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Spitsbergen Circumnavigation

Spitsbergen In Depth 14 days

Prices From £9,050pp
July Only | 13 nights

Spitsbergen In Depth 14 days

Aboard: Ocean Adventurer

A classic Arctic expedition exploring the fjords and coastline of Spitsbergen searching for polar bears, whales, walrus, birdlife and other fauna, as well as enjoying springtime floral displays on the tundra and marvelling at spectacular mountain and glacier scenery. On this extended voyage, there may also be the opportunity, depending on sea and ice conditions, to circumnavigate the whole archipelago.

Various departures available. Mentioned activities may not be applicable to all departure dates. Please enquire for full rates and dates.

Please note: From 2023, this itinerary will begin and conclude in Helsinki instead of Oslo. A pre-cruise overnight stay in Helsinki and return flights between Helsinki and Longyearbyen will be included.

Highlights

  • Spectacular wildlife viewing, including polar bears and whales
  • Myriad birdlife
  • Hiking opportunities
  • Kayaking option available (fees apply)
  • Amazing scenery
  • Midnight sun

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board ship
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Guided Zodiac excursions
  • Expedition parka
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • One night hotel accommodation in Oslo pre-voyage (Helsinki from 2023 onwards)
  • Charter flights from Oslo (Helsinki from 2023 onwards) to Longyearbyen and return
  • Group transfers to and from ship

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Simon Rowland Senior Travel Expert

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.

Michael Gardiner Senior Travel Expert

Mike has more than 15 years of experience in the travel industry and continues to be inspired by the people, places and wildlife he discovers. His in-depth personal knowledge of a diverse range of destinations ensures your adventure itinerary will be a holiday like no other.

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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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Oslo (or Helsinki) to Longyearbyen
1 - 2Days

Oslo (or Helsinki) to Longyearbyen

Your Arctic expedition will begin in the Norwegian capital city of Oslo where after arriving independently you can make your way to your hotel close to the airport for your included overnight stay. You may wish to arrive a couple of days early to allow time to sample some of this vibrant city’s many delights.

On the morning of day 2 you will join the transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of Svalbard. Upon arrival there will be some time to explore this unique Arctic town before you board your ship and settle in to your comfortable surroundings. As we set sail you will get fantastic views of the mountainous background and dramatic landscapes of this remote settlement. Your experienced expedition crew will brief you on what’s ahead as you embark on your Arctic adventure.

Please note: From 2023, this itinerary will instead depart from Helsinki, Finland. An overnight stay in Helsinki and return flights between Helsinki and Longyearbyen will be included.

Spitsbergen
3 - 13Days

Spitsbergen

For the next 11 days you will immerse yourself in the beauty of Spitsbergen, on a constant search for wildlife as we cruise around this spectacular remote island. Embracing the very nature of expedition cruising there will be no particular fixed itinerary for your time in Spitsbergen. We plan to circumnavigate the island, but if conditions are favourable, we will also attempt a circumnavigation of the whole Svalbard archipelago. The routes taken will be dependent on weather and ice, but some of the areas you can expect to visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Ny London, Phippsøya, Alkefjellet and the seldom-visited Kvitøya. You will enjoy Zodiac excursions throughout, bringing you up-close to the spectacular landscapes of the island.

Each day will bring something new and exciting and your experienced expedition team will choose the best course for optimum wildlife viewing and the best places from which to get an insight into the history and geology of Spitsbergen.

The 14th of July Glacier will be of particular interest to birding enthusiasts as it is home to a multitude of species including purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese and arctic terns, whilst the famous Alkefjellet cliffs are teeming with nesting Brünnich’s guillemots. This is also a great area from which to spot Polar bears as they join Arctic foxes on their hunt for free bird egg meals. Searching for polar bears, the largest land carnivores in the world, will be a constant activity throughout your expedition. Phippsøya, Isbukta & Hornsund are areas which almost guarantee a polar bear sighting, with these being their favoured places for hunting. We will also be on the lookout for reindeer, visiting sites like Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhornet where you will want to have your camera ready for shots of these beautiful animals grazing on the lands. Walrus haul-outs are also very common round Spitsbergen and you will feel an air of excitement as you come across the noisy spectacle of these lumbering giants vying for a choice spot on the coastline.

There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen and one of the very best ways to experience this is to join an optional kayaking excursion through the more isolated pockets of the area, whilst hiking excursions and shore walks will bring you up close to Spitsbergen's surprising flora. Please note, kayaking incurs an additional charge and should be booked well in advance.

Whichever course your expedition team choose for your thrilling Spitsbergen adventure you can be assured of remarkable scenic sights, from polar flora to immense glaciers, exceptional wildlife viewing and a sense of true wilderness in these beautiful lands at the top of the world.

Longyearbyen to Oslo (or Helsinki)
14Day

Longyearbyen to Oslo (or Helsinki)

Our arrival back into Longyearbyen signals the end of our exciting Spitsbergen cruise. A group transfer will take you to the airport for your return charter flight to Oslo. Should you wish to spend more time in Longyearbyen there are numerous possibilities for more Arctic adventures so please feel free to ask for options and advice.

Please note: From 2023, this itinerary will conclude in Helsinki, Finland. The flight from Longyearbyen to Helsinki will be included.

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Ocean Adventurer
First class vessel

Ocean Adventurer

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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