Big Island, Big Adventure: Spitsbergen Circumnavigation Cruise

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Visit historical Arctic settlements on your voyage
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Icebergs float throughout the seas in the Arctic
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Bright wildflowers liven up the mountainous Arctic landscape
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Reindeer roam along the Arctic tundra
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Explore Alkhornet on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen
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Triple Cabin
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

Your Spitsbergen expedition beings 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.

Days 2-12

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

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 Brunich 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 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

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Longyearbyen

Following breakfast on board, disembark in Longyearbyen where you began. Transfer to airport to continue your travels.

 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 22; Jul 4, 24
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 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.