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Realm of the Polar Bear - M/S Spitsbergen tour
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Realm of the Polar Bear - M/S Spitsbergen

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Exceptional scenery - discover the Arctic's dramatic landscapes
  • Wildlife - spot sea birds, walruses, seals & polar bears
  • Regular Zodiac landings - explore the rugged shorelines of Svalbard
  • Comfortable cabins - on board a very comfortable expedition ship
  • Expert naturalists - learn about Arctic history and wildlife through the informative lectures given by our expedition guides

Short Description

Arctic Wilderness A cruise around Spitsbergen gives you ample opportunity to explore all the aspects of this fascinating arctic island. See the great eastern nature reserves and some of the most spectacular highlights of the Arctic. We aim to take you well above the 80th parallel and placing you closer than 600 nautical miles from the Geographical North Pole. The eastern part of Svalbard is more barren and characteristically High Arctic, compared to other places that we visit with the M/S Spitsbergen During this voyage, you will see some of the most spectacular fjords of Spitsbergen. The eastern part of Svalbard is mainly divided into two large nature reserves and combined, they represent one of the largest and mainly untouched, wildernesses in Europe. Traversing the large fjord east of Spitsbergen will give you spectacular views of the island's east coast, with hundreds of glaciers and mountains. If we are lucky, we'll meet some of Svalbard's marine mammals like seal and walrus and wherever there is ice, there is a great chance of spotting polar bears !

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
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Start City N/A
End City Oslo

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Spitsbergen

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Oslo to Longyearbyen

Description

Your Arctic adventure starts with an evening flight from Norway's capital, Oslo. Before departure, you can spend some time exploring this fjord-side city surrounded by forests, lakes and hills. Oslo offers a varied architecture, top-notch restaurants and endless shopping possibilities. The contrast will be significant when you arrive in Longyearbyen a couple of hours later. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Longyearbyen

Description

Spend the morning exploring Longyearbyen and its surroundings, before embarkation in the afternoon. Longyearbyen is a Norwegian settlement often referred to as the capital of Svalbard. This is a lively small town, situated amid some incredible Arctic landscape. Barentsburg is a Russian settlement with an exotic collection of Russian artefacts and architecture and is very different to Longyearbyen. The museum, library and newly opened brewery function as meeting points and a research station is under construction. See a colourful folklore show and visit the hotel and museum. Experience a different side of Svalbard - a little piece of Russia in the Arctic. You will board your expedition vessel in the late afternoon.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Northwest Spitsbergen National Park

Description

The North West Corner is scattered with islands, fjords and beaches. The ocean here is full of drifting ice and the frozen landscape constantly changes. Due to strong winds and currents, the Captain monitors conditions closely before deciding where we can land or sail. This is why all of our itineraries are flexible; we work with the elements, not against them, and safety is our first priority.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Northwest Spitsbergen National Park

Description

Landings enable us to not only enjoy the Arctic scenery and wildlife, but also allow us to explore Svalbard's history. As we sail north, we hope to visit Kongsfjorden, the largest fjord on the northwest coast of Spitsbergen, considered to be one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea - all delightfully framed by the characteristic mountain formations found in these parts. On the shore of Kongfjorden is the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund, now an international centre for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings. On our landings, we might also visit Krossfjorden and Mitrahalvøya, where you can see remnants of the old whaling huts. Beautiful alpine flora, bird cliffs and quite often Svalbard reindeer, can also be found here. If conditions allow, why not try crossing a glacier with the Expedition team ?

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Northwest Spitsbergen National Park

Description

Cruising in the north west corner of Spitsbergen, we hope to stop at Raudfjorden, which offers fantastic hiking opportunities. Later, we continue deep inside the giant Woodfjord system to visit the enormous and fast moving Monaco Glacier. In front of this dramatic glacier, the mixing of fresh and saline water creates an excellent feeding ground for sea birds including kittiwakes, fulmars and glaucous gulls. The icy-blue colours of the glacier, make this an excellent site for photography.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserves and South Spitsbergen National Park

Description

Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears on the archipelago - we really hope that we'll get the chance to see one on this journey! Today, we aim to explore Sorgfjorden, which borders the North East Spitsbergen Nature Reserve and was the location of a famous 17th-century battle between whalers. Enjoy the view from the deck as we pass the spectacular bird cliff of Alkefjellet, one of the largest of its kind. Storfjorden will offer us spectacular views of the east coast of Spitsbergen, with hundreds of glaciers and mountains in the distance. If we are lucky, we might meet some of the marine mammals of Svalbard, such as walrus and seals.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserves and South Spitsbergen National Park

Description

Edgeøya is the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. On its western shores, the landscape is largely un-glaciated, unlike most other places on the east side of Spitsbergen. Kapp Lee is a wonderful site where you will find cultural heritage from all eras of human exploration of Svalbard.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserves and South Spitsbergen National Park

Description

We continue to the southern cape and the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen. Within a short distance, Hornsund has large variations in its landscape and geology. This is another great place for spotting bears, as ice being pushed into the fjord early in the season attracts polar bears that hunt on the ice.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Isfjord

Description

Isfjord is the most extensive fjord system in Svalbard. We will spend the day exploring both the outer and the inner parts of the fjord. One of the most striking features of the outer part is the Alkehornet peak, where thousands of Brunnich's guillemots nest during the summer season. In the inner parts of Isfjorden, the landscape changes constantly. The immense U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago, are home to large populations of the endemic Svalbard Reindeer. In the late afternoon, our Expedition team will search for a scenic bay for our farewell dinner - an on-board barbecue in the most beautiful Arctic surroundings.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Longyearbyen to Oslo

Description

We call at Longyearbyen after midnight, where our voyage comes to an end. You will be transferred to the airport in the early morning for your onward flight to Oslo.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Named after the Arctic crown of Norway - the archipelago of Spitsbergen - the M/S Spitsbergen was built in 2009 and has recently undergone a complete reconstruction in 2015-16. The ship features high standards throughout and public areas and cabins are comfortable and spacious - offering a peaceful haven at the end of a busy day exploring the Arctic wilderness. There is ample outdoor deck space to view the passing scenery, or you can keep a watchful eye from the bright and airy lounge area with its large picture windows. Cabins are well equipped, all en-suite, and there are a variety of cabin types to choose from. The ship also offers some extra amenities such as a Jacuzzi and fitness room. The Scandinavian design is fresh and modern and the ship's manoeuvrability and optimal size, allows for easy navigation in polar waters.

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