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Northern Svalbard Explorer

Northern Svalbard Explorer 11 days

Prices From £4,400pp
30 AUG, 2019 | Up to 10 nights

Northern Svalbard Explorer 11 days

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This excellent itinerary offers the rare opportunity to explore the seldom visited northern isles of Svalbard. Setting sail in the Arctic autumn means that the pack ice will have opened up, allowing us to attempt landings in some of the farthest reaches of the archipelago. Explore the outer islands of Nordaustlandet, Storøya and Kvitøya, stepping ashore to discover the orange-coloured tundra and venture even deeper into the Arctic. Sail past spectacular ice caps and dramatic calving glaciers keeping a watchful eye for polar bears hunting on the pack ice, walrus haul-outs and an abundance of Arctic birdlife. Your exact itinerary will be dependent on ice and weather conditions, with each day bringing a new adventure on your journey at the top of the world.

Highlights

  • Attempt to reach Svalbard’s most easterly islands of Kvitøya and Storøya
  • Follow in the footsteps of Arctic explorers like Amundsen and Nobile
  • Spot polar bears, walruses, ringed seals, whales, large colonies of auklets, guillemots, puffins and more
  • Zodiac around impressive glaciers and ice caps
  • Photograph delicate Arctic tundra flowers
  • Kayaking option
  • Photo workshop

What's Included

  • Accommodation onboard Polar Pioneer with all meals, snacks, tea and coffee included
  • Group transfer to and from ship
  • Group sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen upon arrival (pre-voyage)
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from an expert team
  • Complimentary custom-designed polar expedition jacket
  • Loan of gumboots during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Professionally-produced hard back voyage log
  • Port taxes and charges & entry fees to historic landings sites

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With a lifetime of unforgettable nature and adventure based travel under his belt, Simon shares his passion, enthusiasm and hands-on experience to help create the perfect itinerary for every client.

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With countless travel experiences and an enduring hunger for adventure, Zoe knows exactly what’s needed to craft a holiday of a lifetime. Her experience and generosity of spirit are legendary and she’ll help you build an itinerary that will make all your dreams come true.

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Mike has more than fifteen years hands-on experience in the industry, travelling to some of the most incredible wild places on the planet. His far-reaching knowledge and invaluable skills will ensure that your wildlife travel adventure is a dream come true.

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Longyearbyen
1Day

Longyearbyen

Your Arctic adventure begins in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of Svalbard. Arrive independently and join the included group sightseeing tour of this unique Arctic town, before heading to the port to board your ship. Embarkation will begin in the late afternoon and you can take the time to settle into your new surroundings as the ship sails out of Isfjorden.

Northwest Spitsbergen
2Day

Northwest Spitsbergen

As you awake along the coast of the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park the sight that will greet you will be the dramatic landscapes of alpine peaks and glacier valleys. Exploring the area by Zodiac you will cruise past spectacular sea-cliffs on a constant look out for reindeer, walrus, Arctic fox and a plethora of seabirds. You will have time to explore some of the region’s calving glaciers such as Smeerenburg on Amsterdam Island and discover the remains of ancient whaling stations at Ytre Norskøya.

Nordaustlandet North Coast
3 - 4Days

Nordaustlandet North Coast

The next stop on your northern Svalbard adventure will be northern coast of Nordaustlandet, Svalbard’s second largest island. Nordaustlandet is a rarely visited polar desert which is rich in geological wonders and is home to many roaming polar bears and large colonies of walruses. Exploring by Zodiac we hope to enjoy landings at Sjuøyane (The Seven Isles), the most northerly point of Norway, and the magnificent 40 kilometre fjord at Rijpfjord. As well as exploring by Zodiac you can enjoy relaxing walks across the tundra in search of wildlife like reindeer and even more walruses.

East Nordauslandet, Kvitøya & Storøya
5 - 6Days

East Nordauslandet, Kvitøya & Storøya

These days will be spent exploring the eastern coast of Nordauslandet and attempting to reach Kvitøya and Storøya, Svalbard’s most easterly islands, with an exciting Zodiac cruise around Karl XII Island on the way. Your time here will be mostly dictated by weather conditions and ice and your captain will choose the best route each day to make the most of all opportunities. The thickening pack-ice as we sail north will often bring sightings of polar bears and walrus as they hunt and haul-out on the ice, and we will keep an eye out for the elusive ivory gulls which are known to frequent the area.

South Nordaustlandet
7 - 8Days

South Nordaustlandet

Rounding down the east and south sides of Nordaustlandet your ship will complete its circumnavigation of the island by cruising north through the Hinlopen Strait. As we spend more time exploring around this area you can enjoy a Zodiac cruise under Alkfjellet, where thousands of nesting birds fill the sheer cliffs, and Austfonna, an impressively large ice cap with one of the longest glacier fronts in the northern hemisphere. There will also be time to make landings at Isisøya and Murchisonfjorden, impressively scenic lands steeped in a rich Arctic history.

North & West Spitsbergen
9 - 10Days

North & West Spitsbergen

Returning back along the stunning north-western Spitsbergen coast, we keep an eye on ice and weather conditions and make as many landings as possible. All landings will be dictated by weather conditions but we can expect the opportunity to visit areas such as Woodfjord, Liefdefjord, Krossfjord and Kongsfjord.

Longyearbyen
11Day

Longyearbyen

A midnight cruise of beautiful Isfjorden returns us to Longyearbyen, and signals the end of our spectacular voyage. After disembarkation a transfer to the airport for your onward flight will be provided. Or should you wish to spend more time in this unique Arctic town there are many opportunities for extra excursions and adventures.

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