Your Spitsbergen adventure begins when you board the Ocean Nova in Longyearbyen, the island's largest settlement. As you embark, take in excellent 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 your ship's crew does have some favorite destinations: 14th of July Glacier, Smeereburg, Phippsoya, Alkhornet, and the Hinlopen Strait.
The destinations visited on your voyage are selected for optimum wildlife viewing and for 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 Alekfjellet 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. 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, take a sea-kayak excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen. 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. Each day see something new, whether it is a rare bird species or an abandoned hut from centuries ago.
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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|Kayaking excursion: $595 per person|