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Spitsbergen in Depth: Big Island, Big Adventure

Overview

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The Svalbard archipelago is a wild, remote and untouched wilderness, home to incredible wildlife and scenery. On this Arctic voyage, we will attempt to circumnavigate Spitsbergen, the largest island of the archipelago, lying entirely within the Arctic Circle. To the west are dramatic glaciers and fjords, and to the east the barren high Arctic wilderness. Learn about the region’s history and culture and discover why Spitsbergen is not only the land of the polar bear, but also the ‘wildlife capital of the Arctic’.

Please note, departure 24 June 2020 is on board the Ocean Adventurer. 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACQESID

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 the remote and mystical beauty of Spitsbergen, a land of raw wilderness. 

  • Encounter the unique wildlife of the region including reindeer, walrus, seals and the elusive polar bear. 

  • Embark on a true expedition experience into the heart of the Arctic, an experience that will truly leave you humbled by the unique beauty of this corner of the world. 

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

Expect a new adventure every day as we begin our circumnavigation by heading north and around the island of Spitsbergen, exploring smaller, outlying islands. We plan to circumnavigate Spitsbergen, but if conditions are favourable, we will also attempt a circumnavigation of the whole Svalbard archipelago. Every expedition will be different, depending on the weather and ice, but some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Ny London, Phippsøya, Alkefjellet and the seldom-visited Kvitøya. These names may seem strange to you, but each site has its own unique appeal. There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen, where colourful tundra meadows are complemented by immense glaciers. For birders, the 14th of July Glacier is home to puffins, purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese and arctic terns, while Alkefjellet’s cliffs are teeming with nesting Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres). Always on the lookout for wildlife, be sure to have your camera ready to capture reindeer when we visit sites like Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhornet. Searching for the iconic polar bear is a constant activity for your Expedition Team. Phippsøya and Isbukta are two of the bears’ preferred places for hunting, which translates into great potential for you to view and capture them in action. A big part of appreciating Spitsbergen comes from understanding the culture—not just how people live today, but also how this land was first explored. Whaling was a key industry, and you will see remains of outposts from the 16th century, plus other evidence of whaling at landing sites such as Smeerenburg.

Exploring Spitsbergen - Day 3 to 13

Your adventure ends in the 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
24 Jun 2020 07 Jul 2020 14 USD 11,995
Cabin Type Price
USD 11,995
27 Jun 2020 10 Jul 2020 14 USD 13,995
Cabin Type Price
USD 13,995
30 Jul 2020 12 Aug 2020 14 USD 8,995
Cabin Type Price
USD 8,995
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Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board World Explorer
    All meals whilst on board
    All scheduled landings & excursions
    Arrival & disembarkation transfers
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition leader & crew
    Expedition parka (yours to keep) 
    Use of waterproof boots during course of voyage 
    All port taxes

    Exclusions 

    International airfares
    Visa fees (if applicable) 
    Travel insurance
    Beverages other than tea & coffee 
    Personal expenses such as laundry & on board communication 
    Gratuities for crew 
    Pre or post cruise travel expenses
    Optional acitivites, refer to optional activities section
    Charter flights Oslo-Longyearbyen or Longyearbyen-Oslo
    Pre expedition Hotel Night 

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us to discuss. 

  • Please note this itinerary may be subject to change depending on 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