Spitsbergen Explorer Cruise

15%-25% OFF
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Explore Alkhornet on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen
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Longyearbyen is one of the largest Arctic communities
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Zodiacs give a new perspective on this rugged terrain and bring you closer to the wildlife
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Explore historic buildings along your Arctic voyage
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Birds play on icebergs in the Arctic.
The comfortable lounge
Triple Cabin
If there is such a thing as a "classic" Arctic expedition cruise, this would be it! Join the Ocean Nova on this 11-day voyage to get the best of Spitsbergen. Explore the western edge of the island and venture into some northern outlying areas, where polar bears and walruses make their homes. Come across colonies of seabirds and watch for whales. 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 Lonyearbyen

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.

Days 2-10

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Exploring Spitsbergen

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.

Day 11

  • Breakfast

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.

 QuadTripleBridge Deck Twin CabinUpper Deck Twin CabinUpper (Lower Berth) Deck Twin
Kayaking excursion: $595 per person
15%-25% OFF
Explorer Savings - Book by February 15 and save 15-25%, depending on your cabin category. Offer excludes Triple and Quad cabins.
2016 : Jun 12
These special offers are applicable only to new bookings.
Discounts are subject to availability, so contact us for more details.
-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 traveling in remote areas, your expedition staff must allow the sea, ice, and weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you can experience on this voyage. Please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.