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Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari

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This voyage provides the opportunity to experience everything Spitsbergen has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. Aboard the luxurious Ocean Nova, you are treated to daily presentations by your onboard Expedition Team and daily wildlife sightings on land. Hike, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Arctic on your visit to Spitsbergen.

Day-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • Encounter something new each day, from rare species to abandoned huts
  • Take advantage of continuous daylight for optimum arctic wildlife viewing
  • Hike the tundra, cruise in a Zodiac, and enjoy optional kayak opportunities
  • Visit a memorial erected in 1906 to honor 17th and 18th century whalers

Ship

Ocean Nova (QU)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Keep your eyes out for Polar Bears on your Arctic voyage! Zodiac excursisons give you a whole new perspective on the vast Arctic landscape Longyearbyen is one of the largest Arctic communities Hike along the rugged Arctic hills. Get a closer look at incredible natural features from your kayak. It may be sparse, but color comes to the Arctic too!

Day 1 Embark in Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen. Embark the Ocean Nova. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.

Day 2-8 Explore 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 Strait. 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 photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget. 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 (if conditions permit), 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 Ocean Nova in Longyearbyen. Transfer to the airport to continue your travels.

Ocean Nova (QU)

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$5,195
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Equipped with 4 twin beds, private facilities, and exterior views.
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Triple
Averaging 150 sq ft. Equipped with 3 twin beds. Located on Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
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Bridge Deck Twin Cabin
Averaging 88 sq ft. Equipped with one twin bed. Located on Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
Upper Deck Twin Cabin
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Upper Deck Twin Cabin
Averaging 105 sq ft. Equipped with 2 twin beds. Located on Bridge Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
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Upper (Lower Berth) Deck Twin
Averaging 115 sq ft. Equipped with 2 twin beds. Located on Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.

Notes

-Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where we match you with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if we are unable to find a cabin mate for you, no single supplement will be charged.

-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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