Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife of Svalbard

World Explorer Luxury Expedition Cruise Ship
World Explorer
176 Passengers
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This itinerary gives you a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer, beginning in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen's largest settlement. Geared toward optimum wildlife viewing, this expedition provides plenty of opportunities to witness polar bears, walrus and reindeer, and the occasions to capture some amazing photographs in the continuous daylight are as bountiful as the landscape itself. While exploring the remarkable scenery and colorful tundra, you’ll also learn about the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Hike, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Arctic on your visit to Spitsbergen.

• Encounter iconic arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and reindeer
• Take advantage of continuous daylight
• Hike the tundra and polar desert
• Cruise in a Zodiac to explore glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more
• Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Arctic with optional kayaking adventures

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Oslo, Norway
Day 2 Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Days 3 to 9 Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 10 Disembark in Longyearbyen & fly to Oslo

Day 1 — Arrive in Oslo, Norway

Your Arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and green spaces to keep you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

This morning the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, where you’ll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.

Days 3 to 9 — Exploring Spitsbergen

You’ll cruise around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so there is no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen.

The island offers multiple opportunities for wildlife photography. Spotting polar bears is more likely here than almost anywhere else, as the Svalbard archipelago is one of their preferred hunting areas. The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).

Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

If you’re itching to experience a more intimate view from the water, you can book the sea kayaking or paddling excursion adventure options.

In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day you’ll see something interesting, whether it is unique arctic wildlife a polar bear resting between hunts, or abandoned sites from centuries ago.

Day 10 — Disembark in Longyearbyen & fly to Oslo

The time to say goodbye to your expedition team and shipmates has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the historic frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo.

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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Drinks included. Soft drinks & juices all the time. House wine & non-premium beer at dinner.

Adventure Options: Kayaking - $695 (for those who want to kayak during entire voyage & have previous experience) OR paddling - $195 (for those w/o experience who want to kayak one time during the voyage). Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability.

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    Owner's Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, these suites have one double or two single beds, and a 110 Sq. ft. (10 m²) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower, his & hers sinks, and bathtub is also featured in each cabin.
355 Sq.ft. (33 m²)
    Deluxe Suite
Located on Deck 5, these suites have one double or two single beds, and a 110 Sq. ft. (10 m²) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, his & hers closets, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower and his & hers sinks is also featured in each cabin.
334 Sq.ft. (31 m²)
  Superior Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, these suites have one double or two single beds, and a 110 Sq. ft. (10 m²) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, walk-in closet, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.
278 Sq.ft. (26 m²)
  Veranda Cabin
Located on Decks 5 and 6, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 55 Sq. ft. (5 m²) walk-out balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.
215 Sq.ft. (20 m²)
  Infinity Cabin
Located on Decks 5 and 6, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a floor-to-ceiling glass Juliet balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.
270 Sq.ft. (25 m²)
  Triple Cabin
Located on Deck 6, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 55 Sq. ft. (5 m²) walk-out balcony. A separate combo sitting area/bedroom with a sofa bed and additional closet, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.
225 Sq.ft. (21 m²)