North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special Cruise

Rinie van Meurs
A mother bear and her two cubs
Jan Molenveld-Oceanwide Expeditions
Travelers exploring the arctic with zodiacs.
Erwin Vermeulen
Surfacing Humback Whales
Franco Banfi
Glimpse the King of the Arctic
Rinie van Meurs
Polar bear relaxing on an iceberg.
Monica Salmang-Oceanwide Expeditions
Ortelius' dining area.
Monica Salmang-Oceanwide Expeditions
The bar and observation lounge aboard the Ortelius.
Sailing along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen, this Arctic voyage offers the best opportunities to spot the King of the Arctic. Sail to Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favoured by Ringed and Bearded Seal. The cliffs and shoreline of the fjord also support thriving seabird colonies and a surprisingly rich vegetation, which flourishes in sheltered spots. Polar bear are often seen on this unique Arctic wildlife cruise.

Day 1

    Longyearbyen

    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, more than 100 species of plants have been recorded. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden.

    Day 2

      Raudjord

      Visit Sallyhamna in Holmiabukta where in the last two years a Fin Whale carcass has attracted Polar Bears. Later sail to Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favored by Ringed and Bearded Seals. The cliffs and shoreline of the fjord also support thriving seabird colonies and a surprisingly rich vegetation, which flourishes in sheltered spots.

      Day 3

        Andøya / Liefdefjorden

        Depending on the weather you may now sail to the mouth of Liefdefjorden and go ashore for a walk on the tundra island of Andøya. Many Common Eiders and Pink-footed Geese nest here, and the rarer King Eider may also be seen. Hope to sail into Liefdefjorden, cruising near the 5km long face of the impressive Monaco Glacier. The waters of the glacier front are a favourite feeding spot for thousands of Kittiwakes and on previous voyages Polar Bears have been seen on the glacier, providing wonderful opportunities for photography.

        Day 4

          Hinlopenstrait

          Today sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to Bearded Seals, Ringed Seals, Polar Bears, and Ivory Gulls. Navigate the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in your zodiacs and explore the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots. On the east side of Hinlopenstrait, we’ll attempt a landing at Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet, home to Reindeer, Pink-footed Geese, breeding Ivory Gulls, and Walruses.

          Day 5

            Phippsøya

            In the morning try to land at Laagoya, a haul-out place for Walrusses. Later reach your northernmost point at Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet. Here you will be at 81 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar Bears inhabit this region, along with Ivory Gulls. Sit for several hours in the pack ice, before turning west again.

            Day 6

              At Sea

              Retracing your route westwards, sail all the time through and along the pack-ice, on the watch for Polar Bears and the elusive Greenland Whale (Bowhead).

              Day 7

                Prins Karls Forland

                Land at the northern tip of Prins Karls Forland near Fuglehuken, where Barentsz probably set foot on Spitsbergen for the first time. Seabirds nest on the cliffs and along the coast we see Harbour Seals, the only population found in Spitsbergen. Further observe the remains of the Polar Bear hunting era, with demolished set guns and bear traps. At the opposite site of Forlandsundet at Sarstangen is a haul out place for Walruses. Alternatively, sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden and land at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on its cliffs and Arctic Foxes search the cliff base for fallen eggs and chicks, while Spitsbergen Reindeer graze the relatively luxuriant vegetation. At nighttime arrive in Longyearbyen.

                Day 8

                  Disembark / Longyearbyen

                  Disembark in Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Spitsbergen, for the flights south to Oslo and onward home.
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                  $3,900$4,700$5,450$5,800$6,150$6,850
                  Snowshoe/Hiking Option: Complementary (not offered on August 28 departure)
                  *Please note June 5th is a German language departure*
                  - 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.
                  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.
                  - All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
                  - AECO fees and governmental taxes.
                  - Comprehensive pre-departure materia

                  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; and 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 Ortelius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.

                  Deposit & Payment

                  Initial deposit is 25%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

                  Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure.

                  Final payment by transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to variable credit card fee.

                  Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days prior to departure.

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                  Cancellation Policy

                  Days Prior to departureFee
                  90 days or more25% deposit
                  89-60 days55% trip cost
                  59-0 days100% trip cost