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Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife capital of the Arctic

Overview

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Discover the incredible wildlife of Spitsbergen, a remote, untouched wilderness and the ‘wildlife capital of the Arctic’. Explore the islands to the north and cruise along the western edge of this magical island where jagged mountains, deep fjords and dramatic glaciers provide a stunning backdrop. Spitsbergen is the land of the polar bear and the midnight sun, home to Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes, colonies of walruses, whales, seals and thousands of migratory seabirds. There are opportunities to sea-kayak, and to snowshoe to a historic memorial to the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries. This is a classic Arctic itinerary.

Optional Activities : Hiking Kayaking

Trip Code: ACQESEW

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Arctic

Ship: Ocean Adventurer

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

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Discover the stunning and awe-inspiring beauty of Spitsbergen, a land of deep fjords, massive glaciers and jagged mountain peaks. 

  • Encounter the unique wildlife of the region, home to walrus, seals, reindeer, Arctic fox and the legendary polar bear. 

  • Travel to some of the most remote corners of the globe, an incredibly humbling experience you will share with your fellow passengers and likened explorers. 

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

Explore western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. As you cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, your Expedition Team will constantly be searching for wildlife. Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so we have no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsøya, Alkhornet 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 11

The time to say goodbye has come. Your arctic adventure ends as it began, 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
20 May 2020 31 May 2020 12 USD 6,796
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30 May 2020 10 Jun 2020 12 USD 6,995
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14 Jun 2020 25 Jun 2020 12 USD 7,495
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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Hiking

Hiking

Kayaking

Kayaking

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board Ocean Adventurer
    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 for more details. 

  • Itinerary is 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