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Expedition Svalbard

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Silver Explorer
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Experience a journey into one of the last major European wilderness areas with pristine mountains, fauna, deep fjords, picturesque icebergs, and massive ice sheets. The goal on this voyage is to explore the eastern and least-visited sections of Svalbard’s breathtaking and dramatic Spitsbergen. Once there, 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 your voyage.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Tromsø, Norway
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Bear Island, Norway
Days 4-10 : Cruise & Explore Svalbard
Day 11 : Longyearbyen, Norway

Highlights

  • Cruise amidst pristine landscapes of glaciers and icebergs
  • Explore deep fjords lined with rugged mountains
  • Search for polar bear, walrus, reindeer, Arctic fox, and bearded seal
  • Watch for whales including Minke and beluga
  • Trek along the tundra
  • Enjoy Zodiac cruises along remote bird cliffs
  • Discover ruins of long-defunct whaling operations
  • Observe birds such as eiders, terns, skuas, sandpipers, auks and puffins

Ship

Silver Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Walking through vast arctic landscapes. Silver Explorer zodiac trip. Arctic village Silver Explorer zodiac expedition. The awesome glacial formations tower above

Day 1 Tromsø, Norway

Embark the Silver Explorer this afternoon and depart on your exciting 11-day expedition. You will be introduced to your Expedition Team and receive a Zodiac briefing. Tonight attend a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Meet some of your fellow explorers as you become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found on board Silver Explorer. Gather in The Theatre to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Your knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields. Other on-board diversions include spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Center, and, of course, exquisite dining experiences.

Day 3 Bear Island, Norway

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Approaching Bear Island (Bjørnøya), head out on deck to watch for whales that are known to frequent the area. As you near this arctic island, now a nature reserve, you will see thousands of seabirds diving into and out of the island’s steep cliffs. With your Zodiacs you will explore the rugged coastline and if weather conditions are favorable, make a landing. The Expedition Team will provide insights into the environment, the terrain, and the wildlife that exist in these extreme conditions.

Day 4-10 Cruise & Explore Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Journey along an expansive archipelago of the Arctic Ocean 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. The goal on this voyage is to explore the eastern and least-visited sections of Svalbard’s breathtaking and dramatic Spitsbergen. Once there, you will locate wildlife and spend the maximum amount of time possible hiking on the tundra. Svalbard is home to approximately 2,500 Polar Bears and we hope to encounter a good number of them during your voyage. You will travel along the same routes as famous polar explorers such as Andrée, Nordenskiöld, Amundsen and Nobile. We will trek along beaches blanketed with walruses; hope to see 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 the Minke and Beluga. The flexible itinerary allows us to take advantage of favorable ice and weather conditions. You will search for walruses, seals, reindeer, Arctic Foxes and Polar Bears. Shore walks and Zodiac landings will bring us up close to the mystical settings and passing icebergs. Each day your Expedition Leader and Captain will determine the best course, depending on changing weather, ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. In the true spirit of adventure cruising, your Expedition Leader will provide daily updates. Here is a list of places you may visit and things you may want to do: Ice Cruising — With the strengthened hull of Silver Explorer, you have the perfect platform to search for walrus and Polar Bears as we devote at least one day to exploring the pack ice north of Spitsbergen. Conditions permitting, our Expedition Leader may choose to take you out in the Zodiacs for an even closer look. 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. The plan is to explore the seldom-visited Van Keulenfjord, where you witness awe-inspiring landscapes as you trek along the tundra. Prins Karls Forland — Off the west coast of Spitsbergen, encounter the island of Prins Karl Forland with cragged mountains, massive glaciers and remarkable wildlife. The entire island and the surrounding seas make up Forlandet National Park. Members of our Expedition Team take us ashore at Poolepynten, a well-known walrus haul out, where the marine biologist explains the habits and habitat of these amazing creatures. Edgeøya — Enter the realm of the Polar Bear on the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Conditions permitting, go ashore at the hard-to-get-to Diskobukta, where you will discover interesting fauna and flora and take a walk amongst thousands of kittiwakes and a few Arctic Foxes. The coastal waters often provide fantastic opportunities to see walrus and Polar Bear on ice floes. Barentsøya — Just north of Edgeøya lies the fourth-largest island in Svalbard. Here you are immersed in a wide tundra landscape, perfect for long hikes and short walks. You may encounter Polar Bears and discover the ruins of 15th-century Russian Pomors. Hornsund — 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 iceberg 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 favorite food, the Ringed Seal, breeds in the fjord. The surrounding bird cliffs are home to thousands of pairs of nesting Little Auks. We may visit the Polish research station or the remains of whaling stations and trappers’ huts.

Day 11 Longyearbyen, Norway

  • 1 Breakfast
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Oslo.

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6 cabins on Deck 3, 180 sq. feet, Twin or Queen beds, 2 portholes.
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4 cabins on Deck 4, Twin or Queen beds, 180 sq. feet with view window.
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16 suites on Deck 4, 194 - 230 sq. feet with large window, Twin or Queen beds.
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8 suites on Deck 5, 215 sq. feet with French balcony, Twin or Queen beds.
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4 suites on Deck 3, 430 sq. feet with 2 view windows, Twin or Queen beds.
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2 suites on Deck 7, 358 sq. feet with private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.
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6 suites on Deck 5, 430 sq. feet with 2 French balconies, Twin or Queen beds.
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2 suites on Deck 7, 650 sq. feet with large private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.
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2 suites on Deck 7, 540 sq. feet with large private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.

Notes

-The supplement for single occupancy in a Vista, Veranda or Midship Veranda Suite ranges from 25% – 100% above the double occupancy fare, depending upon the sailing and suite selected. Single supplement for a Silver or Medallion Suite (Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper), Owner’s, Grand or Royal Suites are 100% above of the double occupancy fare. Suites for single and third guests are capacity controlled.
-All prices are in US Dollars, Cruise-Only per person based on double occupancy.

Included in cruise fare:
Suite accommodations, onboard meals and entertainment, gratuities aboard ship (except spa), complimentary beverages aboard ship (including select wines, champagnes, spirits, soft drinks, water, tea and coffee. All fares are quoted in US dollars, are per guest and based on double occupancy.
Not included in cruise fare:
Airfare, hotel accommodations, transfers and luggage handling, optional shore excursions, meals ashore, fuel surcharges, accommodations whilst ashore, casino gaming, laundry or valet services, purchases from the ship boutiques or any item or service of a personal nature such as medical care, massages, spa treatments, private fitness instruction, hair styling and manicures. Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare and may not be available at all times.

Expedition 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 and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

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  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
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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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