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Outline itinerary

Day 1Longyearbyen
Day 2Raudfjorden
Day 3Liefdefjord
Day 4Beverleysundet
Day 5Phippsøya
Day 6Kongsfjord
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

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 - 82 Degrees North

Spitsbergen82
Duration:8 days
Departure:26-08-2019
Price: from EUR 3300,-
Tour leader:Nederlands- of Engelstalige expeditieleider
Code: C1936

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: Largest town, biggest island

You touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage.

Day 2: The first of the fjords
Sailing to Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, you take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears. In the evening you sail by the island of Moffen, where you can find a large herd of walruses.

Day 3: The massive Monaco Glacier
Depending on the weather, you could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 5-kilometer-long (3.1 miles) face of the precipitous Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen can be implemented.

Day 4: Fjord-fueled hikes
You next sail through Beverleysundet, formerly navigated by the Swedish-Russian Arc-of-Meridian Expedition in 1898. From here you push east along Scoresby Island into Rijpfjord, where the German Wehrmacht operated the weather station Haudegen (now off-limits) until September 1945. The aim in Zorgdragerfjord is to have one group walk the eastern shore while another walks the north side of Arkvatnet, through Havsuldalen to the entrance of Duvefjorden.

Day 5 – 6: Far north to Phippsøya
Reaching Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet, you’re now at 80° north and just 870 km (540 miles) from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears and walruses inhabit this region. In the afternoon you venture to your northernmost point, near the 82nd parallel. While retracing your route west, keep watch for polar bears and elusive Greenland (bowhead) whales.

About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen, you sail the edge of the continental shelf. Here fin whales forage during the summer in the upwelling zones (where cold, nutrient-rich water wells up from below the sea’s surface) that run along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of Kongsfjorden, you have a good chance of sighting minke whales.

Day 7: Watching the Forlandsundet wildlife
Walruses sometimes haul out in Forlandsundet, your next stop – though this late in the season, they may have already departed. Alternately, you might sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation. You arrive in Longyearbyen later that night.

Day 8: There and back again
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

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