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Circumnavigating Svalbard - The Ultimate Expedition

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Discover the remote, untouched wilderness and incredible wildlife of the spectacular Svalbard archipelago as you circumnavigate Spitsbergen aboard the MS Spitsbergen. To the west are dramatic glaciers, jagged mountains and deep fjords as well as cultural relics from the first inhabitants of Svalbard. To the east is the barren high Arctic wilderness. Spitsbergen is the land of the polar bear and the midnight sun, the ‘wildlife capital of the Arctic’, home to Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes, colonies of walruses, whales, seals and thousands of migratory seabirds nesting on coastal cliffs not to mention over 3,000 polar bears!

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACTSCSUE

Location: Arctic

Ship: SPITSBERGEN

CRUISE ITINERARY

Before your evening flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, spend the day in the museums, parks and cafes of the Norwegian capital. When you arrive in Svalbard, you will discover an entirely different world: a tiny town perched on the edge of the vast Arctic tundra.

On arrival, we transfer you to your hotel for an overnight.

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.

Longyearbyen – Embarkation

The North West Corner is scattered with lovely islands, fjords and beaches. If conditions allow, we will explore Svalbard’s rich history in the area. We may visit Kongsfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations.

We hope to call on the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund, now an international centre for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings. There will be exciting landings and scenic kayaking opportunities as we go further north.

North West Spitsbergen National Park - Day 3-5

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 the frozen landscape changes constantly. This is true wilderness, so the captain will work with the elements to decide where we can safely land or sail.

We aim to cross 80º N, and possibly head even further north to Sjuøyane (Seven Islands), at the extreme of the Svalbard archipelago. We may also sail east of Nordaustlandet to Kvitøya, before continuing towards Edgeøya, the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago.

Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve - Day 6-8

We make our way to the southern cape and 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 & Bellsund - Day 9 & 10

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 the Svalbard reindeer.

The Isfjord

Our return to the colourful town of Longyearbyen marks the end of a remarkable voyage that brought us just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole. A transfer vehicle will take you to the airport for your night flight. Arrival early in the morning in Oslo.

Disembarkation in Longyearbyen
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Important Information

  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
    Return economy flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen
    One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage including breakfast and lunch
    All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion before the voyage
    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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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.