Spitsbergen Circumnavigation: Big Island, Big Adventure

Ocean Nova Cruise Ship
Ocean Nova
68 Passengers
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Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, and on this voyage we’ll attempt a circumnavigation of the island. Lying entirely within the Arctic Circle, it is rugged, wild, unspoiled - utterly unforgettable. When it comes to viewing arctic wildlife, Spitsbergen is known as one of the most prolific destinations.

The island and surrounding area offers one of the best opportunities to view polar bears, and with luck you’ll be able to see the world’s largest carnivores in their natural habitat. Walrus populations love Spitsbergen as well, feeding in the food-rich icy waters around the island. Whales and seabirds will also entertain you during the sailing portions of the expedition and you may catch a sighting of reindeer or fox when taking Zodiac excursions to shore.

Expedition In Brief:
• Unique arctic wildlife – polar bears, walrus, reindeer
• Incredible viewing of numerous arctic bird species
• Exploring the polar desert
• Continuous daylight
• Tundra hiking
• Zodiac cruising
• Optional kayak adventure opportunities

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Norway
Days 2 to 12Circumnavigating Spitsbergen
Day 13Depart Longyearbyen

Day 1 — Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Norway

Your Spitsbergen arctic voyage begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island’s largest settlement. Enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains, rising majestically from icy waters.

Days 2 to 12 — Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

Expect a new adventure every day as we begin our circumnavigation by heading north and around the island of Spitsbergen and explore smaller, outlying islands. The variety of incredible wildlife and geological formations found here is astounding. Every expedition will be different depending on weather and ice, but we do hope to visit a few of our favorite landing sites including the 14th of July Glacier, Ny London, Phippsoya, Aklefjellet and the seldom-visited Kvitøya.

The names may seem strange to you, but they each have their own unique appeal. For birders, the 14th of July Glacier is home to purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese and arctic terns; while Alkefjellet is home to nesting Brünich guillemots (thick-billed murres).

If you’re looking for confirmation that reindeer are real, then you’ll want to have your camera ready for visits to sites like Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhornet. As for the largest land carnivore in the world — searching for polar bears is a constant activity for our Expedition Team. Phippsoya and Isbukta are two of the bears’ preferred places for hunting, which translates into great potential for you to capture them in action.

A big part of appreciating Spitsbergen comes from understanding the culture, not just how people live today, but how this land was first explored. Whaling was a key industry and you will see old blubber ovens from the 16th century and other evidence of whaling at landing sites such as Smeerenburg. Colorful tundra meadows are complimented by glaciers and there is sometimes a rare chance to spot beluga whales.

Day 13 — Depart Longyearbyen

Your adventure ends back in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

IMPORTANT REMINDER Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Cruise Price does not include international airfare. Charter Flights are included.  Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

Single cabin prices are 1.7 times the cost of the appropriate twin-share prices listed above except for superior and above which are 2x the price listed above. If you are a solo traveler requesting to share a cabin note that Superior and above can not be shared.

Adventure Options: Kayaking - $595. Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Kayaking is limited to 10. Some activities require experience.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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