Spitsbergen & Polar Bears 6 daysAboard: MS Nordstjernen
Explore the extraordinary Arctic landscape, glaciers and bird cliffs. Being above the Arctic Circle you will enjoy the midnight sun, with long days and light nights. If you are really lucky you'll see the King of the Arctic; the polar bear. This itinerary lasts six days, where one or two nights are spent on land and the remaining days are spent sailing along the west coast of Spitsbergen.
These trips depart on a Monday or Thursday, with various departure dates available. Please enquire for full rates and dates.
- Spectacular scenery
- Birds and other wildlife, including Hopefully polar bears
- 24 hours daylight
- Cross 80 degrees north
- Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
- Transfer airport to hotel in Longyearbyen
- One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage including breakfast and lunch
- Transfer hotel to ship in Longyearbyen including sightseeing
- Folklore show in Barentsburg
- Transfer ship to hotel in Longyearbyen
- One hotel night in Longyearbyen after the voyage including light lunch, dinner and early morning snack
- Transfer hotel to airport in Longyearbyen
- Landings with Polarcirkel and activities onboard and ashore
- Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
So much to experience
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Arrive and transfer to accommodation. Overnight including breakfast.
Longyearbyen and Barentsburg
Enjoy a sightseeing trip in Longyearbyen, ending at the pier where you will join the MS Nordstjernen. Our first stop is the Russian settlement Barentsburg, where there will be opportunities to visit the Pomor Museum (optional) and enjoy a lively folklore show. In the afternoon we continue out the Isfjord and head north along the Prins Karls Forland.
Woodfjorden, Liefdefjorden, Moffen and 80° North
The day will be spent cruising towards the Monaco Glacier, passing a number of small islets where eider ducks nest during the summer. If we are lucky, we may spot a polar bear searching for eggs. If the ice conditions are favourable we will sail past 80° North and towards Moffen, an island often host to walrus.
Kongsfjorden and Ny-Ålesund.
This is the largest fjord on the North West coast. We might also visit a large adjacent fjord called Krossfjorden. The landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. At the end of the fjord you’ll see the majestic Kongsbreen. Later we call on Ny-Ålesund. Previously a coal-mining community, it now houses an advanced High Arctic research station.
Isfjorden and Longyearbyen
Located in central Spitsbergen, the Isfjord is the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. We will spend the morning sailing towards Longyearbyen. As we sail into the outer parts of the Isfjord, the landscape changes. Marvel at the large U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago. On arrival in Longyearbyen you have the rest of the day at your disposal. A farewell dinner will be served at the hotel.
Transfer to airport for return flight
A view from Above
This is a coastal ship built in 1956 and refurbished in 2000 for Arctic sailing. It retails the aura of a traditional ship with brass and wood fittings. Public areas include panorama lounge, bar dining room and library and open deck areas. There are 76 cabins, of which 24 only have a washbasin and shared bathroom facilities. 52 cabins are en-suite and most have upper and lower berths.
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