Majestic Fjords & Arctic Svalbard« All Silver Explorer cruise options
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|Adventurer Class||Explorer Class||View Suite||Vista Suite||Veranda Suite||Expedition Suite||Medallion Suite||Silver Suite||Grand Suite||Owner|
|Jun 4 '13
|Fares are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out.|
-All prices are in US Dollars, Cruise-Only per person based on double occupancy.
Day 1 Bergen, Norway
Embark the Silver Explorer and celebrate the start of your exciting 12-day expedition – “Majestic Fjords & Arctic Svalbard”. Meet some of your fellow explorers as you become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found on board. This evening, after settling in and setting sail, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team.
Day 2 Geiranger, Norway
Of Norway’s many fjords, Geirangerfjord is doubtless the most beautiful. Impressive mountains, numerous waterfalls as well as farms clinging to the steep hillsides give the fjord its unique character. Your excursion takes you uphill past the wooden, octagonal Geiranger Church, through the wild Flydal valley where a scenic overview stop is made, and continues around hairpin bends to Lake Djupvatn, and the summit of Mount Dalsnibba (1,500 metres.) From here, there is an amazing panorama of mountains, waterfalls and lakes.
Alternatively (and weather permitting) the more energetic can spend a few hours kayaking the quiet and spectacular Geirangerfjord with two-person kayaks. Geirangerfjord is one of nature’s masterpieces and on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Its description as “the world’s most beautiful fjord” is no exaggeration and it is amidst this dramatic mountain setting that you can experience some spectacular sea kayaking. Kayaks provide an amazing perspective from which to view the cascading waterfalls and steep mountain walls that rise as high as 1500m.
Day 3 Alesund, Norway
The coastal town of Ålesund is noted for its characteristic Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) buildings, making it one of the most picturesque towns in Norway. Narrow streets are crammed with buildings topped with turrets, spires and gables that bear decorations of dragonheads and curlicues.
Renowned for its extraordinary quantity of birdlife, Runde Island’s cliffs are a sanctuary for 100,000 puffins, 50,000 kittiwakes and thousands of guillemots, fulmars, razorbills, gannets and shags. If you are lucky, you may even spot a great skua or white-tailed eagle. Take the Zodiacs in for a close-up look and may even have time to make a landing to explore on foot. While there are only about 100 human inhabitants on the island, there are 70 different species of nesting birds with 240 species observed. In addition to birdlife, your naturalists will also help to spot the many varieties of plants found on the island.
Day 4 Trondheim, Norway
Trondheim is situated where the river Nidelva meets the Trondheimsfjord, with an excellent harbour and sheltered conditions. It was the capital of Norway until 1217 AD and is today the third largest city in the country. As part of your city tour, visit the Nidaros Cathedral located in the middle of the city center on the site where it is believed that King Olav Haraldsen was buried after he was killed in 1030 AD during battle. During the Middle Ages and again after independence was restored in 1814, the Cathedral was the coronation church of Norwegian Kings, and the last coronation took place in 1906. Shortly after the constitution was altered and did away with coronation – however, the later monarchs have instead officially received the blessings of the Church in the Nidaros Cathedral.
Please note that the Cathedral is also a Parish Church, and may be closed to touristic visits. You will also visit the Sverresborg – Trøndelag Open Air Museum, which was originally a fortification built ca. 1182/1183 AD by King Sverre Sigurdson. There are more than 60 vintage buildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries brought here from Trondheim and surrounding areas.
Alternatively (and weather permitting) embark on a hike in the Bymarka/Gråkallen recreation area. Bymarka offers a variety of trails and terrain. Enjoy the tranquillity of a hike through the woods and climb to the top of Mount Gråkallen for a view of the city, the fjord and distant mountains.
Day 5 At Sea
Binoculars in hand, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and marine mammals. Gather in The Theatre to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the regions endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Knowledgeable experts in a variety of scientific fields present lectures and seminars. Onboard diversions may include photographic workshops, spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Centre, and, of course, exquisite dining experiences.
Day 6 Leknes, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Various seabirds have found their home in Eggum, located on the western side of Vestvågøy Island. On your birding excursion see (if you are lucky) gannet, cormorant, eiderduck, shag, great skua and Arctic skua, black guillemot, kittiwake and Arctic tern. En route, pass the Borgpollen Bay where you may observe black-throated diver, red-throated diver, tufted duck and scaup. Further on, during a stop by Lake Storied have the possibility to see ruff, black tailed godwit, bluethrout, slavonian grebe and a variety of ducks.
Alternatively, choose to visit the remarkably well-preserved Nusfjord Fishing Village. The building complex with the wharf and 52 structures – including 34 rorbu (fishermen dwellings) – dates mostly from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and housed more than 1500 fishermen. Visit the Lofotr Viking Museum. Discovered in the 1980s when a farmer was ploughing his land, excavations revealed the remains of the largest building ever (83 metres long) to be found from the Viking realm. Tour the reconstructed long house and gain insight into the life of a Viking chieftain.
Late this afternoon, cruise with the Silver Explorer in the Trollfjorden in the north of the Lofoten Islands, one of Norway's narrowest and most spectacular fjords and home to the legendary troll. Only 2 kilometres long and 30 metres wide at its entrance, the fjord is dominated by the surrounding Vesteralen and Blafjellet mountain ranges. Be out on deck and enjoy the beautiful scenery as the Captain skilfully navigates your ship into and out of the fjord.
Day 7 Tromso, Norway
Tromsø has a proud tradition of being the starting point for many Polar expeditions. The Polar Museum opened on 18 June 1978 – 50 years to the day after Roald Amundsen left Tromsø on his last and fatal expedition to search for the missing Umberto Mobile and his airship. The Museum is housed in an historic customs warehouse dating back to 1830, and has an idyllic setting on the waterfront. Your museum visit allows you to view exhibitions that feature hunting and trapping in the Polar regions, and the famous Norwegian Polar explorers Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen.
The Arctic Alpine Garden is the world’s northernmost botanic garden. In fact, Tromsø lies at approximately at the same latitude as the northernmost point in Alaska, however Tromsø has a longer growing season thanks to the moderating effects of the Gulf Stream and the long daylight hours of summer. What makes the Arctic Alpine Garden remarkable is its ability to sustain delicate alpine plant life under the cold, stressful, and insular conditions of this region.
Day 8 Bear Island, Norway
Approaching Bear Island (Bjørnøya), whale watching is a priority. They are in record numbers in this area. As you move closer to this Arctic island, witness a kaleidoscope of thousands of seabirds diving into and out of the island’s steep cliffs. With your Zodiacs, explore the rugged coastline of Bear Island, and if weather conditions are favorable, make a landing. Together encounter the amazing flurry of life on this barren island, now a nature reserve. Expedition Team members will enhance your visit by providing insights to the environment, the terrain, and the wildlife that exist in these extreme conditions.
Days 9-12 Cruise & Explore Svalbard
An expansive Arctic Ocean archipelago woven between the North Pole and Norway, Svalbard is one of the last major European wilderness areas with pristine mountains, fauna, deep fjords, picturesque icebergs, and massive ice sheets. Your goal is to explore the west coast of Svalbard’s breathtaking and dramatic Spitsbergen Island. Locate wildlife and spend the maximum amount of time possible hiking on the tundra. Svalbard is home to approximately 3,000 polar bears and you can hope to encounter a good number of them during our trip.
Travel along the same routes as famous polar explorers such as Andrée, Nordenskiöld, Amundsen and Nobile. Trek along beaches blanketed with walruses, get to know the indigenous reindeer, and maybe even spot the arctic fox or bearded seal. Seabirds, such as ivory gulls, auks and puffins, will be your constant companions as you admire their playfulness and grace. You might even encounter a few whales. A variety of known species frequent the area, in particular Minke and beluga.
The flexible itinerary allows you to take advantage of favourable ice and weather conditions. Whether cruising by Zodiac amongst floating icebergs or heading ashore for a guided walk, adventures will bring you up close to mystical settings. Each day your Expedition Leader and Captain will determine the best course depending on changing weather, ice conditions and the wildlife we encounter.
Here are a few of the places you can hope to visit:
• Hornsund – This is the southernmost fjord on the rugged west coast of Spitsbergen Island. Jagged mountain peaks tower above glacier-filled bays. Listen for the crash of white thunder as huge chunks of ice fall into the fjord. Amidst floating icebergs jewels, watch for bearded seals, the rare beluga whale and the king of the Arctic – the polar bear. Sightings are fairly common as the polar bear’s favourite food, the ringed seal, breeds in the fjord. The surrounding bird cliffs are home to thousands of pairs of nesting little auks. You may visit the Polish research station or the remains of whaling stations and trappers’ huts.
• Bellsund – Pushing about 50 miles (80 kilometres) into Spitsbergen is the more than 12-mile wide Bellsund. At the entrance of the fjord, you are likely to encounter some common eiders, Arctic terns and Arctic skuas. Snow bunting and purple sandpipers are also common in the area. Your plan is to explore the seldom-visited Van Keulenfjord, where you will witness awe-inspiring landscapes as you trek along the tundra.
• Prins Karls Forland – Off the west coast of Spitsbergen, encounter the island home of Forland National Park with cragged mountains, massive glaciers and remarkable wildlife. The entire island and the surrounding seas make up Forland National Park. Members of the Expedition Team takes us ashore at Poolypnten, a well-known walrus haul out, where and your marine biologist explains the habits and habitat of these amazing creatures.
• Ice Cruising – With the strengthened hull of the Silver Explorer, you have the perfect platform to search for walrus and polar bears as you devote at least one day to exploring the pack ice north of Spitsbergen. Conditions permitting, your Expedition Leader may choose to take you out in the Zodiacs for an even closer look.
Day 13 Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Arrive at Longyearbyen in the early morning. Following breakfast onboard, disembark the Silver Explorer and travel by your specially chartered flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo. Continue on your independent journey home from Oslo.
Itinerary NotesExpedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions.
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- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 132
- Luxury Expedition Ship
Embark on a luxurious expedition to the best far-flung destinations in the world aboard Silver Explorer (formerly known as the Prince Albert II), a purpose-built expedition cruise ship unlike any other. Designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both the Arctic and Antarctica waters, the 6,072-ton vessel boasts a strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger ships. With eight Zodiac boats, her 132 privileged guests can visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations. Experience the thrill of a true expedition aboard the Silver Explorer. Venture deep into regions where other vessels cannot go whilst enjoying a privileged lifestyle that is simply second-to-none.
Onboard, savor a convivial cosmopolitan ambiance and many special amenities usually found only on larger ships, including a spacious Library with an Internet Café, boutique shopping, a full-service spa, beauty salon, fitness center, sauna and two top-deck whirlpools. The Silver Explorer even features live evening entertainment and The Humidor, where connoisseurs can enjoy the finest cigars and cognacs — diversions offered by no other expedition ship.
All Ocean-view Accommodation
The largest average size accommodation of any expedition ship, each with private bath and an elegant ambiance of unrivaled luxury.
Complimentary Beverages Served
Choose from a premium selection of fine wines, champagnes, spirits, bottled water and soft drinks — all with the ship's compliments.
Besides the chilled bottle of champagne that awaits you, every accommodation includes a beverage cabinet stocked with your preferred assortment of beverages.
All onboard gratuities are included — none are ever expected.
Open Seating: when and with whom you dine is up to you. Gourmet menu's are provided by a preferred culinary partner. Enjoy delicious cuisine in casual resort attire - no tuxedos or formal evening dress required.
Complimentary 24-Hour Room Service
Late-night snack or full breakfast, lunch or dinner delivered at your request — with no charge and no tipping.
Complimentary, Hosted Adventures Ashore
Unearth fascinating dimensions of culture, adventure, history, science and the environment through a diverse collection of complimentary shoreside experiences and distinctive onboard events. Travel and interact with leading explorers, notable scholars, renowned authors, photographers and destination aficionados at your side as you learn the nuances of these exotic environments.
Open Bridge Policy
Visits are welcome 24 hours a day except when in port and weather permitting.
Guest Capacity: 132
Length: 354 Feet
Width: 52 Feet
Speed: 14 Knots
Passenger Decks: 5
Register: 1A Ice-Class
6 cabins on Deck 3, 180 sq. feet, Twin or Queen beds, 2 portholes.
4 cabins on Deck 4, Twin or Queen beds, 180 sq. feet with view window.
12 suites on Deck 3, 230 sq. feet with view window, Twin or Queen beds.
16 suites on Deck 4, 194 - 230 sq. feet with large window, Twin or Queen beds.
8 suites on Deck 5, 215 sq. feet with French balcony, Twin or Queen beds.
4 suites on Deck 3, 430 sq. feet with 2 view windows, Twin or Queen beds.
2 suites on Deck 7, 358 sq. feet with private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.
6 suites on Deck 5, 430 sq. feet with 2 French balconies, Twin or Queen beds.
2 suites on Deck 7, 650 sq. feet with large private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.
2 suites on Deck 7, 540 sq. feet with large private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.