West & North Svalbard in Luxury 8 DaysAboard: Le Boreal L'Austral
Sail aboard a luxury expedition vessel as you discover the magical wonders of Svalbard, and Spitsbergen it’s largest island. Sailing along the enchanting west coast and north towards the ice floes that extend up to the North Pole, you will enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises, expedition cruising, shore visits and nature walks in search of spectacular scenery and wildlife experiences. Search for sightings of Polar bears, walrus, reindeers, Arctic fox, whales and an abundance of birdlife as you cruise through the breath-taking Polar Arctic. Travelling in the company of a dedicated team of naturalists and Arctic experts, on this unforgettable expedition the goal will be to reach latitudes of 80° north and discover the unexplored, immense open spaces of the Far North.
This trip operates on various dates aboard 2 different vessels. Please enquire for full rates and dates.
- Explore around the western and northern shores of stunning Spitsbergen
- Sail towards the ice floes and cruise to latitudes of 80° north
- Search for incredible Arctic wildlife including Polar bears, reindeer, walruses, whales and a myriad of birds
- Spectacular scenery at every turn with icebergs, ice caps, jagged mountains, sheer cliffs & huge glaciers
- Travel in ultimate comfort aboard a luxurious expedition ship
- Enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises and hiking opportunities
- Full board accommodation on board, including bar/beverage service
- Flights from Paris to Longyearbyen & return
- Transfers between airport and ship
- Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
- Entertainment and expert lecture programme
- Loan of rubber boots
- Expedition parka
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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.
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.
Zoe’s abiding love of adventure travel has taken her to some of the most incredible wildlife-rich places on Earth. Her vast experience and genuine desire to share her knowledge makes her an outstanding and invaluable person to help you organise your wildlife adventure trip.
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Paris to Longyearbyen - Embark
Join your included flight from Paris to Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of Svalbard, where you will transfer to the port to board your luxury expedition vessel. You can settle into your supremely comfortable cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship as we sail out of Longyearbyen surrounded by wonderful scenery and head into the Isfjord as your Arctic adventure begins.
Hornsund & Bellsund
Having sailed south along the coast of Spitsbergen, you arrive at Hornsund, considered “the crown of Arctic Norway”. This stunning area with its impressive glaciers and abundant icebergs will be the perfect introduction to this magical archipelago. You will sail around the fjord between imposing glaciers and carved mountains and may get to enjoy your first Zodiac cruise in the iceberg-strewn waters.
The following day you will return north to head into the Bellsund Fjord to search the lush valleys for wildlife and learn all about how important this area was to historical polar explorations and trading.
Sailing Towards the Ice Floes
An exciting day of expedition cruising will see your captain sail right to the edge of the ice floes that extend towards the North Pole. A Zodiac cruise through these huge floating slabs of ice should make for a memorable experience. With a bit of luck you may spot some Polar bears and seals today as we cruise in style through the Far North.
Måkeøyane & Monaco Glacier
Your first adventure today will take you to the small archipelago of Måkeøyane in the heart of the Woodfjorden where you will be on the lookout for Arctic terns as well as the Polar bears that are often attracted here by the terns’ eggs.
An exciting afternoon will take you to the incredibly impressive Monaco Glacier (Monacobreen) which is thought of as one of Spitsbergen’s most beautiful and majestic glaciers. As well as the spectacular scenery on offer, this is also another great area for spotting Polar bears along with whales and other marine wildlife.
Raudfjorden & Smeerenburg
In Raudfjorden today you will be able to admire some of Spitsbergen’s most spectacular ice formations, as well as the magnificent glaciers of Chauveaubreen and Raudfjordbreen.
In the former Dutch whaling colony of Smeerenburg you will enjoy an exploration around the hills with steep slopes, plateaux, lakes and lagoons of one of Spitsbergen’s most important archaeological sites. Your expert guides will tell you all about how whaling was such a prominent industry here.
Ny-Ålesund / Kongsfjorden
Your final full day of adventure will begin with a visit to the former mining town of Ny-Ålesund. Now a scientific base, this small town is home to a museum and what is considered to be the most northernly post office in the world. As you enjoy a walk around, your guides will tell you all about how this area was the departure point for many historical Arctic expeditions, including those of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen.
In nearby Kings Bay in Kongsfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjords in Svalbard, we will spend some time soaking up the sights of awe-inspiring snow-capped mountains reflecting in the water where superb icebergs try to outdo each other in their beauty. Photo opportunities abound here and we will also be on the lookout for the rich wildlife that is often found here including reindeer, seals, barnacle geese and black guillemots. A visit to the stunning Kongsbreen glacier will be the perfect way to round off your trip.
Longyearbyen to Paris
As you arrive back into beautiful Longyearbyen, after breakfast it will be time to disembark and join your included flight back to Paris. Numerous further Arctic adventures are available in Longyearbyen so please enquire should you wish to extend your experience and spend a few more days in this unique Arctic town.
A view from Above
Le Boreal is a purpose built, luxury expedition vessel which combines a private yacht style ambiance with gastronomic French cuisine and high standards of service. All suites are and staterooms are twin or double and have private balconies and bathrooms along with minibar, satellite TV, DVD, Ipod docks, wifi and direct dial satellite telephone. Public areas and amenities include passenger lifts fore and aft, restaurant, lounge with dance floor and bar, reception desk, shop, leisure area with Wii ans slot machines, clinic, theatre, hairdresser, fitness room, spa with massage, hamman and balneo treatments, grill and buffet restaurant, outdoor pool, panorama lounge and terrace with bar, library and internet room and plenty of deck space. The ship has a 1C ice classification for cruising in polar waters.
L'Austral is a purpose built, luxury expedition vessel which combines a private yacht style ambience with gastronomic French cuisine and high standards of service. All suites and staterooms are twin or double and have private balconies and bathrooms along with minibar, satellite TV, DVD, I-pod docks, WiFi and direct dial satellite telephone. Public areas and amenities include passenger lifts fore and aft, restaurant, lounge with dance floor and bar, reception desk, shop, leisure area with Wii and slot machines, clinic, theatre, hairdresser, fitness room, spa with massage, hammam and balneo treatments, grill and buffet restaurant, outdoor pool, panorama lounge and terrace with bar, library and internet room and plenty of deck space. The ship has a 1C ice classification for cruising in polar waters.
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