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Glaciers and beautiful arctic tundra.

Spitsbergen and Bear Island

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Explore the fascinating Arctic on this 5-day introductory cruise. Sail the fjords of Hornsund and the ports of Kvalrossbukta and Tromso. Keep your binoculars trained on the horizon to view whales and look skyward to witness the magnificent Northern Lights.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen
Day 2 : The Fjords of Hornsund
Day 3 : Kvalrossbukta
Day 4 : Barents Sea
Day 5 : Tromso


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Glaciers and beautiful arctic tundra. Giant whale jaw in the arctic Polar bear relaxing on an iceberg. Brilliant lights of Aurora Borealis. A single home in the desolate arctic.

Day 1 Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of Norway's Svalbard archipelago. Located on Spitsbergen, the chain's only permanently inhabited island, Longyearbyen is the largest settlement on the islands. From here board the MV Plancius. Settle in to your cabin and set sail in the early evening.

Day 2 The Fjords of Hornsund

In the morning, quietly cruise the side fjords of the Hornsund area in southern Spitsbergen. As you sail, admire the towering mountain peaks and expansive landscape. From this perspective, it is easy to tell why the early Dutch explorers named the area Spitsbergen, meaning "pointed mountains." There are 14 magnificent glaciers in the area and high chances of encountering seals and Polar Bears.

Day 3 Kvalrossbukta

At the south side of Bear Island, sail by the largest bird cliffs in the North Atlantic, which were once occupied by more than 10 species of seabirds. Today, the cliffs are deserted except for a very late Fulmar or Gannet. Land at Kvalrossbukta, a 19th century whaling station, and stroll the tundra along the coast. In the evening, hope for clear skies in order to observe the Northern Lights in Zenith.

Day 4 Barents Sea

Continue sailing southward across the Barents Sea for great whale watching opportunities. The area is also favorable for viewing birdlife. In the evening, admire the ever-changing sky as the Northern Lights take form.

Day 5 Tromso

Navigate through a maze of fjords, eventually stopping in Tromso, the Norwegian gateway to the Arctic. Disembark the ship after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your connecting flights home.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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