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Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari

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Board the Sea Adventurer on this 9-day itinerary and introduce yourself to the island of Spitsbergen. Embark in Longyearbyen and explore the island on an interesting wildlife circumnavigation. Keep your eyes on the horizon for polar bears, whales, and birds, as the ship navigates into small coves and vibrant coastal villages.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Longyearbyen
Days 2-8 : Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 9 : Disembark in Longyearbyen

Highlights

  • Get a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer on this circumnavigation
  • View and photograph polar bears, walrus, reindeer, Arctic fox, and birdlife
  • Hike, kayak, explore, and enjoy the beauty of Spitsbergen
  • Take advantage of continuous daylight to see something new each day

Ship

Sea Adventurer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Polar bears keep watch over the Arctic landscape Your Arctic voyage brings you into a world of icebergs Ocean Nova Try to avoid the ice while you kayak in the Arctic A walrus pops up for to say hello

Day 1 Embark in Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen, the island's largest settlement. Enjoy great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this seaside village. Embark the Sea Adventurer. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.

Day 2-8 Exploring Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Cruise 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 flora 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, Alkefjellet 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 Hornsund 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.

Poolepynton is great for walrus viewing and 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 9 Disembark in Longyearbyen

  • 1 Breakfast
Following breakfast on board, disembark the Sea Adventurer in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. Transfer to the airport to continue your travels.

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$5,295
The Sea Adventurer's Triple Cabin.
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Main deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
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Main Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, 2 windows
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Upper Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows
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Upper deck and Captains deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows
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Captains deck, 2 lower berths, windows, private facilities with shower. Tub in Suite 403.

Notes

- 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 travelling 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

Included

  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
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