Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari 9 daysAboard: Ocean Adventurer
A classic Arctic expedition cruise, taking in all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and, depending on ice and sea conditions, venturing to some northern outlying areas home to polar bears and walrus. You'll come across colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands and watch for whales and seals in the water. With adventure options such as sea-kayaking, this is the ideal expedition for a true taste of the Arctic.
- Spectacular wildlife viewing, including polar bears and whales
- Myriad birdlife
- Kayaking and snowshoeing options
- Amazing scenery
- Midnight sun
- Group transfers to and from ship
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Programme of expert lectures
- Guided Zodiac excursions
- Expedition parka
- Loan of rubber boots
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Your Spitsbergen adventure cruise begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island's largest settlement. As you embark, you'll get great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop to this seaside settlement
We cruise around this spectacular island, on a constant search for wildlife, especially polar bears. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as some stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers and towering mountains, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. Each expedition presents new opportunities, so we have no fixed itinerary, however we do have some favourite destinations, including 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsoya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Strait.The destinations visited on your voyage will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Phippsoya being one of their preferred hunting areas and the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet providing many free bird egg meals for both them and the Arctic fox. Torellneset and Phippsoya are great places for unforgettable walrus photography. These lumbering giants of the Arctic each Walrus vye for a choice spot of coastline. If you're itching to get a little closer to the action, then taking a sea-kayaking excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen is highly recommended. Smeerenburg is a great place for an optional snowshoeing excursion (when available), as you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site commemorates the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme Arctic conditions.There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra is beautiful and colourful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day you'll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species or an abandoned hut from centuries ago.
Arrive and disembark
A view from Above
Ocean Adventurer (previously known as Sea Adventurer) is a purpose built expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull and first class accommodation and facilities. All 61 cabins have outside views and private facilities, including some with exterior access and outside seating. Public areas include dining room, lounge and presentation room, library, 2 bars, gift shop, clinic and exercise room. Other facilities are satellite communication and massage therapist. There is a forward observation deck and other open deck areas.
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