North Spitsbergen Svalbard Cruise

   
 
 

North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special Cruise

Spitsbergen/Svalbard Cruise

2018 Departures
May 29
June 05, 12, 19
Prices From$5540 per Person Double
$4700 per Person Triple
$3900 per Person Quad
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Sailing along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen, will give us the best opportunities to spot the King of the Arctic. 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

After June 2017, the cruise will be onboard M/V Plancius.

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Longyearbyen
On Board the M/V Ortelius
Meals: Dinner

Arrive in 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     Spitsbergen
On Board the M/V Ortelius
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

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     Spitsbergen
On Board the M/V Ortelius
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Cruising near the 5km long face of the impressive Monaco Glacier

Depending on the weather we may now 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.

Highlights

• Kittiwake

• Polar Bear

• Monaco Glacie

 
Day 4     Spitsbergen
On Board the M/V Ortelius
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

We will sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to Bearded Seal

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.

Highlights

• Zodiac Cruising & Shore program

• Svalbard Reindeer

• Ivory Gull

 
Day 5     Spitsbergen
On Board the M/V Ortelius
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

At Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet we will just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole

We will try reach our northernmost point at Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet. Here we will be at 81 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar Bear inhabit this region, along with Ivory Gull. The ship may sit for several hours in the pack ice, before turning west again.

Highlights

• Polar Bear

• Phippsøya

• Ivory Gull

 
Day 6     Spitsbergen
On Board the M/V Ortelius
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

We will retrace our route westwards to keep watch for the Polar Bear

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 40 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. At the mouth of the Kongsfjord we have also good chances to see Minke Whale

Highlights

• Whale spotting around Spitsbergen

• Bowhead Whale

• Minke Whale

 
Day 7     Spitsbergen
On Board the M/V Ortelius
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

We sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden

In 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.

Highlights

• Arctic Fox

• Walrus

• Alkhornet

 
Day 8     Longyearbyen
Meals: Breakfast

Return to Longyearbyen and disembark for the transfer to the airport and the flight to Oslo and home.

 

Notes

PLEASE NOTE: A typical itinerary to North Spitsbergen is illustrated below. This itinerary is for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Price Includes
All Shore Excursions and Activities Throughout the Voyage by Zodiac.
Use of Rubber Boots and Snowshoes
Accommodations in Select Cabin Category
Services of Expedition Guides
Port Charges
Meals Daily Shipboard
Sightseeing and Entrances Per Itinerary
Price Does Not Include
 Air
 Baggage, Cancellation and Personal Insurance (Which Is Mandatory).
 The Customary Gratuity at the End of the Voyages for Stewards and Other Ser
 Mandatory Insurance
OCE-0317