12 Day Cruise from USD$7,095
AN IN DEPTH EXPLORATION OF SPITSBERGEN AND THE SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO
The Norwegian territory of Svalbard and the islands that make up the archipelago offer a tremendous wildlife and birdlife experience, as well as a fascinating lesson in glaciology. The islands were first used as a whaling base in the 17th and 18th centuries and are now celebrated as a breeding ground for many seabirds, along with marine mammals and the elusive polar bear.
Our expedition vessel is perfectly suited for remote polar exploration. With her high ice classification, we are able to push further to the north along the edge of the ice pack. It is here we frequently encounter the icon of the Arctic – the polar bear – hunting for seals and other protein sources to sustain them through the Arctic summer.
Throughout our journey we enjoy a comprehensive series of presentations by polar experts, providing an excellent background to the expedition. Days are busy with shore excursions to places of historic interest, visits to wildlife colonies, viewing the exquisite native flora and soaking up the stunning landscapes. Short or long hikes on shore are another feature along with regular cruising in the zodiacs.
Sea kayaking is another popular option. Our voyage focuses on the western and northern coast of Spitsbergen, and as far north as the permanent pack ice. This area has the highest concentration of wildlife and places of historic and scenic interest in the archipelago.
- The best place in the Arctic to see polar bears in their natural habitat
- A 12-day expedition deep inside the Arctic Circle only 600 miles from The North Pole
- Travel in the company of marine biologists, naturalists, historians and polar experts
- Sail onboard the Akademik Sergey Vavilov and access Svalbard’s most spectacular sites
SPITSBERGEN – SVALBARD, NORWAY
08 JUNE 2019
CRUISE, NATURE AND WILDLIFE
- Zodiac excursions
- Onshore hiking options
- Wildlife observation
- Photographer in Residence
- Sea kayaking available
- Whale watching
- Educational presentations
- Active Cruising & Wellness