the four seasons in this landscape full of contrasts, light and breathtaking scenery.

Skarsvag

Bjørnøya, with a population of just nine persons, is the southernmost island of the Svalbard Archipelago. It is an isolated spot in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, known for hosting perhaps the largest concentration of sea birds in the Northern Hemisphere. This is where the cold waters from the Arctic Ocean meet warm Gulf Stream currents. When these water masses collide, nutrient-rich water is pushed up to the surface, making it an 'all-you-can-eat' buffet for 126 different bird species. If conditions allow, we will land here.

Bjørnøya

Cruising northbound from Bjørnøya, the Captain and Expedition leader will make the best use of the conditions at hand. We may cruise into Hornsund and explore the ice-filled fjord by small boats, or land to hike to a viewpoint overlooking the glacier. The Expedition team will tell stories of the history of the area, including that of Wanny Woldstad, the first female trapper-hunter who lived here in the 1930s.

We often observe polar bears, although not every day and seldom at very close range. Like most things in a true wilderness, there are no absolute guarantees. But the more eyes scouting through binoculars, the better our chances of observing the King of the Arctic. We might visit Kongsfjord, considered one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations. On the shore of Kongfjord is the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund, now an international centre for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings.

West Coast of Spitsbergen - Day 4 & 5

Every great explorer's voyage comes to an end. Many guests report a subtle exhilaration in the afterglow of this journey, partly from the thrill of coming just a few hundred miles from the North Pole. The final day, we will have a morning landing and sail into Isfjord, the most extensive fjord system on Svalbard, on our way to Longyearbyen. We arrive in Longyearbyen late in the evening and transport you to the airport for your night flight to Oslo.

Longyearbyen – Disembark - Oslo
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Pricing & date

Norway and Spitsbergen – The Route of Polar Pioneers from AUD 5,355
Departing Ending Duration
21 Jul 2019 26 Jul 2019 6
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Important Information

  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
    Transfer from ship to airport in Longyearbyen
    Economy flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo
    Wind and water-resistant jacket
    Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
    Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
    Free tea and coffee


    Exclusions
    International flights
    Travel insurance
    Luggage handling
    Optional excursions and gratuities

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

  • Contact us for more details

  • Season and availability

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Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.