NORWAY - SPITSBERGEN ENCOUNTER
Cruise into the heart of the Norwegian Arctic
NORWAY – SPITSBERGEN ENCOUNTER
SVALBAYD, LONGYEARBYEN, ARCTIC CIRCLE, ACRTIC OCEAN
11 Days 19 JUN - 28 JUN 2018*

The Svalbard archipelago is a remote island chain situated between Norway and the North Pole. Spitsbergen is the largest and only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago. These wild and remote islands offer a tremendous wildlife and birdlife experience, as well as a fascinating lesson in glaciology. Our itinerary allows for a thorough exploration of the western and northern coastline of the island of Spitsbergen. As we voyage up the coastline we make frequent stops at well known wildlife sites and places of historic interest.

Tour Highlights
  • GO DEEPER IN THE PACK ICE TO SEE WILDLIFE ON THE EDGE
  • MORE TIME ABOVE THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
  • EXTRA DAYLIGHT EXTRA EXPLORING
  • THE VERY BEST PARTS OF SPITSBERGEN

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    Artic

  • When
    :

    June, July

  • What
    :

    Cruise, Wildlife

MIDNIGHT SUN

A prolonged sunset and sunrise all at once, the midnight sun colours the sky and earth in a reddish yellow light. The sun shines in Svalbard April-August providing amazing light and a 24/7 never ending scenic feast.

PHIPPSOYA

Phippsoya is the most northerly island of the Svalbard archipelago, It is a wildlife hub, being a favoured hunting ground for polar bears, and a great place for seeing walrus.

Itinerary

Arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to the hotel
for your included pre-cruise accomodation.

Today we embark Longyearbyen and sail out
into Isfjorden during the early evening. With
almost 24 hours of daylight at this time of the
year, we enjoy the views from the outer decks
of the ship as we depart. We meet our fellow
passengers and the expedition team during
an introductory briefing and enjoy a welcome
dinner as we set sail.

Beluga whales are frequently seen as they
transit the narrow sound near Bourbonhamna. It
is estimated there are approximately five to ten
thousand belugas in the Svalbard population.
On our shore excursion, an old hunting cabin
and other artifacts are points of interest. We
will also hope to catch a glimpse of dozens of
reindeer that inhabit the area.

The Lilliehook Glacier is an incredible sight.
The face stretches almost seven kilometers
across and has a height of around 80-meters.
Viewed from the ship or on a zodiac cruise you
come to appreciate the enormous scale of our
surroundings. The area is home to numerous
bird colonies and a variety of different species.
As we cruise the dark waters, we are always on
the lookout for bearded and ringed seals, both
species known to frequent this fjord.

No trip along the north coast of Spitsbergen
would be complete without a visit to Monaco
Glacier. A wide glacier face at the head of
the fjord makes for spectacular kayaking and
zodiac cruising. The coastal plain near the
mouth of Liefdefjorden offers superb hiking and
is often a great place to spot polar bears that
come here to hunt for ringed seals or feed on
birds’ eggs.

At 81° north latitude, Phippsoya is just 540
nautical miles from the North Pole. The high ice
classification of our ship allows us to approach
the edge of the pack ice in safety and comfort.
Because of its proximity to the permanent Arctic
ice pack, Phippsoya offers the potential for
great polar bear viewing. In recent seasons we
have enjoyed excellent encounters with polar
bears in this vicinity.

We enter the main channel separating
Svalbard’s two main islands. In Hinlopen
Strait, the bird cliffs at Alkefjellet are nearby Murchison Fjord is a wonderful place to kayak
or zodiac cruise between the islands. There are
some excellent hiking routes here, affording us
breathtaking views.

Fuglesangenoya is home to a large dovekie
colony. Nearby is the old whaling station of
Smeerenburg, literally translated as ‘Blubber
Town’. As we hike the shoreline of the old
station, we learn about the importance of
whaling in the discovery and exploration of
the Svalbard archipelago. The blubber ovens
stand as a reminder to this harsh industry in an
equally harsh environment.

We visit the walrus colony on Prince Charles
Island and hope to see these odd looking
animals ashore. It is an incredible sight.
Approaching from downwind can often confirm
that walrus are ashore – the smell of a walrus
haul out is quite ‘unique’! Tonight we celebrate
our journey with a special dinner attended by
the ship’s Captain.

Arriving back into Longyearbyen this morning,
our journey comes to an end. A transfer into
town is provided for those choosing to stay a
few days, or to the airport for those departing.

Pricing and Inclusions
Prices
    CABIN TYPE PER PERSON
    Triple USD 5,695
    Twin Semi Private USD 7,195
    Twin Private USD 8,195
    Superior USD 9,395
    Shackleton USD 10,295
    One Ocean USD 11,395
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