Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Join the Ocean Nova on this 13-day voyage to attempt a circumnavigation of the island. Lying entirely within the Arctic Circle, Spitsbergen is unspoiled, wild, and utterly unforgettable. It is also one of the premiere locations to view Arctic wildlife, including the world's largest carnivore - the polar bear. Look out for whales, walruses, and numerous seabirds, all of which populate the icy waters around this island.
Day 1 : Embark in Longyearbyen Days 2-12 : Circumnavigating Spitsbergen Day 13 : Disembark in Longyearbyen
Search for the largest land carnivore, the polar bear
Learn about the culture, history, and exploration of Spitsbergen
View whaling evidence at landing sites such as Smeerenburg
Visit 14th of July Glacier, home to purple sandpipers and common eiders
Your Spitsbergen expedition begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island's largest settlement, and a frontier-style town. Enjoy your first view of the island's rugged, glacier-topped mountains, rising majestically from icy Arctic waters.
Expect a new adventure every day, as you journey around the island of Spitsbergen and explore smaller, outlying islands. The variety of incredible wildlife and geological formations found here is astounding! Every expedition is unique, but a few of our favorite landing sites include the 14th of July Glacier, Ny London, Phippsoya, Alkefjellet, and Sundneset and if ice conditions allow, you may land on seldom-visited Kvttøya.
The names may seem strange to you, but they each have their own unique appeal. For birders, the 14th of July Glacier is home to purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese and Arctic terns; while Alkefjellet is home to nesting Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).
If you want to prove that reindeer are real, then have your camera ready for visits to sites like Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhornet. As for the largest land carnivore in the world – searching for polar bears is a constant activity, with Phippsoya and Isbukta being two of their preferred places for hunting – meaning great potential for you to capture them in action.
A big part of appreciating Spitsbergen comes from understanding the culture, not just how people live today, but also how this land was first explored. Whaling was a key industry here and you can see blubber ovens and other whaling evidence at landing sites such as Smeerenburg. Colorful tundra meadow displays are complimented by glaciers, and the potential exists for spotting beluga whales.
Day 13 Disembark in Longyearbyen
Following breakfast on board, disembark in Longyearbyen where you began. From here, a transfer is provided to the airport for your flight home.
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Averaging 150 sq ft. Equipped with 3 twin beds. Located on Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
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Averaging 88 sq ft. Equipped with one twin bed. Located on Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
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Averaging 105 sq ft. Equipped with 2 twin beds. Located on Bridge Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
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Averaging 115 sq ft. Equipped with 2 twin beds. Located on Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
-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
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