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Outline itinerary

Day 1Longyearbyen
Day 2Raudfjord
Day 3Liefdefjorden
Day 4Hinlopen Strait
Day 5Seven Islands
Day 6Retracing our route Westwards
Day 7Prins Karls Forland
Day 8Longyearbyen

Included

Cruise, all accommodation, all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea, all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac, program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff

Not included

Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights, drinks, tips and personal expenses

Price

Quadruple
EUR 3300,-

Triple
EUR 4100,-

Twin deluxe
EUR 5300,-

Twin Porthole
EUR 4600,-

Twin Window
EUR 5000,-

Superior
EUR 6000,-

Tour leader

Nederlands- of Engelstalige expeditieleider

English speaking expedition leader

Number of participants

Minimum one, no maximum if spaces available

Accommodation

Different types of cabins with private facilities

Difficulty level of the tour

You must be in good general health and you should be able to walk several hours per day. The expedition is ship-based and physically not very demanding

Climate

Please prepare for low temperatures which, combined with strong wind, produce chilly conditions. Warm, wind- and waterproof clothing is recommended

North Spitsbergen - Polar Bear Special

Kaartje Spitsbergen 2018
Duration:8 days
Departure:28-06-2019
Price: from EUR 3300,-
Tour leader:Nederlands- of Engelstalige expeditieleider
Code: C1926

Spitsbergen. The land of the midnight sun, of snow and ice, offers some of the finest scenery and wildlife experiences in the world. Visitors can witness enormous colonies of seabirds thronging the cliffs and shores, and enjoy the thrilling antics of whales at sea, and seals and walruses hauled out on ice-floes. The proximity of the pack-ice offers spectacular ice cruising. You may even encounter the very symbol of the Arctic - the Polar Bear! With its rugged mountains, sweeping tundra, ice-caps and glaciers, Spitsbergen is a true high-Arctic archipelago, and only 1000 kilometres (600 miles) from the North Pole. It is still today a virtually unspoilt wilderness with abundant wildlife. Imagine a place the size of Ireland with only about 50 kilometres (30 miles) of road.
About a 1000 kilometres of pack-ice separates Spitsbergen from the North Pole. The proximity of the pack-ice often offers spectacular cruising between ice-floes. On land about 60 % of the surface is covered by glaciated. Glaciers force their way down to the coast where towering glaciers calve with a thundering noise into the sea. As Spitsbergen lies far within the Arctic Circle, it experiences the midnight sun from April to August. At this time of year the sun is above the horizon for 24 hours a day! 

Day 1: Departure from Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting. In the surrounding area of Longyearbyen, more than 100 species of plants have been recorded. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden, where in the mouth of the fjord we may see our first Minke Whale.

Day 2: Raudfjord

We sail to Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favoured by Ringed and Bearded Seal. The cliffs and shoreline of the fjord also support thriving seabird colonies and a surprisingly rich vegetation, which flourishes in sheltered spots. Polar bear are often seen here.

Day 3: Liefdefjorden

Depending on the weather we may now sail to the mouth of Liefdefjorden and go ashore for a walk on the tundra island of Andøya. Many Common Eider and Pink-footed Goose nest here, and the rarer King Eider may also be seen. We hope to sail into Liefdefjorden, cruising near the 5km long face of the impressive Monaco Glacier. The waters of the glacier front are a favourite feeding spot for thousands of Kittiwake. As well, Polar Bear have been seen on the glacier, providing wonderful opportunities for photography.

Day 4: Hinlopen Strait

Today we will sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to Bearded Seal, Ringed Seal, Polar Bear, and Ivory Gull. At the entrance there is the possibility to see Blue Whale. We’ll navigate the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in our zodiacs and explore the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with thousands of Brünnich’s Guillemot. On the east side of Hinlopenstrait, we’ll attempt a landing at Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet, home to reindeer, Pink-footed Goose, breeding Ivory Gull, and Walrus.

Day 5: Seven Islands

Today we will reach the northernmost islands of Svalbard: the Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet. We will attempt to land on Phippsøya which often have walrus hauled out on land. We will then try to find the pack ice to take in the spectacular surroundings and search for wildlife such as Polar bear and perhaps even the illusive Ross gull. We will reach the area of 81 degrees north – just 540 km from the geographic North Pole.

Day 6: Retracing our route westwards 

Retracing our route westwards, our route takes us through and along the pack ice, keeping watch for Polar Bear and the elusive Greenland Whale (Bowhead). About 100 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen we sail along the edge of the continental shelf, where Fin Whale forage in summer in the upwellings along the Spitsbergen banks. West of the mouth of the Kongsfjord we have also good chances to see Humpback Whale.

Day 7: Prins Karls Forland

We land at the northern tip of Prins Karls Forland near Fuglehuken, where Barentsz probably set foot on Spitsbergen for the first time. Seabirds nest on the cliffs, and along the coast we see Harbour Seal, the only population found in Spitsbergen. Here we also will observe the remains of the Polar Bear hunting era, with demolished set guns and bear traps. At the opposite site of Forlandsundet at Sarstangen is a haul out place for Walrus. Alternatively we sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden and land at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on its cliffs and Arctic Fox search the cliff base for fallen eggs and chicks, while Spitsbergen Reindeer graze the relatively luxuriant vegetation. At nighttime we arrive in Longyearbyen.

Day 8: Arrival in Longyearbyen

We disembark in Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Spitsbergen, for the flights south to Oslo and onward home.

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