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West Spitsbergen & Ice Cap

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Venture to fascinating West Spitsbergen and the Ice Cap on this unique 12-day expedition 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 : Longyearbyen | Embark
Days 3-11 : Exploration of West Spitsbergen
Day 12 : Lonyearbyen, Svalbard | Disembark

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

Zodiac boats bring you closer to the majestic Arctic landscape Polar bear balances on the ice in the Arctic Seals are just one of the many Arctic mammels you may encounter on your voyage Take advantage of the many opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime shots! Incredible photography opportunities

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 arranged and is included in the price of the voyage.

Day 2 Longyearbyen | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the afternoon be welcomed aboard the luxury expedition ship 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 you slip moorings and sail into a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as you sail through Isfjorden on the first evening is spectacular and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Day 3-11 Exploration of West Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners
This is a real expedition in a true High Arctic wilderness. As such, the route and exploration opportunities here are heavily dependent on the weather and sea ice conditions encountered. The experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage is taken of the circumstances presented by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the Arctic. Polar bears and other quintessential Arctic wildlife can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Svalbard. Exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, to discover incredible scenery, and to walk in the footsteps of the historic polar expeditions that came before you.

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. Take the ship 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 12 Lonyearbyen, Svalbard | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast say farewell in the town of Longyearbyen, where you started. Be transferred 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)

Longyearbyen

Per person starting at
$5,995
Triple cabin aboard the Sea Spirit
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Triple Classic
Averaging 226 sq ft. Two twin beds (convert to a King) and a sofa bed, picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities.
Triple Classic accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Main Deck Suite
Averaging 248 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, minimum two portholes, and en suite facilities.
Classic Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Classic Suite
Averaging 226 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, picture window, two wardrobes, and en suite facilities.
Superior Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Superior Suite
Averaging 215 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, picture window overlooking outside walkway, and en suite facilities.
Deluxe Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Deluxe Suite
Averaging 258 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, private balcony, walk-in closet or wardrobe, and en suite facilities.
Premium Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Premium Suite
Averaging 323 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, private balcony, lounge area, and en suite facilities.
The luxurious Owner's Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Owner's Suite
Averaging 463 sq ft. King size bed and sofa bed, separate living room with game and meeting area, private deck, and en suite facilities with 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.

Please Note: The 2017 11-day itinerary includes 1 day less in West Spitsbergen (days 3-10).

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 in your cruise fare:
  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • 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)
Excluded in your cruise fare:
  • 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

  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
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