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Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife of Svalbard

Overview

Set sail from the fascinating town of Longyearbyen, on the edge of the Arctic wilderness, to explore Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, with its spectacular landscapes on an epic scale. The scenery is magical and the flora and fauna astounding, as you explore by Zodiac and on foot, with options to kayak and snowshoe. Marvel at the impressive wall of ice at the 14th July Glacier and admire the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet where polar bears and Arctic foxes roam. Hornsund is another preferred hunting ground of the mighty polar bear, the king of the Arctic. At Smeerenburg there is a memorial to the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries. This is a true Arctic adventure!    

Optional Activities : Kayaking Hiking

Trip Code: ACQEIS

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Arctic

Ship: World Explorer

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss. 

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Discover a land of incredible natural scenery, large glaciers, deep fjords and jagged mountain peaks. 

  • Undertake this incredible voyage on board the World Explorer, a comfortable and spacious expedition vessel.

  • Explore one of the most remote regions of the Arctic, a truly transformative experience you will share with your fellow passengers.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Your arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and green spaces to keep you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.

Arrive in Oslo, Norway

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, where you’ll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.

Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

You’ll cruise around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so there is no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen.

The island offers multiple opportunities for wildlife photography. Spotting polar bears is more likely here than almost anywhere else, as the Svalbard archipelago is one of their preferred hunting areas.
The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).

Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

If you’re itching to experience a more intimate view from the water, you can book the sea kayaking or paddling excursion adventure options.

In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The tundra can be surprisingly colourful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something interesting, whether it is unique arctic wildlife a polar bear resting between hunts, or abandoned sites from centuries ago.

Exploring Spitsbergen - Day 3 to 9

The time to say goodbye to your Expedition Team and shipmates has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the historic frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo.

Disembark in Longyearbyen & Fly to Oslo
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Pricing & date

Departing Ending Duration Price
11 Jun 2020 20 Jun 2020 10 USD 6,495
Cabin Type Price
USD 6,495
19 Jun 2020 28 Jun 2020 10 USD 9,495
Cabin Type Price
USD 9,495
09 Jul 2020 18 Jul 2020 10 USD 9,495
Cabin Type Price
USD 9,495
17 Jul 2020 26 Jul 2020 10 USD 9,495
Cabin Type Price
USD 9,495
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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Hiking

Hiking

Important Information

  • - Shipboard accommodation
    - All meals whilst on-board including snacks
    - Beer and wine during dinner
    - Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
    - All shore excursions and zodiac cruising (*excluding forward facing zodiac)
    - Guiding and lectures by expedition team and team
    - English-speaking expedition team
    - Free use of rubber boots on land
    - Wind and water resistant expedition jacket
    - All Port taxes

    Exclusions:
    - Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
    - Visa fees (if applicable)
    - Travel Insurance
    - Personal expenses such as laundry, on-board communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service)
    - Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$15.00 per person per day)
    - Optional Activities whilst on-board

    **Mandatory Transfer Package includes;
    • One night’s pre-expedition hotel night at Oslo airport hotel
    • Charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
    • Arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen
    • Charter flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo
          Package Price: USD$895 pp

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

  • Please note this itinerary may be subject to change due to weather and ice conditions. 

  • Departure date, season & 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

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE