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Spitsbergen in Depth

13 Days FROM USD 7,495

Overview

Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, and on this voyage we’ll attempt a circumnavigation of the island. Lying entirely within the Arctic Circle, Spitsbergen is rugged, wild, unspoiled—utterly unforgettable. When it comes to viewing arctic wildlife, Spitsbergen is known as one of the most prolific destinations.

The island and surrounding area offers one of the best opportunities to view polar bears, and with luck you’ll be able to see the world’s largest carnivores in their natural habitat. Walrus populations love Spitsbergen as well, feeding in the food-rich icy waters around the island. Whales and seabirds will also entertain you during the sailing portions of the expedition, and you may catch a sighting of reindeer or fox when taking Zodiac excursions to shore.

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACTSSID

Location: Arctic

Ship: Ocean Adventurer

CRUISE ITINERARY

The M/S Expedition departs in the late afternoon, sailing towards Kirkwall.

Edinburgh/Kirkwall

Visit historic and mystical sites by coach on this remote island. Explore the Standing Stones of Stenness, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar, and the village of Skara Brae.

Kirkwall/Orkney

Continue northwards to the remote Shetland Islands. Opt to visit Jarlshof or join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffins and seabird photography at Sumbrugh Head (weather dependent). Enjoy additional time to explore Lerwick.

Shetland Islands

Cross the famous North Sea to reach Norway. Enjoy an afternoon city tour of Bergen, including a stop at the Edvard Grieg Museum, a visit to the historical seaport district and the fish market. Alternatively, opt for a historical walking tour or the city that ends at the Hanseatic Museum, or explore Bergen on your own for the afternoon.

Bergen

Hop on the Flåm Railway, travelling through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Flåm district.

Flåm

Cruise into the Olden Fjord before a short bus ride to the Birksdal area. Enjoy a moderate walk to Briksdalbreen glacier, or, for an easier option, take a trolley ride with a shorter walk to make it to the glacier lake.

Olden Fjord/Birksdal

Sail deep into one of Norway's most beautiful, and most visited, fjords. Enjoy a coach tour to Dalnibba, soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. For the more adventurous, opt for a 10km mountain hike exploring the area and taking in amazing views of the fjord from above.

Geirangerfjord

Continue on to Trondheim. Choose between hiking in Bymarka Nature Reserve before visiting the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoying a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the area on your own.

Trondheim

The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. The captain will negotiate with local Norwegian pilots to determine our best Zodiac landing options. Hike up to the famous hole in the mountain, with fantastic views of the region. Keep an eye out for Norway's mythical trolls. In the afternoon, head to the quaint and picturesque Vega Island, a UNESCO site. Wander the fishing villages, go on a guided nature hike, and appreciate the slow pace of life.

Torghatten/Vega

Visit Svartisen, Lovund, and Vikingen, to see beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle.

Svartisen/Lovund/Vikingen

The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore by Zodiac for a day trip of the area. Start by visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum to learn about traditional work of the islands before visiting Nusfjord, one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fishing villages for lunch at a local restaurant. After, stop in Henningsvær for time to see local art or explore the quaint fishing village. In the evening, stay on deck as you cruise into one of Norway's most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord. Search the cliffs on your continuing quest to spot trolls.

Lofoten

Enjoy a day off the coast with Zodiac excursions to search out the local marine life, including sperm whales.

At Sea

Head back to the coast and visit Nordkapp in the Finnmark region. Take a scenic drive of this high rugged, coastal plateau, keeping an eye out for wild reindeer. This will be the most northerly point of the trip at 71 º N.

Nordkapp

Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the ''Gateway to the Arctic'' as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. Disembark in the morning. We recommend booking some extra time in Tromsø to explore.

Tromsø
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Pricing & date

Spitsbergen in Depth from USD 7,495
Departing Ending Duration
17 Jun 2019 30 Jun 2019 13
29 Jun 2019 12 Jul 2019 13
23 Jul 2019 05 Aug 2019 13
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Important Information

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
    All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board
    All shore landings per the daily program
    Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
    All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
    Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
    Photographic journal documenting the expedition
    Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
    Official Expeditions parka to keep
    Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
    Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
    Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
    All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
    All luggage handling aboard the ship
    Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
    Arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation
    Transfer from your hotel or Longyearbyen airport to the ship on embarkation day
    Group transfer from the ship to Longyearbyen airport or a local designated drop-off location on disembarkation day

     

    Exclusions
    International airfare
    Passport and visa expenses
    Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
    Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
    Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
    Excess-baggage fees on international flights
    Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
    Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
    Phone and Internet charges
    Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
    Additional overnight accommodation
    Optional kayaking activities

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

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  • Season and availability

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