If there is such a thing as a "classic Arctic" expedition cruise, this is it. Get all the best of Spitsbergen on this 11-day cruise, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas home to polar bears and walrus. Come across colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands and watch for whales in the water. Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea kayaking, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the "wildlife capital of the Arctic."
Day 1 : Embark in Longyearbyen Days 2-10 : Exploring Spitsbergen Day 11 : Disembark in Longyearbyen
View unique Arctic wildlife, including polar bears, walrus, and reindeer
Experience the beauty of the Arctic in a more personal way through kayaking
Explore the polar deserts and immense glaciers of magical Spitsbergen
Visit a memorial for whalers who lost their lives working in the Arctic
Arrive in Lonyearbyen, Spitsbergen's largest settlement. Embark the Sea Adventurer. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew while you take in great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop to this seaside settlement.
Sail around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition covers western Spitsbergen as well as some stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife.
Each expedition presents new opportunities, so there is no fixed itinerary, however there are some favorite destinations, including 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsoya, Alkhornet, and the Hinlopen Straight.
The destinations visited on your voyage are selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Phippsoya being one of their preferred hunting areas and the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet providing many free bird egg meals for both them and the Arctic fox. Torellneset and Phippsoya are great places for walrus photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget either. These lumbering giants of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene, as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.
If you’re itching to get a little closer to the action, then taking a sea-kayaking excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen is highly recommended. Smeerenburg is a great place for an optional snowshoeing excursion (on selected voyages), as you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site remembers the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme Arctic conditions.
There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. See something new each day, whether it is a rare bird species or an abandoned hut from centuries ago.
Day 11 Disembark in Longyearbyen
The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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Main deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Lower Deck Twin
2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Main Deck Twin with Porthole
Main Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Main Deck Twin with Window
Main Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, 2 windows
Upper Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows
Upper deck and Captains deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows
Captains deck, 2 lower berths, windows, private facilities with shower. Tub in Suite 403.
- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.
- Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a minimum of US$100,000 per person required. Contact us for details on arranging travel insurance.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.
Included in your cruise fare:
Arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation and have booked additional accommodation
Transfer from hotel or Longyearbyen airport to ship on embarkation day
Group transfer from ship to airport or local designated drop-off location on disembarkation day
Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
All meals on board
All shore landings per the daily program, weather permitting
Leadership throughout the expedition by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
Formal and informal presentations by your expedition team
Photographic journal, including photographs, daily expedition reports, maps, and more
Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
An Expedition parka to keep
Life jackets and immersion suits
Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock
Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
Comprehensive pre-departure materials
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
All luggage handling aboard ship
Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
Rates do not include:
Passport and applicable visa expenses
Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
Meals ashore, with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel
Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and (mandatory) medical travel insurance
Excess baggage charges
Laundry, bar, beverage, and other personal charges
Phone and internet charges
Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for staff and crew
Additional overnight accommodation
Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
Adventure options on ship expeditions (weather dependent) that are not included in the cost of the voyage
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.