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West Spitsbergen & Ice Cap

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Venture on this unique 11-day expedition to fascinating West Spitsbergen and the Ice Cap on the Sea Spirit. Start and finish in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, which is a must for those who want to see the Arctic in all its wildness and splendor. Cruise and explore West Spitsbergen, a true High Arctic wilderness where polar bears and other quintessential Arctic wildlife can be spotted anytime, anywhere. The days are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by experts, and enough stunning scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Day 2 : Embarkation in Longyearbyen
Days 3-10 : Exploration of West Spitsbergen
Day 11 : Disembarkation in Lonyearbyen, Svalbard

Highlights

  • Explore the spectacular fjords, coasts, & islands of northern Svalbard
  • Experience excellent wildlife viewing and discover incredible scenery
  • Walk in the footsteps of the historic polar expeditions
  • Observe polar bears hunting in their preferred habitat: the pack ice

Ship

Sea Spirit (PO)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Welcome to Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of your expedition. After arriving via scheduled commercial flight service, you are free to explore this fascinating Arctic settlement. Be sure to see the excellent Svalbard Museum and take advantage of quality shopping and dining opportunities in the town center. Your hotel for the night has been pre-arranged and is included in the price of the voyage.

Day 2 Embarkation in Longyearbyen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the afternoon board the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Arctic dreams coming true as the ship slips its moorings and sails into a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as you sail through Isfjorden on your first evening is spectacular and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Day 3-10 Exploration of West Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Polar bears and other quintessential Arctic wildlife can be spotted anytime, anywhere, in and around Svalbard. Every opportunity is taken to experience excellent wildlife viewing, to discover incredible scenery, and to walk in the footsteps of historic polar expeditions.

Explore the spectacular fjords, coasts, and islands in the northwestern part of Svalbard. This area contains the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife-viewing opportunities. Deep fjords and narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks. Immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters. On ice floes and on fast ice several species of seals watch vigilantly for polar bears. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful Arctic fox. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to walrus and a wide variety of whales. The whole area is alive with migratory birds, including numerous rare species, taking advantage of summer’s fecundity in 24-hour daylight.

Over it all presides the polar bear, monarch of the North. This wild corner of Svalbard is one of the best places in the world to observe polar bears hunting in their preferred habitat: the pack ice. The ship ventures as close as safely possible to the jumbled and broken edge of the polar ice cap, where polar bears stalk the frozen sea in search of seals.

To complete the Arctic experience also explore places rich with history. The area of exploration contains the historical remnants of whaling camps, coal mining operations, trappers’ cabins, staging areas for historic attempts to discover the North Pole, and even an abandoned polar research station. Human habitation in this area can be found only at Ny Ålesund, a former mining town that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers. This is one of the world’s most northerly settlements, complete with museum, gift shop, and post office.

Day 11 Disembarkation in Lonyearbyen, Svalbard

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast say farewell in the town of Longyearbyen, where you started. A transfer is provided to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Svalbard, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

Sea Spirit (PO)

Per person starting at
$5,995
Triple Classic accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Triple Classic
250 square feet; 2 twins (convert to a King) and a sofa bed; picture window; private facilities.
Main Deck accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Main Deck Suite
215 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; minimum 2 portholes; private facilities.
Classic Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Classic Suite
250 square feet; 2twin or a King Size bed; picture window; private facilities.
Superior Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Superior Suite
235 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; picture window overlooking outside walkway; private facilities.
Deluxe Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Deluxe Suite
277 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; private balcony; private facilities.
Premium Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Premium Suite
353 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; private balcony; private facilities.
The luxurious Owner's Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Owner's Suite
437 square feet; separate living room; King Size bed and sofa bed; private deck; jetted bathtub.

Notes

Travel Insurance:
All passengers are covered by a medical travel insurance policy to the value of US 100,000 which includes medical emergency evacuation and reparation for the cruise portion of the tour only. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; twice the posted price for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.

This is a real expedition in a true High Arctic wilderness. As such, your route and exploration opportunities here are heavily dependent on the weather and sea ice conditions encountered.

Included:
  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (question to appropriate weather and ice conditions)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Digital Voyage Log
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US 100,000 per person (for those 85 years of age and younger).

Not included:
  • Airfare
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
  • Staff gratuities

Included

  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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