Northern Svalbard Explorer

Polar Pioneer Cruise Ship
Polar Pioneer
54 Passengers
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Autumn offers extraordinary exploration of northern Svalbard. Reindeer feast on remnant berries and tundra plants of muted reds and burnt orange, and Arctic foxes scavenge beneath soaring bird cliffs. At sea, pack ice opens up to allow us to attempt landings in the farthest reaches of the archipelago, including outer islands Storøya and Kvitøya, where walrus haul out, ivory gulls flit about and polar bears reign supreme.

Expedition Highlights
• Reach Svalbard’s most easterly islands of Kvitøya and Storøya thanks to late season ice conditions
• Cross 80°north into pack ice to spot the Arctic’s most majestic predator, the polar bear
• Follow in the footsteps of Arctic explorers like Amundsen and Nobile
• Photograph walrus and seals as they haul-out on the pack ice
• Zodiac cruise past the impressive Austfonna ice cap and its glacial front, one of the longest in the northern hemisphere!
• Witness spectacular mountains rising directly out of the sea
• Cruise past brilliantly blue glaciers and stunning fjords
• Walk across the tundra looking for exquisite autumnal micro-flora

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Longyearbyen
Day 2 Spitsbergen Northwest Coast
Days 3 & 4 Nordauslandet North Coast
Days 5 & 6 East of Nordauslandet and Pack Ice
Days 7 & 8 South of Nordauslandet and Hinlopen Strait
Day 9 Spitsbergen North & West Coast
Day 10 Spitsbergen West Coast
Day 11 Longyearbyen

Day 1 — Longyearbyen

Today we will be met at the airport in Longyearbyen and taken on a sightseeing tour to explore the remote outskirts and ‘Capital’ of Spitsbergen, including a stop at the local museum. After our tour we will be transferred to the port and board our ship, Polar Pioneer. Our voyage commences, cruising out of the beautiful Isfjorden, escorted by gliding fulmars and perhaps the occasional puffin. Polar Pioneer is homely and strong, built to be a working vessel and refitted to a comfortable passenger standard. The days flow by while we travel snugly in our cocoon. A favorite pastime on board is to stand at the stern watching for seabirds, including graceful ivory gulls, kittiwakes and guillemots. They rise and fall skillfully, using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.

Day 2 — Spitsbergen Northwest Coast

Awaken in the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park - the rugged north-west corner of Svalbard’s largest island, Spitsbergen. Alpine peaks and glacier valleys dominate the landscape which is home to reindeer, walrus and Arctic fox. We’ll cruise past spectacular sea-cliffs, watching as the last of the season’s seabirds take flight, and explore the region’s calving glaciers such as Smeerenburg on Amsterdam Island and discover the remains of ancient whaling stations at Ytre Norskøya.

We keep watch for polar bears and Arctic foxes. We feel a sense of history at the 350-year-old remains of a Dutch whaling settlement Smeerenberg on Amsterdamoya. The name Smeerenberg literally means blubber town in Dutch. It is a place of extraordinary legends that are myths: of thousands of men living there during the 1630's, with a complete town with shops, gambling dens and the like. In reality 400 men and fifteen ships visited Smeerenberg during its peak in the 1630's for whaling. Smeerenberg was excavated in 1979-81, which proved the latter, sometimes though, modern authors still tell the extraordinary tales of Smeerenberg.

Days 3 & 4 — Nordauslandet North Coast

Our captain steers Polar Pioneer north east to reach the coast of Svalbard’s second largest island, Nordaustlandet - a polar desert rich in geological wonders. We’ll traverse the northern coastline, landing ashore for tundra walks amongst the autumn-hues in search of wildlife like reindeer and walruses. If weather and ice permits, we hope to attempt landings or cruises at Sjuøyane (The Seven Isles), the most northerly point of the Svalbard archipelago (and Norway) and home to a large colony of walruses and frequented by roaming polar bears. We also hope to explore the magnificent 2d mi (40 km) fjord at Rijpfjord.

Days 5 & 6 — East of Nordauslandet and Pack Ice

We continue across the top of Nordauslandet towards Svalbard’s most easterly islands, Kvitøya and Storøya (also the most easternmost part of Norway), with luck, making a landing at Karl XII Island – Norway’s second-most northern point – on route . Over the next two days weather and ice will dictate our journey as we head further north into the thickening pack ice in search for polar bears and walrus as they hunt and haul-out on the ice and keep watch for the elusive and elegant ivory gull.

Days 7 & 8 — South of Nordauslandet and Hinlopen Strait

Completing our circumnavigation of Nordaustlandet, we’ll head north through the Hinlopen Strait. Along the way we may take a Zodiac cruise around Austfonna, an impressively large ice cap with one of the longest glacier fronts in the northern hemisphere. We may also land at Isisøya, Alkefjellet and Murchisonfjorden, all of which are steeped in rich history and amazing scenery.

Day 9 — Spitsbergen North & West Coast

Returning along the stunning north-western Spitsbergen coast, we keep an eye on ice and weather conditions and make as many landings as possible. Possible landing spots include Woodfjord, Liefdefjord, Krossfjord and Kongsfjord.

Day 10 — Spitsbergen West Coast

Possible landings: Krossfjord and Kongsfjord.

Day 11 — Longyearbyen

During the early morning we cruise back into Longyearbyen. After bidding farewell to new found friends, we are transferred into town, where there is time to explore and shop before we are transferred to the airport in the afternoon.

Note: Please refer to this itinerary as a guide only as changes may occur due to unpredictable sea and weather conditions.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Prices quoted are in US dollars, per person, twin share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single supplement applies if you are willing to share your cabin (tripe & twin cabins only). No refund for unused services.

Kayaking option: Spitzbergen Odyssey-$785, Jewels of the Arctic-$920.

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Jewels of the Arctic includes a flight between Isafjordur and Reykavik (or vice versa).

Arctic Complete includes a dog sledding tour in Longyearbyen.

All voyages embarking or disembarking in Longyearbyen include a town tour and airport transfer.

Airfare is not included except as noted above. All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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Prices quoted are in US dollars, per person, twin share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single supplement applies if you are willing to share your cabin (triple & twin cabins only). No refund for unused services.

Kayaking option: Spitsbergen Odyssey-$830, Jewels of the Arctic & Across the Arctic Circle-$990, Northern Svalbard Explorer-$790, Arctic Complete (7/25)-$1,640 (8/17)-$1,600.
Climbing option: Jewels of the Arctic-$710, Arctic Complete-$710.
Snorkelling option: Spitsbergen Odyssey-$740, Diving option: Spitsbergen Odyssey-$940

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Spitsbergen Odyssey includes a Longyearbyen town tour and airport transfers.

Jewels of the Arctic includes a one-way transfer between the ship and Reykjavik (or vice versa), a Longyearbyen town tour, and transfers between Longyearbyen airport and ship (or vice versa).

Arctic Complete includes a Longyearbyen town tour, dog sledding tour in Longyearbyen and transfer to and from ship.

Airfare is not included except as noted above. All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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   Captain's Suite
Polar Pioneer's most deluxe cabin, the Captain's Suite (on Deck 5) features a separate sleeping area and lounge room, a private en-suite and large windows for optimal viewing opportunities from your own cabin. Only one cabin available, so be sure to enquire early.
Cabin Features: Private en-suite • Double bed in separate room • Forward- and side-facing windows • Separate lounge area • Desk and table area • TV, DVD player and mini fridge • Air-conditioning control • Outside deck access from Deck 5.

242 sq ft (22.5 sq m)
    Mini Suite
Two Mini Suites on Deck 5 offer a more spacious cabin with a separate sleeping and sitting area as well as a private en-suite and large windows to enjoy the views from the comfort of your own cabin. Perfect if you're after a bit more space and comfort.
Cabin Features: Private en suite • Double bed in separate room • Side-facing windows • Separate lounge area • Desk and chair • Cupboard with hanging space • TV, DVD player and mini fridge • Air-conditioning control • Outside deck access from Deck 5.

180 sq ft (16.8 sq m)
  Twin Cabin, Private Bathroom
Twin Cabins with Private Bathrooms on Deck 4 & Deck 5. Each cabin accommodates two people and offers the convenience of private bathroom facilities.
Cabin Features: Private en-suite • Two lower bunk beds • Side-facing window • Desk and chair • Cupboard with hanging space • Air-conditioning control • Outside deck access to main deck (Deck 4 cabins only) • Outside deck access to upper deck (Deck 5 cabins only).

130 sq ft (12 sq m)
  Twin Economy Cabin, Private Bathroom
Twin Cabins with Private Bathrooms on Deck 4 (#402 and #403). Each cabin accommodates two people and offers the convenience of private bathroom facilities.
Cabin Features: Private en-suite • An upper and lower bunk and a couch • Side-facing window • Desk and chair • Cupboard with hanging space • Air-conditioning control • Outside deck access to main deck.

130 sq ft (12 sq m)
  Twin Cabin, Shared Bathroom
Twin Cabins with Shared Bathrooms on Deck 3. Surprisingly spacious, each cabin comfortably sleeps two people and are only a short distance from the ship’s public bathroom facilities. Outside decks are accessible from this deck.
Cabin Features: Two lower bunk beds • Outside porthole • Wash basin • Lounge and desk • Cupboard with hanging space • Air-conditioning control • Shared bathroom facilities on same deck • Outside decks accessible via Deck 3 and 4.

105 sq ft (9.8 sq m)
  Triple Cabin, Shared Bathroom
Two Triple Cabins with Shared Bathrooms on Deck 3. Perfect for friends or families, or for solo travelers who are happy to share their space with fellow passengers. Bathrooms are located close by on the same deck.
Cabin Features: Two lower bunk beds and one upper bunk bed • Outside porthole • Wash basin • Lounge and desk • Cupboard with hanging space • Air-conditioning control • Shared bathroom facilities on same deck • Outside deck accessed via Deck 4.

110 sq ft (10.2 sq m)