Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari Cruise

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A walrus pops up for to say hello
Sea Adventurer's piano lounge area.
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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 1

Embark in Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen, the island's largest settlement. Embark the Sea Adventurer. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.

Days 2-8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Exploring Spitsbergen

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 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

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Longyearbyen

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

- 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.
Asia, Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Russia, Canada, Longyearbyen, Hornsund, Smeerenburg, Monacobreen (Monaco Glacier)
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