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Spitsbergen Highlights

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Undertake a voyage in the same sea-faring routes like the explorers of old on this incredible voyage along the west coast of Spitsbergen. Embark in Longyearbyen, before setting out to discover a vast landscape of raw beauty, a magical island, painted with diverse landscapes, from towering cliffs, snow capped mountains, massive glaciers and deep fjords. Observe unique wildlife like the polar bear, hike in colorful tundra or zodiac through immense fjords. This is a true Arctic expedition into one of the most remote and magical places in all of the Arctic.

Optional Activities : Kayaking

Trip Code: ACQESHOA

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Longyearbyen, Smeerenburg & Monaco Glacier

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 incredible landscapes of Spitsbergen, from deep fjords, massive glaciers, rocky cliffs and snow capped mountains.

  • Encounter unique Arctic wildlife including walrus, reindeer and the illusive polar bear. 

  • At Smeerenburg you will have the opportunity to see the abandoned settlement that was established by Dutch whalers over 300 years ago. 

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 great vistas of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this historic town.

Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

You’ll sail around the shores of this magical island, constantly searching for polar bears and other natural wonders. Covering western Spitsbergen, your expedition will afford ample opportunities to view immense glaciers, deep fjords, soaring mountains and unique flora and fauna. Sailing north into Krossfjord, have your camera handy, ready to capture some of the best glacier calving in Spitsbergen. Deep in the fjord, the highly active Lilliehöök Glacier awaits. Listen in awe to the growling as big chunks break off into the icy waters below. A Zodiac excursion to nearby Ny London, an abandoned mining settlement, provides an ideal place for a guided walk. Encounters with wildlife, such as the indigenous Svalbard reindeer, are possible here.
After cruising overnight, wake up to the stunning sight of the magnificent Monaco Glacier, another prolific iceberg producer. To make this even more thrilling, help your Expedition Team to scan the shorelines and ice edge for marine mammals. Possible landing sites include Texas Bar, Worsleyneset and the Andoyane Islands (where polar bears have been known to roam). At 80°N, you’ll reach a walrus sanctuary on the tiny, crescent-shaped Moffen Island. Watching from the water as large groups of these lumbering giants jockey for space is an unforgettable experience, so be ready with your binoculars.
At Smeerenburg you can see the remains of an abandoned settlement that was established by Dutch whalers nearly 400 years ago. Here, at one of Europe’s most northerly outposts, you’ll have time to explore ashore and learn about Spitsbergen’s whaling history. Afterwards, cruising to Magdalenafjord rewards you with panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains and massive glaciers reflected in the crystal-clear waters.
During your last full day of your arctic adventure, you may visit the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, home of the world’s northernmost brewery. We hope to round out the day in Alkehornet, taking in the towering cliffs teeming with nesting seabirds, such as fulmars and Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres). Encounters with reindeer might be possible here too. Later, in the evening, swap stories with your shipmates and crew one last time, at the captain’s dinner.

Exploring Spitsbergen - Day 3 to 6

The time to say goodbye has come. Your 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
09 Jun 2020 15 Jun 2020 7
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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board Ocean Adventurer
    All meals whilst on board
    All scheduled landings/excursions
    Guiding and lectures by English speaking expedition leader and team 
    All port fees
    All landing fees
    Expedition jacket provided (yours to keep) 
    A pair of expedition boots for use during your voyage

    Exclusions

    Airfare to embarkation/disembarkation city 
    Visa fees (if applicable) 
    Beverages (other than tea and coffee)
    Travel insurance
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for the crew
    Pre or post cruise travel expenses
    Optional activities, refer to optional activities section for details

  • 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 and availability.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

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