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Circumnavigating Svalbard - In the Realm of the Polar Bear

10 Days FROM USD 8,386

Overview

Join us for this incredible Arctic circumnavigation of Svalbard, as we aim to sail above 80°N to the ice edge of the Arctic Ocean within 600 nautical miles of the geographical North Pole. Explore the beautiful national parks and nature reserves of Svalbard, with a multitude of possible landing sites and excursions that include hiking, kayaking and traversing a glacier. Bask in the midnight sun as you witness dramatic glaciers, majestic mountains, deep fjords and endless Arctic tundra that make up this untouched Arctic wilderness. With more polar bears that people, Svalbard provides an excellent chance of encountering the iconic King of the Arctic. 

Optional Activities : Kayaking

Trip Code: ACTSROPB

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise 

Location: Arctic, Spitsbergen

Ship: SPITSBERGEN

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us for more details.

CRUISE ITINERARY

This Arctic Circumnavigation starts with an evening flight from Oslo. Norway's capital is often called 'the blue, the green and the city in between' because of its idyllic setting, nestled between fjord and forest. Spend a day checking out the museums, parks and intriguing architecture, or relax in one of the many cafés or bars. Then, set foot in an entirely different world when you arrive in Longyearbyen after your flight. This tiny town perched on the edge of the Arctic wilderness is surprisingly cosmopolitan, with first-class facilities, charming architecture, an internationally renowned museum and several bars and restaurants.

Oslo – Longyearbyen

After an overnight stay in one of our hotels, you can join an exciting excursion to get to know this unique town and the surrounding area. The mighty Arctic wilderness dominates life here, but the town maintains a lively cultural life in spite of its remote position. Longyearbyen is often called an antidote to modern-day life and serves as a prime destination for adventure travelers. Enjoy the singular atmosphere of this colourful frontier outpost before boarding your ship.

Embarkation in Longyearbyen

The North West Corner is scattered with rugged islands, beautiful fjords and isolated beaches. This is true wilderness, so the captain will work with the elements to create the best itinerary for your expedition cruise.

We may visit Kongsfjorden, which is considered one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea. We hope to call on the settlement of Ny-Alesund, an international centre for research, that hosts a picturesque mix of old and new buildings. Wherever we explore, the Expedition Team will lead exciting optional ice-cruising and landing activities as we explore further north.

Northwest Spitsbergen National Park - Day 3 & 4

Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears on the archipelago – and we have high hopes of spotting one on this journey! The ocean is full of drifting ice, and we aim to cross 80º N if conditions allow. We hope to sail all the way to Sjuøyane (Seven Islands) at the far north of the archipelago.

Heading south, we will sail through the Hinlopen Strait, where thousands of seabirds mate while walrus dive for clams in the bays.

We continue towards Edgeoya, the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. On its western shores, the landscape is largely un-glaciated, unlike most other places on the east side of Spitsbergen.

Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve - Day 5-7

We make our way to the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen, where Hornsund hosts a wonderfully varied landscape and geology. Ice pushed into the fjord early in the season attracts polar bears that hunt on the floes, so with a bit of luck, we may spot some of these magnificent predators

South Spitsbergen National Park

We will spend the day exploring the Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. In the inner parts of Isfjorden, the landscape changes constantly. The immense U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago, are home to large populations of Svalbard Reindeer.

The Isfjord

Every good explorer's voyage comes to an end. You will probably sense that time has passed faster than expected. Many report a subtle exhilaration due to having taken a journey to the very top of the globe, just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole. The transfer vehicle takes you early in the morning to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.

Disembarkation in Longyearbyen
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Pricing & date

Circumnavigating Svalbard - In the Realm of the Polar Bear from USD 8,386
Departing Ending Duration
06 Jun 2020 15 Jun 2020 10
14 Jun 2020 23 Jun 2020 10
22 Jun 2020 01 Jul 2020 10
17 Aug 2020 26 Aug 2020 10
04 Jun 2021 13 Jun 2021 10
12 Jun 2021 21 Jun 2021 10
20 Jun 2021 29 Jun 2021 10
28 Jun 2021 07 Jul 2021 10
06 Jul 2021 15 Jul 2021 10

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Important Information

  • Return flights in economy class between Oslo and Longyearbyen
    Overnight in Longyearbyen hotel before the expedition cruise, including breakfast and lunch
    All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion before the expedition cruise
    Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) 
    Complimentary tea and coffee
    Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection.  
    Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
    English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
    Escorted landings with small expedition boats
    Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
    Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket

    Exclusions
    International flights
    Travel insurance, visas, any items of a personal nature
    Luggage handling
    Optional shore excursions with our local partners
    Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
     

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions.

  • Departure date, seasonality & availability.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

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.

 

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