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West Spitsbergen & Polar Ice Edge

10 Days FROM USD 6,495

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Overview

This remarkable expedition departs from the far northern settlement of Longyearbyen on the Norwegian Arctic island of Spitsbergen in the famed Svalbard archipelago. We explore the island’s northwestern coast, home to dramatic mountain scenery, tidewater glaciers, and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities.  On this voyage we also venture to the jumbled edge of the north-polar ice cap in search of polar bears stalking their prey. Here, at the dynamic boundary between implacable ice and bountiful sea, we have a rare opportunity to experience raw nature and incredible events hardly ever seen.

Please note the 29 June 2019,21 June 2020 and 30 June 2020 cruise have a 12 day duration. Contact us for more details. 

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Trip Code: ACTSWSPI

Location: Arctic

Ship: Sea Spirit

CRUISE ITINERARY

Welcome to Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of our expedition. After arriving via scheduled commercial flight service, you are free to explore this fascinating Arctic settlement. Be sure to see the excellent Svalbard Museum and take advantage of quality shopping and dining opportunities in the town center. Your hotel for the night has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage.

Longyearbyen, Svalbard

In the afternoon we welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Arctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail into a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as we sail through Isfjorden on our first evening is spectacular and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Embarkation in Longyearbyen

This is a real expedition in a true High Arctic wilderness. As such, our route and exploration opportunities here are heavily dependent on the weather and sea ice conditions we encounter. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the Arctic.

Polar bears and other quintessential Arctic wildlife can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Svalbard. We exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, to discover incredible scenery, and to walk in the footsteps of the historic polar expeditions that came before us.

We anticipate exploring the spectacular fjords, coasts, and islands in the northwestern part of Svalbard. This area contains the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Deep fjords and narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks. Immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters. On ice floes and on fast ice several species of seals watch vigilantly for polar bears. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful Arctic fox. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to walrus and a wide variety of whales. The whole area is alive with migratory birds, including numerous rare species, taking advantage of summer’s fecundity in 24-hour daylight.

And over it all presides the polar bear, monarch of the North. This wild corner of Svalbard is one of the best places in the world to observe polar bears hunting in their preferred habitat: the pack ice. We take the ship as close as safely possible to the jumbled and broken edge of the polar ice cap, where polar bears stalk the frozen sea in search of seals.

To complete the Arctic experience we also explore places rich with history. Our area of exploration contains the historical remnants of whaling camps, coal mining operations, trappers’ cabins, staging areas for historic attempts to discover the North Pole, and even an abandoned polar research station.

Human habitation in this area can be found only at Ny Ålesund, a former mining town that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers. This is one of the world’s most northerly settlements, complete with museum, gift shop, and post office.

The days are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough stunning scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Exploration of West Spitsbergen - Days 3 to 9

After breakfast we say farewell in the town of Longyearbyen, where we started. We provide a transfer to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Svalbard, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

Disembarkation in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
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Pricing & date

West Spitsbergen & Polar Ice Edge from USD 6,495
Departing Ending Duration
13 Jun 2019 23 Jun 2019 10
21 Jun 2019 01 Jul 2019 10
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Important Information

  • 1 pre-voyage night at Radisson hotel;
    Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;
    Shipboard accommodation;
    All meals on board throughout the voyage;
    Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
    All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
    Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
    Expeditions parka;
    Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
    Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
    All port fees;
    Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
    Pre-departure materials;
    Digital Voyage Log;
    Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US 100,000 per person (for those 85 years of age and younger).

     

    NOT INCLUDED

    Airfare;
    Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
    Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
    Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
    Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
    Staff gratuities.

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

  • Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

    Contact us for more details

  • Season and availability

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