Day 1 Longyearbyen, Norway | Embark
Your arctic adventure starts in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement and one of the northernmost communities on the planet. Have your camera handy as you embark on your journey—picturesque peaks surround this town in the bay of Svalbard’s second-longest fjord.
Day 2-12 Exploring Spitsbergen
- 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
Spitsbergen has an unspoiled beauty that’s just begging to be discovered. On this one-of-a-kind cruise, sail along the west coast of this magical island, exploring the coastal fjords and smaller, outlying islands. Each day has a surprise, treating you to spectacular new sightings and experiences.
Every expedition is unique, depending on the weather and ice conditions, but the expedition intention is to visit a few of Spitsbergen's favorite landing sites, to be chosen as much for their optimal wildlife-viewing opportunities as for their stunning scenery, historical significance and hiking activities. With no itinerary (unusual amongst polar cruises), this journey main goal is to sail in a constant search for polar bears on the prowl. This means the ship may not move every day as it does in regular voyages, if there is abundant wildlife in one place. Like true explorers, let the wildlife and pack ice—not a set schedule—guide your route! Viewing the ice bears is almost guaranteed in a region where they outnumber the people. Your small expedition ship allows to navigate shallower waters and tighter spaces, so you can expect to explore the more hard-toreach areas the bears may favor.
Presentations by on-board experts prepare you for the adventures that await, and with continuous daylight during this time of year, photo ops abound. Have ample time to linger and photograph any bears you find hunting on the ice edge, but they’re not the only wildlife you can encounter. The food-rich waters attract walrus, whales and seabirds, so keep your binoculars nearby while cruising. Arctic fox and the indigenous Svalbard reindeer may also be spotted on Zodiac excursions to shore.
A haven for present-day explorers, Spitsbergen and the surrounding area offer unforgettable polar experiences that keep you and your camera active all expedition long. Although 60 percent of the landscape is covered in glaciers and much of the terrain is mountainous, Spitsbergen (which means “pointed mountains”) surprises with stretches of colorful tundra, bursting with wildflowers in summer. Optional hiking activities get you up close and personal with the abundant wildlife. At day’s end, share your prized photographs and exciting stories with your shipmates.
Day 13 Longyearbyen, Norway | Disembark
As you return to where your adventure began, Longyearbyen, have time to bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends before disembarking. From here, transfer to the airport for your flight home