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North Spitsbergen - Polar Bear Special: Eco Volunteer

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Sailing along the pack ice of North Spitsbergen, this 10-day Arctic voyage offers the best opportunities to spot the King of the Arctic: the polar bear. During your journey, engage in service-learning opportunities as you help clean up garbage from the ocean. Each day, 50 of the ship's passengers clean in the morning, while the other 50 have their excursion in another area. In the afternoon, the groups switch roles. Note: You may not be able to clean a certain area listed on the itinerary due to roaming bears. This cruise is a great way to help the environment in Svalbard while enjoying the beauty of the Arctic!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Longyearbyen
Days 2-5 : Cleaning the Beaches of Northwest Spitsbergen
Day 6 : East towards the Seven Islands
Day 7 : The Cliffs of Alkefjellet
Day 8 : At Sea
Day 9 : Poolepynten
Day 10 : Disembark in Longyearbyen

Highlights

  • Spend half of your day cleaning the shores of drifting ocean garbage
  • Search for seals, whales & polar bears during the other half of your day
  • Stroll around the former mining town of Longyearbyen
  • Zodiac to the cliffs of Alkefjellet with thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots
  • Visit a known Walrus haul out site at Poolepynten

Ship

Ortelius

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Hiking the arctic tundra. Glimpse the King of the Arctic A humpback whale passes by the expedition ship A zodiac landing on remote shores Sight-seeing in the arctic.

Day 1 Embark in Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago. Before embarking, take the opportunity to stroll around this former mining town and stop to visit the parish church and Polar Museum. In the early evening, sail out of Isfjorden.

Day 2-5 Cleaning the Beaches of Northwest Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Sail along the Northwest coastline, as this area is the most exposed to the inflow of garbage, and begin the clean-up of Spitsbergen. In order to optimize the cleaning efforts, the Captain coordinates with the Governor of Svalbard to help decide which areas are best served by the effort.

Day 6 East towards the Seven Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin the search for polar bears as the ship sails to the ice pack in the north. Locate the ice edge and, where possible, enter the ice field in search of this animal. The ship's journey may take you east towards the Seven Islands, at approximately 80°40 N, where a landing can be attempted if the conditions are right.

Day 7 The Cliffs of Alkefjellet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depending on the ice conditions, enter Hinlopen Strait. Situated between the largest two islands in the Svalbard archipelago, pay a visit by Zodiac to the cliffs of Alkefjellet, home to thousands of Brünnich’s guillemot. The Swedish-Finnish station of Kinnvika, which goes back to 1957 on the northwest of Nordaustlandet, offers some great walking opportunities in a polar desert environment which is so typical for the High Arctic. From here the views of Murchison Fjord make you appreciate why the Russian Pomor hunters also established themselves in the area.

Day 8 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Keep your eyes on the horizon for polar bears and harp seals as the ship sails westward. Off the coast of West Spitsbergen, hope to encounter blue and fin whales who forage in the upwelling along the Spitsbergen banks during summer.

Day 9 Poolepynten

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail on a southern course around the long island of Prins Karls Forland, and plan to visit a known walrus haul out site at Poolepynten. In the afternoon, aim to land at Alkhornet, a prominent cliff with a large colony of Brünnich’s guillemot and kittiwakes. The vegetation is lush due to the constant fertilizing from the cliffs. Svalbard reindeer and geese take advantage of this while arctic foxes utilize the food source that a large bird cliff offers.

Day 10 Disembark in Longyearbyen

In the morning, disembark in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for your continued independent travels.

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Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate.
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Ortelius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.

Included:
* Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
* All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
* Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
* Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
* Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen
* All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
* AECO fees and governmental taxes
* Comprehensive pre-departure material

Excluded:
* Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
* Pre- and post- land arrangements
* Passport and visa expenses
* Government arrival and departure taxes
* Meals ashore
* Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
* Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
* The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Please note: It is agreed that if fuel prices will exceed US Dollar $120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure, Ortelius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.

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  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
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