Single Cabins Available
Svalbard – Last Stop Before the North Pole 8 DaysAboard: Ocean Albatros
Set sail for the immense beauty of Svalbard on this thrilling Arctic expedition. With the goal of reaching 80° north and the Svalbard pack ice to search for Polar bears, you will discover a world of spectacular scenery and enchanting wildlife. Travelling in the Arctic’s high summer, this is the perfect opportunity to discover the natural life on northern and western Svalbard, including reindeer, Arctic foxes, walruses, whales and a myriad of seabirds. Exciting Zodiac cruises will allow you to view wildlife at close proximity and enjoy exploratory mini cruises in the fjords and glacial landscapes, whilst shore visits accompanied by your expert guides will see you enjoy nature walks whilst learning all about these remarkable Arctic lands. Sailing aboard one of the world’s only ice-class expedition ships built to meet the North Pole pack ice, and with flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen included, this is the ideal itinerary for those seeking to discover the far northern reaches of the world.
This trip operates on various dates. Mentioned activities may not be applicable to all departure dates. Please enquire for full rates and dates.
- Attempt to reach the North Pole pack ice aboard one of the world’s most capable ice-class expedition ships
- Reach 80° north and discover the incredibly remote Sjuøyane (Seven Islands)
- Great chances of seeing Polar bears
- Incredible scenery throughout
- Get up-close to Arctic wildlife including reindeer, walrus, Arctic fox, seals and whales
- Witness an abundance of birdlife, particularly around the spectacular Alkefjellet
- Enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises, and hikes and nature walks on land
- Travel with a dedicated expedition photographer who will provide lectures and tips for capturing the perfect pictures
- Kayaking option available (select departures - costs apply)
- Return charter flights Oslo-Longyearbyen-Oslo
- Full board accommodation on board ship with all meals, tea, coffee and snacks
- Welcome and farewell cocktails
- Zodiac cruises, nature walks and hikes as per itinerary
- Informative lecture and presentation programme
- Post-voyage digital journal link with images and voyage log from your trip
Single Cabins Available
This vessel offers single occupancy cabins, which is a perfect option for solo travellers. Travelling alone is often the best way to see the world. No responsibilities, no difficult choices and no trying to please anyone else…just you, your itinerary and your adventurous spirit!
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Oslo to Longyearbyen - Embark
Your included flight from Oslo will bring you to Longyearbyen today, the administrative capital of the Svalbard archipelago, where you will board your vessel and begin your Arctic adventure. After a welcome drink and time to familiarise yourself with the ship, there will be voyage and safety briefings before your captain steers the ship out of Advent Fjord and into the wilderness.
Please note: Your flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen is included in the price of your expedition.
Krossfjord - Lilliehöök Glacier
As with all Arctic expeditions, our exact route in Svalbard will be dictated by weather and ice conditions, with your experienced captain and crew charting the perfect course each day for unforgettable sights and adventures. This itinerary describes the expected route but may be subject to change.
Overnight we will have passed Prins Karls Forland to arrive in the magnificent Krossfjord area where we plan to explore around the majestic landscape around Regnardneset, and land at Möllerhamna in the morning for our first shore visit. We expect to see a large number of migrating birds here as the Arctic summer months are their most active time.
In the afternoon we will sail further north into the fjord system where we will hope for our first Zodiac cruise along the impressive Lilliehöök Glacier front. We will also hope to navigate past the beautiful scenery in the bay of Fjortende Juli, where the glacier Fjortende Juli-breen calves into the fjord.
Smeerenburg - Ytre Norskøya
In Northwest Svalbard today we plan to cruise in Danskergattet and look for seals in Virgohamna before making our way to Amsterdamøya to land at the legendary 17th century whaling town of Smeerenburg, and the old lookout area of Ytre Norskøya.
Alkefjellet - Torrelnesset
This morning we plan to enjoy a leisurely cruise along the steep cliffs of the famous Alkefjellet where a dense congregation of Brünichs guillemots covers almost every inch of land…a truly unforgettable sight.
Moving on to the polar desert landscapes of Torrelnesset, we will take an enjoyable walk along the beach to look for sightings of the walruses that are often found in good numbers here feeding on the clams found in the shallows of Svalbard’s waters.
Towards 80 Degrees North
A thrilling day at sea today will see us steer far north towards the edge of the polar pack ice, pushing as northernly as possible with the goal of reaching 80 degrees north! This portion of the trip offers the best possibilities of spotting Polar bears and as we sail through the icy seas and floes we will be on a constant lookout for sightings of the “King of The Arctic”.
We also hope today to reach Sjuøyane and the island of Nordaustlandet. Here we will hope to make land to enjoy a walk across the barren tundra in search of birdlife and wildlife, and enjoy the feeling of standing in one of the most northernly places on the planet.
Liefdefjord - Monaco Glacier
Overnight we will have sailed into Liefdefjord and spectacular landscapes greet us as we wake this morning. The plan for a thoroughly enjoyable morning will be a slow cruise along the broad glacier front of Monacobreen which will offer a fantastic insight into the glacial forces here and the unique formations of icebergs.
We also plan to visit Texas Bar, a famous old trapper cabin that was built in 1927 and is surrounded by unforgettable scenery.
Ny Ålesund - Ny London
Our final full day of exploration in Svalbard will see us sailing back south along the west coast to the reach the beautiful Kongsfjord area to land at the famous former mining settlement of Ny Ålesund for an enjoyable walk to learn about the history and scientific importance of this area.
On the opposite side of the fjord we find the abandoned marble mining settlement of Ny London where we can take a walk amongst the ruins of workshops, locomotives and cranes that signify the mining rush of days past.
Before arriving back in Longyearbyen we will explore around the exceptionally scenic Isfjord area to search for more wildlife sightings and discover even more unforgettable landscapes.
Longyearbyen to Oslo
After breakfast this morning it will sadly be time to bid farewell to the crew as you disembark in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for your included flight back to Oslo.
A view from Above
The brand-new (November 2022) Ocean Albatros has been built to the highest Polar code 6 and Ice class 1A and is the ideal vessel for small-ship cruising due to its sturdy construction and X-Bow®-Infinity class, which provides high stability in rough weather and allows for the smoothest movements on high waves. Designed to surpass environmentally friendly standards, the Ocean Albatros is part of the Green Initiative Program and is a low-energy vessel with 4 diesel engines and 2 electro engines, all controlled electronically to optimize speed and fuel consumption. The ship will have more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels. The vessel also features a Solas 2012 classification which facilitates a safe return to port. The 95 very comfortable and stylishly furnished staterooms and suites, which are split into 9 different categories with varying features, all offer unobstructed sea views and the majority of these also offer a private balcony. 12 dedicated solo travel cabins are also available without a single supplement. The communal areas on board this high-end vessel include 2 restaurants, an Albatros Nordic Bar, a fantastic panorama sauna, open-air swimming pool with lounging deck and jacuzzis, an open deck dining area, wellness area with gym and Polar spa, an observation lounge, boutique giftshop and a modern lecture theatre.
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