Basecamp North Spitsbergen

Ortelius Cruise Ship
Ortelius
108 Passengers

The North Spitsbergen Basecamp cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy this Arctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, and learn to take perfect pictures of the polar flora and fauna.

Background on Basecamp cruises:
Basecamp voyages focus on land and near-shore activities with minimal disturbance to local wildlife. If time and conditions permit, the expedition team will also look for wildlife opportunities whenever possible.

By definition, a basecamp is a temporary camp from which expeditions or other outdoor activities can be carried out. During our designated Basecamp cruises, the ship navigates to carefully chosen areas around North Spitsbergen, staying in fewer locations than during our regular trips so that it can serve as a comfortable hub for multiple outdoor activities.

Hikers can embark on vigorous walks in the backcountry, photographers can capture the dramatic surroundings in pictures, and kayakers can explore waterways through which the ship cannot always sail. Passengers who do not wish to engage in these activities can enjoy Zodiac excursions and easy-to-moderate shoreline walks that focus on wildlife.

All activities are free of charge. Polar scuba diving is the only supplemented activity on these trips.

Day 1 — Longyearbyen

You touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage.

Day 2 — Kongsfjorden and Blomstrandhalvøya

On the first day of our activity program, we will slowly ease into things. Blomstrandhalvøya is located on the northern side of the fjord, which will offer shelter and room to change plan in case the weather changes. In the afternoon, you visit Ny Ålesund, one of the northernmost settlements on Earth. Once a mining village served by the world’s most northerly railway – you can still see its tracks – Ny Ålesund is now a research center.

Close to the community is a breeding ground for barnacle geese, pink-footed geese, and Arctic terns. And if you’re interested in the history of Arctic exploration, visit the anchoring mast used by polar explorers Amundsen and Nobile in their airships, Norge (1926) and Italia (1928). In the evening, we head north along the west coast and spend the night in the sheltered surroundings of Krossfjorden.

Day 3 — Exploring the North West

We will next head toward Amsterdamoya, where you have the chance to hike past the remains of a 17th-century whaling station. You can also enjoy the beautiful panorama of Smeerenburgsleta. In the afternoon, we make for the islands around Fair Haven.

Day 4 — Rugged Raudfjorden

At Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, you can take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears. Here we will find the right balance between safe activities and wildlife watching.

Day 5 — The stunning sights of Liefdefjorden

Depending on the weather, you could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 3-mile-long (5 km) face of Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, we may use an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen. Near the area of Texas Bar and Hornbaekpollen, there are also some great hikes.

Day 6 — North Spitsbergen splendors

This is our reserve day for activities around North Spitsbergen. Weather and wildlife permitting, we will choose the right location for another day of splendid outdoor adventures.

Day 7 — Forlandsundet or St. Johns Fjord

Forlandsundet, between the main island of Spitsbergen and the narrow Prins Karls Forland, is a place of great beauty and fascinating wildlife. Walruses sometimes haul out here, and seabirds can be found around Fuglehuken. You may also see walrus populations around Sarstangen and Poolepynten. Alternatively, we might sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation. We will arrive in Longyearbyen later that night.

Day 8 — Longyearbyen

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. The on-board expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Itineraries may mention places that require permission to land, which must be granted by the relevant national authorities. Such permission is not granted prior to the publishing of these itineraries. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Rates Arctic 2022
Quad Porthole
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Twin Window
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Superior
$2,800 $4,000 $4,300 $4,600 $5,150 
Snowshoe
$3,850 $5,300 $5,750 $6,100 $6,900 
Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
Basecamp: All activities FREE!

$3,850 $5,300 $5,750 $6,100 $6,900 
Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
Basecamp: All activities FREE!

$3,850 $5,300 $5,750 $6,100 $6,900 
$5,150 $7,350 $7,950 $8,500 $9,500 
$5,150 $7,350 $7,950 $8,500 $9,500 
$5,150 $7,350 $7,950 $8,500 $9,500 
$5,150 $7,350 $7,950 $8,500 $9,500 
Photography
$6,700 $9,350 $10,250 $10,850 $12,200 
Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
Basecamp: All activities FREE!

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$4,500 $6,300 $6,800 $7,250 $8,150 
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All rates are quoted per person in US Dollar, based on twin occupancy.

Single travelers can choose between "single occupancy" at a supplement of 1.7 x the Twin or Superior cabin rate , or "sharing basis" in Twin or Quadruple category at no additional cost.

Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 with parents may receive 40% discount in Superior (sharing with 2 parents / adults) and Quadruple Cabins (sharing with 3 parents / adults, or 2 childeren with 2 adults).

Kayaking: $420 & must be pre-booked. Snowshoeing and Photography workshop are Free. Diving (Basecamp voyages): $550.

Transfer  supplement for  bus  shuttle  between  Akureyri (ship)  and Reykjavik hotel (6 hours): $120 one-way or $200 return & must be pre-booked.

Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required on all trips.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

DeckPlan_Ortelius

   Superior
2 windows (minimum) • 1 double bed • 1 single (sofa) bed • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Ample storage space
   Twin Deluxe
3 windows • 2 lower berths • Small sofa • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Ample storage space
   Twin Window
2 windows • 2 lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Hair dryer • Ample storage space
   Twin Porthole
2 portholes • 2 lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Hair dryer • Ample storage space • Cabins 337 & 338 have an additional third bed
   Quadruple Porthole
2 portholes • 2 upper / lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Hair dryer • Ample storage space