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Unexplored Svalbard

8 Days FROM USD 9,020

Overview

Discover the unrivaled beauty of the far north on this incredible 8 day expedition to around Svalbard. Starting your journey in Longyearbyen, you will your unforgettable adventure as you cruise to the heart of the Svalbard archipelago. You will first sail toward Knogsfjorden and to the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park where incredible Arctic vistas await - deep blue fjords, snow-capped peaks and immense glaciers dot this landscape, the remains of old whaling stations and trapper's cabins also can be found. Continuing on you will visit the Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve, a polar desert  home to a rich marine ecosystem where colonies of seabirds, walrus, arctic fox and even polar bears often frequent. You may also be lucky enough to spot these emblematic species as you sail along the islands of Edgeoya and Barentsoya, in the Soraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve. 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACPOUNS

Travel Style: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Location: Svalbard

Ship: LE BOREAL

Flights: Local charter flights included as part of cruise package. Please contact us for more information.

CRUISE ITINERARY

In the morning you will board you selected charter flight from Paris to Longyearbyen. The flight is approximately 4 and a half hours. Please note we highly recommend you arrive to Paris the day before this flight. Upon arrival in Longyearbyen you will be transferred to the pier for embarkation.

Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to below 40°C, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see and the untouched nature, make you feel like you’re in completely unexplored territory.

Embarkation is scheduled between 4 and 5pm with departure set for 6pm.

Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Very close to the former mining town of Ny-Ålesund, set off to discover Kings Bay. Your ship will sail in one of the most beautiful fjords in Svalbard: Kongsfjorden (the fjord of the King), a gateway to grandiose landscapes. Here, the snow-capped mountains are reflected in the water where superb icebergs try to outdo each other in their beauty, a delight for photographers. Bearded seals, reindeer, barnacle geese and black guillemots frequent these places that have a unique atmosphere. Once you arrive at the end of the fjord, admire the Kongsbreen (glacier of the King) and its three characteristic rocky points, which take their names from three Scandinavian countries: Svea (Sweden), Dana (Denmark) and Nora (Norway).

Kongsfjorden, King Bay

Like the other protected areas of Svalbard, the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park was established in the early 1970s to protect this exceptional environment against the growing interest of the mining industry. Nunataks, glaciers, islands and large bays, arctic tundra scattered with moss and lichen in shades of silver and gold... This region will fascinate you with its landscapes and with the numerous vestiges that bear witness to the history of the men ─ whale hunters and those involved in the first expeditions to the North Pole ─ who found themselves on these shores from the start of the 17th century. In this pristine environment, you will be able to observe arctic sterns or seals on the rocks that emerge at low tide.

You will also visit the Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve. The Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve has been protecting the northernmost and coldest part of the archipelago, Nordaustlandet (North East Land), since 1973. This vast polar desert covered by two ice caps is the second largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Protected by the gulf stream, the fjords and cliffs in the west and north are home to large colonies of birds and walruses. The landscapes in the colder east and south are dominated by imposing glaciers that calve majestic icebergs in the vast Hinlopen Strait. Large colonies of thick-billed murres have taken up residence on the sheer cliffs. You may even get the chance to see a bear or an Arctic fox roaming in the vicinity.

Nordvest Spitsbergen National Park

Your captain will sail right up to the limit of the ice, to the edge of the ice floe. Weather conditions and state of the ice allowing, you will be able to go out in a Zodiac® dinghy for a unique experience in the middle of these floating slabs of ice. In addition to this grandiose journey through the middle of these floes with their cut and blue-tinged edges, sometimes over 2 metres thick, it is also often an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe: birds, seals and polar bears.

Sailing Toward The Ice Floes

The Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve has been protecting the northernmost and coldest part of the archipelago, Nordaustlandet (North East Land), since 1973. This vast polar desert covered by two ice caps is the second largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Protected by the gulf stream, the fjords and cliffs in the west and north are home to large colonies of birds and walruses. The landscapes in the colder east and south are dominated by imposing glaciers that calve majestic icebergs in the vast Hinlopen Strait. Large colonies of thick-billed murres have taken up residence on the sheer cliffs. You may even get the chance to see a bear or an Arctic fox roaming in the vicinity.

Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve

The Søraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve is the second largest protected area in Norway. Established in 1973, this nature conservation area stretching over more than 21,000 km2 will offer you stunning panoramas including coastal landscapes, rocky islets, mountain plateaux, vast tundra plains, and ice floes. With a little luck, you will be able to observe a wide variety of seabirds, given the site is listed as an Important Bird Area, as well as cetaceans, Svalbard reindeer, or even Arctic foxes. Among other things, Edgeoya Island is renowned for providing shelter to a number of polar bears during the breeding season.

Soraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve

The vast Isfjorden is one of the main fjords in Svalbard. These different branches reach the heart of the island of Spitsbergen. Located deep inside the Billejforden, the Nordenskiöld Glacier is one of the very beautiful discoveries of your cruise. Its front of ice, nearly 5 km wide, is one of the most spectacular in the Svalbard Archipelago. You will perhaps have the opportunity to discover the ghost town of Pyramiden. Constructed at the foot of a mountain in the form of a pyramid, this former mining town, founded by Sweden at the beginning of the 20th century before being sold a few years later to the Soviet Union, and abandoned in 1998, has conserved all the buildings from its glory days, when it lived off coal mining.

Isfjorden

Today marks the final day of your voyage. Upon disembarkation in Longyearbyen you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Paris.

Disembarkation in Spitsbergen
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Pricing per person & dates

Unexplored Svalbard from USD 9,020
Departing Ending Duration
01 Jun 2022 08 Jun 2022 8
08 Jun 2022 15 Jun 2022 8
22 Jun 2022 29 Jun 2022 8
29 Jun 2022 06 Jul 2022 8
06 Jul 2022 13 Jul 2022 8
13 Jul 2022 20 Jul 2022 8
20 Jul 2022 27 Jul 2022 8
27 Jul 2022 03 Aug 2022 8
03 Aug 2022 10 Aug 2022 8
10 Aug 2022 17 Aug 2022 8

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board vessel
    All meals whilst on board
    Charter flight Paris/Longyearbyen + Transfers + Longyearbyen/Paris
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition crew
    All scheduled landings and excursions by zodiac
    Landing fees
    Pre and post cruise and ferry transfers

    EXCLUSIONS

    Accommodation in Paris
    International Flights
    All items of a personal nature
    Customary gratuities for staff/crew
    Any pre or post cruise travel extensions
    Travel insurance

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. Please contact us for more information.

  • Please note this itinerary may be subject to change depending on weather, ice and sea conditions.

  • Departure date, seasonality and availability

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