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Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya

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Join a 10-day arctic cruise around Spitsbergen including Kvitøya, where you have chances to see the King of the Arctic, walrus, reindeer, various bird species, and surprisingly beautiful flora. Aboard the expedition vessel, the Ortelius, cruise the remote shores of Spitsbergen on this exciting Arctic voyage.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen | Embark
Day 2 : Krossfjorden
Day 3 : Phippsøya
Day 4 : Nordaustlandet
Day 5 : Kvitøya
Day 6 : Brasvell Glacier
Day 7 : Freemansundet
Day 8 : Hornsund Glaciers and Wildlife Sightings
Day 9 : Ahlstrandhalvøya | Recherchefjorden
Day 11 : Longyearbyen | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Ny-Alesund, the northernmost settlement in the world
  • Catch a glimpse of the innumerable bird species
  • Climb Soraberget (205m) from where you have a fantastic view of the icecap
  • Explore the rarely-visited island Kvitøya, a historically significant site

Ship

Ortelius

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Europe
  • Norway
  • Scandinavia
  • Svalbard
  • Ahlstrandhalvøya
  • Freemansundet
  • Hornsund
  • Kong Karls Land (King Charles Land)
  • Kvitøya
  • Longyearbyen
  • Phippsoya
  • Raudfjord
  • Seven Islands (Sjuoyane)
  • Spitsbergen
  • Ytre Norskøya Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A walrus relaxes on the snow. A single home in the desolate arctic. Hiking across rocky hills in the arctic. Glaciers and beautiful arctic tundra. Sight-seeing in the arctic.

Day 1 Longyearbyen | Embark

Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting while in the surrounding area of Longyearbyen. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden as your Arctic cruise gets underway.

Day 2 Krossfjorden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Heading north along the west coast, arrive by morning in Krossfjorden. Board Zodiacs for a cruise along the sculpted front of the 14th of July Glacier. On the green slopes near the glacier, a colorful variety of flowers bloom, while large numbers of kittiwake and Brünnich’s guillemot nest on the nearby cliffs. There is also a good chance of spotting arctic fox, who patrol the base of the cliffs in case a chick falls from its nest, and bearded seal, who cruise this fjord. In the afternoon sail to Ny Ålesund, the world’s most northerly settlement.

Once a mining village - served by the world’s most northerly railway, which can still be seen - Ny Ålesund is now a research center. Close to the village is a breeding ground for barnacle goose, pink-footed goose, and arctic tern. Visitors interested in the history of Arctic exploration can walk to the anchoring mast used by Amundsen and Nobile, in the airship Norge in 1926 and Nobile in the airship Italia in 1928, before their flights to the North Pole.

Day 3 Phippsøya

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail through Beverleysundet, named by Parry in 1827 and also sailed by the Swedish-Russian Arc-of-Meridian Expedition in 1898. Today reach your northernmost point at Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet. Here you are at 81 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears inhabit this region, along with ivory gulls.

Day 4 Nordaustlandet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Push east to reach the area of Nordaustlandet, where the Nobile expedition drifted around in 1928 and where the Italian Sora tried to come to the rescue. There hope to get to Alpinøya, reached by Sora in 1928, and then to the mouth of Finn Malmgrenfjord, and Albertinibukta, and to climb Soraberget (205 M) from where you have a fantastic view on the ice-cap of Nordaustlandet. Alternatively land at Storøya, where again you may meet a group of walruses.

Day 5 Kvitøya

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today hope to get to the rarely visited Kvitøya farthest to the east, close to the Russian territory. The island is dominated by an ice-cap, which leaves a small area bare of ice and snow. Land at the western tip at Andréneset, where the Swedish explorer André and his companions perished in 1898. Also try to get to Kraemerpynten in the east, where an enormous group of walruses resides.

Day 6 Brasvell Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
South of Nordaustlandet try to land on Isisøya, formerly a Nunatak area surrounded by glaciers. Now it is an island surrounded by the sea. Later sail along the front of the Brasvell Glacier, the longest glacier front in Spitsbergen. In Olga Strait you have chances to spot the elusive Greenland whale.

Day 7 Freemansundet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Freemansundet plan to land at Sundneset on the island of Barentsøya to visit an old trapper's hut and then take a brisk walk across the tundra in search of Spitsbergen reindeer and barnacle geese. Later cruise south to Diskobukta on the west side of Edgeøya. After a Zodiac cruise through the shallow bay, land on a beach littered with whale bones and tree trunks, which have drifted here from Siberia. You can also climb to the rim of a narrow gully which is inhabited by thousands of kitttiwakes, together with black guillemots and piratical glaucous gulls. During the breeding season, the base of the cliffs is patrolled by arctic foxes and polar bears, especially females with young cubs, searching for young birds that have fallen from the nesting ledges.

Day 8 Hornsund Glaciers and Wildlife Sightings

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the day quietly cruising the side fjords of the spectacular Hornsund area of southern Spitsbergen, enjoying the scenery of towering mountain peaks. Hornsundtind rises to 1,431m while Bautaen shows why early Dutch explorers gave the name ‘Spitsbergen’ - pointed mountains - to the island. There are also 14 magnificent glaciers in the area and very good chances of encounters with seals and polar bears. You may visit the Polish research station where the friendly staff give you an insight into their research projects. Behind the station the mountains are home to thousands of pairs of nesting little auks.

Day 9 Ahlstrandhalvøya | Recherchefjorden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today land on Ahlstrandhalvøya at the mouth of Van Keulenfjorden. Here piles of beluga skeletons (the beluga is a small white whale), the remains of 19th century slaughter, are yet another reminder of the consequences of thoughtless exploitation.

Day 11 Longyearbyen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Return to Longyearbyen and disembark for the transfer to the airport and the flight to Oslo and home.

Ortelius

Per person starting at
$4,900
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4 quadruple cabins with bunk beds and private facilities (these can also be used as triple or twin cabins). Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
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Triple Porthole
2 triple cabins with bunk beds and private facilities. These cabins are spacious with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
Twin Porthole on the Ortelius
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23 twin cabins with portholes, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
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10 twin cabins with windows, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
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Twin Deluxe
6 superior cabins with double beds, private toilet and shower and a separate day room. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
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Superior
1 suite with a double bed, private toilet and shower and a separate day room. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate.
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Ortelius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.

The ice conditions will determine the sailing plan, either the North or around Spitsbergen itinerary. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Fares include:
- Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
- All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
- Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
- Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes on Plancius
- On Spitsbergen voyages: Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
- AECO fees and governmental taxes
- Comprehensive pre-departure materials

Not included:
- Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
- Pre- and post land arrangements
- Transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen
- Passport and visa expenses
- Government arrival and departure taxes
- Meals ashore
- Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
- Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
- The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)

Please note: It is agreed that if fuel prices will exceed US Dollar $120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure the Ortelius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.

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  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
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