Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

Ocean Adventurer Arctic Cruise Ship
Ocean Adventurer
132 Passengers
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Combining the best of Spitsbergen — exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas home to polar bears and walrus — this expedition gives you even more chances to connect with unique arctic wildlife. The archipelago is home to the iconic polar bear, as well as whales, walrus, Svalbard reindeer and tens of thousands of seabirds. Exploring the tundra is a breathtaking experience—the natural beauty of the landscape is exhilarating, surprisingly colorful and so striking. See the best that Spitsbergen has to offer you via the western edge of the island, plus a few outlying northern regions. Packed with options for snowshoeing, sea-kayaking, and whale-viewing, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the "wildlife capital of the Arctic".

• Encounter iconic arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and reindeer
• Take advantage of continuous daylight
• Hike the tundra and explore the 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 11 Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 12 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 11 — Exploring Spitsbergen

Explore western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. As you cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, your expedition team will constantly be searching for wildlife. Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so we have no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsøya, Alkhornet 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 12 — Disembark in Longyearbyen & fly to Oslo

The time to say goodbye has come. Your arctic adventure ends as it began, in the 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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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 - $695pp (for those who want to kayak during entire voyage & have previous experience) OR kayaking - $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 Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Averaging 290 sq. ft. (27 sq. m)
   Suite
Located on the Captain’s Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities and windows with exterior views. Cabin 403 has a bathtub/other Suites have shower stalls.
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)