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Spitsbergen and Polar Bears: An Arctic Adventure (Thursday - Tuesday)

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Start this adventure with a guided sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen, followed by a visit to Barentsburg, a Russian settlement. When you arrive in Magdalenefjord, there is a Polarcirkel boat landing to see the remains of blubber ovens, as well as a graveyard from the 17th- to the late-18th-century. If the ice conditions are favorable, it is possible to sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, a known haul-out for walrus. On the southern shore of Kongsfjorden find one of only four permanent settlements on Svalbard: the old coal mining town of Ny-Ålesund - now the northernmost settlement in the world and an advanced High Arctic research facility.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen
Day 2 : Longyearbyen | Embark | Barentsburg
Day 3 : Magdalenefjord | Northwest Corner
Day 4 : Woodfjorden & Liefdefjorden | 80° North & Moffen
Day 5 : Kongsfjorden | Ny-Ålesund
Day 6 : Longyearbyen | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy a lively folklore show in the Russian settlement of Barentsburg
  • Explore Magdalenefjord and discover its important cultural heritage
  • View Arctic wildlife, including polar bears, walrus, and birdlife
  • Visit the old coal-mining town of Ny-Ålesund

Ship

MS Nordstjernen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Polarcirkel boat expedition Kongsfjord Spitsbergen walrus Monaco Glacier Homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

Day 1 Longyearbyen

Upon arrival you are taken to the Spitsbergen Hotel or Coal Miners’ Cabins, where you stay for the night.

Day 2 Longyearbyen | Embark | Barentsburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a sightseeing trip in Longyearbyen, ending at the pier where you join the MS Nordstjernen. Your first stop is the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, where there are opportunities to visit the Pomor Museum (optional) and enjoy a lively folklore show. In the afternoon, continue out the Isfjord and head north along the Prins Karls Forland.

Day 3 Magdalenefjord | Northwest Corner

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Magdalenefjord in the morning, where you make your first Polarcirkel boat landing. This area has a long history of exploration. Experience a very important cultural heritage: the remains of four blubber ovens/furnaces found on Gravneset, as well as a graveyard containing about 130 graves dating from the 17th- to the late-18th-century.

Day 4 Woodfjorden & Liefdefjorden | 80° North & Moffen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you cruise towards the Monaco Glacier, pass a number of small islets where eider ducks nest during the summer. This is a great place for spotting polar bears hunting for eggs. If you're lucky, the ice conditions make it possible to sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, a known haul-out for walrus.

Day 5 Kongsfjorden | Ny-Ålesund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail into Kongsfjorden, a 16-mile-long inlet. From here you can see the two glaciers: Kronebreen and Kongsvegen. On its southern shore find one of only four permanent settlements on Svalbard: the old coal-mining town of Ny-Ålesund - now the northernmost settlement in the world with facilities for permanent research institutes from ten countries.

Day 6 Longyearbyen | Disembark

The Spitsbergen adventure is over. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

MS Nordstjernen

Longyearbyen

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$3,517
Nordstjernen cabin E
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Inside cabin; Upper and lower berths, washbasin only.
Nordstjernen D
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Inside cabin; Upper and lower berths, washbasin only.
Nordstjernen cabin I
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Inside cabin; Upper/lower berths, shower/wc.
Nordstjernen cabin A
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Outside cabin; Upper and lower berths, shower/wc.
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Outside cabin; Upper/lower berths, shower/wc, limited or no view.
Nordstjernen cabin N
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N
Outside cabin; Upper/lower berths, shower/wc.

Notes

Please note: All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions. All itineraries are subject to change. 

Your voyage price includes:
  • Expedition voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner) 
  • Transfer from airport to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage, including breakfast and lunch
  • Transfer from hotel to ship in Longyearbyen, including sightseeing tour
  • Folklore show in Barentsburg
  • Transfer from ship to airport in Longyearbyen
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
Not included:
  • Flights from US
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

Included

  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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