Spitsbergen In Depth: Big Island, Big Adventure

Ocean Adventurer Arctic Cruise Ship
Ocean Adventurer
132 Passengers
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This 14-day journey offers the most extensive exploration of Spitsbergen in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, including the opportunity to witness iconic Arctic wildlife like walrus, reindeer and polar bears, a glimpse into 16th-century maritime culture at secluded landing sites, and the rare chance to appreciate breathtaking views at the birdwatching utopias 14th of July Glacier and Alkefjellet. If conditions allow, we will also attempt a full circumnavigation of the archipelago during this memorable voyage, including a visit to the remote, uninhabited Arctic desert of Nordaustlandet.

The wildlife-viewing opportunities on this trip will leave you with plenty of memories and photos: the walrus with its long tusks and distinctive whiskers; Arctic birds in all their varied majesty; small herds of reindeer loping across the tundra; and that most iconic of Arctic creatures, the polar bear, as it roams the edges of the pack ice. Shore excursions by Zodiac will enable you to set foot in places few humans have. This voyage truly is the big adventure you’ve been waiting for.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Oslo, Norway
Day 2 Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard & Embark
Days 3 to 13 Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 14 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 — Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard & Embark

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 13 — Exploring Spitsbergen

Expect a new adventure every day as we begin our journey by heading north and around the island of Spitsbergen, exploring smaller, outlying islands. We plan to circumnavigate Spitsbergen, but if conditions are favorable, we will also attempt a larger circumnavigation of the archipelago, including many of the outer islands in the Svalbard archipelago. Every expedition will be different, depending on the weather and ice, but some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Ny London, Phippsøya, Alkefjellet and the seldom-visited Kvitøya.

These names may seem strange to you, but each site has its own unique appeal. There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen, where colorful tundra meadows are complemented by immense glaciers. For birders, the 14th of July Glacier is home to puffins, purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese and arctic terns, while Alkefjellet’s cliffs are teeming with nesting Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).

Always on the lookout for wildlife, be sure to have your camera ready to capture reindeer when we visit sites like Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhornet. Searching for the iconic polar bear is a constant activity for your expedition team. Phippsøya and Isbukta are often home to sea ice, the bears’ preferred habitat for hunting, which translates into great potential for you to view and capture them in action.

A big part of appreciating Spitsbergen comes from understanding the history—not just how people live today, but also how this land was first explored. Whaling was a key industry, and you will see remains of outposts from the 16th century, plus other evidence of whaling at landing sites such as Smeerenburg.

Day 14 — Disembark in Longyearbyen & fly to Oslo

Your adventure ends in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo, included in the transfer package.

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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Adventure Options: Kayaking - $695pp (for those who want to kayak during entire voyage & have previous experience) OR Paddling - $195 pp (for those w/o experience who want to kayak one time during the voyage). Kayaking options are limited to 10 participants and must be pre-booked & paid, subject to availability at the time requested.

Snowshoeing & Hiking – Included and no pre-booking required.

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   Owner's Suite
Located on the Bridge & Captain's Decks. Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views. Cabin 403 has a bathtub/other Owner's Suites have shower stalls.
Averaging 290 sq. ft. (27 sq. m)
   Suite
Located on the Captain’s & Bridge Decks. Two lower berths, private facilities and windows with exterior views. Cabin 510 has an obstructed view.
Averaging 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m)
   Deluxe
Located on the Captain’s Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Averaging 160 sq. ft. (15 sq. m)
   Superior
Located on the Upper and Captain’s Decks. Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Averaging 142 sq. ft. (13 sq. m)
   Main Deck Window
Located on the Main Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.
Averaging 139 sq. ft. (13 sq. m)
   Main Deck Porthole
Located on the Main Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Averaging 118 sq. ft. (11 sq. m)
   Lower Deck Twin
Located on the Lower Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Averaging 133 sq. ft. (12 sq. m)
   Triple
Located on the Main Deck. Two lower berths and one upper berth, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Averaging 128 sq. ft. (12 sq. m)