Overview

Days 1&2 - Longyearbyen
Day 3 - Kongsfjorden 
Day 4 - Smeerenburg
Day 5 - Cruising Pack Ice at 80°
Day 6 - Monacobreen Glacier
Day 7 - Ny Ålesund
Day 8 - Vårsolbukta
Day 9 - Longyearbyen
Day 10 - Return Flight

Spendology - Widgets

Land of the Polar Bears

Enjoy the immense beauty of Svalbard on this high Arctic adventure, an expedition cruise among whales, walruses, polar bears and a million sea birds

Experience high summer in the Arctic as we cruise around the Svalbard Archipelago, one of the world’s last untouched wildernesses with epic landscapes and hardy wildlife.

Unlike other polar regions, there is no indigenous settler, neither Inuit nor Siberian being established there. The discovery of Svalbard is attributed to the Dutch navigator Willem Barents. A land he calls Spitsbergen (‘Pointed Mountains’), but in a land as old as time, the term ‘Svalbard’ (‘cold coasts’) is mentioned in the most famous Icelandic sagas, the ‘Landmanabok’ or ‘Book of Colonization’, dating from the 13th century.

Join us for a voyage into an ocean at the end of the world, cruise through the western and northern regions of this vast glaciated archipelago and discover snow covered mountains, stark tundra, sea stacks and ice cliffs. Follow in the tracks of famous explorers, travel along imposing glaciers, through drift ice and encounter walruses, Arctic foxes and reindeer – and of course meet with the fabulous polar bears as you immerse yourself in an Arctic wonderland: frozen, serene and seemingly otherworldly.

Key Features

Wildlife Watching
Natural Wonders
On Board Lectures
Excursions by Zodiac
Access to Remote Bays
Group Size: 8 – 40

Expedition Cruising

Zodiac Excursions

The primary focus of expedition cruising is contact with your natural surroundings, visiting remote and isolated sites often only accessible by zodiacs. Zodiacs are used on scenic and adventurous excursions among icebergs, surfacing whales and seabirds. These heavy-duty inflatable vessels are extremely safe and designed for Polar expeditions.

Day 1 Fly from London via Oslo to Longyearbyen, the world’s most northern passenger airport on Spitsbergen archipelago, only 1.300 km from the North Pole, lying within the Arctic Circle. Transfer to the 4-star Radisson Blu Polar Hotel for an overnight. 

Day 2 Morning at leisure. Observe colourful wooden houses, below snow-capped mountains and the open countryside. Afternoon transfer to embark on MV Ocean Atlantic. (B, D)

Day 3 Cruise out through Isfjorden and north to Fuglehuken, the headland at the northern end of Prins Karls Fjorland onto Lilienhook Glacier in Kross Fjord, where glaciers flow from the mountains and converge to provide magnificent views. Travel to the south side of Kongsfjorden and experience the unique cultural heritage site of Ny-London. See the remains of the mining facility established in 1911 by the English, Northern Exploration Company, and Ernest Mansfield. Cruise north to Fuglehuken. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Continue to the former whaling stations at Smeerenburg and Fuglensongen Island. Translated as ‘blubber town’, Smeerenburg is on a flat peninsula on the south-eastern end of Amsterdamøya, where the terrain permitted the construction of a whaling station which the Dutch exploited from as early as the 17th century. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Enjoy the Arctic’s diversity; deserted beaches, green tundra and snow-capped mountain. Cruising through the pack ice-polar bear country at 80° - admiring spectacular glaciers that dominate the breath-taking scenery. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Cruise to Andøyan at 79° on Liefdefjord to a small group of islands also known as Duck-islands, cruise close to the impressive Monacobreen glacier. The waters on the glacier are a popular feeding place for thousands of kittiwakes and where the occasional polar bears can be spotted. Go ashore in the Liefdefjord and enjoy a walk through the tundra of Reindyrsflya whose floral biodiversity in these climes is incredible. (B, L, D)

Day 7 The fjord system at Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden boasts numerous bird cliffs, home to a multitude of birdlife. Sailing in to Ny-Ålesund we pass Stuphallet cliff with a great colony of northern fulmars, blacklegged kittiwakes and Atlantic puffins. At the Ossian Sars bird cliff, black and Brünnich’s guillemots nest. Guided walking tour. Protected as bird sanctuaries since 1973, the islands and islets in Kongsfjorden hold a large nesting population of eider. Continue to Blomstrandhalvøya near the northern side of Kongsfjorden. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Cruise south to Bellsund, Vårsolbukta and Calypsobyen. At Vårsolbukta see the auk cliff and the lush moss tundra on which the Svalbard reindeer love to graze. On the southern shore of Bellsund, there is a cultural heritage site erected in 1918-1919 by the Northern Exploration Company. The beach (Calypsostranda) and the cluster of buildings (Calypsobyen) were named after the HMS Calypso, which belonged to the British Navy Training Squadron that surveyed the area in 1895. Cruise back to Longyearbyen. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Morning disembarkation. Enjoy a cultural and historical tour of Longyearbyen including the Svalbard Museum and Galleri Svalbard. Overnight at 4-star Radisson Blu Polar Hotel. Farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 10 Return flight via Oslo to London Heathrow. (B) 

  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.

Excursions are by Zodiac or on foot, sometimes over uneven ground and with some incline, so a reasonable level of mobility is required.

Animal sightings are not guaranteed.

2020

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room Cat. E cabin
SAS from Heathrow

Date Price
June 20 £3295
June 27 £3245
July 4 £3245

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £1295

Cabin Upgrades

Cat. G single outside cabin £1395
Cat. D cabin £445
Single supplement £1895
Cat. C cabin £595
Single supplement £2095
Cat. B cabin £1795
Single supplement £3985 
Cat. A cabin £2095
Single supplement £4395 
Premium Suite £2595
Single supplement £5095

Flight Options

SAS Plus from £515

Independent Arrival

Save £300
Arrival transfer add £50
Departure transfer add £50

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, AECO fees, transfers, 2 nights’ hotel, 7-night cruise, breakfast daily, 1 dinner, full board on cruise including complimentary tea and coffee, on board lectures, excursions, services of expedition leaders, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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