Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic Cruise

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A walrus pops up for to say hello
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Explore Alkhornet on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen
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Alkefjellet on Spitsebgerg Islands provides the ideal roost for hundreds of Arctic birds
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Seals lounge along the Arctic seas
Sea Adventurer's piano lounge area.
Sun deck
If there is such a thing as a "classic Arctic" expedition cruise, this is it. Get all the best of Spitsbergen on this 11-day cruise, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas home to polar bears and Walrus. Come across colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands and watch for whales in the water. Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea-kayaking, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the "wildlife capital of the Arctic."

Day 1

    Embark in Longyearbyen

    Arrive in Lonyearbyen, Spitsbergen's largest settlement. Embark the Sea Adventurer. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew while you take in great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop to this seaside settlement.

    Days 2-10

      Exploring Spitsbergen

      Sail around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition covers western Spitsbergen as well as some stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife.

      Each expedition presents new opportunities, so there is no fixed itinerary, however there are some favorite destinations, including 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsoya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Straight.

      The destinations visited on your voyage are selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Phippsoya being one of their preferred hunting areas and the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet providing many free bird egg meals for both them and the Arctic fox. Torellneset and Phippsoya are great places for walrus photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget either. These lumbering giants of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene, as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

      If you’re itching to get a little closer to the action, then taking a sea-kayaking excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen is highly recommended. Smeerenburg is a great place for an optional snowshoeing excursion (on selected voyages), as you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site remembers the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme Arctic conditions.

      There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. See something new each day, whether it is a rare bird species or an abandoned hut from centuries ago.

      Day 11

        Disembark in Longyearbyen

        The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here transfer to the airport for your flight home.
         TripleLower Deck TwinMain Deck Twin with PortholeMain Deck Twin with WindowSuperiorDeluxeSuite
        2015-Jun-26$5,995$6,795$7,595$8,795$9,795$10,795$11,795
        Kayaking Option: $595
        - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
        -Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.
        -Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a minimum of US$100,000 per person required. Contact us for details on arranging travel insurance.
        Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

        Deposit & Payment

        Initial deposit is 20% (minimum $1000), and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. Alternatively, you can register online here.

        Final payment is due 130 days prior to departure by Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or AmEx. .

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        Cancellation Policy

        Days Prior to departureFee
        180 Days or more$1200 per person
        179-120 DaysEntire deposit
        119 Days or less100% total cost
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        Arctic, Europe, Norway, Longyearbyen, Hornsund, Smeerenburg, Monacobreen (Monaco Glacier)
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